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Dean of Derby

Tel: 01332 341201
Email: dean@derbycathedral.org

Dr. Stephen Hance trained for the ministry at St. John's Nottingham and was ordained in Portsmouth Diocese where he served his curacy at St. Jude's Southsea. He then served as Team Vicar of St. Saviour's Hanley Road (London Diocese) before moving to Southwark Diocese in 1999, where he was Vicar of Ascension Balham Hill and then Director of Mission and Evangelism for the Diocese and Canon Missioner at the Cathedral. He has a BSc in Sociology from Portsmouth University (where he also met his wife Jacqui), a BTh and MA from Nottingham University, and a DMin from Asbury Theological Seminary (USA).

Responsibilities in the wider Church have included being a member of General Synod, a member of the Council of Intercontinental Church Society, a trustee of Just Earth, chair of the International Alumni Council of Asbury Theological Seminary, and founder/convener of the Cathedrals Growth Network. He has written or contributed to books on Fresh Expressions, Mission Action Planning, forgiveness, confirmation, parenting, and preaching. Stephen is passionate about the Church, the mission of God in the world, and enabling people to flourish.

He has travelled widely, especially in Africa (where he was born) and the USA. He loves music, can often be found at a concert or listening to music at home (on vinyl, preferably) and is a thoroughly mediocre musician himself. Stephen and Jacqui have three adult children, Natalie, Simeon, and Isaac. They enjoy the theatre, friendship, hospitality, and God's creation.

Sub-Dean

Elizabeth came to Derby in 2014 from a team parish in Witney and an earlier curacy in Somerset; originally from Edinburgh, she is gradually working her way north. Before she was ordained she taught English in schools in Edinburgh and Wells. She has walked to Santiago de Compostela twice and is wondering where to walk next. Her role as Canon Missioner is to explore, begin conversations and create links.

Tel: 01332 341201
Email: missioner@derbycathedral.org

Canon Precentor

Chris joined the Cathedral in March 2014: a Parish Priest for 30 years, mostly in Salisbury Diocese, he also held a portfolio for supporting parishes in Church Music in Worship. He is a musician, having sung in numerous choirs (including Christ Church Oxford, the Tallis Scholars and the Sherborne Chamber Choir), composes music, plays the violin and piano, and has an eclectic taste in music. He is married to Liz (a primary school Headteacher). They have four grown-up children, and three grandchildren. He also enjoys walking, cycling, reading, family get-togethers, drama and travelling.

Tel: 01332 341201
Email: precentor@derbycathedral.org

Canon Chancellor

Simon became Canon Chancellor in 2012, following ten years as a parish priest in the Diocese of Bristol.  As well as being a member of Chapter, Simon is the Safeguarding Lead for the Cathedral.  He has additional roles in the Deanery and Diocese. Simon is the Area Dean for Derby City Deanery, which brings together all the Church of England parishes in the city.  He is also Director of Curate Training for the Diocese, supporting those new to ordained ministry across Derbyshire.  He has published two books: How to Read the Bible (without switching off your brain) (SPCK, 2015) and Imitation and Scapegoats (Grove, 2016).  Both are available from the Cathedral Bookshop.  Married with two children, Simon enjoys Dr Who, real ale and walking in Derbyshire.

Tel: 01332 388650
Email: simon.taylor@derby.anglican.org

Diocesan Canon

Sue, born in Barry, Vale of Glamorgan, was one of the first women priests to be ordained in Wales. A former Midland Bank employee and trainee teacher, she has been chaplain at Swansea University and Director of Pastoral studies at St Michael's College in Llandaff, Cardiff.

She also served in the Parish of Bangor as associated priest and Director of the St Seiriol Centre for Christian discipleship and ministry before taking on the role of Dean of Bangor in 2011, making her the first female Dean in the Church of Wales. Susan also serves as Director of Mission and Ministry within the Diocese of Derby.

Tel: 01332 388650
Email: susan.jones@derby.anglican.org

Lay member of Chapter

Mark is a lay member of the Chapter and Chair of the Chapter’s finance committee, as well as being a former Warden of the Cathedral. He is also treasurer of Edensor Parish in the Peak District, where he lives. He is, in addition, Executive Chair of the Diocesan Board of Finance.

 

Lay member of Chapter

David joined the chapter in March 2010. He was High Sheriff of Derbyshire in 2006-7 and has since taken a keen interest in the Cathedral. He is a Chartered Surveyor in general practice and combines this with farming and landowning interests at Cubley where he and his family have lived for 30 years.

David is married to Jane,a non-stipendiary priest in the South Dales & Longford 8 benefices. They have four children and three grandchildren. If ever marooned on a desert island, David would insist on a guitar as his luxury.

