Acting 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 degree in Maths.
As a self supporting minister, 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 authorities 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 and is Chair of AREIAC (Association for RE Inspectors, Advisers and Consultants).
She has lead Religious Education in-service for teachers and clergy nationally and internationally and is currently an independent education consultant.
The Reverend Canon Dr Barry Wilson was appointed as Vice Dean of Chester Cathedral in September 2017. There are two distinct responsibilities to Barry’s role involving the day-to-day operation of the cathedral and developing the worshipping community at the heart of our vibrant city.
Following appointments at All Saints Madeley and St Margaret Betley, Barry became Rector of St Mary’s in Nantwich. He has achieved Masters degrees in both Philosophy and Theology and is a Doctor of Ministry. Barry is married to Yvonne and when not spending free time with his family is passionate about art, architecture and vintage cars.
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.