The Very Reverend Vivienne Faull


The Very Reverend Vivienne Faull, Dean York Minster, Governor

The Very Reverend Vivienne Faull, Dean of York

Dean Faull studied at The Queen’s School, Chester and Saint Hilda’s College, Oxford.  After teaching with the Church Mission Society in North India and youth work at Shrewsbury House, Everton, she trained for ministry at Saint John’s College, Nottingham and Nottingham University.

She served as a Deaconess at Saint Matthew and Saint James, Mossley Hill in the Diocese of Liverpool from 1982 to 1985, moving to become Chaplain, later Fellow, of Clare College, Cambridge.  She was appointed honorary Fellow of Clare College in 2012.

She began cathedral ministry in 1990 as Chaplain at Gloucester Cathedral.  In 1994 she moved to become Canon Pastor, and later Vice Provost, at Coventry Cathedral.

In 2000 she was appointed Provost of Leicester (the first women to lead a Church of England cathedral), becoming Dean of Leicester in 2002. In 2012 she was appointed Dean of York (midway through its York Minster Revealed Project).

Former Chairman of the Association of English Cathedrals (the cathedrals’ representative body) she still sits on the Committee, negotiating on behalf of cathedrals with Government, the National Church Institutions and other major stakeholders.   In 2015 she took up the role of Chair of the National Deans’ conference.

Vivienne has been awarded honorary degrees from Chester, Gloucester and York Universities.


Charitable Trusteeships

Association of English Cathedrals
York Minster Fund
York Minster Mystery Plays Board
St William's College Trust
Pathfinder Multi Academy Trust