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Nicholas Cottam, Registrar of St Paul’s Cathedral, to retire

The Registrar of St Paul’s Cathedral, Nicholas Cottam, is to retire from being the Cathedral’s most senior administrative officer.
Major General Nicholas Cottam CB, OBE will stand down at the end of September 2015 after almost seven years in the post.

Nicholas came to St Paul’s in 2008 after a long and illustrious military career, which saw him rise to the rank of Major General and hold senior positions including Director of Personnel Services and Military Secretary.

His role at St Paul’s has required him to assist the Cathedral Chapter with their executive responsibilities and to take on much responsibility for the management and development of the Cathedral. In his time at St Paul’s he has overseen major events including the service of commemoration at the end of the war in Iraq, HM The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee service and the funeral of Baroness Thatcher.

He has also been the driving force behind the full restoration of the Cathedral’s historic Chapter House, a project which will be completed in spring 2015.

On leaving the Cathedral community, Nicholas and his wife Susie will move to Windsor. The couple have two children.

Speaking of his retirement, Nicholas said: “It is a privilege to work for St Paul’s Cathedral. I like the sense of service that it attracts and the great range of people and interests it aims to serve so unconditionally. I have decided to leave in 2015, after almost seven years as Registrar, only because I know my role needs renewed energy and fresh ideas. My wife Susie and I will always be grateful for our involvement in the Cathedral’s life.”

The Dean of St Paul’s, The Very Reverend David Ison, added: “I have gratefully appreciated working with Nick since I arrived nearly three years ago. He is a person of many gifts and great integrity, who has done a huge amount behind the scenes to further the work of St Paul’s, handling issues as diverse as protestors at the Cathedral or the pension fund. I’m sure he will be grateful not to have so many meetings to go to in future. We are immensely grateful for his hard work, positive approach and detailed support for the life of the Cathedral, and wish him and Susie every blessing in next stage of their lives. He will be a hard act to follow!”

The Cathedral will now begin the process of appointing a new Registrar, to take up office in September.