Who We Are & Contacts
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Members of Chapter
The Very Reverend Dr David Ison - Dean
The Dean leads the Cathedral assisted by the Residentiary and Lay Canons, enabling Chapter to come to a common mind and implement the agreed vision for St Paul's. Brought up in Brentwood, David went to university in Leicester and theological college in Nottingham, before his curacy in Deptford, where he engaged in inner-city ministry and studied for a PhD in early church history. After being a tutor at the Church Army training college in Blackheath, he became vicar of Potters Green, Coventry. In 1993 he worked in Exeter in theological training for ordinands and clergy, and from 1995 was Residentiary Canon at Exeter Cathedral. In 2005 David became Dean of Bradford with the task of rebuilding the Cathedral’s ministry and mission. He became Dean of St Paul's in May 2012.
The Reverend Canon Mark Oakley - Chancellor
The Chancellor is responsible for the Cathedral's Schools & Families Department, Adult Learning and St Paul's Institute; and for the visual arts policy. Mark was educated in London and Oxford and ordained at St Paul’s in 1993. He served his curacy at St John’s Wood (1993-6), before becoming Chaplain to the Bishop (1996-2000) and later Rector of St Paul’s, Covent Garden (2000-2005). He then became Archdeacon of Germany and Northern Europe. Mark returned to London and Grosvenor Chapel, Mayfair, in 2008 before moving to St Paul’s. He is also a Deputy Priest in Ordinary to HM The Queen (1996-). He is Visiting Lecturer in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at King’s College, London.
The Reverend Canon Michael Hampel - Precentor
The Precentor is responsible for music and liturgy. Michael was educated at Stratford-upon-Avon, Durham, and Cambridge, and was ordained in Durham Cathedral in 1993 to serve as Assistant Curate of Whitworth with St Paul, Spennymoor. He was appointed Minor Canon, Precentor and Sacrist of Durham Cathedral until 2002 when he became Senior Tutor of St Chad's College in the University of Durham. Michael was appointed Precentor of St Edmundsbury Cathedral in 2004, becoming Sub-Dean in 2008 and Acting Dean in 2009. He has acted and directed in amateur theatre most of his life; has had a long association with the Air Training Corps; and was Vice-Chair of Governors of King Edward VI Upper School in Bury St Edmunds.
The Reverend Canon Philippa Boardman, MBE - Treasurer
The Canon Treasurer is responsible for the finance and fabric. Philippa was among the first group of women to be ordained at St Paul’s Cathedral in 1994. She served two curacies in the Dioceses of Chelmsford and London. From 1996 - 2003 she was first Priest-in-Charge at Old Ford St Paul and St Mark and then Vicar (2003-2012). In 2011 she was awarded the MBE for Services to Heritage in East London in recognition of her work to renovate and re-open the parish church at Old Ford. She is a regular speaker at church and urban regeneration conferences. Philippa has served on the General Synod of the Church of England since 1994 and as a Member of the Church of England Church Buildings Council since 2009.
The Reverend Canon Tricia Hillas - Pastor
The Canon Pastor oversees the welfare and training of all people at St Paul’s, with a specific focus on marketing, enterprises, communications, HR and development. She leads the pastoral mission and develop relationships and chaplaincy-style support for regular worshippers and people of Christian faith across London. Before becoming Canon Pastor, Tricia was Vicar of St Barnabas in Northolt and formerly the Sub-Dean for Northolt, Perivale and Greenford. Born in Kuala Lumpur, Tricia trained as a social worker, before ordination in 2002. She has worked in the Diocese of London since then. Recently, she has completed her MSc in conflict resolution and mediation.
The Venerable Sheila Watson - Canon Non-Residentiary
Sheila joined Chapter in 2016 in a new role designed to advise and support the work of the Chapter in its governance of the Cathedral, including its strategic direction and ongoing development. Sheila held the position of Archdeacon of Canterbury for nine years from 2007 and before that was Archdeacon of Buckingham in the Diocese of Oxford. She was amongst the first women ordained to the priesthood at St Paul's in 1994. She was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Divinity by the University of Kent in 2013. Sheila has also recently been appointed to the stipendiary post of Preacher at Lincoln’s Inn.
Gavin Ralston - Lay Canon (Finance)
As Lay Canon (Finance) Gavin holds particular responsibility for finance at St Paul's Cathedral. He is Global Head of Product and leading international asset manager at Schroder Investment Management. He holds the role of Lay Canon in addition to his position at Schroders. Gavin has a degree from University College, Oxford and is a member of the Investment Funds Committee of the Investment Management Association. He also serves as a Churchwarden at St Lawrence Jewry-next Guildhall and as trustee of an endowment fund established by University College, Oxford.
Pim Baxter - Lay Canon
Pim, who is Deputy Director at the National Portrait Gallery is a highly experienced arts manager, having worked in opera, theatre and the visual arts. With an extensive knowledge of senior management and team-leading, her roles have included fundraising and sponsorship, communications, audience development, event management and project management. As well as heading up the National Portrait Gallery's communications, development and human resources teams, Pim is also Secretary to the Board of Trustees. She previously worked at the National Theatre. Pim worships at St Mary’s Church, Eastling, where her husband, Andrew, is the organist.
|For the Dean|
|Susie de Wilton, Dean's Secretaryemail@example.com | 0207 246 8360|
|For the Canons Chancellor and Pastor|
|Ann Ruby, Canons' PAfirstname.lastname@example.org | 0207 246 8378|
|For the Canon Treasurer|
|Liz Washford, PA to the Canon Treasurer and Committee Secretaryemail@example.com | 0207 246 8373|
|For the Canon Precentor|
|Gemma Winpenny, Liturgical Administrator and PA to the Canon Precentorfirstname.lastname@example.org | 0207 246 8304|
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