Dean of Bradford


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Diocese of Leeds
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Bradford Cathedral is looking for a Dean to lead the Cathedral community in shaping an ambitious and creative vision for mission and ministry across the city and diocese, and to contribute to the spiritual, cultural and civic life of the city and district.

Post Introduction

This is not a typical Cathedral appointment. Not only is Bradford Cathedral one of three Cathedrals in the Diocese of Leeds, but Bradford is one of the youngest cities in Europe with more than a quarter of the population aged under 20. It is also a Cathedral with evangelical roots and Simeon’s Trustees as its patron.

Further details about the role are available online at

If you would like to find out more about the role, you can arrange a conversation with Brad Cook (Appointments & Vocations Adviser) by emailing


Main Responsibilities

The next Dean will have the opportunity to build on all that has been achieved in, by and through the Cathedral community in recent years, and in particular to:

  • Lead the Cathedral community in shaping an ambitious and creative vision for mission and ministry in the city and diocese, and with Chapter refine and implement the Cathedral’s strategy in light of the vision, ensuring that the financial resources and staff team are focussed on the priority areas;
  • Develop and encourage opportunities to reflect the complexity and diversity of the city, district, counties and diocese in the praying and worshipping life of the Cathedral and the city;
  • Enhance the visibility of the Cathedral by building on the strong focus on hospitality, providing a welcome to all as a place for prayer, worship, dialogue, culture and arts;
  • Lead the congregation and wider Cathedral community in the recovery from COVID-19, building on the Cathedral’s digital presence developed during the pandemic as a way of sharing the Gospel widely;
  • Contribute to the spiritual, cultural and civic life of the city and district, building and maintaining strong relationships with civic and faith leaders and  developing new ways to help serve the needs of the community;
  • Work collaboratively with the other cathedrals in the diocese to continue to bring the “three cathedrals one diocese” vision to life;
  • Promote the Five Marks of Mission as being developed through the Diocesan Strategy.

The Ideal Candidate

The panel are looking to appoint someone who:

  • Is spiritually rooted, mature and confident in their catholic and apostolic Christian faith;
  • Is an engaging preacher and communicator who appreciates the evangelical roots of Bradford Cathedral, and is committed to and can be nourished by the rhythm of daily cathedral prayer and worship;
  • Has a vision for the missional role of Cathedrals and understands the opportunities and challenges of three cathedrals in one diocese;
  • Is a loving and learning leader, capable of taking a facilitative, collaborative and consultative approach to working with others, and is equipped and experienced in facilitating mediation and reconciliation where needed – both within wider society and within an organisation;
  • Has experience of leading others through periods of change, and in discerning and implementing a common vision and strategy;
  • Is able to foster a culture of hospitality, inclusion and belonging, building strong partnerships in the community and diocese, and engage with community, civic, faith and business leaders with clarity, imagination, confidence and patience;
  • Is able to see the urban through the lens of the rural and the rural through the lens of the urban;
  • Is financially literate, understands the challenges faced by small cathedrals and is equipped to step into the operational and governance leadership roles.

About Us

Bradford Cathedral stands at the heart of a community that is challenging, demanding, exciting, complex and resourceful. The Cathedral – particularly in the person of the Dean – plays a significant role in civic and community life in Bradford, and the Dean is trusted to engage at every level, facilitating conversation, bringing agencies together and stimulating positive action.

The Diocese of Leeds came into being at Easter 2014 following the dissolution of the historic dioceses of Bradford, Ripon & Leeds and Wakefield. This creation followed a three-year process of debate and consultation driven by the Dioceses Commission. It covers a region whose economy is greater than that of Wales. 

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