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The Dean of Salisbury - biography


The Very Reverend June Osborne (born 1953) was appointed the 80th Dean of Salisbury in January 2004 and installed on 1 May 2004. She is one of the most senior woman priests in the Church of England.

After graduating in Social Sciences from Manchester University, June had briefly considered studying Law but instead decided to study for the ministry.  She trained at St John's College, Nottingham and Wycliffe Hall, Oxford  and between worked oon the staff of St Aldate’s Oxford and the Universities and College Christian Fellowships.  In 1980 she became a Deaconness serving her title at St Martin-in-the-Bullring in Birmingham.   She moved to the Old Ford parishes in East London from 1984.

In 1994 June Osborne was one of the original 1,500 women in England ordained as priests. The following year, 1995, she moved to Salisbury Cathedral as Canon Treasurer, one of the Cathedral's three residentiary canons.  In 2002 she became Acting Dean of Salisbury following the retirement of her predecessor, the Very Revd Derek Watson. In 2004 she was appointed Dean of Salisbury and installed in the Cathedral in a service during May.

The Dean and Salisbury Cathedral

June Osborne takes her role of safeguarding the future of the Cathedral very seriously.  As Canon Treasurer and now Dean she has overseen more than half of the life of the Cathedral’s Major Repair Programme, essential work to restore the fabric of the Cathedral and safeguard it for future generations to enjoy and marvel at. Recently she has been instrumental in setting up a professional Development Department to secure future funding for the building as well as its outreach work as the Mother Church of the Diocese, and its wider role in the Church of England.

The Cathedral also has a successful co-educational preparatory school of which the Dean is proud to be Chairman of Governors, having sent both her own children to the School.

Her beliefs

June Osborne is a passionate campaigner for equality, irrespective of race, colour, creed and sexuality. A champion of diversity in the church, she is also deeply interested in the issue of global poverty. This has led to visits to the Sudan, work with the Episcopal Church of the Sudan on issues of health, theological education and advocacy and networking within the communion.

Other posts held

Appointed a Deputy Lieutenant of Wiltshire in 2006.

In 2007 June Osborne led a delegation of the Church of England to South Africa to an Anglican Communion conference addressing the issues of global poverty and inequality.  She continues to play a key role in the Communion’s commitment to implementing the Millennium Development Goals.

In June 2009 she was appointed by The Archbishops of Canterbury and York to join a panel of clergy to help select and elect new Deans.

A one-time member of the panel of chairmen of the General Synod (12 years) and member of its Standing Committee, the Dean has also chaired the Salisbury Diocesan Advisory Committee.


June Osborne is married to barrister Paul Goulding QC and they have two teenage children. She has an interest in the arts and in football – being a lifelong supporter of Manchester City and, due to a mixed marriage, a season ticket holder of Tottenham Hotspur.

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The Dean of Salisbury, the Very Revd June Osborne
The Dean of Salisbury, the Very Revd June Osborne