The Chapter and Clergy

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.

Chapter works closely with the Bishop of Winchester, who leads the Diocese of Winchester with support from the Suffragan Bishops of Southampton and Basingstoke.

As well as Canons who are members of the clergy, Chapter includes three Lay Canons who contribute specific areas of expertise. It is also supported by other clergy with specialist skills and roles.


The Very Reverend Catherine Ogle, Dean of Winchester

The Dean has overall responsibility for co-ordinating and developing the life of the Cathedral in order to further its mission and ministry. She is Head of the Cathedral Foundation and chair of Chapter. As a member of the Bishop of Winchester’s staff, she represents the Cathedral in the Diocese and the county of Hampshire. She is also a member of the Church of England Development and Appointments Group. Read more

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The Reverend Canon Dr Roland Riem, Vice-Dean

Roland leads the Cathedral’s flourishing education and visual arts programmes, and works to ensure that visitors to the building have the best possible understanding of what it stands for. He holds responsibility for ecumenical relations, and serves on the Cathedral Council, the Project Board overseeing the current capital works and Winchester Cathedral Enterprises Limited, its commercial arm. Read more

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The Reverend Mark Collinson, Canon Principal

Mark Collinson is responsible for leading and developing Christian discipleship and training people for ministry within the cathedral and diocese. As Canon Principal he embodies a significant connection between the Cathedral and the Diocese thereby contributing to a genuine mission partnership. Read more

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The Reverend Canon Andy Trenier, Precentor and Sacrist

Andrew has particular responsibility for the organisation, development and delivery of the liturgy and music of the Cathedral and the support of the Cathedral’s congregations. Read more

George Medd, Lay Canon

George brings to Chapter managerial experience from his career in IT working with major international organisations, a practical knowledge of Church life and an interest in theology. Read more

Mark Byford, Lay Canon

Mark Byford is the former Deputy Director General and Head of BBC Journalism (2004-2011). Now an author of non-fiction, his first book ‘A Name On A Wall’ was published by Mainstream in 2013 to wide critical acclaim. His second book, ‘The Annunciation: A Pilgrim’s Quest’ will be published by Winchester University Press later this year. He brings to Chapter extensive experience of high-level leadership and management. Read more

Jane Hands, Lay Canon

Jane Hands is a lawyer with experience of finance, leadership and management. After reading classics at Oxford, she worked for 30 years in London for the international law firm Slaughter and May, first as a solicitor advising companies on financing matters, and later, after a career break to bring up her two sons, as a support lawyer and then Partnership Secretary. This last role effectively involved working as company secretary, supporting the management of the firm on projects and issues ranging from people and compliance through to premises and finance with a particular focus on governance. Read more

Supporting clergy

The Reverend Canon Nick Fennemore, Cathedral Chaplain

Nick works as a chaplain across the various communities that together make up the Cathedral family. He undertakes pastoral care activities on behalf of the Dean and Chapter. As with all Cathedral clergy, he assists in leading worship at the various Cathedral services. Read more

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