The Dean is a Crown appointment. Clear and detailed information about the appointment process is available here
The Archbishops’ Secretary for Appointments, Caroline Boddington, will manage the process. The Prime Minister’s Appointments Secretary will represent the Crown. They are non-voting members of the selection panel which consists of a Chair appointed by the Archbishop, Sir Hayden Phillips; the Diocesan Bishop, the Rt Revd Nicholas Holtam; a lay member elected by, and from, the Bishop’s Council of the diocese, Mr Nigel Salisbury; a member of the College of Canons who is not a member of the Chapter, elected by the College, Canon James Woodward; a member of the clergy with current or recent experience of cathedral ministry who is chosen by the Archbishop of the Province from a panel of Deans and Residentiary Canons, the Very Revd Catherine Ogle, Dean of Winchester. The Chair, having agreed with the Diocesan Bishop, may agree to the presence of a non-voting member.
The role of the panel will be to: agree the role and the type of person being sought; identify and interview the candidates; and select the preferred candidate for nomination.
The Appointment Secretaries will be visiting Salisbury on 18/19 September to consult locally, including with members of the Cathedral congregations on Monday 18th September after Evensong. It is likely that we will know who has been appointed by Easter.