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Dean Tremlett to leave Durham for St Paul’s

30 March 2022

St Paul’s Cathedral

THE next Dean of St Paul’s is to be the current Dean of Durham, the Very Revd Andrew Tremlett (above). He will succeed the Very Revd Dr David Ison, who is due to retire in September, after ten years at St Paul’s.

Dean Tremlett was trained at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford, after gaining a degree in Classics from Cambridge. He was ordained deacon in 1989 and served his title in Torquay. His ministry has included incumbencies in Fareham and Goring-by-Sea, Mission to Seafarers chaplaincy in Rotterdam, and chaplaincy to the Bishop of Portsmouth. In 2008, he became a Residentiary Canon and the Keeper of the Fabric at Bristol Cathedral, before being appointed as Rector of St Margaret’s, Westminster, in 2010. From 2014 to 2016, he served as Archdeacon and Sub-Dean of Westminster. He was appointed Dean of Durham in 2016.

“I am delighted to be appointed as Dean of St Paul’s, following David Ison’s faithful tenure over the past decade,” he said on Wednesday. “I’m keenly aware that I join the team at St Paul’s at a pivotal time with both immediate and systemic challenges.

“I hope to be able to draw on my experience at other great centres of worship — Westminster Abbey and Durham Cathedral — both UNESCO World Heritage Sites, helping to rebuild life at St Paul’s as the global economy reopens. An international outlook is essential for me, and my faith has been deepened through my engagement with the Missions to Seafarers around the world, as well as a keen interest in interfaith dialogue.

“The Cathedral also has an important role to play in supporting the diocese of London’s vision for every Londoner to encounter the love of God in Christ. I am looking forward to working with colleagues and across the capital’s diverse churches to reach out to Londoners and share the Good News of Jesus Christ.”

In Durham, Dean Tremlett has shaped an executive leadership team to lead the cathedral’s day-to-day operations and led national thinking on the position of residentiary canons under the Cathedrals Measure 2021. He has worked closely with the business community to establish an endowment fund to support the Cathedral’s conservation. Last year, he led the cathedral’s negotiations to establish Durham Cathedral School’s Foundation, which educates 600 pupils and provides chorister places for 24 boys and 24 girls on an equal and needs-blind basis.

The Bishop of London, the Rt Revd Sarah Mullally, in a statement, welcomed his appointment: “Andrew is superbly qualified to lead our historic Cathedral at this time. His energy and experience will be invaluable, and his vision for St Paul’s is inspirational and full of hope. I look forward to working closely together and learning from him.

“St Paul’s is a national symbol of unity, hope, and the love of Jesus Christ, whilst providing a thriving centre for reflection, celebration, and worship. All of these aspects come to the fore as we emerge from the pandemic and look to St Paul’s for spiritual and practical leadership.”

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