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Salisbury Cathedral to Install Four New Canons in January

by Michael Ford last modified 18 Nov, 2011 11:31 AM

Four new Canons will be installed in Salisbury Cathedral by the Bishop of Salisbury, the Right Revd Nicholas Holtam, during Evensong at 5.30pm on Thursday 12 January 2012.

Salisbury Cathedral to Install Four New Canons in January

Salisbury Cathedral

Mrs Marcia Headon and Mr Gil Williams have accepted the Bishop of Salisbury’s invitation to be installed as Lay Canons of the Cathedral, and the Revd Andrew Studdert-Kennedy and the Revd John Wood have accepted his invitation to be installed as Non-Residentary Canons.  

Each Canon is allocated their own stall in the Quire of the Cathedral.  Marcia Headon, an education expert and member of the Dorset Probation Trust Board, will occupy ‘Weymouth’. Gil Williams, a member of Bishop’s Council and Chairman of the Diocesan Board of Finance, will occupy ‘Yetminster Prima’.  Andrew Studdert-Kennedy, Rural Dean of Marlborough Deanery and passionate about the church engaging with its local communities, will occupy ‘Hurstborne & Burbage’. John Wood, Rural Dean of Purbeck with a special interest in the use of music in liturgy will occupy ‘Beminster Prima’.

Once installed, they will join Salisbury Cathedral’s College of Canons.  Established in 2001 as the successor to the ‘Great Chapter’ it includes both Lay and Non-Residentiary Canons and meets twice a year.  The College helps to provide feedback to the Cathedral on its activities and to inform the policy decisions of Chapter, its governing body.  It also provides an opportunity for the Cathedral to recognise its role in the wider diocesan and civic life within the counties of Wiltshire and Dorset. 

The Dean of Salisbury, the Very Revd June Osborne, said “We are delighted to be welcoming these new members to the College of Canons.   They bring very particular skills and insights to our life and will help the Cathedral engage in dialogue with the widest range of opinions and organisations spread throughout the Diocese and the civic community.  We have such a varied and impressive array of talent and knowledge in the College and we thank all existing Canons for the service they provide to the Cathedral”.


Issued by and further information from: Sarah Flanaghan, 01722 555148 / 07771 510811 or email:

Marcia Headon has been involved in Education her entire working career.  She studied History at the University of Liverpool and gained a Master of Education from Exeter University in 1987.  She was a member of the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) Working Party on humanities subjects reviewing syllabus proposals for GCSE, and was Chief Examiner for GCSE History and developer of the syllabus for modern world history. She worked in schools until 1993 becoming head teacher at Royal Manor School, Portland and then Wey Valley School, Weymouth.  In 2003 she became an HM Inspector of Schools before becoming Assistant Divisional Manager and then Regional Director, Ofsted South Region.  Marcia is currently a member of the Dorset Probation Trust Board and also undertaking SIAS (Statutory Inspection of Anglican Schools) training which is supported by Salisbury Diocese.  She is Governor of several schools within the Diocese. 

Gil Williams was born in India and commissioned into the Royal Tank Regiment.  After leaving the Army in 1973, he began a business career initially with Schlumberger.  The majority of his career was in USA as CEO/Board member of a series of large public companies focused on semi-conductors, computers and telecommunications.  He moved to Ryme Intrinseca in Dorset in 1998 and became churchwarden and then subsequently Lay Chairman of Sherborne Deanery.  He has been a Member of Bishop’s Council for 6 years and Chairman of the Diocesan Board of Finance for the past 5 years.  During his life he has developed a deep passion for encouraging mission at parish level. Gil has been married to Fiona for 45 years and has two sons, both married, and three grandsons.

Andrew Studdert-Kennedy was ordained Deacon in 1989 in the Diocese of Southwark. The ordination retreat that year was led by June Osborne, now Dean of Salisbury.   He was Curate in the Wimbledon Team Ministry from 1989 – 1993 before becoming Vicar of St. Oswald’s, Norbury in 1994. In 1999 – 2002, he also served as Rural Dean of Croydon North Deanery.  In 2002 he moved to Salisbury Diocese to become Team Rector of Marlborough and since 2009 has also been Rural Dean of Marlborough Deanery. He is passionate about the way the church engages with local communities and the opportunity this offers to remind people that Christianity is ‘interesting, important and grown up’.  In the summer of 2011 he enjoyed a sabbatical break, during which he spent time with bankers and financiers exploring the current financial crisis. His findings have been written up for St Paul’s Institute. He is married to Annie and they have four teenage children. He retains a lifelong interest in politics and enjoys reading novels and poetry, as well as following sport. When time allows he plays tennis and golf and walks his dog on the Marlborough Downs.

John Wood Like many ordinands of his generation, John’s early experience of Christian spirituality came through the discipline and fellowship of singing weekly in a parish church choir.  His vocation was fostered by a parish priest of great integrity and then, as an undergraduate, through voluntary involvement with the life of Coventry Cathedral.  After teaching mathematics and computing for ten years at state secondary schools, and training at Westcott House, he was ordained in 1981 in the St Edmundsbury diocese, serving as a Curate in Ipswich and parish priest in the rural benefice of Walsham-le-Willows.  After eight years as Team Rector in Whitstable he took up his present incumbency in Swanage and Studland in 2002.  Throughout his ministry, he was faithfully supported by his wife Sally until her death in 2007.  Their daughter Jennie graduated in Classics and English from Oxford in Summer 2011.  The use of music in liturgy has been a continuing interest and John has been a Minor Canon at both St Edmundsbury and Canterbury Cathedrals.  He was also a member of St Edmundsbury Diocesan Board of Education for almost twenty years and has been continuously involved in hospital chaplaincy at some level since ordination.  His other interests include the natural world, gardening, photography, theatre lighting and fine art.  He has been Rural Dean of Purbeck since 2007.

Salisbury Cathedral is one of Britain’s finest medieval cathedrals. It offers a warm welcome to all who visit and seeks to strengthen church and community life in the diocese. Salisbury Cathedral celebrates the presence of God through daily worship, music and art and has a special commitment to challenging injustice and fostering reconciliation, both at home and abroad. Over 300,000 people visit the Cathedral each year to marvel at the peace and beauty of the 750 year old building and admire Britain’s tallest spire.

Sarah Flanaghan
Communications and PR
Salisbury Cathedral
33 The Close
Wiltshire SP1 2EJ
Tel: 01722 555148
Mob: 07771 510811

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