Information and biographies of the clergy of Southwark Cathedral

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The Very Revd Andrew Nunn - Dean

The Very Revd Andrew Nunn was born in Leicester in 1957.  He grew up there and attended primary and secondary schools in Wigston, where he was also a member of the choir of All Saints, Wigston Magna. 

Andrew was installed as Dean of Southwark in January 2012.   Prior to that, he was Sub Dean and Precentor of Southwark (1999-2010) and Acting Dean from November 2010. 

He is a member of the General Synod and the Diocesan Synod.

He is a Foundation Governor of St Saviour's & St Olave's Girls' School in Southwark.  He is also Chaplain to the Worshipful Company of Launderers, the Worshipful Company of Innholders and the Whitsters Club.

Andrew contributes to the local church by teaching and speaking at a number of courses and events in the Diocese of Southwark and further afield outside the Diocese.  He is a member of the General Synod of the Church of England and on the Panel of Chairs of the Synod.  He has served as a member of the Crown Nominations Commission since 2011.  He was Rector General of the Society of Catholic Priests until October 2017.

His many interests include theatre, cinema, reading and travel.

020 7367 6727

The Revd Canon Michael Rawson – Sub Dean and Canon Pastor

Michael Rawson (C) Southwark Cathedral

Michael joined the team as Sub Dean and Pastor at Southwark in December 2014. He has responsibility for pastoral care, oversight of volunteers particularly the Day Chaplains, ministry to children and young people, and stewardship.

He is Minister-in-Charge of St Hugh’s Church, Bermondsey, a Conventional District within the Cathedral Parish and is the Vice Chair of Governors at Cathedral Primary School.

Michael was born in Yorkshire and spent most of his ministry in the Diocese of Wakefield (prior to the formation of the Diocese of Leeds) as a parish priest, Bishop’s Chaplain and latterly as Sub Dean and Pastor at Wakefield Cathedral.

In his leisure time, Michael enjoys travel, food, theatre and the arts.

020 7367 6706


The Revd Canon Gilly Myers – Precentor

Gilly Myers (C) Southwark Cathedral

Gilly Myers is the Canon Precentor, responsible for liturgy and worship at Southwark Cathedral. She works with a lively team of Succentor, vergers, musicians, graphic designer and a whole host of volunteers who enable the smooth running of all the services that take place here.

Gilly has a passion for Cathedral mission and ministry, originating from a short placement at Derby Cathedral while she was a curate. Some years later she became the Minor Canon and Succentor at Durham Cathedral and, subsequently, the Canon Precentor at Manchester Cathedral.

Having been born and bred in London, she is delighted to be back in the capital city, and enjoys the diverse and vibrant context in which she lives and works.

020 7367 6731


The Revd Canon Dr Mandy Ford – Canon Chancellor

Mandy is one of three Diocesan Canons at Southwark Cathedral where she has oversight of the cathedral’s development as a learning community. Mandy’s doctoral research in biblical interpretation and ethics was concerned with the theologian and philosopher Paul Ricoeur and she still enjoys tackling big books and big topics.

Her primary role is as Director of Discipleship and Ministry in the Diocese of Southwark, and in this role has oversight of lay training, the training of curates and the professional development of the clergy.

Mandy grew up in Hong Kong and after art school, and a career in teaching began her ministry in the church in multi-cultural, multi-faith, inner city Leicester. She feels very much at home in South London, enjoying its diversity and cultural mix, particularly as a cook and artist. Grappling with gardening in South London clay and rubble is a different, but also enjoyable challenge.

020 7939 9449


The Revd Canon Leanne Roberts – Canon Treasurer

Leanne Roberts (C) Southwark Cathedral

The Revd Canon Leanne Roberts is Canon Treasurer at the Cathedral, and is also Director of Vocations and Diocesan Director of Ordinands for the Diocese of Southwark. 

Born in South Wales, Leanne read music at Oxford University, then worked for a mental health research group before training for ordination at Westcott House, Cambridge, while studying theology at Emmanuel College. She was ordained in 2002 in the Diocese of London, where she served her curacy, and in 2005 became Chaplain of Hertford College, Oxford. During her time there she was a Vocations Adviser for the diocese, an honorary chaplain with Oxford and Buckinghamshire Mental Health Trust, and received an MSt in Ecclesiastical History.

Leanne plays a full part in the life of the Cathedral, and is particularly interested in preaching and spirituality. Other interests include psychoanalysis, iconography, sailing, and detective fiction, though not necessarily in that order.

020 7939 9458


The Revd Canon Jay Colwill– Canon Missioner

The Revd Canon Jay Colwill is Canon Missioner at the Cathedral, and is also Director of Mission and Evangelism for the Diocese of Southwark.

Born in Wokingham Berkshire, Jay’s missionary experience began on Southampton docks, whilst working for the Missions to Seafarers. He went on to read Politics and Social Economic History at Manchester Metropolitan University. Spending much of his time cooking at Greens Vegetarian Restaurant, he greatly enjoyed his time in South Manchester! He went on to study Theology at Nottingham University where he received his B.A. and Mth. In 1994, he served his title in an ‘urban priority area' parish in Reading, moving down the M4 to Bracknell to work a further 6 years in a large parish whilst taking responsibility for the local ecumenical partnership with the Methodists, located in a school. After nearly ten years in the Oxford Diocese, in 2003, he moved to Christ Church Orpington, where he also served as Area Dean to Orpington Deanery, and Assistant Missioner in Rochester Diocese.

Jay’s diocesan responsibilities mean that he travels widely across the diocese to support parishes and deaneries in mission. However, he is working with the Dean and chapter to ensure that the cathedral parish reaches out to its many visitors and incoming residents. When he is not enthusing upon the subject of mission, he relaxes by cooking, cycling and travelling (particularly to France).

020 7939 9417


The Revd Rachel Young – Succentor

Rachel Young (C) Southwark Cathedral

Originating from Hertfordshire, Rachel studied Music at Manchester University and then at the Guidhall School of Music and Drama in London. 

Rachel taught music in schools and privately for thirty years, combining this career with caring for her children and being involved with music and worship, then recognised ministry in the Anglican church, first as a Reader and then ordained in 2009. 

Rachel was a self-supporting curate and Associate Priest at Beverley Minster, then rector of a benefice of four village churches in East Yorkshire before joining the Cathedral in January 2017 as the Succentor. 

Rachel enjoys crime drama, swimming, cats, gardening and caravanning. She is married to Nigel a lecturer in Chemistry and they have two grown-up children.

020 7367 6705


The Revd David Dominic Adamson - Assistant Curate

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David joined the Cathedral in July 2017 when he was ordained Deacon. His ministry is split across St George the Martyr on Borough High Street, St Hugh’s in Bermondsey and the Cathedral. Across these three areas David works with community engagement on the Tabard estate, as well as working individually in each of the three churches. On Sundays he can be found at St Hugh’s and St George’s, and in the week at the lunchtime services in the Harvard Chapel in the Cathedral.

David grew up in the Diocese of Southwark, in Richmond, before leaving home to serve his apprenticeship at Rolls-Royce in Derby. During this time he discerned a call to Ordination, and left Rolls-Royce. He trained at the College of the Resurrection in Mirfield, and in his free time enjoys reading, good beer, and gardening.

020 3612 4687