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 AnneHollinghurst 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@birminghamcathedral.com

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 Revd Canon Nigel Hand Canon Missioner canonmissioner@birminghamcathedral.com

Canon Nigel is Canon Missioner and General Synod Representative. He was installed at Birmingham Cathedral in 2008. Canon Nigel is responsible for the cathedral's engagement with the city and its links with the wider community. He also leads 'Tuesday Talks' discussions every week, based on bible passages or topics. He is passionate about mission and evangelism, and longs for it to be the heartbeat of the church.

The Revd Canon Andrew Lythall Canon Precentor canonliturgist@birminghamcathedral.com

Canon Andrew trained for the priesthood at Cranmer Hall, Durham from 2007 – 2010, during which time he gained a Master’s degree in theology, undertaking research into mediaeval liturgy and Eucharistic sacramentality.

He served his curacy at St. George’s Church Stockport before being appointed as Vicar of Offerton and rector of St Thomas’, Stockport in 2013 – during which time he oversaw a period of considerable growth at St Alban’s and a significant restoration and development works at St Thomas’. He is a member of the Society of Catholic Priests and is passionate about liturgy, mediaeval history, cathedrals and astronomy.

Canon Andrew is responsible for worship at the cathedral, including regular and special services, and overseeing music making.

Anna Pitt Chief Executive anna.pitt@birminghamcathedral.com

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 a local school.

Carol Currier Head of Office Administration carol.currier@birminghamcathedral.com

Carol is responsible for the cathedral diary and events schedule. She is the first point of contact for anyone wanting to arrange a special service, event, concert or guided tour at the cathedral. Carol also provides PA and secretarial support to the Dean.

Liz Wood Head of Communications & Events liz.wood@birminghamcathedral.com

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. Liz is also responsible for events and concerts at the cathedral and cathedral square.

Jane McArdle Head of Heritage heritage.officer@birminghamcathedral.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 Brooker Head of Facilitiesstephen.brooker@birminghamcathedral.com

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.

Louisa Harrop Head of Learning louisa.harrop@birminghamcathedral.com

Louisa works with schools, young people and families to encourage and support the participation of many events and activities that we have on offer. She provides interactive and engaging experiences so visitors can learn more about the traditions and patterns of Christian worship, as they have developed through history, and as they are developing today.

David Hardie Acting Head of Music  david.hardie@birminghamcathedral.com

David is the principal organist for most Cathedral services and assists Canon Marcus with directing the Cathedral Choir, particularly in training the girls’ choir and the younger boys. He is director of our voluntary choir the St Philip’s Singers and runs our Monday recital series. David had a previous career as a solicitor and handles our compliance with child performance legislation.

Steve Purvis, Jerome Reed, Paul Williamson and Christopher Baxter Verger Team vergers@birminghamcathedral.com

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. 

Ali Donaghue Liturgy and Administrations Officer ali.donaghue@birminghamcathedral.com

Ali joined the Cathedral in 2013, starting as a Choral Scholar. He’s now the Senior Lay Clerk in the choir, and was the soloist on their recent Choral Evensong broadcast on BBC Radio 3. Ali is also the Liturgy and Administrations Officer and works on producing the weekly service booklets, notice sheets and rotas, as well as digitising the week’s sermons and Tuesday Talks

Patricia Williams and Sandra Bailey Church Wardens 

Sam Bristow Organ Scholar

Sam is the cathedral's organ scholar, combining this role with studies at Birmingham Conservatoire. He assists David Hardie in playing for services, playing for singing lessons and teaching music theory to the boy and girl choristers.  

Amanda Homer and Patricia Allen Finance Officers amandah@cofebirmingham.com and patriciaa@cofebirmingham.com

Amanda and Patricia are the first point of contact for invoicing.

The current members of Chapter are:

Judith Whalley

Sandra Bailey

Patricia Williams

Sue Davis

Helen Blundell

Richard Brooks

Canon Andrew Lythall

Canon Nigel Hand (Chair)