We're very proud of the Birmingham Cathedral Team. With great involvement and dedication from our congregation, clergy, volunteers, office team, facilities staff, Chapter and various committee team members we open the doors to St Philips every day.
The Right Reverend David Urquhart The Bishop of Birmingham
Bishop David is the Ninth Bishop of Birmingham. He was inaugurated at St Philip's Cathedral, Birmingham in November 2006.In addition to his duties as Bishop of Birmingham, he is the Archbishop of Canterbury's Link with China, Prelate of the Order of St Michael and St George and President of the Friends of IPASC (community health training) in DR Congo. Bishop David is a Church Commissioner and joined the House of Lords in October 2010.
The Right Reverend Anne Hollinghurst The Bishop of Aston
The Rt Revd Anne Elizabeth Hollinghurst is the Suffragan Bishop of Aston in the Diocese of Birmingham.
The Very Revd Matt Thompson Dean of Birmingham
Dean Matt is Dean of Birmingham. He was installed as Dean of Birmingham on 30 September 2017.
Matt grew up in the West Midlands and attended school in Walsall. He studied Theology & Religious Studies at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge and trained for ordination at Ridley Hall, Cambridge.
Matt served his title at the Parish of the Ascension, Hulme in the Diocese of Manchester from 1994 to 1997. From 1997 to 2000 he served first as Assistant Curate and then as Team Vicar in the Langley and Parkfield Team Ministry. From 2000 to 2008 he was Priest-in-Charge at St Cross Clayton and Area Dean of Ardwick from 2003 to 2008. From 2008-2017 he was Vicar of Bolton and Borough Dean of Bolton from 2010-2017. He served as an honorary canon of Manchester Cathedral from 2012-2017 and as Chair of the House of Clergy for the Diocese of Manchester from 2015-2017.
Throughout his ministry, he has been particularly involved in schools, urban regeneration, interfaith ministry and community cohesion. He is interested in public theology and Ignatian spirituality
The Reverend Canon Dr Josephine Houghton Canon Precentor
Josephine is Canon Precentor. She was installed at Birmingham Cathedral in May 2019. Canon Josephine is responsible for the worship that is offered in the cathedral, and works closely with the Head of Music.
She is also interested in refugee and asylum matters and serves on the management committee of Restore, a Birmingham Churches Together project.
Anna Pitt Chief Executive firstname.lastname@example.org
Anna is the senior lay person on the Cathedral staff. In her role as Chapter Clerk, Anna has oversight for delivery of the strategies and policies set by Chapter. She is responsible for the day-to day management of the cathedral, including Finance, HR, Fabric, and Governance. Anna has a background in professional fundraising; she is also a member of her PCC, Deanery Synod and Diocesan Synod, as well as trustee at a local school.
David Hardie Head of Music email@example.com
David is director of the Cathedral Choir of boys, girls and lower voices.He is responsible for the planning and delivery of music at all our services, tours, recordings and broadcasts, as well as the management and financial administration of the Music Department.
Liz Wood Head of Communications firstname.lastname@example.org
Liz heads up the cathedral’s communications strategy across all areas. A trained journalist and social media specialist with experience at an international advertising agency.
Jane McArdle Head of Heritage email@example.com
With a background in museum management and heritage education, Jane co-ordinates activity related to the history of Birmingham Cathedral; this includes interpretation, displays and events. Jane is currently working specifically on Divine Beauty, a project to restore the Burne-Jones windows involving a range of partners and volunteers across the city.
Stephen is responsible for the daily oversight of cathedral activities and events and the maintenance and upkeep of the building. He works directly with the verger team and closely with the wardens, volunteers and all cathedral support staff.
Steve Purvis, Jerome Reed, Paul Williamson, Christopher Baxter and Ailsa Lighfoot Verger Team firstname.lastname@example.org
Steve, Jerome, Paul and Christopher are our Verger team. They have a distinctive role in the liturgy and ceremony here, carrying the ‘verge’ and leading processions. In addition, they prepare the cathedral for services and other events, are responsible for its security, cleanliness and maintaining an atmosphere conducive to prayer and worship.
Our dedicated verger team work 365 days a year. Steve, Jerome, Chris and Paul are directly responsible for facilitating the well-ordered liturgy of worship. They also facilitate, through collaboration with all the various departments of the cathedral, all other events that happen within the cathedral. This means that the working day can be extremely varied, involving both classical and popular concerts, royal visits, educational visits, lectures and more. The first duty shift begins early in the day when the building is opened for Morning Worship. Those on the final shift may finally lock the building in the early hours of the following morning, if there is a major concert.
April Steadman PA to the Dean email@example.com
April is PA to Dean Matt and supports the office team with all administrative support to the Senior Cathedral team. A key role ensuring the smooth day to day function of the cathedral. April is one of the first point of contacts for external enquiries to the Cathedral Office team and the congregation, including oversight of the main ‘enquiries’ email address, dealing with phone enquiries and signposting.
Tracy Taylor Diary and Events Manager firstname.lastname@example.org
Tracy is responsible for events and concerts at the cathedral and Cathedral Square. She is the first point of call for hiring the cathedral. Tracy also manages the cathedral diary.
Emma Kupsa Administration Officer and PA to the Chief Executive email@example.com
Emma provides the clergy, office and facilities team with administrative support. This is a key role in ensuring the smooth day to day function of the cathedral.
Ashley Wagner Assistant Head of Music firstname.lastname@example.org
Ashley is the principal organist for most services, accompanying the Cathedral Choir and directing our voluntary choir, the St Philip’s Singers.He is also responsible for the Cathedral’s music outreach programme, our Monday lunchtime concert series and much of the training of our younger choristers.
Paul Hayward Liturgy and Music Officer email@example.com
Paul primarily supports the Canon Precentor and Head of Music and it is his responsibility to oversee the creation and production of service booklets, rotas, music lists and the lectionary, amongst other duties. He is the first point of enquiry for visiting choirs and all aspects of liturgy and services in the cathedral. Outside of the cathedral, Paul is studying for a PhD in choral composition at the University of Aberdeen with Royal Wedding composer Professor Paul Mealor, having been awarded a Carlow-Ogston Scholarship. He also works as a conductor and composer in the Midlands.
Oliver Neale Organ Scholar 2019/ 20
Oliver is a first year organ student at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, and is also an accomplished singer, having sung with leading choirs including Truro Cathedral Choir and Genesis Sixteen.
Patricia Williams and Sandra Bailey Church Wardens
Amanda Homer and Clare Hartigan Finance Officers firstname.lastname@example.org
Amanda and Clare are the first point of contact for invoicing.
The current members of Chapter are:
Richard Brooks (Bishop's Nominee)
Canon Josephine Houghton
Canon Nigel Hand
The Very Revd Matt Thompson
Anna Pitt (Chapter Clerk)