Chapter and clergy

Our governing body, Chapter, work as a team led by the Dean to agree strategy, foster strong community links, build excellent worship and welcome activities, and ensure we have sound buildings and finances.

Chapter works closely with the Bishop of Winchester, who leads the Diocese of Winchester with support from the Suffragan Bishops of Southampton and Basingstoke.

As well as Canons who are members of the clergy, Chapter includes three Lay Canons who contribute specific areas of expertise. It is also supported by other clergy with specialist skills and roles.


The Very Reverend James Atwell, Dean of Winchester Cathedral

The Dean has overall responsibility for co-ordinating and developing the life of the Cathedral in order to further its mission and ministry. He is Head of Foundation and chair of Chapter. As a member of the Bishop of Winchester’s staff, he represents the Cathedral in the Diocese and the county of Hampshire. He is also a member of the Cathedrals’ Fabric Commission for England. Read more

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The Reverend Canon Dr Roland Riem, Vice-Dean and Canon Chancellor

Roland leads Cathedral’s flourishing education and visual arts programmes, and works to ensure that visitors to the building have the best possible experience. He also leads pastoral care and ecumenical relations, and serves on the Cathedral Council and the body that coordinates its commercial activities. Read more

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The Reverend Canon Susan Wallace, Precentor and Sacrist

Susan has overall responsibility for all aspects of the Cathedral’s sung worship. She also oversees and supports the work of its virgers, servers, sidesmen, concert stewards, bell ringers and flower arrangers. She is strongly committed to upholding our great tradition of English choral music.

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Annabelle Boyes, Receiver General and Canon Treasurer

As its Chief Operating Officer, Annabelle has overall responsibility for the day-to-day non-liturgical operational running of the Cathedral, including its administration, finances and commercial activities. Read more

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Dr Helen Harvey, Lay Canon

Helen has recently retired as Headmistress of St Swithun’s School in Winchester, a post she held for 15 years. She brings to Chapter a particular interest in the fostering of team work and community spirit within organisations. Read more

Professor Lord Raymond Plant, Lay Canon

An academic by profession, Raymond supports Chapter with advice on a wide range of matters, as well as helping the Canon Chancellor with his responsibilities for education and learning. Read more

Supporting clergy

The Reverend Dr Gregory Clifton-Smith, Close Vicar and Minor Canon

Gregory works as a chaplain across the various communities that together make up the Cathedral family. He works very closely with Canon Jackie in undertaking pastoral care activities on behalf of the Dean and Chapter. As with all Cathedral clergy, he assists in leading worship at the various Cathedral services. Read more Contact Gregory Clifton-Smith