Revd Canon Dr Sue Jones replaces the previous Dean, Very Revd Pete Wilcox, who has moved on to become the Bishop of Sheffield. Known as ‘Dean Pete’ he had held the post for five years
Liverpool Cathedral has appointed the first-ever female Dean of Liverpool – Revd Canon Dr Sue Jones.
She replaces the previous Dean, Very Revd Pete Wilcox, who has moved on to become the Bishop of Sheffield. Known as ‘Dean Pete’ he had held the post for five years.
Welsh-born Dr Jones comes to Liverpool Cathedral from the Diocese of Derby where she currently serves as Director of Mission and Ministry.
She comes with plenty of cathedral experience having served as Acting Dean at Derby Cathedral and prior to that Dean of Bangor, where she was also the first woman to hold the post.
“When I came to be interviewed for this role I was struck by how suited Liverpool Cathedral is for the city. Its imposing physical stature is matched by the strong desire to serve the community,” said Dr Jones.
“A people-centred cathedral called to serve the people is a place that I felt God wanted me to be. I am proud to follow in the footsteps of illustrious predecessors stretching back to Dean Dwelly.
“I am looking forward to starting properly in the summer, working with the talented teams of volunteers, staff and clergy to continue the important work of the cathedral”.
Bishop Paul Bayes, the Bishop of Liverpool, added “We interviewed a number of outstanding candidates and I am delighted to say that Sue was the unanimous first choice of our appointment panel.
“The appointment of any ordained leader begins a new chapter in a community’s life, and this is as true for a cathedral as for a parish. It is a new venture for our Cathedral to have a woman as Dean – and Sue brings many team leadership qualities with her.
“It’s is also a new venture for us to receive someone who has been both an Acting Dean and Dean before – and I know Sue will make her extensive cathedral experience count here in Liverpool.”
Dr Jones will be installed by the Bishop of Liverpool on May 5 at 3pm in Liverpool Cathedral.