NEW DEAN APPOINTED TO SALISBURY CATHEDRAL - ArchivedIssued Monday 2nd February 2004
Canon June Osborne to be Dean
The Prime Minister's Office has announced the approval today by the Queen of the appointment of Canon June Osborne as the next Dean of Salisbury.
Canon June Osborne, has been Acting Dean for the last 15 months since the retirement of the Very Revd Derek Watson in October 2002. She was previously Canon Treasurer, a post responsible for the fabric of the Cathedral and Close.
Canon Osborne will take up her appointment officially when she is installed during a service to be held in the Cathedral on Saturday 1st May 2004.
Born in inner-city Manchester in 1953, she was educated at Manchester University where she studied social sciences. She trained for the Church's ministry at St John's College, Nottingham and Wycliffe Hall, Oxford becoming a Deaconess at St Martin's, Birmingham in 1980. She has served in the parishes of St Aldate's (Oxford), St Martin's-in-the-Bullring (Birmingham) and the Old Ford Parishes in East London. She was one of the first women to be ordained to the priesthood in 1994, moving to Salisbury in 1995 as Canon Treasurer, one of Cathedral's three residentiary canons.
Canon Osborne is married to barrister Paul Goulding, QC. (photo below) They have two children aged 14 and 11 years. In due course the family will be moving from the house traditionally occupied by the Canon Treasurer into the 17th century Deanery on the east side of The Cathedral Close.
A one-time member of the panel of chairmen of the General Synod and member of its standing committee, she will be the second female Dean of a British Cathedral. (The Very Revd Vivian Faull was appointed Dean of Leicester in 2002.) This will be the first appointment of a woman Dean by the Crown. Canon Osborne will also be the first woman Dean of a medieval cathedral. She says that her interests include, "spending time with my family, watching our children play music and sport, going to the opera, cinema and theatre, as well as supporting Manchester City Football Club, which develops my sense of humour!"
Speaking about her new role June said, "I have thoroughly enjoyed the last 15 months during which I have been acting as caretaker for a new Dean. I am now looking forward to being able to develop this role in my own right, working in partnership with the excellent team I have around me. Salisbury Cathedral is a very special place. It enjoys a high profile, not just literally because of the spire but also for the warm welcome we give to our many thousands of visitors, and for the quality of our music and worship. There is much to do in securing our financial stability so enabling us to complete the Major Repair programme, enhance our Choral Foundation and move forward with our 'Vision for the Future'. I am also delighted to be staying in the Salisbury Diocese, working to support the parishes and civic life of Wiltshire and Dorset. Women are now sharing leadership naturally with men in the Church of England and I see my appointment as just one more step on that journey."
The Right Revd David Stancliffe, Bishop of Salisbury, commenting on the appointment said, "June Osborne takes up this appointment with the advantage of knowing the Cathedral and its staff. She is respected for the clarity of her thinking and the breadth of her pastoral concern. She is an excellent preacher and an able team leader. Salisbury is lucky to have such a Dean, and I know that under her stewardship the Diocese will enjoy a degree of hospitality from and engagement with its Cathedral that has been all too rare in the Church of England. I am fortunate to have as the senior priest in the Diocese a person of such quality, one who is a stimulating and invigorating colleague. The fact that she is a woman is a plus in an institution whose senior staff are so frequently all men. She will bring her distinctive gifts to the team that leads the Diocese and to the wider Church in equal measure, and I look forward to working with her immensely."
Salisbury Cathedral is probably Britain's finest medieval cathedral. It was built in just 38 years, between 1220 and 1258 in one single architectural style (Early English Gothic), with the spire, the tallest in Britain at 404ft (123m) added a generation later
The Cathedral is open every day of the year and has on display the best preserved of only four original exemplars of the 1215AD Magna Carta sealed by King John
For further information, or to arrange an interview with Canon Osborne, please contact: Alun Williams – Salisbury Cathedral Tel: (01722) 555121 or Mbl 07974 565019