derby-cathedral-logo

 

The Very Rev'd Dr John Davies DL

The Very Revd Dr John Davies DL

The Dean of Derby

John Davies became Dean of Derby in October 2010. He had previously served in the diocese for ten years as Vicar of Melbourne, Director of Ordinands and Chairman of Industrial Mission. He has also represented the diocese on the General Synod.

John has been an Oxford College Chaplain, an inner city Vicar in Liverpool and a Curate in Peterborough where he was attached to the Cathedral. His role at Derby Cathedral is to focus its life and ministry, in the city, in the diocese and among all who come through its doors.

T: 01332 341201 
E: dean@derbycathedral.org

 

The Revd Dr Simon Taylor

Canon Chancellor

Simon came to Derby in 2012 from Bristol, where he served as a parish priest. As well as serving as Canon Chancellor, Simon is also the Continuing Ministerial Development Officer for the Diocese of Derby. With a stall in the Cathedral and a desk in Church House, Simon co-ordinates training for the clergy of the Diocese of Derby, and especially for curates. Simon is married with two children, and enjoys Dr Who, real ale, most music and reading. He really ought to get out walking more often.

E: simon.taylor@derby.anglican.org 
T: 01332 388650

 

The Revd Chris Moorsom

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.

T: 01332 341201 
E: precentor@derbycathedral.org

 

The Revd Dr Elizabeth Thomson

Canon Missioner

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.

T: 01332 341201
E: missioner@derbycathedral.org

 

The Revd Adam Dickens

Chaplain to the Cathedral

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!)

E: a.dickens@derby.ac.uk
T: 01332 591878

 

Rachel Morris

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.

E: rachel@derbycathedral.org 
T: 01332 341201

Lay Chapter

Canon Mark Titterton

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.

 

Janet Love

The Hon David Legh

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.

 

Janet Love

Brian Dollamore

Lay member of Chapter

Brian Dollamore is former Chairman of the Derby Diocesan Board of Finance and a former Church Warden in the diocese.  He is a devoted father of three, and a grandfather too.  Brian joined the Chapter in 2011.

 

Val Grahl

Lay member of Chapter

Val has worshipped at Derby Cathedral since 1987; she is currently one of the Cathedral Wardens 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.

 

Vergers

 Geoff Alvis

Geoff Alvis

Acting Head Verger

Geoff is currently our Acting Head Verger helping oversee the refurbishment work in the Cathedral and ensuring that all the services in the Bridge Chapel and St Mary's RC Church during this time run like clockwork.  Geoff's first association with Derby Cathedral was singing in the choir and he then volunteered in the Vergers department where he now works part-time.  Geoff has a passion for music and has a healthy social life with his ex-colleagues from the Emergency Services.  Geoff also likes gardening and DIY.

 

Mat Mawson

Mat Mawson

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.

 

Music Department

 

 Hugh

Hugh Morris

Director of Music

Hugh Morris joined the Cathedral team in January 2015.  Hugh grew up in Oxfordshire and completed his formal education at Cambridge University.  Hugh has led a varied life.  Having worked as a teacher and organist in Bristol, he moved in 2001 to become Assistant Organist at Hexham Abbey.  In April 2009 Hugh moved to Christchurch Priory, taking up the position of Director of Music.  Hugh worked with and developed the choirs, gave recitals on the fine Nicholson organ, and participaed in a wide range of concerts.  He also enjoyed working part-time at Bournemouth School for Girls.  Hugh is enjoying leading the music department at Derby Cathedral and immersing himself in the life of the Cathedral and city.

Hugh is married to Sarah, currently a part-time GP.  They have two daughters aged 7 and 9, 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, especially making things with wood.  Often this seems to involve creating ever more inventive structures to keep the family chickens from eating the things the Morris family have been trying to grow!

E: hugh@derbycathedral.org
T: 01332 341201

 

 

Tom Corfield

Tom Corfield

Assistant Organist

Tom’s duties include accompanying the Cathedral Choir and running the Voluntary Choir. Tom was appointed in 1985 and combines his Cathedral work with part-time teaching. 

E: tom@derbycathedral.org
T: 01332 202231

 

Matthew Gibson

Organ Scholar

Matthew began his appointment in January 2013, combining his post with that of sixth form organ scholar at Trent College in September 2014. Matthew plays at the Cathedral's daily services, studying with and assisting both the Master of Music and Assistant Organist. Before moving to boarding school, Matthew was Organist of St. Mary & Modwen's Church, Burton Upon-Trent whilst studying as a music scholar at Denstone College. Alongside his cathedral duties, Matthew has a prime passion for long distance road running. Much love to his amazing parents for their incredible support and encouragement.

