Cathedral departments are managed by:

ArchivistCressida Williams

CressidaCressida 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.

Chief Executive of The Canterbury Cathedral TrustAndrew Edwards

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.

Clerk of WorksMark Sharratt

mark_sharrattThe Clerk of Works is responsible for the implementation of agreed programmes of maintenance, restoration and conservation work for all buildings under the Dean & Chapter’s responsibility.

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.

Director of FinanceJulie Wood

Julie WoodJulie Wood joined the Cathedral in August 2008. She is a Chartered Accountant with experience of working in both the commercial and charitable sectors. She provides financial advice to the Dean and Chapter, and manages the accounting function and insurance arrangements for the Cathedral and related entities.

Director of ProjectsWilliam Roe

William RoeWilliam has worked at the Cathedral since May 2007. He is a Chartered Civil Engineer and qualified Project Manager with over 30 years experience working in the Building and Construction industries.

Director of the Stained Glass StudioLeonie Seliger

Leonie SeligerLeonie 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.

Director of Visits & MarketingTherese Heslop

IMG_4744Mrs Therese Heslop is responsible for marketing the Cathedral and delivery of a first class Ministry of Welcome to all its visitors, through the Visits Office, Welcome Centre and team of 300+ volunteers.

Estates Surveyor & Press OfficerChristopher Robinson

Christopher RobinsonChristopher Robinson is responsible for the Cathedral’s property portfolio. He also serves as the Cathedral’s Press Officer, to whom all press enquiries should be made.

Events ManagerEmma Clarke

Emma-ClarkeMiss Emma Clarke has been a member of Cathedral staff since Feb 2008. She is the person to whom all requests for the use of the Cathedral and its Precincts should be addressed.

She is also the person who deals with requests for filming and photography (other than general press enquiries – please contact Christopher Robinson).

Friends Secretary and AdministratorCaroline Plaisted

Caroline PlaistedCaroline Plaisted is the Friends Secretary and Administrator. Every year, the Friends contribute to many Cathedral projects. For example, recent gifts by the Friends to the Cathedral include the Restoration of the Christ Church Gates, a new Cloister lighting, and a new chamber organ. Friends of Canterbury Cathedral are invited to a new member welcome event and regular Friends’ events, including Friends’ Day and the Friends’ Carol Service and dinner.

General Manager of the Canterbury Cathedral Lodge and ISCRichard Moppett

Richard MoppettCanterbury 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.”

General Manager of Cathedral Enterprises Ltd.Christopher Needham

ChrisNeedhamCathedral 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.

Head of Stone ConservationHeather Newton

Heather NewtonHeather 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.

Human Resources ManagerAlison Brookman

Alison BrookmanAlison provides the Dean and Chapter with advice on employment law, implements legislative changes and manages the personnel, training and payroll functions within the organisation. Having worked locally in HR for many years, Alison is familiar with our local community and enjoys working closely with staff, volunteers and the many external contacts the Cathedral works along-side.

LibrarianKaren Brayshaw

karen_brayshawKaren 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.

Organist & Master of ChoristersDr David Flood

David Flood at organDr David Flood has been Master of the Choristers since 1988, and under his direction the Cathedral Choir has yet further advanced its national and international reputation.

Precentor The Revd Matthew Rushton

M RushtonThe 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.

Schools OfficerZoe Willis

zoe_willisEducation 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.

Security & Fire ManagerJames (Jim) Morley

Dean and Chapter ShieldJim joined the Cathedral staff in March 2002 after a short period of time as the Beadle for the Worshipful Company of Grocers, prior to which he served in the British Army for 24 years. He is responsible for the day-to-day security of the Cathedral and Precincts as well as the point of contact for fire prevention issues.

Vesturer (Head Virger)Chris Crooks

chris_crooksChris 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.