Please note that Evening Prayer will take place at St John's, Cathedral Square on 20th & 22nd May at 5.30pm due to a choir recording.

Chapter Members

The four principal clergy at the Cathedral, and lay people appointed by the Bishop, form the governing body or Chapter of the Cathedral. You can see who they are on this page.

members of chapter

The Very Revd Chris Dalliston, Dean of Peterborough
Very Revd Chris Dalliston, Dean of PeterboroughThe Very Revd Chris Dalliston was installed as Dean of Peterborough in January 2018. Prior to taking up his appointment he was Dean of Newcastle for 14 years, where he oversaw significant improvements in the Cathedral’s facilities for visitors and worshippers, and led a partnership with the City Council and others to re-invigorate the historic heart of the city.

Chris has his roots in the east of England. Read more

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Revd Canon Tim Alban Jones, Vice Dean 

Born near London, Tim lived his early life in the home counties and South Wales before moving to South Africa for three years.  The family returned and settled in Gloucestershire where Tim and his twin brother went to Wycliffe College.  On leaving school at 17 Tim spent some time in the USA before his degree in history at the University of Warwick.  He went straight from university to Ripon College Cuddesdon where he spent three years preparing for ordination.

Tim was ordained in Hereford in 1988 . Read more

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Revd Canon Dr Rowan Williams, Precentor

The Revd Canon Dr Rowan Williams was installed as Precentor in September 2018.

Rowan first became interested in liturgy and music as a student at King's College, Cambridge. Read more

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Revd Canon Steve Benoy, Canon Missioner 

Canon Steve Benoy, Canon Missioner

The Revd Canon Steve Benoy was installed as Canon Missioner on Sunday 1st May 2022. 

Canon Benoy has been Director of Ordinands, Vocations and Formation in the Diocese of Peterborough for the last 11 years, encouraging people to explore both lay and ordained ministry, and guiding them on their journey through training.  Read more

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Amanda Davison-Young MBA

Amanda Davison-Young, Lay Chapter member, Peterborough Cathedral

Born in the North East of England, Amanda is a senior executive with strong leadership and governance experience gained in national blue-chip, multi-site organisations and within the charity sector.

Having served for over 20 years in senior appointments, including her latest as Chief Executive Officer of The Tablet Publishing Company Ltd, Amanda brings a huge amount of experience to her role in Chapter.

She is married and has three children and lives in Peterborough and has been part of the congregation at the Cathedral for over ten years.


Gavin Ralston

 Gavin Ralston was appointed Canon Treasurer and a non-executive member of Chapter in   October 2023; he chairs the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee.  He spent his entire   professional career in investment management at Schroders.  His career involved a number of   roles, in portfolio and business management, culminating in heading the team which worked   with the largest investing institutions around the world.  He retired from full-time work in mid   2023 but remains a director of two companies in the Schroders group.

Gavin was previously a lay member of Chapter at St Paul’s Cathedral in London for nine years, and is a trustee of a number of charities, including the Cathedral Music Trust.  He is a governor or St Paul’s Cathedral School.Born in Ayrshire in Scotland, he was educated in Glasgow and at Oxford University.  He is married with three adult children and is churchwarden of a church in London.

Mark Constant MBA MCIM

Mark Constant

Mark recently joined the cathedral Chapter and was invested as a Lay Canon on the 22nd November 2019.

Educated at Kimbolton School in Huntingdon, he left school to join the family business and trained as an electrician. Deciding to spread his wings further afield, Mark worked for a number of electrical, security, management consultancy and Social Care companies before returning to education to complete a Masters in Business Administration, following which he established his own Social Care Company in 1999. He sold the company in 2014 to semi-retire and concentrate on his interests in property.

He now provides social housing to adults with learning disabilities as well as general housing and restores Listed properties in conservation areas. Mark is married to Dawn and has four adult children and five grandchildren, he is Church Warden at St Mary’s in Duddington, a keen classic car enthusiast, and a busy Freemason.

Jackie Matthews FCIB

Jackie Matthews, Lay Chapter member, Peterborough CathedralJackie is a Financial Services Director with over 30 years' experience with HSBC Group. She built her experience managing businesses and delivering growth in their Retail, Commercial, Corporate and International divisions. She was Divisional Director, for Midlands and Wales region of the International Bank, and later Director of Client Services for the Corporate and Institutional Bank. She has worked in Asia and the USA.

On completing her career with HSBC she took the role of expert advisor on major strategic development and change programmes for retail banks in KPMG. In addition she was an Associate Director with The Global Business Partnership Alliance working with a range of FTSE corporates and Financial Services Businesses, advising on Transformational Change Programmes, and Partnering Solutions. Jackie recently retired as a main board Director of Orbit Group, and Chair of Orbit Treasury Limited, one of the UK’s largest Social Housing providers. She has also been a Trustee of Launde Abbey, and plays an active role in her local church within the diocese.

Jackie was invited to work with author Dr. David Freemantle and is a quoted contributor in ‘The Stimulus Factor’, and has been a Guest Lecturer on the Euromoney City Tutor Programme. She also mentors several senior executives in the both private and public sector roles. She and her husband live in rural Northamptonshire and are keen walkers and water sports enthusiasts.


Lay Canon Richard Tapp

Richard is a Solicitor and Chartered Secretary, having held group company secretary and group general counsel positions with FTSE-100 and 250 corporates for more than 20 years. He is also the architect of an award-winning legal services business which now forms part of a major international Magic Circle law firm.

He currently consults with law firms, in-house legal teams and alternative legal providers on a range of in-house legal, alternative legal services, and legal technology issues. He is the author of three books on in-house legal services and writes widely in the field. He is a member of the Company Secretaries’ Forum, which acts as an advisory group on governance matters to ICSA, the Chartered Governance Institute.

Richard is an experienced trustee and is currently a member of Council and Chair of Audit at the University of Leicester, Chair of the Academy Council at Wrenn School, Wellingborough, and a trustee of the International Lawyers’ Project. 

He is organist and PCC Secretary at a rural church in the Diocese, and is the current President of the Northampton & District Organists’ Association.

Cathedral Staff 

Follow this link for a list of Cathedral staff. 

Further information

For further information about Chapter or to contact a member of the Cathedral clergy, please contact:

The Cathedral Office
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