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About Portsmouth Cathedral

Portsmouth Cathedral is the mother church of The Diocese of Portsmouth and the base for the Bishop of Portsmouth. We host many important diocesan events: confirmation services, ordinations of new ministers, and diocesan-wide celebrations.

The Diocese of Portsmouth is one of 41 dioceses in the Church of England. It consists of 172 churches in 139 parishes in south-east Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. The diocese covers 408 square kilometres and has a population of 766,000. It has very diverse communities ranging from densely-populated city and coastal areas to some very rural places.

The Right Reverend Christopher Foster is the ninth Bishop of Portsmouth and is a member of the House of Lords.

You can find out more about the Diocese of Portsmouth by visiting the website.

 

The Diocesan offices are located in:
Peninsular House, Wharf Road, Portsmouth PO2 8HB

Tel: 02392 899 650
Email: executive.assistant@portsmouth.anglican.org

The Bishop’s Office is located at:
Bishopsgrove, 26 Osborn Road, Fareham, Hampshire, PO16 7DQ

Tel: 01329 280 247
Email: bishop@portsmouth.anglican.org

 

The Portsmouth Cathedral Team

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The Right Reverend Christopher Foster, Lord Bishop of Portsmouth

Christopher Foster has been Bishop of Portsmouth since September 2010. Since arriving in the diocese he has led the development of a framework for outreach and service in the parishes, chaplaincies and communities of south-east Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. Ministry for Mission emphasises the calling of all people, lay and ordained, and commits us all to the priority of working together in the name of Jesus for the kingdom of God.

He has particularly become involved where the church or other groups are seeking to support those in poverty, unemployment or need and each year the Bishop’s Lent Appeal has focused on local and national challenges such as food poverty, homelessness and debt. Among his wider responsibilities he is the Chair of the Directors (and Convenor of the Enabling Group) of Churches Together in England, the umbrella grouping of 40+ Christian denominations, a Governor of the University of Portsmouth, and a member of the Dioceses Commission, charged with considering national structural issues.

In the House of Lords, where he was introduced as a Lord Spiritual in 2014, he speaks particularly on the economy and about welfare and benefit issues. Bishop Christopher grew up in the industrial West Midlands and in Surrey before studying economics at Durham and Manchester Universities and briefly working as an economics lecturer.

He studied at Westcott House and Trinity Hall, Cambridge, before his ordination in 1980. He was a curate in Wolverhampton before he became chaplain of Wadham College, Oxford and on the staff of the University Church. He then became vicar of Christ Church, Southgate, in London (serving additionally as director of clergy continuing education), and then Sub Dean and residentiary canon at St Albans Cathedral in 1994.

He was consecrated as Bishop of Hertford in 2001, one of two suffragan (assistant) bishops in the diocese of St Albans. There he was Warden of Readers in the diocese, leading the training and work of licensed lay ministers, chaired the Mission and Pastoral Committee, and was especially involved with outreach among young people and the encouragement of their ministry and leadership. He married Sally, who is also ordained, in 2006 following the death of his first wife, Julia, in 2001. He has two grown-up children, Richard and Miriam.

 
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The Very Reverend David Brindley, Dean of Portsmouth

David has been Dean of Portsmouth since 2002.  Prior to ordination David worked for Voluntary Service Overseas teaching in a school for blind children in Beirut and has worked for the Church in a variety of parish and academic roles including Principal of an Ordination Training Course and Rector of Warwick.

David leads the Cathedral team which serves the Diocese and City of Portsmouth.   He is also Chair of the Diocesan Advisory Committee, a member of General Synod, a governor of Portsmouth Grammar School and a Trustee of The Rowans Hospice.

 

The Reverend Canon Nick Ralph, Residentiary Canon and Director of Social Enterprise and Engagement

Nick advises parishes on engagement with their communities and engages with local authorities & other agencies.

Winchester Social Enterprise (WSE)  Diocese of Winchester.

Council for Social Responsibility (CSR) Diocese of Portsmouth.

The Reverend Canon Peter Leonard, Canon Chancellor

Peter was ordained in 1997 and served four years as a curate and seven years as a parish priest in the Guildford Diocese. He then felt called into education and became a primary school teacher for seven years ending up as Head of School in Waterlooville.

He started at the Cathedral on Easter Day 2014 and has been a member of General Synod since 2015. Peter is a Trustee of OneBodyOneFaith and is Chair of Governors for two local primary schools.

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The Reverend Canon Jo Spreadbury, Canon Precentor

Jo served in the diocese of St. Albans for 15 years before moving to Portsmouth in September in 2015. She previously worked at Christian Aid and at St Paul’s Cathedral as a verger.

She was a member of General Synod for seven years, and is currently on the Church of England Liturgical Commission, as well as chair of Praxis.

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The Reverend Canon Dr. Anthony Rustell, Residentiary Canon and Head of Mission, Discipleship, and Ministry for the Diocese of Portsmouth

Anthony leads the work of the Mission, Discipleship and Ministry team, advises the Bishop’s Council on strategic development and provides consultancy and training for parishes on lay discipleship development.

The Reverend Dawn Banting, Assistant Cure

Dawn was ordained a Deacon in 2013 and a Priest in 2014 at the Cathedral and is completing her first four years of ordained ministry with us.

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Kitty Price, Lay Reader

Kitty is a licensed lay minister and regularly takes part in worship services. She also preaches and is part of the team leading discipleship and spirituality course for children, young people and adults.

