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York Minster welcomes Sir William Worsley as a new member of the cathedral’s Chapter and College of Canons

By Sharon Atkinson

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Sir William Worsley will be Admitted and Installed as a Lay Canon of York Minster and a member of the Chapter of York on Saturday 15 September.  The Admission will take place in a private ceremony in the Chapter House and will be followed by Sir William’s Installation during Choral Evensong in the Quire at 5.15pm, which everyone is welcome to attend.

The College of Canons consists of clergy and lay people drawn from across the Diocese of York. Its principal function is to be ‘the voice of the Diocese’ in the Corporate Body’s policy discussions, and to assist Chapter in developing closer ties between the Minster and the parishes of the Diocese, especially through Chapter’s programme of outreach and engagement work.

Biography – Sir William Worsley

William Worsley is the Government’s National Tree Champion. He is Chairman of the National Forest Company and of Hovingham Estate.

In addition to his appointment as a Lay Canon of York Minster and a member of the Chapter, Sir William will continue to serve as a member of the Minster’s Cathedral Council.

He is Deputy Chairman of the Howardian Hills AONB Joint Advisory Committee and the Yorkshire Derwent Partnership. He is member of the North York Moors National Park Trust and a former member of the North York Moors National Park Authority. He is a member of the Court of the Merchant Taylors Company in London.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and of the Royal Agricultural Societies. He is a Deputy Lieutenant of North Yorkshire and lives at Hovingham in North Yorkshire where he runs his family’s estate with its well-known Grade 1 listed family house.

He is a former President of the CLA, the Country Land and Business Association, the representative organisation of the rural economy, a former Chairman of the Scarborough Building Society and a former director of the Skipton Building Society, The Brunner Investment Trust plc and the Private Banking Board of Merchant Bank Guinness Mahon. He is also the former Honorary Colonel of the Yorkshire Squadron of the Queens Own Yeomanry.

He is passionate about forestry and his woods at Hovingham have won many awards for forestry and conservation.  His other interests are art and architecture and he is a keen collector of pictures.

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