Cathedrals Working Group

The Cathedrals Working Group’s draft report is now available to download. We are carrying out an open consultation on this draft, and would really value your feedback via this online survey. A downloadable pdf list of the questions in the survey can be found here.

Please note that you will be unable to save the survey and come back to it and will need to complete it in one go, therefore, you may wish to print the questions off before responding online. 

We expect all participants to complete the survey online. If you are unable to do this then please contact us using the form at the bottom of this page.

The deadline for all responses is by 5pm on Wednesday 28 February.

  1. Online survey
  2. Cathedrals Working Group Report
  3. Downloadable list of survey questions


Background to the report 

The Cathedrals Working Group was set up in response to a request made by the Bishop of Peterborough in his January 2017 Visitation Charge on Peterborough Cathedral. The Bishop asked that the Archbishops’ Council look carefully at how the current legislation governing cathedrals is operating, and whether any improvements could be made. The draft report is the result of this.

The report reviews and provides recommendations on 6 themes:

  • Mission and Ecclesiology
  • Governance
  • Leadership and Management
  • Finance
  • Buildings
  • Safeguarding
View down the aisle at Derby Cathedral during service Diocese of Derby

"Cathedrals are spectacular and wonderful expressions of the mission of God in His world. There is much to celebrate, guard and nurture in the life of cathedrals - congregations are growing, people continue to visit in vast numbers, and demand for the contribution of cathedrals in civil society and the public square defies expectations in a secular age. All of this attests to their increasing popularity and cultural importance – cathedrals bring something unique and wonderful to Church and nation. Our vision in preparing this report has been to seek to preserve these extraordinary places so that they may carry on flourishing into the future.”

+Adrian Stepney, Chair of the Cathedrals Working Group

What happens next?

The consultation is open until Wednesday 28 February. After this all the responses will be collected and analysed. The Cathedrals Working Group will then meet to discuss what refinements and changes that might be made to the draft. The final version will then be submitted to the Archbishops’ Council in March, and once amended and approved by them will be published. Subject to their approval, an analysis of consultation responses will be published alongside the final version of the report. Both will be available on this website.


Chair: Rt Revd Adrian Newman, Bishop of Stepney

Vice-Chair: Very Revd Vivienne Faull, Dean of York

  • Mrs Julie Dziegel, member of General Synod (Oxford) and of the Archbishops' Council Finance Committee
  • Andrew Holroyd OBE, Executive Chairman, Jackson Canter Solicitors, Lay Canon of Liverpool Cathedral
  • Carl Hughes, Member of the General Synod and the Archbishops' Council Finance Committee; led the Visitation of Peterborough Cathedral on behalf of the Bishop of Peterborough; vice chairman of the Southwark Diocesan Board of Finance
  • Richard Oldfield, Chairman, Oldfield Partners, Chair of Canterbury Cathedral Council
  • Baroness Maeve Sherlock OBE
  • Jennie Page CBE, Former Vice Chair of the Cathedral Fabrics Commission for England, Vice Chair, Church Buildings Council, Chair of Southwark Cathedral Council
  • Dr Fiona Spiers, former Regional Director for Yorkshire and Humber, Heritage Lottery Fund
  • Rt Hon Jack Straw
  • Rt Revd Tim Stevens, former Bishop of Leicester

Terms of Reference

The Cathedrals Working Group has been established by the Archbishops in response to the request from the Bishop of Peterborough in his Visitation Charge "to look at whether the current Cathedrals Measure is adequate, and to consider revising it".

The Working Group will therefore review the sufficiency of the Cathedrals Measure in relation to governance structures in cathedrals, with particular reference to:

  • Financial management
  • Major buildings projects
  • Safeguarding
  • Accountability, oversight and scrutiny

The Working Group will also review:

  • Leadership capacity, including training and development needs for Deans and Chapters
  • The relationship of cathedral governance structures to other key partners, especially the Diocesan Bishop, Diocese and Church Commissioners
  • The planning, execution, communication and implementation of Cathedral Visitation

Contact the Cathedrals Working Group