Lay member of Chapter

Val has worshipped at Derby Cathedral since 1987 and became a lay member of the Chapter in April 2014. Val is the mother of two sons who were both head choristers in the Cathedral Choir and she also sings with the Cathedral Voluntary Choir.

Before retirement, Val worked with children with special educational needs in both mainstream and special schools and was a school governor. When not at the Cathedral, she loves spending time with her grandchildren, enjoys bird-watching and visiting National Trust properties.

Diocesan Secretary and Chapter Steward

Rachel was delighted to join the Cathedral in January 2015 as Chapter Steward.  She lived in Derby until she was 18 then moved around the UK managing different businesses.  Prior to the Cathedral she worked for YMCA for 9 years managing diverse operations and governance.  Rachel is also a Board Member and trustee at Midlands Community Finance. She lives in Derby enjoys live music and is a regular at Derby County games.

Tel: 01332 341201
Email: rachel@derbycathedral.org

University Chaplains

Adam joined Derby Cathedral in the Spring of 2014. The main focus of his work is as Anglican Chaplain at the University. Prior to arriving, Adam was in Dorset where he had been living as part of two different Christian communities, latterly at Hilfield Friary with the Anglican Franciscans, and prior to that at The Pilsdon Community, living alongside those struggling with poor mental health, addiction, and homelessness. He has also worked in parishes in inner-city Portsmouth and Worcestershire. Adam is married to Teresa and enjoys many things in life including the countryside, sport, and the arts (both high and low culture!)

Tel: 01332 591878
Email: a.dickens@derby.ac.uk 

 

Director of Music

Hugh Morris joined the Cathedral team in January 2015. He leads the music department and is much enjoying immersing himself in the life of the Cathedral and city. An experienced and accomplished choir trainer, organist, and trained teacher, with a passion for a wide range of music both sacred and secular, he has worked in a number of different Cathedrals, churches and schools up and down the country, including Salisbury Cathedral, Hexham Abbey, and, most recently, Christchurch Priory. He particularly enjoys working with young people, which is now largely with the two teams of choristers in the Cathedral choirs.

Hugh is married to Sarah, a part-time GP. They have two daughters aged 10 and 12, both of whom also love music. When not at work Hugh enjoys eating Sarah's excellent cooking, pulling on walking boots and heading off into the countryside, and DIY.

Tel: 01332 341201
Email: hugh@derbycathedral.org

Assistant Director of Music

Edward joined the staff at Derby Cathedral in September 2017, having previously held posts at Worcester College Oxford, Tewkesbury Abbey, Dean Close School Cheltenham and Southwell Minster. His role at the Cathedral involves assisting Hugh in the administration of the Music Department, playing the organ for most choral services, teaching the choristers and directing the Voluntary Choir. Edward also directs the University Choir, and accompanies Bingham and district Choral Society. Having been a chorister himself, he has a particular passion for the music of the Anglican liturgy. When he isn’t practising or answering emails, he can often be found drinking, eating, walking, or any combination of the above.

Tel: 01332 341201
Email: edward@derbycathedral.org

Head Verger

Tel: 01332 341201
Email: deansverger@derbycathedral.org

Canons' Verger

Mat has worked at the Cathedral since March 2005. Mat looks after the building, keeping it clean and tidy as well as setting up and taking part in the daily round of services. Mat's role also involves assisting the Clergy on a day-to-day basis. 

Mat originally trained as a chef and worked in the Hospitality industry until starting at the Cathedral. 

Mat was baptised and confirmed after joining the Cathedral which he says was "a great experience" making him feel "much more a part of the Christian faith & community." 

Mat's interests outside of work include walking, playing snooker and going to the Cinema and when time allows, Mat is a keen golf player. 

 

Verger

Dave has been a member of the Cathedral congregation for 12 years, firstly in the pews and then as a server.  From 2011 until the present day Dave has worked as a part-time Verger.

Dave enjoys spending time on his allotment, loves travelling and is a keen Derby County supporter.

Joe Grimoldby

Appointed in February 2015, Joe originally joined the Cathedral as an apprentice before obtaining a permanent position. He is one of the Church of England's youngest employees. A Derbeian to the core, he is proud to be a part of the Vergers team. 

Cathedral Bookshop Manager

Peter opened Derby Cathedral bookshop on 18th June 2012. He has over 28 years’ experience of working in the Christian books and gifts field in Derby city centre alone and joined us following the closure of Wesley Owen. Peter is passionate about ensuring that Derby retains a Christian bookshop, believing (as we all do) that it provides a much valued service to Derby, Derbyshire and beyond.

