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 Revd Canon Nigel Canon Acting Dean firstname.lastname@example.org
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 Liturgist email@example.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 Director of Resources (Cathedral Administrator) 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 a local school.
Canon Marcus Huxley Director of Music email@example.com
The Cathedral Choir is directed by Marcus Huxley who was made a Lay Canon by the Bishop in 2011 to mark 25 years of distinguished service to the cathedral.The choristers are drawn from all over the region, choral scholars from the Conservatoire and Lay Clerks from a variety of walks of life.They form one of the leading cathedral choirs in the country and are regarded as ‘the jewel in the crown’ at Birmingham Cathedral.
Carol Currier Office Manager and PA to the Dean firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Jane McArdle Heritage Managerand Windows Project Manager 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.
Liz Wood Communications & Events Manager 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. Liz is also responsible for events and concerts at the cathedral and cathedral square.
Louisa Harrop Children and Families Officer email@example.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 Assistant Director of Music firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.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.
Ailsa Lightfoot Administration Officer firstname.lastname@example.org
Ailsa provides administrative support to the cathedral team, liturgy and music administration.
Ashley Wagner Organ Scholar email@example.com
Ashley is the cathedral's organ scholar, combining this role with studies at Birmingham Conservatoire. He assists Canon Marcus and David in playing for services, playing for singing lessons and teaching music theory to the boy and girl choristers. Ashley is also accompanist to our voluntary choir the St Philip's Singers.
Amanda and Patricia are the first point of contact for invoicing.
The Cathedral Chapter
Andrew Harrison Cathedral Chapter
Andrew is Managing Director for RBS and NatWest Corporate & Commercial Banking in the Midlands and East of England. He has over 20 years experience in corporate banking. Outside of banking he is a Non Executive Director of Marketing Birmingham and member of Birmingham Cathedral Chapter. Andrew is married with 3 children.
Sue Davis Cathedral Chapter
joined Chapter as a representative of the Cathedral congregation in 2015, having worshipped there since moving to Birmingham in 2006. Sue Chairs the Board of Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Trust, the third NHS body she has led after a 27 years of service as a senior Councillor in Shropshire and Telford. She served as a Governor of Queen’s Theological College from 2000 to 2015, the last two years as President, and has a long history of involvement in ecumenical congregations and projects from her university days onward. Sue has been involved in a wide array of statutory and voluntary organisations, national and local, and now ‘rings the changes’ on her NHS work by Chairing the Audit Committee of West Midlands Police.
Richard Brooks Cathedral Chapter
Richard Brooks is a member of the week day congregation and sings in the Cathedral’s voluntary choir, the St Philip’s Singers. Richard is a partner at Anthony Collins Solicitors, working only 300 yards from the Cathedral. He has a wife and two children and lives in Lichfield. He enjoys cycling and playing various instruments in his spare time.