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Who’s Who


The Dean:
The Very Revd Professor Gordon McPhate

Gordon McPhate qualified in Medicine at Aberdeen, took a Master’s degree in Clinical Biochemistry at Surrey, and a research Doctorate in Physiology at Cambridge on the regulation of gluconeogenesis in human metabolism. He trained as a pathologist, and held academic posts in Physiology at the University of London, and Pathology at the University of St.Andrews, becoming consultant chemical pathologist to the Fife Hospitals, and directing research in diabetic nephropathy. He is in both the Royal College of Physicians and the Royal College of Pathologists, and is also an Adjudicator for the General Medical Council.

Gordon trained as a priest in Cambridge, and holds degrees in Theology from both Cambridge and Edinburgh, specialising in the theology of Karl Barth and Medical Ethics. He was ordained and served his curacy in Southwark Diocese, where he later became Minor Canon of the Cathedral. Since his appointment as Dean of Chester, he has become Professor of Theology and Medicine at the University of Chester where he teaches postgraduate courses in Science and Religion, and Bioethics. He is a member of the Society of Ordained Scientists.




Vice Dean:
Jane Brooke

Vice Dean Jane Brooke was installed as a Residentiary Canon in September 2010. She is responsible for the education work of the cathedral and is Canon Chancellor and Canon Librarian. She has a Bachelor of Education degree specialising in Renaissance literature and a maths degree.

As an non-stipendiary priest, Jane has been the Diocesan Adviser for Women’s Ministry in the Chester Diocese, Assistant Priest at St Georges Church Poynton, Priest in Charge at St Paul’s Church Compstall , leader of Initial Ministerial Training (IME) book reading group and a Ministerial Development Reviewer for clergy.

Jane has taught RE for over 20 years teaching pupils from ages 3  to 18. She worked for the Christian Education Movement (CEM, now RE Today services) for five years and in local authorites for over 10 years as Religious Education Adviser and Principal Secondary School Improvement Adviser. Jane was chair of NASACRE (National Association for Standing Association Committee of Religious Education) for two years after having been deputy chair for over five years.

She has lead Religious Education in-service for teachers and clergy nationally and internationally and is currently an independent consultant working for Local Authorities and the Chester Diocese. Jane is keen to enthuse teachers with using the creative arts to teach Religious Education. She is also a sub-editor for RE Today.



Canon Precentor:
Jeremy Dussek

Jeremy’s love of music, liturgy and art began at school in the precincts of Canterbury Cathedral where he also discerned his vocation to the priesthood. After studying music at Durham University he went on to work at St Christopher’s Hospice in London and with USPG in Zimbabwe. Jeremy trained for ordination at Westcott House in Cambridge and returned to the North East of England to serve his title in Whickham, Newcastle upon Tyne.

After seven years as Team Vicar in the centre of Fareham, Jeremy was appointed Vicar of Moseley, Birmingham in 2007 and he has been able to continue to develop his musical talent through singing in the City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus, assisting at the cathedral, and using music and art as way of drawing people of different faiths together.

Jeremy has a passion for architecture and opera, and uses these interests to create innovative and theatrical liturgy. In the last three years he has spent time as a Fellow in Residence at St Paul’s Church K St, Washington DC and witnessed the importance of how Anglo Catholic sacramental worship and evangelism strengthen the daily lives of an 800 strong congregation in the heart of the capital.