The governing body of York Minster is the Chapter, which is made up of the following people:
The Very Reverend Vivienne Faull
Vivienne Faull arrived in York in 2012 after 12 years as Dean of Leicester and leads the development of the Minster’s work and witness in the Diocese, the province and nationally. You can read the Dean’s biography here.
The Revd Canon Peter Moger (Precentor): Peter joined York Minster in 2010, having previously been the Church of England’s National Worship Development Officer and Secretary of the Liturgical Commission. His role involves planning and organising the worship at York Minster – the daily round of services and worship for special occasions – as well as overseeing the Minster’s Music Department.
The Revd Canon Dr Christopher Collingwood (Chancellor): Christopher joined the Minster from Gloucester Diocese in 2013 and has extensive teaching experience. He leads the Minster’s work of theological reflection, enabling us to communicate the gospel amongst the many thousands, of all ages, who visit the Minster from around the globe.
The Revd Canon Michael Smith (Pastor): Michael joined the Minster from Oxford Diocese in 2013, bringing experience of several incumbencies and chaplaincy in children’s and adult hospices. He is our ‘first responder’ for pastoral care and represents the Minster in the Deanery of York and in ecumenical networks.
- Canon Dr Andrew Green: Andrew became a Lay Canon of York Minster in 2008 and was appointed Canon Treasurer in May 2010 with overall responsibility to Chapter for finance. Andrew has spent his career in the manufacturing industry and is currently a Divisional Managing Director of a large plastics recycling and film manufacturing group.
- Canon Dr Julia Winkley: Julia joined Chapter as a Lay Canon in 2011. Having worked for many years as a hospital doctor in oncology she now provides paediatric palliative care at Martin House children's hospice, and teaches on the Ethics Module at Leeds Medical School.
- Canon Dr Richard Shephard: Richard joined Chapter as a Lay Canon in 2015. Richard has had a long and distinguished career in music and education, for which he was appointed MBE in 2012. He served the Minster in a series of senior staff roles between 1985 and 2014, including Headmaster of the Minster School and Chamberlain of York Minster. Richard was also Director of Development for the York Minster Fund for 11 years, before he retired in August 2014. Richard has served on the Archbishop’s Commission on Church Music and the Church Music Commission on Cathedrals, he is a Fellow of the Royal School of Church Music, a Visiting Fellow at York University's music department and a Visiting Professor in the music department of the University of the South, Sewanee. He has received honorary doctorates from both universities and also a Lambeth degree in music in recognition of his outstanding contribution to church music.
The Dean and the Residentiary Canons are required to live close to the Minster, and take their turn being 'in residence', where they are present at Morning and Evening Prayer for the week. The Canon in Residence is on hand to meet pastoral needs, and may be required to chair committees or act otherwise if the Dean is absent.
The Archbishop of York, The Most Revd & Rt Hon Dr John Sentamu is the bishop of the Diocese of York, which is in his special care - an area of land bounded roughly by the North Sea, the River Tees, the A1, the River Humber.
His throne (Cathedra) is in the Quire of the Minster on the south side. He is the Preacher at Christmas and Easter and uses the Minster for diocesan services but he does not have any responsibility for running the Minster nor is he usually present at our daily services.