Cathedral departments are managed by:
Cressida Williams is Cathedral and City Archivist. She leads the staff team at the Cathedral Archives, where the historic records of the Cathedral are preserved and made available for consultation, together with the records of the City, the Diocese and parishes in East Kent, and related manuscript collections.
Cressida qualified as an archivist in 1997, and has particular interests in medieval charters and seals, and architectural records.
Andrew Edwards is Chief Executive of The Canterbury Cathedral Trust, formerly called The Canterbury Gift. The Canterbury Cathedral Trust raises money to support conservation, music, education and development at Canterbury Cathedral.
Find out more about the Trust and how you can help to support us.
Mark Sharratt was appointed to the post of Clerk of Works in February 2014 having previously spent 7 years with the Landmark Trust as the Head of Buildings and12 years with the National Trust serving as Regional Buildings Manager, Project Manager and Buildings Surveyor.
Leonie Seliger is head of the Stained Glass Conservation Department. She also advises the Dioceses of Canterbury and Rochester on faculty applications involving restoration/conservation as well as new designs for windows in the churches of the dioceses.
Leonie is also a versatile designer of new windows; her work can be seen for instance in St. Bartholomew’s Chapel in Sandwich and All Saints Church in Boughton Aluph.
She is also the person who deals with requests for filming and photography (other than general press enquiries – please contact Christopher Robinson).
Canterbury Cathedral Lodge is comprised of beautifully appointed bedrooms overlooking Canterbury Cathedral and versatile conference and events space. The Lodge is delighted to provide a warm welcome to all visitors to the Cathedral and Precincts, whatever the reason for their stay, reflecting the monastic origins of the Cathedral and the long tradition of hospitality associated with it.
Richard Moppett joined the Lodge in October 2012, and has worked in hotels and hospitality since 1997, in various locations in Kent and central London.”
Cathedral Enterprises is the trading arm of the Cathedral and gives all their profits back to the Cathedral to help with the running costs.
The activities extend to the large retail operation; the seasonal catering outlet; publishing guide books and the external work of the expert stained glass studio and stonemasons.
Heather gained a distinction in City and Guilds and a post-graduate qualification in the conservation of stone and plaster from Weymouth College in Dorset. She came to Canterbury Cathedral in 1988 and in her own words “I have continued my training until the present day!”.
She has been Advisor on stone conservation to Canterbury Diocesan Advisory Committee since 1996, PACR Accredited since 2000 and was appointed to the Fabric Advisory Committee of Rochester Cathedral and made Head of Stone Conservation at Canterbury in 2006.
Karen Brayshaw manages the historical library collections on behalf of the Dean & Chapter and maintains the modern book collection used to support researchers interests. The Cathedral Library works closely with the Archives Department and The University of Kent.
Karen came to work in the Library in 2005, whilst studying for her MA in Medieval and Tudor History. She has a particular interest in early printed Bibles and Prayer books.
The Precentor is responsible for co-ordinating the worshipping life of the Cathedral, and advises the Dean and Chapter on musical and liturgical matters.
Matthew joined the Cathedral community as Precentor in September 2013. He was previously Archbishop’s Chaplain in Canterbury and Chaplain to the Bishop of Dover, coming to Canterbury from the Diocese of Lincoln, where he was curate of a group of rural parishes and honorary priest-vicar of Lincoln Cathedral. Matthew read music at Oxford University and law at Nottingham Law School. He trained and qualified as a solicitor at an international law firm and worked at firms in London and Oxford, specialising in charities and property law, before training for ordination at Ripon College Cuddesdon.
Education is an important part of the Cathedral’s mission, and Zoe Willis and her colleagues in the Schools Office provide first class facilities to the 100,000 or so school children who visit the Cathedral every year. Facilities are tailored to National Curriculum requirements and range from project room activities to guided tours.
Chris Crooks joined the Cathedral’s staff as Vesturer (Head Virger) in October 2005, having previously been Head Virger at Salisbury and Portsmouth Cathedrals, and a virger at Wells and Llandaff Cathedrals. He is responsible for a team of virgers and cleaners, and assists the Dean, the Canons and the Precentor in planning and overseeing the ceremonial and practical details of over 1600 daily and special Services every year.
The virgers liaise with other departments to welcome many thousands of pilgrims to the Services, and assist with the needs of concert and exhibition organisers, schools, universities and conferences who use the Cathedral throughout the year. Chris was elected National Chairman of The Church of England Guild of Vergers in July 2004.