Cathedral Chapter

The Dean

The Very Revd Rogers Govender

Born in Durban, South Africa; married to Celia; two children; ordained in the Diocese of Natal in 1985; Served as Vicar of various parishes in Durban and Pietermaritzburg for 15 years before moving to Manchester as Vicar of West Didsbury at the end of 2000; Area Dean of Withington (South Manchester); Dean of Manchester since January 2006.

Interests include reading, listening to all types of music, fishing and cooking. 


Canon for Theology and Mission

Canon Dr David Holgate,

Canon Dr David Holgate was installed as Canon for Theology and Mission on Sunday 30 November 2014.






Sub Dean and Canon Precentor

The Revd Canon Philip Barratt 


Philip was born and brought up in North Manchester. He started his working life as a Community Worker based in the Cheetwood Area before becoming a Professional Musician working mostly in theatre and cabaret. He trained for the priesthood with the Aston Training Scheme and at The College of the Resurrection Mirfield. He has previously worked as a Hospital Chaplain, and has spent the last twenty years in parish ministry in the Diocese, the last 16 of which as Vicar of St James Thornham in Rochdale. As well as parish ministry Philip has been a Liturgy Advisor for the Rochdale Archdeaconry, a Member of General Synod, has served on a number of advisory groups and is currently also an Examining Chaplain and a member of the Bishops Advisory group on Prayer and Spirituality. He is a Professed member of the Anglican Order of Cistercians and so has more than a keen interest in Prayer and monastic spirituality.

Philip is married to Irene, a junior school Head-teacher in Oldham and they have one daughter Sarah. Irene was for many years a member of the worshipping Cathedral community with her mother and Philip & Irene were married in the Cathedral in 1992: a week later he returned for his Ordination!

Archdeacon of Manchester & Residentiary Canon

The Venerable Mark Ashcroft

Mark Ashcroft is Archdeacon of Manchester & Residentiary Canon.


Canon Barrie Cheshire

Following a chemistry degree Barrie entered the teaching profession, eventually becoming Vice Principal of a Sixth Form College in Ashton-U-Lyne. He took early retirement from teaching in order to follow his love of music and singing in particular.

Barrie joined the cathedral as tenor lay clerk and sung in the choir for 11 years. He is now an active member of the cathedral congregation. In 2008 he was elected to the Cathedral Chapter as a lay member, and, at the invitation of the Bishop, was installed as lay canon in 2009.

On chapter Barrie takes a keen interest in musical matters, and matters relating to the Cathedral community in its widest sense. He finds Manchester Cathedral to be a welcoming community, and strives to develop this further to the benefit of Manchester and the Diocese.

Canon David Howe

David was born in Gorton and sang at St Philip’s Church before joining the Cathedral Voluntary Choir in 1949. In 1962, the year he married Joan, he became a Sidesman and subsequently a Church Warden. In 2003 he was elected as one of the first Lay Canons.

David is a Chartered Electrical Engineer and Consulting Forensic Engineer. He has a history of public service as a Scout Master, Magistrate, member of the Round Table and is currently a Rotarian in Warrington. He is a member of Sale Rugby Club. His other interests are family history research, travel, food and wine.

Cathedral Architect

John Prichard has worked in Manchester since 1978. Over the last 20 years with Lloyd Evans Prichard he has been increasingly involved in work to historic buildings. He now spends the majority of his time working in this field. John sits on Manchester and Chester DACs and is a member of the Methodist Listed Buildings Committee.

He is also an Architect Accredited in Building Conservation (AABC). John was appointed architect to Manchester Cathedral in 2006. He has recently worked on Rylands Library, Holy Name Church, Ordsall Hall and Adlington Hall. 

Cathedral Accountant

Mr John Atherden

Chapter Estates Manager

Mr John Wasp

Chapter Clerk

Mr Stuart Shepherd