Managing our ministry

England’s cathedrals are ancient and in some ways unique bodies, steeped in past history. But they are also modern organisations seeking to make an important spiritual, social and cultural contribution in today’s world. To survive and thrive, our Cathedral needs to be well managed.

Our governing body, Chapter, work as a team led by the Dean to agree strategy, foster strong community links, build excellent worship and welcome activities, and ensure we have sound buildings and finances.

The Dean and Chapter are supported in their task of directing and overseeing the affairs of the Cathedral by a range of oversight, advice and support structures.

Many of the people who contribute to our sound governance give us their time and expertise on a volunteer basis. The Dean and Chapter are deeply grateful for their support and guidance.

The Bishop of Winchester

The Right Reverend Tim Dakin. The Bishop of Winchester leads the Diocese of Winchester, which covers most of Hampshire, east Dorset and the Channel Islands. He holds the role of Visitor at the Cathedral, where he has the principal seat (in Latin, cathedra). He plays a key role in advising, directing and supporting Chapter in its general direction and mission.. More about the Bishop of Winchester


The Cathedral Council

The Council’s members are drawn from a wide variety of organisations, providing an important sounding board and source of expertise to the Dean and Chapter. Its role is to further and support the Cathedral’s spiritual, pastoral, evangelistic, social and ecumenical work. Its 14 members meet at least twice a year. Current members


The College of Canons

The College of Canons brings together the experience and knowledge of ordained and lay clergy from the Cathedral and the Bishop’s office. It plays an important role in supporting the Cathedral’s mission and ministry in the wider Diocese of Winchester, and ensuring good governance. Its members meet three times a year. Current members


The Cathedral Archaeologist

Current post-holder: John Crook FSA. The Cathedral Archaeologist is retained by the Cathedral to give expert advice in a range of specific areas including Cathedral history and excavations. John Crook is an architectural historian, buildings archaeologist and photographer who has published books and articles on a wide range of subjects, and for many years has been investigating the Cathedral and its Close. He has lived in Winchester since 1975 was a tenor lay clerk in the Cathedral Choir, and formerly taught at Pilgrims’ School, where Winchester Cathedral’s Choristers are educated.


The Cathedral Architect

Current post-holder: Nick Cox MA (Cantab) Dip Arch RIBA AABC. The Cathedral Architect is retained by the Cathedral to give expert advice in a range of specific areas including building design and fabric maintenance. Nick Cox has a long standing love of historic buildings and over 20 years of experience working on them. After studying architecture at Cambridge University (where he sang in the Chapel choir) he was awarded a Lethaby Scholarship in 1990 by the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings to study the repair and conservation of historic buildings. Nick also works at Blenheim Palace, Wells Cathedral, Woburn Abbey, a number of churches including those for the Churches Conservation Trust and many properties for the National Trust.


Fabric Advisory Committee

Maintaining the fabric of our buildings is a vital and ongoing task that requires specialist knowledge. This group of experts advises Chapter on conservation issues and any alterations to buildings. At a national level, they answer to the Cathedrals Fabric Commission for England, and liaise with English Heritage. It meets three times a year. Current committee members


Finance and Investment Advisory Committee

This committee gives the Dean and Chapter expert advice on all Cathedral money matters, including finances and investments. It has up to 10 members, including members of Chapter and experts in the field, who meet three times a year. Current committee members


Other bodies supporting Chapter:

Winchester Cathedral Enterprises Ltd (WCEL)

Our trading company is wholly owned by Chapter and manages all our commercial activities, including retail, box office, catering and events. It covenants all its taxable profits to support the mission and ministry of the Cathedral. Its Board of Directors meets six times a year. Current committee members


The Cathedral Community

The Cathedral Community represents the Cathedral’s congregation, staff, volunteers and supporters. Membership is open to anyone aged over 16 who worships at the Cathedral, works for it or holds an office connected to it. Two members represent the Community’s voice on the Cathedral Council.


Find out more

Download a diagram of our governance structures (PDF)
A schematic overview of our oversight, advice and support structures

Winchester Cathedral Constitution (PDF)
The Constitution of the Cathedral Church

Winchester Cathedral Statutes (PDF)
The Statutes of the Cathedral Church