The Cathedral plays an important role in growing the local economy to support visitor growth and residents’ engagement with their local city. Our rich programme of events, concerts, exhibitions and special services all contribute to the delivery of this priority and the Cathedral’s financial sustainability. St Albans Cathedral is an independent charitable organisation and receives no regular direct funding from the Government. It costs £6,000 a day to keep the Cathedral open. We are committed to remaining a place of free entry and attracted in excess of 500,000 visitors in 2023 from the United Kingdom and abroad.

The nature of who we are means we are a people-focused organisation, and it is our people who are the driving force in bringing the stones of our historic building alive. The work of the Cathedral is sustained by around 50 staff and some 600 volunteers.

At the end of 2023 the Cathedral came under new governance arrangements as a result of the Cathedrals Measure 2021, becoming a registered charity with the Charity Commission. We also revisited our vision and strategic priorities from Pentecost to Advent during 2023, to help direct our work going forward into 2024 and beyond. The Cathedral’s governance bodies played an important part in the discernment of these priorities, and will continue to have a key role in their working out into action. As part good succession planning, we are always keen to identify individuals who may wish to serve on our governance bodies.

Expressions of interest should be emailed to the Dean’s Executive Assistant, Penny Fray. E: [email protected]

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