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The Portsmouth Cathedral Team


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.


The Very Reverend Dr Anthony Cane, Dean of Portsmouth

The Very Reverend Dr Anthony Cane is the new Dean of Portsmouth – the most senior clergy person at the cathedral. He is also the second most senior clergy person in Portsmouth’s Anglican diocese after the Bishop.

Anthony, who is 57, was previously Canon Chancellor at Chichester Cathedral, where he led its work in the areas of education, the arts, visitor engagement, and external partnerships. During a varied career, he has also worked with the homeless and drug addicts before becoming a Church of England priest.

His role is leading the clergy and lay team at Portsmouth Cathedral, working alongside civic and political leaders in the city, and enhancing its role in the local community.

Although his parents are from Kent, Anthony was born and raised in Cape Town until he was 20, and studied at university there for his first degree. He left college an atheist, and his journey to faith started when he met the woman who would become his wife, Clare, and accompanied her to church.

He worked in three different jobs in London, on the frontline of engagement with vulnerable people – working with homeless people in Vauxhall, a centre for former drug addicts in Earl’s Court, and a church community project on the Kings Road.

After ordination training at Westcott House, Cambridge, he served a curacy in Birmingham, then spent six years as senior chaplain at the multi-campus University of Brighton. He combined parish and diocesan jobs in the Diocese of Exeter, and was then adult education officer in Chichester diocese, developing courses for parishes, training Readers, and designing and running a new programme for curates.

As Chancellor of Chichester Cathedral, he delivered an acclaimed annual series of public lectures, introduced five series of films with spiritual themes in a local cinema, and was a founding member of three charities. He has served as a governor of the University of Chichester, chaired the Diocese of Chichester Academy Trust from its inception, and initiated a ‘Night Cathedral’ event for students. 

“Working with homeless people and former drug addicts was a formative experience, not least because my faith was developing at the time,” he said. “Both because of this, and the fact that I was an atheist until my early twenties, I have a strong sense for those on the fringes of church. ”

“I enjoy cathedral worship and pastoral care, and I have experience of helping people into deeper discipleship. But I think it’s important to be outward-facing too.”

“I’m always very happy to work in partnership with other organisations, and sometimes the best ideas come organically through working with others. Cathedrals are well placed to be creative and put on events you might not imagine them hosting. I intend to be out and about in Portsmouth, looking for opportunities to build partnerships.”

Anthony is married to Clare, a teacher, and they have three grown-up children.

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.

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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 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.

Richard Abraham, Chief Operating Officer (Chapter Clerk)

Richard becomes Chapter Clerk and Chief Operating Officer on 2nd September. Further details are here.


The Reverend Matt Bray, Assistant Curate

Matt was ordained a Priest at the Cathedral in June 2018, and is completing his first four years of ordained ministry with us as Priest-in-Charge of St George’s Church, Portsea, Portsmouth.

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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.


Sachin Gunga, Sub-Organist

Born in Derby, Sachin was trained as a chorister in Derby Cathedral Choir and studied organ under Dr Tom Corfield.  Sachin read Classics at Trinity Hall, Cambridge, followed by a Master’s in Music at the Birmingham Conservatoire, under Henry Fairs and David Saint. He subsequently held organ scholarships at Truro Cathedral and Wells Cathedral, completing his ARCO diploma in 2011. Sachin’s first Assistant Organist position was at Llandaff Cathedral in Cardiff, where he also made his first appearance as an organist on Radio 4 and Songs of Praise.  After spending ten months at Lincoln Cathedral as Acting Assistant Director of Music, he became Assistant Director of Music at Wakefield Cathedral in 2015.  Sachin joined Portsmouth Cathedral as Sub-Organist in January 2018.

Malina Green, 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.

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.

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Tim Sledge, Fundraising Volunteer

Tim Sledge was Vicar of Romsey Abbey for nearly 10 years before moving to be Head of Fundraising at the Cathedral in 2018. Before this, Tim served as Diocesan Mission Enabler in the Peterborough Diocese.


Portsmouth Cathedral Administration Team

Liz Snowball (Dean’s Executive Assistant -

Nicky Taylor (Finance Officer -

Sara Clark (Administrative Assistant, Outreach and Education -

Admin Assistant -Liturgy and Music -

For general enquiries to the team, please email


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.



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 six 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.

Members of Chapter are:

  • The Very Reverend Dr Anthony Cane, Dean of Portsmouth

  • The Revd Canon Nick Ralph

  • The Revd Canon Dr Anthony Rustell

  • The Revd Canon Dr Jo Spreadsbury

  • Emma Broome

  • David Carpenter

  • Richard Smout

  • Caroline Hewitt (Chair of Finance and Investments Committee)

  • Linda Swinburne (elected as Lay member of Chapter)

  • Canon Sheila Picton (elected as Churchwarden also Lay member of Chapter)

  • Canon Chancellor (vacancy)

College of Canons

The College of Canons meets 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.

The Cathedral Churchwardens are also Lay Canons and are currently: Sheila Picton and Sue Ward.

Cathedral Council

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 role 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

The Council is chaired by Kate Branigan QC and its membership is listed in the Annual Accounts.


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

Tel: 02392 899 650

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

Tel: 01329 280 247