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Senior Positions

Senior Positions

Chief Executive of The Canterbury Cathedral Trust – Vacant

The Canterbury Cathedral Trust raises money to support conservation, music, education and development at Canterbury Cathedral.

Director of Finance – Julie Wood

Julie 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 Chapter and manages the accounting function and insurance arrangements for the Cathedral and related entities.

Director of the Stained Glass Studio – Leonie 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 & Marketing – Therese Heslop

therese-pink-jacket-croppedTherese Heslop is responsible for marketing the Cathedral as a beautiful and special place to visit, and delivery of a first class Ministry of Welcome to all its visitors, through the Visits Office, Welcome Centre and team of 300+ volunteers.

Director of Works – Mark Sharratt

mark_sharrattThe Director of Works is responsible for the implementation of agreed programmes of maintenance, restoration and conservation work for all buildings owned by the Cathedral. 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 and 12 years with the National Trust serving as Regional Buildings Manager, Project Manager and Buildings Surveyor.

Estates Surveyor – Natalie Beldin

Natalie Beldin

Natalie Beldin is responsible for the Cathedral’s property portfolio. Natalie joined the Cathedral in November 2015 when she moved from Thanet District Council where she was responsible for managing a diverse commercial property portfolio. Natalie has been a Chartered Surveyor for 15 years.

Events Manager – Emma Clarke

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

She also deals with requests for filming and photography (other than general press enquiries – please contact Jane Walker).

Friends Secretary and Administrator – Caroline Plaisted


Caroline Plaisted is the Friends Secretary and Administrator. Every year, The Friends contribute to many Cathedral projects. Recent gifts by The Friends include a Mobile Elevated Working Platform for use by the Cathedral Works Department and a grant of £125,000 towards The Canterbury Journey. The Friends are a lively and welcoming community and enjoy a busy programme of social and informative events including Friends’ Day and The Friends’ Carol Service and Christmas Dinner.

General Manager of the Canterbury Cathedral Lodge – Richard Moppett

Richard MoppettCanterbury Cathedral Lodge is a first class hotel and versatile conference and events space, overlooking the Cathedral. The Lodge provides 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 Archives & Library – Cressida Williams

CressidaCressida Williams leads the staff team of the Cathedral Archives and Library, which cares for the manuscript and book collection of the Cathedral and other local organisations.

Cressida qualified as an archivist in 1997, and has particular interests in medieval charters and seals, and architectural records.

Head of Conservation – Heather Newton

Heather Newton

Trained in Fine Art, Stonemasonry and Conservation, Heather was Head of Stonemasonry from 2006-2015. In 2015 she was made Head of Conservation and, working collaboratively across the organisation, has oversight of all conservation-related matters. She has managed some of the most recent major projects, including the re-building of the Great South Window.

Heather is a consultant to the Canterbury Diocesan Advisory Committee and a member of Rochester Cathedral’s Fabric Advisory Committee. She is also a founding member of the Cathedrals’ Workshop Fellowship, a training initiative run in partnership with eight other cathedrals and the University of Gloucestershire. 

Head of Learning & Participation – The Canterbury Journey – Jan Leandro

Jan Leandro PhotoIn March 2015, Jan Leandro joined Canterbury Cathedral as Head of Learning & Participation to develop wide reaching learning and engagement programmes across the Cathedral at senior strategic level, and lead on the delivery and implementation of the audience development, interpretation, learning and community engagement elements for The Canterbury Journey. Jan has over five years’ experience working on another Heritage Lottery Fund project for the historic Dreamland amusement park in Margate, where she was responsible for audience development, interpretation, learning, heritage management, events, press and PR, volunteer recruitment, training and opening an interactive and immersive pre-opening Visitor & Learning Centre.

Head of Human Resources – Alison Brookman

Alison provides 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.

Librarian – Karen Brayshaw

karen_brayshawKaren Brayshaw manages the historical library collections on behalf of Chapter and maintains the modern book collection used to support researchers’ interests. The Cathedral Archives and Library department works particularly closely with 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 Choristers – Dr 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.


The precentor is in charge of preparing worship services and is a minor canon and member of the Cathedral Foundation.  Max Kramer, who is currently Associate Priest at Little St Mary’s Church in Cambridge, is due to take up this post in June 2017.

Head of Communications – Jane Walker

Jane Walker (5)Jane Walker is the Head of Communications and all media enquiries should be directed to her in the first instance. Jane has spent all her working life in the communications industry, training as a journalist and working for newspapers in Essex, Suffolk and Lincolnshire. She moved to public relations initially with the NHS and then the police, joining the Cathedral in October 2015.

Project Director – The Canterbury Journey – Mark Hosea

Mark HoseaMark Hosea is the Project Director responsible for the development and delivery of The Canterbury Journey, a £19.4 million project, which has received a £12m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). The project will radically transform the accessibility and sustainability of Canterbury Cathedral, safeguarding an iconic building which embodies England’s story, increase the number and broaden the range of those who journey to it, as well as enriching their experience.

Mark spent three years prior to his arrival at Canterbury Cathedral delivering a similar size HLF funded project at York Minster and prior to that worked in property, advising on planning, development and grant funding matters to ensure delivery of sustainable projects.

Schools Officer – Zoe 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 Manager – James (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

vesturerChris 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 is an active member of the Church of England Guild of Vergers.

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