Who We Are & Contacts
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7:30am Morning Prayer
8:00am Eucharist
8:30am Doors open for sightseeing
12:30pm Eucharist
4:00pm Last entry for sightseeing
5:00pm Choral Evensong

Members of Chapter

Chapter Contact Details

The Very Reverend Dr David Ison - Dean 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 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 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 Tricia Hillas - Pastor 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 Reverend Canon Jonathan Brewster - Treasurer
The Canon Treasurer has oversight for the building and the commercial and financial aspects of its work, relating these to the Cathedral's spiritual mission of worship, prayer and service. Jonathan joined the Cathedral in 2017, coming from Christ Church with St John and St Saviour in Highbury, where he had been vicar for 14 years.  Jonathan has also served as Area Dean of Islington since 2014 and was Acting Archdeacon of Hackney from 2015 to 2016. Ordained in 1994 after training at Trinity College, Bristol, he was a curate in Bradford, and between 1998 and 2003 served as Chaplain to the University of Westminster. 


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 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 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 Secretary  deanspa@stpaulscathedral.org.uk  |  0207 246 8360
For the Canons Chancellor and Pastor
Ann Ruby, Canons' PA canonspa@stpaulscathedral.org.uk  |  0207 246 8378
For the Canon Treasurer
Liz Washford, PA to the Canon Treasurer and Committee Secretary lwashford@stpaulscathedral.org.uk  |  0207 246 8373
For the Canon Precentor
Gemma Winpenny, Liturgical Administrator and PA to the Canon Precentor gwinpenny@stpaulscathedral.org.uk |  0207 246 8304
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