 

Martin Whiteley sm

Martin Whiteley

Ringing Master
 
Martin moved to Derby a couple of years ago to take up a lectureship at the university and then joined the local band of bell ringers at the Cathedral. In January 2015 he was appointed to the post of Ringing Master. Martin learnt to ring as a youngster at Wells Cathedral in Somerset nearly fifty years ago and is now getting the hang of it! His wife Maggie is also a keen bell ringer and they spend their spare time enjoying mountainous parts of the world and training for triathlons.
 

Commercial Enterprises

Peter Goddard

Cathedral Bookshop Manager

Peter opened Derby Cathedral bookshop on 18th June 2012. He has over 27 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.

E: peter.goddard@derbycathedral.org
T: 01332 341201

 

Simon Pleydell

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!

E: simon@derbycathedral.org
T: 01332 341201

 

Mandy Thomas

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.

 

Debby Webster

Bookshop Assistant

Debby has worked in the Christian books field for over 8 years and in the retail industry (ladies clothing) for a further 6 years. Debby is fond of listening to music and lists walking amongst her hobbies.

 

 

Administration

   
Peter Holdridge

Peter Holdridge

Finance Manager 

Peter has worked for the Cathedral since 2004. In his role as Finance Officer, Peter is responsible for all of the Cathedral finances, including the Coffee Shop and Car Park. 

Outside of work, Peter’s interests include cricket, charities supporting autistic children and watching films.

E:peterh@derbycathedral.org
T: 01332 341201

 

Kim Milner

PA to the Chapter Steward

Kim has worked in the Cathedral Office for a number of years. Kim is an active member of the Cathedral congregation, and enjoys assisting as a volunteer on the Stewarding team and the Cathedral coffee rota. In her spare time, Kim enjoys shopping with her daughter in London, and walking her Westie, Millie.

E: kim@derbycathedral.org
T: 01332 341201

 

Lucille Parsisson

Lucille Parsisson

PA to the Dean, Canon Precentor and Director of Music

Lucille’s role is to provide administrative support to the Dean, Canon Precentor and the Director of Music in the Cathedral office. From producing the clergy daily and Sunday rota to helping organise Cathedral and civic services, Lucille is kept busy and challenged on a daily basis.

Lucille is a self confessed ‘history nerd’ with a love for architecture, especially Cathedrals. She is also a keen Nottingham Forest supporter which she finds ‘challenging’ working in the centre of Derby!

E:lucille@derbycathedral.org
T: 01332 341201

 

 

Dr Alex Rock

Development Officer

Alex joined the Cathedral in July as Development Officer.  With a thorough knowledge of Derby, and experience in fund raising and writing bids Alex will play an important role in the further development and sustainment of the Cathedral.  His enthusiasm, experience and attention to detail made him ideal for this important role.

Alex lists allotments and film studies in his interests.  Whilst not originally from Derby this is very much his chosen home.

E:alex@derbycathedral.org 

T: 01332 341201

 Laura Braithwaite

Laura Braithwaite

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 for 4 years.

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

 

Viv Lawrence

Viv Lawrence

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.

T: 01332 341201
 
Geoff Robson

Geoff Robson

Exhibitions Officer 

Geoff has been worshipping at the Cathedral since moving to Derby in 1993. He became Exhibitions Officer in 2003 after the Queen opened the Cathedral Centre. 

Part of Geoff’s role is to process all applications for exhibitions following the Chapter’s Policy, to promote the Christian Faith and support the local community. 

Geoff previously worked in education, becoming an HMI staff inspector before retirement. 

In addition to art and architecture, Geoff enjoys classical music, and in particular thinks the Cathedral's music is outstanding.

T: 01332 341201

 

Derek Limer

Derek Limer

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. Liaising with parishes in the Derby Diocese who wish to loan their silver etc for exhibition and is always available to parishes about their silver and textiles. 

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

 

John Howarth

John Howarth

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.

 

 

 

Find Us

Contact Us

Derby Cathedral
Centre 18-19 Iron Gate, 
Derby
DE1 3GP

Tel: 01332 341201

Fax: 01332 203991

Email: office@derbycathedral.org

 Twitter facebook YouTube Flickr