Durham Cathedral has appointed a new Chapter Clerk and Chief Operating Officer. Amanda Anderson, currently Director of Strategic Development and Operations at Bradford Cathedral will arrive in Durham early 2018. Her recruitment follows the announcement that the incumbent, Philip Davies, is retiring from the position in March next year.
Philip arrived at Durham Cathedral in 2009 and has been instrumental in recent developments such as Open Treasure, the Cathedral’s new exhibition experience designed to showcase the Cathedral’s internationally significant collections.
Whilst at Bradford Cathedral Amanda has simultaneously managed several capital projects including a successful Heritage Lottery Fund application and steered the Cathedral beyond compliance to best practice in areas such as Health and Safety and Human Resources. She previously had a distinguished career in the Armed Forces that saw her serve with the Royal Irish Regiment and the Royal Army Medical Corps. Achievements in the Armed Forces include managing significant organisational change during the restructuring of the Army Medical Services to provide better support to serving personnel and their families in the UK and globally and project management of the introduction of a bespoke IT program used to track personnel both in the UK and in conflict-torn states.
Amanda Anderson says, “To be a key player at one of Britain’s favourite cathedrals is a rare and fantastic opportunity that I could not resist applying for. I feel very privileged and humbled to have been selected to lead the talented management team in the truly magnificent and unique setting that is Durham Cathedral. I am looking forward to utilising my skills to work collaboratively with the Dean, Chapter and staff in order to fulfil Durham Cathedral’s vision to share our faith and heritage globally, and to empower people to transform the communities in which we live and serve.”
On Amanda’s appointment, the Very Reverend Andrew Tremlett, Dean of Durham says, “We look forward to welcoming Amanda to the Cathedral as our new Chapter Clerk and Chief Operating Officer. There was an extremely strong field of candidates with many applicants excited by the prospect of working at ‘the best Cathedral on planet earth’, as it is famously described by writer Bill Bryson. Amanda presented herself as the outstanding candidate with a wealth of experience, in particular, her knowledge of the working of cathedrals gained in her current post at Bradford Cathedral, as well as a career in the British Army stretching over 21 years. Her undoubted skills in operations and senior HR management will have a positive impact on the life of the Cathedral and its future direction, and she will be a worthy successor to Philip Davies who retires on 31 March 2018.”
Amanda loves all outdoor activities especially hill walking, running and cycling. She has competed in triathlons, marathons and other running events. She has been fortunate enough to trek in beautiful locations such as Corsica, Morocco, Kenya and Turkey. Her most recent adventure was an expedition to walk part of the Camino De Santiago. Amanda is looking forward to moving to North East England and exploring the exceptional countryside the region has to offer.