Dr. David Price,

Organist & Master of the Choristers

In addition to his duties at the cathedral, David serves on the committee of RSCM Portsmouth and is a member of the Council of the Royal School of Church Music. Portsmouth University conferred David Price with an Honorary Doctorate of Music in recognition of the significant contribution he has made to the development of music at the Cathedral and for his contribution to the cultural life of the city. In 2009 his St John Passion for Good Friday was published by Encore Publications in a series of the gospel passions alongside John Scott, Philip Moore and Richard Lloyd. In 2013 he was elected to an Honorary Fellowship of The Guild of Church Musicians.

Oliver Hancock,

Sub-Organist

Sub-Organist and School Organist in a shared full-time role with our choir school, Portsmouth Grammar School.  Before moving to Portsmouth, Oliver was the Assistant Organist at Ely Cathedral  Girls’ Choir  and Graduate Organ Scholar at Selwyn College, Cambridge.  He studied Music at the University of Oxford where he was Organ Scholar at Jesus College and gained BA Hons and undertook the MMus in Choral Studies at the University of Cambridge.  Oliver also worked in the Music Department at the King’s School, Ely.

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The Reverend Matt Bray,

Assistant Curate

Matt was ordained a Deacon in July 2017 at the Cathedral, and is completing his first four years of ordained ministry with us here in partnership with Harbour Church Portsmouth.

Sarah Page, Education Officer

Sarah joined Portsmouth Cathedral in January 2015 as our Education Officer. Previously, Sarah was teaching full-time in a Hampshire primary school as Music and ICT leader and has also managed the RE curriculum. She has worked for NCH, the children’s charity, and was the Eurostar Account Manager for Railtrack. Sarah worships in the Meon Bridge Benefice and organises and supports their All Age services.

Malina Wyzykowska, Head Verger

The vergers, alongside a magnificent team of volunteers ensure that all of our services, concerts and events run smoothly and act as floor managers for concerts and events.

John Bolt, Marketing Coordinator

John joined the Cathedral in April 2015 as our Marketing Coordinator. He’s the man to get in touch with if you want to find out more about Portsmouth Cathedral for press.

 

Peter Sanders,

Chapter Clerk

Peter Sanders (Chapter Clerk) – Peter has been Chapter Clerk since 2013. Peter started out as a Student Union President before working as a Probation Officer and following a broad career in the public and charitable sectors. His previous roles include being the Chief Executive of the Kepplewray Project in Cumbria and of St George’s Crypt in Leeds. Peter also serves as a Trustee of Housing Justice.

 
 

Portsmouth Cathedral Administration Team

Liz Snowball (Dean’s PA & Cathedral Office Manager - liz.snowball@portsmouthcathedral.org.uk)

Nicky Taylor (Finance Officer — nicky.taylor@portsmouthcathedral.org.uk)

Sarah Lovatt (Administrative Assistant Outreach and Education)

For general enquiries to the administration team, please email info@portsmouthcathedral.org.uk

 

The governance of Portsmouth Cathedral is regulated by Statute, as required by the Cathedrals Measure 1999. The corporate body of Portsmouth Cathedral is the Chapter, the College of Canons, and the Cathedral Council.

 
 

Chapter

Portsmouth Cathedral ministry and mission is overseen by the Chapter, which is a small group of people. They are the Dean, four residentiary canons who are ordained, and four lay people. Chapter meets monthly, with other professionals who advise them on many practical matters such as finance, architecture and building maintenance, property investments, fundraising, etc.

Current members of Chapter are:

  • The Dean
  • Canon Nick Ralph
  • Canon Peter Leonard
  • Canon Anthony Rustell
  • Canon Jo Spreadsbury
  • Mrs. Fiona Alsop
  • Mr. John Hill (Chair of Finance and Investments Committee)

College of Canons

The College of Canons meet twice a year in order to:

  • Perform corporate worship and prayer
  • Run functions conferred by the appointment of Bishops Act 1533 on the Dean and Chapter
  • Express through its members the integral relationship between Portsmouth Cathedral and the rest of the diocese of Portsmouth
  • Provide a forum in which the Chapter, as appropriate, seeks its views in matters affecting Portsmouth Cathedral, and keep such members informed of the work of the Cathedral
  • Receive, consider, and express views on the annual report and accounts of Portsmouth Cathedral
  • Discuss any matters concerning Portsmouth Cathedral raised by any members of the College
  • Perform any functions requested by the Bishop after consultation with the Chapter

The members of the College of Canons are the Bishop, the Dean, the Archdeacons, the four Residentiary Canons, and every Lay and Clerical Canon of Portsmouth Cathedral.

Cathedral Councils

The Cathedral Council meets twice a year. The Council has a duty to further and support the work of Portsmouth Cathedral, spiritually and temporally, pastorally, evangelistically, socially, and ecumenically, reviewing and advising upon the direction and oversight of that work by the Chapter. Its roll is:

  • To consider proposals submitted by the Chapter in connection with the general direction and mission of Portsmouth Cathedral, and to give advice on them to the Chapter
  • To receive and consider the annual budget of Portsmouth Cathedral
  • To receive and consider the annual report and audited accounts of Portsmouth Cathedral
  • To consider proposals submitted by the Chapter by the Bishop in connection with the Constitution and Statutes of Portsmouth Cathedral
  • To perform such other functions, whether general or specific, as may be agreed by the Chapter after consultation with the Bishop