The Council

It is the duty of the Council to further and support the spiritual, pastoral, evangelistic, educational, social and ecumenical work of the Cathedral, reviewing and advising upon the direction and oversight of that work by the Chapter.

In particular, Council considers proposals submitted by the Chapter in connection with the general direction and mission of the Cathedral, and gives advice on these to Chapter; receives and considers the annual budget, and the annual report and audited accounts; and considers proposals submitted by the Chapter regarding revisions to the Cathedral's constitution and statutes.

The Council can request reports from the Chapter on any matter concerning the Cathedral, and can give its opinion on any such matter. It can also draw any matter to the attention of the Visitor or the Church Commissioners.

The membership of the Council

NamePositionTerm of office
Mrs Elizabeth Sergeant Chairman 2015 - 2019
The Very Revd Jeffrey John Dean of St Albans ex officio
The Venerable Jonathan Smith The Archdeacon of St Albans ex officio
The Revd Canon Abigail Thompson  Chapter 2018 - 2019
Graham Field Chapter (Chair of Finance Committee) 2016 - 2020
Mr Philip Waller CBE Chapter 2017 - 2021
The Revd Canon Charles Royden College of Canons 2014 - 2018
The Revd Canon Pam Wise College of Canons 2014 - 2018
Dr Anthea Cecil Elected Lay Member 2018 - 2022
Mrs Rosemary Campbell Elected Lay Member 2015 - 2019
Mrs Margaret Stratton Elected Lay Member 2016 - 2020
Mr Timothy Beecroft Elected Lay Member 2017 - 2021
Mrs Janet Bird Bishop's Council (Archdeaconry of Hertford) 2014 - 2018
The Revd Kevin Goss Bishop's Council (Archdeaconry of Bedford) 2017 - 2021
Cllr Frances Leonard Mayor's representative 2016 - 2020
Mr Michael Elliot Churches Together in St Albans 2017 - 2021
The Revd Simon Carver Ecumenical Chaplain 2018 - 2022
Lord Geoffrey Filkin Cathedral Council Appointee 2017-2021
The Hon Richard Pleydell-Bouverie Cathedral Council Appointee 2018 - 2022
The Right Revd Alan Smith Bishop of St Albans in attendance
Ms Heather Smith Cathedral Administrator and Clerk to the Chapter in attendance

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