St Paul’s Cathedral has been here for over 1,400 years. It has been built and rebuilt five times, and always its main purpose has been as a
place of worship and prayer.
St Paul's, with its world-famous dome, is an iconic feature of the London skyline. Step inside and you can enjoy the Cathedral's awe-inspiring
interior, and uncover fascinating stories about its history.
Learning & Faith
Lifelong learning is a core part of the our work, delivered through a variety of events by St Paul's Institute, and the
Cathedral's Adult Learning and Schools & Family Learning departments.
History & Collections
For more than 1,400 years, a Cathedral dedicated to St Paul has stood at the highest point in the City. The present Cathedral is the
masterpiece of Britain's most famous architect Sir Christopher Wren.
Behind the scenes, the cost of caring for St Paul's and continuing to deliver our central ministry and work is enormous and the generosity of
our supporters is critical.
Widely considered to be one of the world’s most beautiful buildings and a powerful symbol of the splendour of London, St Paul’s Cathedral is a
breathtaking events venue.
HM The Queen has approved the nomination of The Very Reverend David Ison, Dean of Bradford, as the next Dean
of St Paul’s.
The Very Reverend Dr David Ison, 57, was born and brought up in Brentwood, Essex. After taking a Combined Studies degree at the University of
Leicester he trained for ordination at St John’s College, Nottingham. He served his title at St Nicholas and St Luke Deptford in the diocese of
Southwark from 1979 to 1985, while also writing a PhD in church history at King’s College, London to develop skills to work in training people
for ministry. From 1985 to 1988 he was Lecturer at the Church Army Training College in Blackheath. In 1988 he became Vicar at Potters Green in
the diocese of Coventry, where he worked to physically and spiritually rebuild the church. In 1993 he moved to Exeter as Diocesan Continuing
Ministerial Education Officer to take on a variety of roles in training and supporting clergy in their ministry, and in 1995 also became a
Residentiary Canon at Exeter Cathedral. Since 2005 he has been Dean of Bradford, where he has enabled the Cathedral to play a significant role
in the life of the city and the diocese of Bradford.
David is married to Hilary, who is also an ordained priest and works in London for the Church of England’s Ministry Division. They have two
married daughters and two sons, and became grandparents two years ago.
His interests include history and current affairs, interfaith relations, DIY and scuba diving; and he drives a kit-car he made himself.
The Reverend Canon Michael Hampel, Precentor and Canon in Residence, said:
"We are delighted that David is coming to be Dean of St Paul’s. He brings with him a wealth of parochial and cathedral experience. The Chapter
and the whole cathedral community, with David at the helm, will continue to make St Paul’s a focus for Christian ministry and speak of the many
things that matter to people across London and beyond. We greatly look forward to welcoming him among us, together with Hilary and their
We look forward to his installation as Dean of St Paul’s on Friday 25 May 2012.