Executive Recruitment

Welcome from +Jonathan

Dean of York


Thank you for your interest in becoming a Lay Canon of the Chapter, Dean of York.

As a recent arrival to the City of York, the Diocese and Northern Province, each day I have a growing sense of the significance of the work the Chapter of York is called to undertake.  Not only is York Minster a national treasure in terms of its Anglican Choral tradition, architecture and unparalleled collection of mediaeval stained glass, but it is also a living well-spring of worship, creative engagement with new communities and witness to the love of God in Jesus Christ. 

Though we often feel ourselves unworthy of the task that is set before us, members of Chapter are resolved to work with our Archbishop in appointing colleagues of faith, exceptional ability, vision and professional experience: colleagues who will help us to see, from their particular perspective, how we might respond to the complex challenges of our day and to the opportunities for Christian service and witness.  

A new Lay Canon will discover that there is much that is already strong in our organisational life; they will also discover, I pray, an openness to learning and growing together, that we might become more effective and fruitful stewards in our governance of this holy place.

I am delighted you have shown an interest in becoming a Lay Canon.  As a Chapter, we are ready to receive the gifts and insights our new Lay Canons will bring as we serve the purpose of the Minster and share the Good News of Jesus Christ in a changing society and global community.

We trust you find the information pack helpful.  Please do not hesitate to be in touch with our colleagues in GatenbySanderson if there is any further information you may require.

We will be praying for you in the discernment that lies ahead.

With best wishes and my prayers