Tel: 01332 227660
Email: peter.goddard@derbycathedral.org

Cathedral Café Manager

Simon opened the refurbished Cathedral Café on 28th June 2012. He has lived and worked in London as a chef for 26 years before deciding to relocate to Derby, his childhood home. Simon specialises in soups, cakes and quiches and his reputation for good quality homemade food is beginning to spread!

Tel: 01332 341201
Email: simon@derbycathedral.org

Bookshop Assistant

Mandy has worked in the Christian books field for over 4 years, and in the retail industry (pharmacy) for over 20 years. Mandy enjoys playing the piano, and lists DIY among her hobbies.

Bookshop Assistant

Tel: 01332 227660

Café Assistant

Development Officer

Alex joined the Cathedral in July 2015 as Development Officer.  He came to Derby in 2012 after almost ten years working for Dudley Zoo, and completed his PhD in British Film History soon afterwards. Alex is a keen allotmenteer, a reader and collector of 1950s paperbacks, a real ale buff and a British film historian. His background leading audience development initiatives for some of Derby's prominent arts and culture providers alongside HLF project management experience at Derby Open Centre made him ideal for this role.

E:alex@derbycathedral.org 
T: 01332 341201.

Operations Administrator

Kim has worked at the Cathedral office for many years. Kim is also an active member of the congregation and volunteers as a steward and Acolyte at the Cathedral services. In her spare time, Kim enjoys shopping and spending time with her friends and family, particularly going to the theatre and eating out

E: kim@derbycathedral.org
T: 01332 341201.

Diary and Events Coordinator

Laura joined the Cathedral in June 2015 in the role of Diary and Events Coordinator. Laura’s background is in event management and she previously ran events for a number of organisations including the University of Derby.

A Fashion studies Graduate from the University of Derby, Laura still enjoys making and creating in her spare time and can often be found with a project or two on the go. Laura is from Derby originally and after spending time living in London and New York returned home a few years ago. When not working Laura likes to make the most of the local music and art scene within the city.

E: laura@derbycathedral.org
T: 01332 341201.  
Schools Education Officer
 
Viv joined the Cathedral staff in 2010 having worshipped at the Cathedral for more than 20 years. Born in Nottingham she is an experienced primary school teacher having worked in Derby City and County for many years as a music specialist, which she combines with her role at the Cathedral. When not teaching she enjoys singing in the Cathedral’s Voluntary Choir and Derby Choristers. She loves world travel, gardening, good food and the company of family and friends. She is secretly quite fond of fast cars and Star Trek.

 

Keeper of the Treasures 
 
Derek has been a server at both the Cathedral and Bridge Chapel for over 30 years. Following his early retirement from staff of Lloyds Bank in 2003 he became a member of the Cathedral’s team of visitor guides. With the opening of the Cathedral Treasury in 2003 by HM the Queen, he has been responsible for the maintenance of the Treasury. Derek liaises with parishes in the Derby Diocese who wish to loan their silver etc for exhibition and is always available to parishes to talk about their silver and textiles conservation. A Vice President of Derby Civic Society and former Chairman of The Friends of Derby Museum and Art Gallery, Derek is always keen to promote Derby’s great industrial and cultural heritage. 

E: dereklimer@btinternet.com
T: 01332 341201 

Head Server 

John's primary role is to organise and train the servers who assist the clergy in the Cathedral's main services. John has been involved with the Cathedral for over 50 years.A Chartered Mechanical Engineer, John worked for engineering companies in Derby until retirement and served as a Magistrate for over 20 years. He has been involved in Scouting since he was a boy and continues to assist when required. John was awarded an MBE for services to the Scouting movement in 2016. 

Cathedral Warden

Dave has returned to the role of Cathedral Warden along with his roles on Ministry of Welcome and the Social Committee, he is also involved in helping the vergers department especially on the maintenance and repair tasks.

His career prior to retirement was mainly in the aerospace industry and was a director of a local engineering company. He is still an active member of the Scouting movement and being a keen walker, is involved in the organisation of competitive walking competitions for Derbyshire Scouts. He is also involved in local amateur dramatics – backstage.

Cathedral Warden and Safeguarding Link for Children 

Gwyneth has been a regular worshipper at the Cathedral since 1975 when she joined the choir as a 9 year old. Over the years she has enjoyed volunteering in various roles around the Cathedral. Currently she is a warden, child safeguarding link, and she also washes and irons some of the white linen. Also Gwyneth is a soprano of the Voluntary Choir and Derby Choristers. She is a primary school catering supervisor. Married in 1990 at the Cathedral to Robert an engineer at Rolls Royce and they now have two grown up children. 

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