Roland leads the Cathedral’s flourishing education and spirituality programme, which includes oversight of the Learning Centre. He also works to ensure that visitors to the building have the best possible understanding of what it stands for. The Kings & Scribes exhibition continues to be a priority, especially in the development of new learning methods and materials for schools and colleges, in collaboration with the University of Winchester.
Roland holds responsibility for ecumenical relations, principally through Churches Together in Winchester, and serves on the Cathedral Council and Winchester Cathedral Enterprises Limited, its commercial arm.
Roland’s previous roles include being Senior Anglican Chaplain at Nottingham University and Director of Ministry at the Southern Theological Education and Training Scheme, working with Anglican, Methodist and United Reformed Churches. He joined Winchester Cathedral in 2005.
Roland is committed to the world of education. He was a long-serving Foundation Governor at Peter Symonds College and continues on the Foundation Committee at the University of Winchester, as well as supporting The Pilgrims’ School. He has also been involved with his wife, the artist Sophie Hacker, in producing many cathedral-based exhibitions and community arts projects, including the acclaimed Winchester: Chronicles of Light.
Roland was appointed Vice-Dean in 2013 in recognition of his contribution to the governance of the cathedral.
Roland has a grown-up daughter, and enjoys tennis and watching movies for recreation.