Who We Are & Contacts
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8:00am Morning Prayer
8:30am Doors open for sightseeing
8:30am Eucharist
10:00am Walk with Little Amal
12:30pm Eucharist
4:00pm Last entry for sightseeing
5:00pm Choral Evensong
5:30pm Cathedral closes

Members of Chapter

Chapter Contact Details

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 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, as well as development, and marketing and communications. 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 Reverend Canon James Milne - Precentor
The Precentor has responsibility for liturgy and music within the Cathedral. Having studied at the Universities of Wales and Edinburgh, James was ordained in 1998 to serve as Assistant Curate of St Mary Magdalene, Dundee. In 2001 he was appointed Rector of St Margaret’s Church, Lochee and a Chaplain for NHS Tayside. Before St Paul’s he served as Rector of St Bride’s, Glasgow and Convenor of the Diocesan Development Team for Liturgy and Worship. He was also on the Liturgy Committee of the Scottish Episcopal Church, latterly as Convenor. James served as Sacrist at St Paul's from 2015 to 2019. 


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.


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.


Sheila Nicoll - Lay Canon (Finance)
Sheila is Head of Public Policy at Schroders and has particular oversight of finance and business on Chapter, working alongside Gavin Ralston. She is also an Elder at St Columba’s Church of Scotland in London and holds a non-executive role as Secretary of the Churches’ Mutual Credit Union, an ecumenical initiative of British churches to provide responsible financial services. Sheila was also a member of the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Task Group on Responsible Credit and Savings and is a trustee of the Just Finance Foundation, which oversees the core programmes initiated by that Group. 




Dr Paula Gooder - Chancellor
The Chancellor has responsibility for growing and leading the Cathedral’s expanding theological and learning programme, which is a major part of the Christian mission and outreach of the Cathedral. Paula is one of today’s best known New Testament theologians, a scholar and teacher and is a Licensed Lay Reader in the Church of England. She was previously Director of Mission Learning and Development at the Diocese of Birmingham and Theologian in Residence at the Bible Society. Paula has also written a number of books including Journey to the Empty Tomb, Body: Biblical Spirituality for the Whole Person and Heaven. Paula as Chancellor attends Chapter and plays a full part in its work, although at present the law does not allow her as a paid lay person to be a Chapter member. 


The Dean and Ministers - Enquiries
(Monday to Friday, 9am - 5pm)
0207 246 8312
All media and interview requests must go through the Cathedral press office.