Chapter Training

The AEC’s Chapter Induction training sessions are primarily for those without previous cathedral experience – new members of cathedral Chapters, lay and ordained, newly appointed administrators/COO/CFOs, new residentiary canons and deans. With reference to the Cathedrals Measure 2021, the training may also be relevant for Chairs of new advisory bodies, Senior Non-executive Members, Chairs of Nomination Committees and Chairs and newly appointed members of any governance committee of Chapter. The one-day sessions each cover the same content and include presentations, small discussion groups and Q & A sessions. They are arranged to take place in various locations during the year so that they are reasonably accessible. The training includes input from a number of speakers from different cathedrals – both ordained and lay – and from the CFCE and NCIs. It includes reflection upon the legal and financial responsibilities of Chapters as charity trustees, the relationship of Chapter to the rest of the cathedral, fabric and property matters and the role of cathedrals as centres of worship and mission.

Booking is now open for the 2024 sessions:

  • Tuesday 5 March 2024 at Sheffield Cathedral. The session will begin with coffee at 10.30am and end by 4.00pm. Cost £70, to include a buffet lunch.
  • Saturday 11 May 2024 at Southwark Cathedral. The session will begin with coffee at 10.30am and end by 4.00pm. Cost £70, to include a buffet lunch.
  • Tuesday 15-Wednesday 16 October 2024 at the Royal Foundation of St Katharine, London E14 8DS. The 24-hour residential session will begin with dinner at 6.30pm on 15 October and end at 4.00pm on 16 October. Cost £265, to include dinner, overnight accommodation, breakfast and lunch. Once the residential places are taken, there may be options to attend just on day 2, or to attend the evening session on day 1 and the day 2 session (without accommodation). Please contact us for details.

In order for the sessions to be viable, we are setting a minimum number of 10 for all the sessions. Please book places in good time as once the courses are full no further bookings will be taken, although names can be added to a waiting list.

The programme has been developed and refined over a number of years and delegates who attended recent sessions provided the following comments in their feedback:

‘An excellent course – fascinating, practical and very informative’

‘A timely induction 3-4 months into the role’

‘Very well put-together, good, engaging presentations’

The training programme is co-ordinated by a project board, chaired by The Very Revd Simon Cowling, Dean of Wakefield.

Bookings should be made to the AEC Administration Officer:

Moira Dean


Telephone: 07930 690273