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Dean of York Minster, Vivienne Faull

Dean Faull, 57, studied at The Queen’s School, Chester and Saint Hilda’s College, Oxford. After teaching with the Church Mission Society in North India and youth work at Shrewsbury House, Everton, she trained for ministry at Saint John’s College, Nottingham and Nottingham University.

She served as a Deaconess at Saint Matthew and Saint James, Mossley Hill in the Diocese of Liverpool from 1982 to 1985, moving to become Chaplain, later Fellow, of Clare College, Cambridge, being made Deacon in the Diocese of Ely in 1987.

She began cathedral ministry in 1990 as Chaplain at Gloucester Cathedral where she married Michael, a Physician, and where she was ordained priest in 1994. In 1994 she moved to become Canon Pastor, and later Vice Provost, at Coventry Cathedral.

In 2000 she was appointed Provost of Leicester (the first women to lead a Church of England cathedral), becoming Dean of Leicester in 2002 and oversaw significant developments of its site and facilities as well as its work as a place of gathering for all peoples at the heart of one of the most diverse cities in Europe

In Leicester she was a governor of Leicester College, one of the largest and most diverse Further Education Colleges in the country, and a Trustee of Curve, Leicester’s new theatre. She has recently been elected an Honorary Fellow of Clare College Cambridge. Until her move to York, she had been a member of the General Synod representing Deans of cathedrals and was on the panel of Chairs of Synod and part of the working group for the failed legislation to enable women to be bishops. She is now part of the group working to rescue the situation.

In 2009 she was elected Chairman of the Association of English Cathedrals (the cathedrals’ representative body) and is serving her second term on the English Anglican Roman Catholic committee for ecumenical conversations.

In 2011 she took part on the Windsor Experienced Strategic Leadership Programme and is a member of a Windsor Chief Executives working group.