There are several groups that have a role in the governance and management of St Albans Cathedral.
  • The Chapter: The Chapter is the Cathedral’s governing body. It directs and oversees the administration of the Cathedral’s affairs and plays a leadership role in policy, strategy and vision. Chaired by the Dean, Chapter has primary responsibility for ensuring the Cathedral is carrying out its purposes for the public benefit and ensuring it is effectively and properly run. You can find out who is on Chapter here. It is supported in its work by various committees including the Finance Committee, the Nominations Committee, the Audit and Risk Committee and Abbey Assembly (which under the new Cathedral Constitution and Statutes to be confirmed later in 2023 in accordance with the Cathedrals Measure 2021 will be called the Mission and Ministry Committee)

  • Senior Management Team: The Cathedral’s Senior Management Team is accountable to Chapter, working in partnership with it and has responsibility for the management and delivery of the Cathedral’s activities in line with the Cathedral’s purpose, mission and vision. Chaired by the Chief Operating Officer, the members of the Senior Management Team are the Dean, the Canon Chancellor, the Canon for Mission and Pastoral Care, the Head of Finance, Head of HR & Office Support, the Head of Marketing and Visitor Experience, the Director of Property and Fabric and the Head of Development and Fundraising.

  • College of Canons: The College of Canons consists of clergy and lay people from across the Diocese of St Albans. The College expresses the close relationship between the Cathedral and the rest of the Diocese and is key to the continued development of the Cathedral’s strong relationship with the Diocese.

  • Cathedral Council: The Cathedral Council is an advisory and consultative body, established to further and support the spiritual, pastoral, evangelistic, educational, social, and ecumenical work of the Cathedral. It provides guidance for Chapter as well as reviewing and advising Chapter in its direction and oversight of the Cathedral’s work.

  • Abbey Assembly: Abbey Assembly is a Chapter committee that typically meets six times a year to look in greater detail at the Mission and Ministry offered in and by our Cathedral. It is chaired by the Canon for Mission and Pastoral Care, and includes the two Minor Canons, the three Cathedral Wardens, the chairs of working groups including the Mission Giving Team, the Congregational Giving Team, the Eco Team and the Social Justice Group and several elected members of the congregation.
The Constitution and Statutes

The Cathedral's Constitution and Statutes explain how the Cathedral is governed.

Download the Cathedral's Constitution

Download the Cathedral's Statutes

Cathedral Annual Review and Report

Each year, the Cathedral releases a review and report of its events, activities and finances from the previous year. The 2022 Annual Report and Accounts and the 2022 Annual Review are available to anyone who wishes to read them and can be downloaded below. 

Download our Annual Report and Accounts 2022

Download our Annual Review

Cathedral Peer Review

Cathedral peer reviews are run by the Association of English Cathedrals and help cathedrals review their governance and management activity, share ideas, and identify what could be improved.

Download our Peer Review Highlights 2023