Andrew Tremlett to be next Dean of St Paul’s

Press release
30th March 2022

Andrew Tremlett to be next Dean of St Paul’s

We are very pleased to announce that the Very Revd Andrew Tremlett has been appointed as the next Dean of St Paul’s.

Andrew will succeed the Very Revd Dr David Ison, who is due to retire in September 2022 after ten years as Dean of St Paul’s.

Andrew will take over leadership at an important moment for St Paul’s as it seeks to recover from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and play a central role in the rejuvenation of the City of London as workers and visitors return to the square mile. He will oversee a growing schedule of services and special events, as well as welcoming visitors from the UK and overseas as visitors begin to return to the capital.

Following today’s announcement, Andrew is visiting St Paul’s Whitechapel Primary School, which is engaged with the Cathedral’s music partnership programme, where he will meet pupils and hear a performance from its choir. Later in the day, he will also meet with The Rt Hon The Lord Mayor Vincent Keaveny at Mansion House.

The new Dean of St Paul's, the Very Reverend Andrew Tremlett

The incoming Dean of St Paul’s, the Very Revd Andrew Tremlett, said: “I am delighted to be appointed as Dean of St Paul’s, following David Ison’s faithful tenure over the past decade. I’m keenly aware that I join the team at St Paul’s at a pivotal time with both immediate and systemic challenges.

“I hope to be able to draw on my experience at other great centres of worship – Westminster Abbey and Durham Cathedral – both UNESCO World Heritage Sites, helping to rebuild life at St Paul’s as the global economy reopens. An international outlook is essential for me and my faith has been deepened through my engagement with the Missions to Seafarers around the world, as well as a keen interest in inter-faith dialogue.

“The Cathedral also has an important role to play in supporting the Diocese of London’s vision for every Londoner to encounter the love of God in Christ. I am looking forward to working with colleagues and across the Capital’s diverse churches to reach out to Londoners and share the Good News of Jesus Christ.”

The Bishop of London, the Rt Revd and Rt Hon Dame Sarah Mullally DBE, said:

“St Paul’s is a national symbol of unity, hope and the love of Jesus Christ, whilst providing a thriving centre for reflection, celebration and worship. All of these aspects come to the fore as we emerge from the pandemic and look to St Paul’s for spiritual and practical leadership.

“Andrew is superbly qualified to lead our historic Cathedral at this time. His energy and experience will be invaluable, and his vision for St Paul’s is inspirational and full of hope. I look forward to working closely together and learning from him.

“I am very grateful to David for this dedicated leadership over the last ten years. His wisdom will be much missed, and I thank him for his service.”

Dean of Durham since 2016, Andrew has shaped a skilled Executive Leadership Team to lead the Cathedral’s day-to-day operations and led national thinking on the role of residentiary canons under the Cathedrals Measure 2021. He has worked closely with the business community to establish an endowment fund to support the Cathedral’s conservation. In 2021, he led the Cathedral’s negotiations to establish Durham Cathedral School’s Foundation, which educates 600 pupils and provides Chorister places for 24 boys & 24 girls on an equal and needs-blind basis.

Andrew was previously based in London between 2010 and 2016, when he was Rector of St Margaret’s Church at Westminster Abbey. In 2012 he established the Westminster Abbey Institute, working with Public Service Institutions and Parliament Square to support ethics in public life.

Earlier in his career, Andrew served as a Curate in Torquay from 1989 to 1992 and then Chaplain to the Mission to Seafarers, and Assistant Chaplain to the Anglican Church in Rotterdam. He went on to serve in posts in the Dioceses of Portsmouth and Chichester.

From 1995 to 1998 he was Team Vicar in Fareham before becoming Chaplain to the Bishop of Portsmouth, and also a Parliamentary Research Assistant and Secretary to the Church of England’s Doctrine Commission. From 2003 to 2008 he was Vicar of Goring-by-Sea in Chichester diocese and then Canon Residentiary and Keeper of the Fabric at Bristol Cathedral where he was Acting Dean.

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St Paul’s Cathedral

Designed by Sir Christopher Wren in the late 17th century, St Paul’s Cathedral is a vibrant church, a national treasure and a London icon. It is the most recent building on a site where there has been a cathedral for London for over 1400 years. Our building provides a space for reflection, discovery, learning and debate. In normal times we welcome over a million people through our doors each year to worship and pray, to sightsee, and to attend concerts, educational events and performing arts. Alongside dedicated clergy and staff, we are sustained by a community of volunteers who welcome visitors, lead tours, ring our bells, maintain our collections and more. We provide comfort and commemoration through our national services, and stand as an enduring symbol of hope – for those of all faiths and none.