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Four New Canons installed at Salisbury Cathedral

Posted By : Marie Thomas Monday 11th May 2015

L-R The Right Revd Nicholas Holtam, Joy Tubbs, Revd Kim Stephens, Revd Andrew Haviland, Victoria Bracey  and The Very Revd June Osborne


Four new Canons took their places in Salisbury Cathedral’s College of Canons on Thursday 7 May. They were installed by the Bishop of Salisbury, the Right Revd Nicholas Holtam during evensong in the Cathedral.


Each Canon is allocated their own stall in the Quire of the Cathedral.  The Revd Andrew Haviland, chaplain of Bryanston School was installed into Fordington and Writhlington, The Revd Kim Stephens, who leads the Chaplaincy at Salisbury Hospital, was installed in Coombe and Harnham. Both are non-residentiary Canons. Lay Canons Joy Tubbs and Victoria Bracey were installed into Towbridge and Westbury respectively.


The College of Canons meets twice a year and its role is to provide feedback to the Cathedral on its activities and to inform the policy decisions of Chapter, its governing body.  The College also provides an opportunity for the Cathedral to further its role in the wider diocesan and civic life within the counties of Wiltshire and Dorset. 


Biographical notes on the four new Canons:


  • Victoria Bracey (Lay Canon) grew up in North Wales, attending Ysgol Ardudwy, and has degrees in Modern History from Oxford, where she held the position of Junior Dean at Pembroke College, and in International Relations from Cambridge. Currently she advises Salisbury Cathedral on fundraising and is completing a doctorate.

    Since 1996 Victoria has advised and worked with a number of local and national charities in the areas of funding and strategic development. She has a particular interest in arts and education funding, and is currently on the board of the National Youth Music Theatre, and a key advisor to Snow Camp. Victoria also worked for many years with the homeless and addictions charity, the Spitalfields Crypt Trust in Hackney.

    She is married to Andrew and they have two teenagers.   


  • Joy Tubbs (Lay Canon) was appointed as Director of the Salisbury Diocesan Board of Education in October 2014, serving the children, young people and head teachers of 195 church schools and academies and their parish communities.

    Joy is also the Corporate Member and a Director of the Diocese of Salisbury Multi Academy Trust. Previously Joy spent three years in the role of Deputy Director of Education, for Salisbury Diocese. Previous to this, Joy’s teaching career spanned 18 years, leading to the senior leadership of a rural secondary comprehensive school of 1300 students. 

    Joy subsequently became the Adviser for Religious Education for a Local Authority; drawing on the breadth of her school experience she was promoted to the role of Head of School Improvement, with responsibility for raising standards across Primary and Secondary phases. Prior moving to her role in the Diocese of Salisbury in 2011, Joy held the post of Deputy National Director School Improvement with the National Strategies, with responsibility as the lead adviser to the Department for Education for primary school improvement.

    Joy enjoys family life in Wiltshire, with her husband Rob, daughters and grandchildren.


  • The Revd Kim Stephens (Non-Residentiary Canon) has been ordained for nearly sixteen years.  She served initially for three years as a curate in the Salisbury diocese, and has worked for the last thirteen years as a Chaplain at Salisbury District Hospital, where she now leads the Chaplaincy team.

    Wiltshire born and bred, Kim grew up in Pewsey, and trained as a nurse and midwife. She worked in the UK, and later in New Zealand before undertaking missionary work in Hong Kong, China and Romania. 

    Kim is passionate about the work of the NHS, and considers her ministry to be a privilege and a blessing.  She is married with two step daughters, and in her spare time enjoys keeping fit, singing and walking in the hills.


  • The Revd. Andrew Haviland (Non-Residentiary Canon) is Chaplain and Head of Philosophy and RS at Bryanston School in Dorset. He came to Bryanston in 2008 after 14 years at the comprehensive school in Cranleigh, where latterly he was Assistant Headteacher, responsible for the pastoral and academic welfare of the upper school pupils.  He was ordained in 2005 after training at STETS and served his curacy at St John’s North Holmwood in Surrey.

    A teacher of Religious Studies for 27 years he finds young people intrinsically spiritual and philosophically inquisitive about faith. He is passionate about teaching world religions, helping young people appreciate diverse culture whilst striving to break down barriers of ignorance.

    Andrew is a chaplain to DFRS (Dorset Fire and Rescue Service), a member of Dorset SACRE (Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education). A freeman of the City of London, he is a liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Saddlers where he currently serves on the charity committee.

    One of Andrew’s joys in life is music. It was through the BBC Symphony Chorus that Andrew met his wife Jo, a senior medical statistician. They have three boys, George 17, James 14 and Charlie 10. Spending time with his family is one of his favourite ‘off-duty’ activities as well as walking his dog, alongside sailing, clay-pigeon shooting and reading.


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