How we are Organised

Southwell Minster is governed by Chapter with support and oversight from the Cathedral Council and College of Canons. The Cathedral employs approximately 32 members of staff (some part time) who are organised into music, vergers, property, marketing, finance, education and administration. The Minster Team are aided by 300 volunteers that represent 60 different groups.


The Cathedral Chapter is the governing authority for the Cathedral, and is made up of both clergy and lay members. Chapter is responsible for all aspects of its life and mission. Chapter is chaired by the Dean, the Very Reverend Nicola Sullivan. Other members include, two residentiary canons (a senior member of the clergy connected to the Cathedral), one canon, two lay persons elected by the Annual Parochial Church Meeting and 4 other lay members (experienced members of the wider community who are not ordained). The Cathedral Administrator (Chief Officer) also attends Chapter meetings. Chapter shares information with both the College of Canons and the Cathedral Council.

Nicola Sullivan

Nicola Sullivan
Dean of Southwell

The Very Reverend Nicola Sullivan

The Revd Canon Dr Richard Frith

Canon Precentor

The Reverend Canon Dr Richard Frith

The Revd Canon Paul Rattigan

Canon Missioner

The Revd Canon Paul Rattigan

Arwell Griffiths

Senior Non-Executive Member (SNEM)

Mr Arwel Griffiths

Andrew Corner

Andrew Corner
Non-Executive Member

Mr Andrew Corner

Jan Richardson

Jan Richardson
Non-Executive Member

Mrs Jan Richardson MBE DL

Phil Blinston

Phil Blinston
Non-Executive Member

Canon Phil Blinston

Nick Alexander

Non-Executive Member

Mr Nick Alexander

Steve Silvester

Non-Executive Member

The Revd Canon Steve Silvester

As stated in the Cathedral’s Measure (1999) The Chapter is advised by:

  • The Fabric Advisory Committee, which oversees planning and fabric matters – this is chaired by Mr Allan Joyce
  • The Finance Committee, which oversees financial and investment strategy – this is chaired by Mr Arwel Griffiths
  • The Audit and Risk Committee (ARC) ensures the Cathedral Chapter complies with all its legal and auditing processes and polices: also responsible for the Cathedrals Risk Register and for ensuring processes are in place to mitigate the risks identified – this is chaired by Mr Richard Vigar

Please click here to read the Chapter Member Role Description.

A number of other boards and committees contribute to the Cathedral’s life and mission.

Annual Report and Accounts

Southwell Cathedral Chapter Annual Report year ends 31 December.

Constitution and Statutes

College of Canons

The College of Canons meets three times a year to discuss how best to release gifts and expertise from the College to engage its members more fully in the life of the Cathedral, and likewise the Cathedral in the life of the Diocese.

Members of the College are:

  • The Very Revd Nicola Sullivan, Dean of Southwell
  • The Rt. Revd Andy Emerton, Bishop of Sherwood designate
  • The Ven. Phil Williams, Archdeacon of Nottingham
  • The Ven. Tors Ramsey, Archdeacon of Newark
  • The Reverend Canon Dr Richard Frith
  • The Revd Canon Bronwen Gamble
  • The Revd Canon Angela Fletcher
  • The Revd Canon Julian Hemstock
  • The Revd Canon Barbara Holbrook
  • The Revd Canon Peter Huxtable
  • The Revd Canon Dr Richard Kellett
  • The Revd Canon Paul Rattigan
  • The Revd Canon Fiona Shouler
  • The Revd Canon Steve Silvester
  • The Revd Canon Nicolas Spicer
  • The Revd Canon Kate Bottley
  • Canon Michael Arlington
  • Canon Philip Blinston
  • Canon John Loughton
  • Canon Nigel Spraggins
  • The Revd Canon Professor Alison Milbank, Canon Theologian
  • The Rt Revd Mgr. Patrick McKinney, Bishop of Nottingham (RC), Ecumenical Canon
  • Bishop Pangani McNight Thipa, Ecumenical Canon