Dean John

Dean John is the senior member of our Residentiary clergy and leads the Chapter of Canons, the governing body of the Cathedral Church. Dean John oversees the ministry and mission of Ripon Cathedral.Email: [email protected]

Canon Paul

Canon Paul is responsible for the music and worship of the Cathedral. Email: [email protected]

Canon Barry

Responsible for developing the Cathedral’s presence and influence in the region with rural and military communities through outreach, support and celebration. Canon Barry leads the Cathedral’s education department and is responsible for its development and resourcing. As the Area Dean …

Reverend Dan

Canon Dan is our Succentor and assists Canon Paul and the Canon Pastor with music, liturgy & worship in the cathedral.

The Cathedral Office

The Cathedral Office is located in the Old Courthouse, on the opposite side of Minster Road to the Cathedral and on the main walkway between the city car park and the Cathedral.  The Cathedral Office is the adminstrative hub of the Cathedral, where the Cathedral Administrator, secretaries, Accounts Department and Development Campaign (RCDC), are all based.

The Office is open Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm, and is the first port of call for all general enquiries about everything going on at the Cathedral, including initial enquiries about baptisms, weddings or booking the Cathedral for events.

Julia Barker, Director of Operations
Julia is the senior layperson at Ripon Cathedral and oversees the management of the Cathedral site.
Contact details
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 01765 603462

Judith Bustard, Dean’s PA
Email: [email protected]
Direct line:  01765 643860

Judith Bustard, Parish Secretary
For initial enquiries for baptisms and weddings
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 01765 603462

Anne Groves, Finance Manager
Anne oversees the financial affairs of the Chapter.
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 01765 603462

The Music Department

The Music Department is responsible for providing music at the Cathedral’s daily services. In addition, it organises concerts and various other musical events in Ripon and further afield. The department consists of two full-time professional musicians, both of whom are experienced organists and choir-trainers and a concerts administrator who organises the Cathedral’s own concerts.

Andrew Bryden, Director of Music
Andrew has overall responsibility for all the Cathedral’s music, including the Cathedral Choir, and is the best person to contact about joining the Choir and the Choir’s many activities. He conducts the Cathedral Choir at most services.
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 01765 603496

Tim Harper, Assistant Director of Music
Tim plays the organ at most services and assists in all aspects of the musical life of the Cathedral.
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 01765 603496

Matt Lennox, Vocal coach
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 01765 603496

Ripon Cathedral Development Campaign

Margaret Hammond, Campaign Manager
Margaret heads up the Development Campaign, which is tasked with raising funds for major projects within the Cathedral.
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 01765 603583

Molly Barrs, Fundraising Events Officer
Works with Margaret to assist with the organisation of fundraising events.
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 01765 603583

Carolyn Sands, Campaign Assistant
Works Part-time in organising fundraising events and administration.
Email:[email protected]
Phone: 01765 603587


The Chapter House is situated within the Cathedral. It serves both as the ‘vestry’, where the clergy prepare for services, and it is also where the vergers have their base.

The vergers play an important role in the running of services and events at the Cathedral. As well as assisting the clergy in the conduct of public worship, the vergers also have a particular responsibility for the security of the building and the safety of all who visit.
Another important aspect of their work is the staging of the many events that take place, and ensuring everything runs smoothly on a day to day basis.

You can contact any of the Cathedral’s vergers by calling the Chapter House on 01765 602072

Philip Bustard, Head Verger
Email: [email protected]

Gail McMillan, Verger
Email: [email protected]

Joe Priestley, Verger & Communications Officer
Email: [email protected]

Other Staff

Lynn Shaw, Retail Manager
Lynn runs the Cathedral Giftshop and oversees the staff and volunteers who assist there.
Phone: 01765 601347

Gail Elstob, Cathedral Cleaner
Gail makes sure that the Cathedral is kept clean and tidy on a daily basis, and also helps in the giftshop.
Email: [email protected]

Tim Lee, Cathedral Groundsman
Tim looks after the Cathedral grounds and properties, as well as maintenance within the Cathedral building itself.
Email: [email protected]