The Very Reverend James Atwell to retire as Dean of Winchester later this year. Mrs Lindsay Fox MBE

    12 Feb. 2016

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    The Dean of Winchester, The Very Reverend James Atwell, has announced that he will be retiring this year after 10 years in office. He will continue to serve the community of the Diocese and County until his retirement in June 2016.

    The Rt. Rev Tim Dakin, Bishop of Winchester, said:

    “James has served with distinction as Dean of Winchester for the last decade and I have very much enjoyed working with him since becoming Bishop. During his time as Dean, James has led the Cathedral with dignity and humanity and has initiated a major restoration programme to enhance the heritage of this historic building. As the senior priest of the Diocese, the Dean is an example to others and a close adviser to the Bishop. James is loved for his priestly pastoral ministry and I am most grateful for his supportive and wise advice. He is widely respected in the City and County. I wish him all the very best in his well-earned retirement later this year.”

    The Very Reverend James Atwell, Dean of Winchester, said:

    “Leaving Winchester will be an enormous wrench. It has been a great privilege to serve as Dean of Winchester at a time of real opportunity for Cathedrals and for Winchester Cathedral in particular. There is much development going on both in the life of the Cathedral and Diocese and, although I am sad to be leaving, I will do so feeling deeply encouraged by the promise and forward momentum that I see all around.

    Winchester Cathedral is one of the great iconic Cathedrals of England and, as such, is an enormous gift and responsibility for a Dean. One of the Cathedral’s most outstanding features is the contacts and partnerships it has into so many aspects of City and County life – these people and organisations have been a joy to work with. In the end, our Cathedrals represent that great spiritual stream of faith inspired by the life of Christ which, for me, is an essential for human welfare. It constantly identifies the key human question as ‘What can I offer?’ and not ‘What’s in it for me?’ I want to take this opportunity to thank all of my colleagues in the Cathedral and across the Diocese for sharing a remarkable journey over the past ten years. I will remain in post until the summer and intend to make the very most of the remaining few months.”

    Mrs Lindsay Fox MBE JP DL, Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Hampshire, has been appointed Chair of the Panel to nominate his successor.

    The criteria specify that the Chair of the Panel must be a lay person who is a communicant Anglican and who has wide and senior experience in public life. Mrs Fox currently serves as Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Hampshire, having served previously as High Sheriff, Deputy Lieutenant and as a member of Winchester Cathedral Council. Additionally, Mrs Fox has served as a magistrate for over 30 years and worked for the Citizen’s Advice Bureau for eleven years.

    Lindsay Fox was awarded an MBE for services to charity in the Queen’s 2013 Birthday Honours. This award was the result of work across a variety of voluntary organisations, both nationally and locally, including the Bobby Trust, now part of the Blue Lamp Trust, which she founded in 1998.

    Mrs Fox was put forward for the role of Chair by the Right Reverend Tim Dakin, the Bishop of Winchester, and Downing Street, at the invitation of the Archbishop of Canterbury. The role of the Chair is to be a facilitator and guardian of fair process and to ensure that all relevant voices are heard before a final decision is taken on who the next Dean of Winchester will be.

    The Rt. Rev Tim Dakin, Bishop of Winchester, said:

    “The process for nominating the next Dean is now underway and I am delighted that Lindsay Fox, the Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Hampshire, has been appointed Chair of the nomination Panel”.