The Cathedral employs around 40 full or part-time staff together with a team of over 300 volunteers who enable us to offer a wider ministry of hospitality and welcome.

The teams are led by a small number of Directors:

Executive Director

Carolyn Bruce has worked at the Cathedral for 5 years and represents the most senior lay role in the Cathedral. Carolyn joined the Cathedral having worked in the private sector for many years ...

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Director of Operations

Simon Warburton joined the Cathedral in 2011 and has since taken a proactive role in developing the Cathedral's commercial offer, working with visitors and tour groups, reviewing the Cathedral's admission ....

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Director of Music          

Philip Rushforth has been involved in the Cathedral's life since he was a choirster singing in the Cathedral's Choir. He returned to the Cathedral in 2002 as Assistant Director of Music and subsequently become the Director of Music in .....

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Support Us

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There are many ways to support the Cathedral from donations through to buying a gift or simply enjoying a coffee in the Refectory. We welcome your support in whatever form it takes.

Refectory Cafe


The Refectory, built in the 13th century, was the dining hall for the 40 monks who belonged to the community at the time. The Refectory is open from 9:30 - 4:30 and a delicious lunch menu, fabulous cakes and free Wi-Fi!


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Online Shop

The Shop provides a full range of souvenirs, books, gifts, cards, CDs and jewellery, some unique to Chester Cathedral;  it's even possible to buy postage stamps!

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Chester Cathedral needs your help! We receive no financial subsidy from government and therefore rely on kind donations and the support of people like you. The Just Giving site is just one way to help.

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