Lincoln Cathedral has announced three new appointments to its Chapter; the body that oversees the governance of the Cathedral. The Chapter has particular responsibility for such areas as finance, safeguarding and strategic planning. 

The three appointments are as follows:-

  • The Revd Canon Dr Neil Burgess
  • The Revd David Dadswell
  • The Revd Canon Paul Noble

They were privately collated by The Rt Revd Christopher Lowson, Bishop of Lincoln at the end of April and formally installed in a service at the Cathedral in May.

At the same service Mark Suthern, who was recently appointed as a lay member of the Chapter was also be installed as a Canon, covid restrictions having prevented this taking place earlier in the year.

The Revd Canon Dr Neil Burgess has become an interim Residentiary Canon for one year, taking up the role of Vice Chancellor, supporting the ministry of the Cathedral, in particular education, the Cathedral libraries and archive.

Ordained in 1977, Neil worked in parish ministry in north Staffordshire for ten years before coming to Lincoln to become Director of Pastoral Studies at the Theological College. When the college was closed in 1995 he worked as Director of Clergy Training in the diocese of Southwell and then from 2000 as a freelance teacher of history and theology. He has worked as one of the Ministry Team in the Edward King House in Lincoln since 2013.

The Revd David Dadswell, The Diocesan Secretary of the diocese of Lincoln, has been made a part-time Self-Supporting Residentiary Canon of the Cathedral and has taken the stall Norton Episcopi. 

An experienced priest, consultant, and trainer, David was ordained and worked as a curate in the diocese of Liverpool, before working as a university chaplain in London. Following this, he worked internationally as an organisational consultant in commercial, public and voluntary organisations, during which time he was an associate priest in the team ministry in Windsor. He teaches consultancy for mission at postgraduate level and has been a regular member of the congregation in the Cathedral since he arrived in Lincoln in 2017.

The Revd Canon Paul Noble also joins the Chapter, filling the vacant position of Diocesan Representative.

Paul has been an incumbent in the Diocese of Lincoln for more than 30 years; firstly in Elloe East as parish priest of three very rural parishes, then as Rector of Skirbeck, Boston in Holland Deanery, where he was also Assistant Rural Dean and then Rural Dean; finally since 2019 Vicar of All Saints, Monks Road, Lincoln. He was made a Non-Residentiary Canon of the Cathedral in 2018.

He has also served two terms on the Diocesan Board of Finance, is a member of the Healing and Deliverance Team and is a Diocesan Vocations Advisor.

The Right Revd Christopher Lowson, Bishop of Lincoln said, “I welcome that the Cathedral’s mission to the city and the Diocese will be enhanced by this team of colleagues, who bring a wide range of gifts and relevant experience to their respective roles. Some have been assisting already and this is an opportunity for them to be affirmed legally; others are welcome additions to the team. All this is so that our great Cathedral can continue to fulfil its mission to Greater Lincolnshire and the region.”

The Very Revd Christine Wilson, Dean of Lincoln said that the appointments strengthened the breadth of knowledge and experience on the Chapter. She said, “I am delighted to welcome three new colleagues, who each bring many gifts which will invigorate our ministry and enable us to better serve the Diocese, city and county of Lincolnshire.”