Under the Church of England’s Cathedrals Measure 1999 the Statutes of the Cathedral provide for the membership of the Chapter as follows:
The Dean, the Residentiary Canons, two appointees of the Bishop, the two Churchwardens and one lay person appointed annually by the Cathedral Community Committee.
Chapter is served by two officers, the Chief Operations Officer and the Director of Finance.
The Very Revd Andy Bowerman, Dean of Bradford
Andy has been married to Ali for more than 30 years, has 4 children and 1 grandson – he considers these his greatest achievements, along with the 20 foster children who have passed through the family. He holds post-graduate qualifications in social work, elite sports chaplaincy and intercultural coaching. During the mid 90’s he and Ali lived in Pakistan supporting refugees and those vulnerable to HIV/AIDS while quietly supporting house churches. On return he became a Director with a national disability charity before training to for the priesthood, being ordained in Bradford Cathedral in 2002.
Since then he has started a church in a café/restaurant where he was also the chef, explored creative ways of helping people engage with struggles in life, opened a young peoples community hub & ice cream parlour and led churches in Yorkshire, Dorset and Somerset. He spent 4 years working for the Anglican Communion leading the focus on poverty and justice issues. He was Chaplain at Bradford City FC for 5 seasons following this with 11 seasons at Southampton FC. From 2018 he was based in Dubai working with the Mission to Seafarers. Serving across the Middle East and South Asia, focusing on developing a culturally agile mission centred team on 3 continents. Andy & Ali love to see people of all backgrounds flourish.
Canon Ned Lunn – Canon for Intercultural Mission and the Arts
Ned grew up in Kent and lived in that area and around London until 2009 when he moved up to Durham to train for ordained ministry. Before that he worked in the theatre and the arts as a producer, director, designer and venue manager often consulting on projects, audience development and funding.
He was ordained in York Minster in 2012 and served in the parish of Acomb until 2017 when he moved to Sheffield to be the vicar of St Peter’s, Greenhill until 2022. During this time his first wife, Sarah, died (in 2018) and he met and married Philippa who brought him to Bradford in April 2022. Since then he served voluntarily alongside Bishop Toby Howarth as his advisor on faith engagement with City of Culture 2025. This role put him in contact with Bradford Cathedral and, after an interim post, joined the clergy team full time in January 2023.
Ned loves puzzles, games, food and books. He speaks and writes on art and faith, philosophy and politics. You can read some of his work on his website.
Revd Pete Gunstone – Minor Canon for Worship and Nurture
Pete’s working life as a musician, prior to ordination, included periods of operation as an employed and self-employed person, working in a wide range of professional and amateur organizations, often linked to churches and Christian events. These roles involved a level of responsibility for compliance, finance, HR, and other operations.
Ordained in 2019, Pete served his title in the planting of Fountains Church Bradford, an ambitious and challenging project, initially fully funded by the Church of England. He was both a member of its management team and was a trustee of its governing body, a Community Interest Organisation, from June 2019 to May 2023.
Appointed Interim Precentor at Bradford Cathedral in September 2022, Pete became Minor Canon for Worship and Nurture in May 2023. This role involves overseeing all aspects of the liturgical life of the Cathedral, including managing aspects of the related work teams, and being the Cathedral’s Safeguarding Officer.
Pete is also a trustee of the Scargill Movement, which oversees Scargill House, a Christian community, holiday, conference and retreat centre in the Yorkshire Dales.
He is married to Kirsten and enjoys outdoor activities, especially walking in the Scottish mountains.
John is married to Barbara and they have three sons. They settled in West Yorkshire in 2002 after he retired from the Army.
During the early part of his military career John served with the Parachute Brigade and with armoured regiments. As a young officer he was a keen mountaineer and member of expeditions to both the Arctic and Antarctic. Most of his later service was in Defence Logistics and he spent a large part of his service overseas, most notably in the USA, Germany, France and Cyprus. He has also travelled extensively in Europe, Africa, India and South America.
On retirement John was appointed as a non-executive director in the Bradford District Care Trust and in 2004 became its chairman. He left that appointment in 2006 to become chair of the newly formed Bradford and Airedale Teaching PCT; a post he held until 2012. Between 2004 and 2013 he was a lay member of the General Osteopathic Council.
John and Barbara are active members of the cathedral congregation. John has been a Cathedral Lay Canon and he also sat on the Cathedral Council. He was appointed to the Cathedral Chapter in 2023.
Bio coming soon
Jenny Price – Churchwarden
Coming from Liverpool, Jenny has always been involved in roles which involve communication. Originally training as a teacher, and then moving into education social work, she has enjoyed using these skills both to support individuals and make a difference. From this it was an obvious move into safeguarding both in a school setting, and now for the last 13 years within the Church of England.
Never being one to sit quietly on the margins, Jenny has accepted national involvement in both education and the Church of England. She was the longest serving general secretary of her professional association, a role which offered many valuable opportunities to make a difference to the lives of young people, and support other staff in doing so, plus the opportunity to meet and work with some marvellous colleagues whose influences are still treasured.
Having been a local Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser for many years, in 2020 she moved to her true love, talking with others, and has become the safeguarding trainer and volunteer coordinator in the diocese of York, and an associate trainer with the national safeguarding team.
Jenny is keen to be as inclusive as possible, and finds joy in encouraging others to get involved. The Cathedral is blest with the volunteers it has already, but we know that there is always room for more and that sometimes people are just waiting for the invitation.
Having a good work life balance is also essential, so when not talking about safeguarding or involved in church warden duties, Jenny and husband Ian, a member of the verger and safeguarding teams, can be found gardening, going to the theatre, planning trips to Arran [and perhaps even farther afield when we can] and, most importantly, acting as Butler and Servants to our family of 6 indulged [and rescued] cats.
Monica Slocombe – Churchwarden
Having lived around West Yorkshire all her life Monica’s first experience of Bradford was back in the 1970s studying at the BRI to become a physiotherapist. Her career in the NHS spanned almost 40 years and spent most of that time as a manager of Clinical services moving around from St James Hospital in Leeds to Calderdale and then Huddersfield community health services. Her focus has always been on helping people achieve the best they can. During that time she returned to Bradford University to complete a Masters degree in Management.
She first started worshipping in 2006 at the Cathedral at the 8 o’ clock service on Sundays. This enabled her to get some personal prayer time, before heading off to help her husband who was church warden at St Margaret’s Thornbury during an inter-regnum. The Cathedral drew her closer and in 2013, after her husband died, she started volunteering more and more! ‘The support I received from the clergy and the Cathedral family during that difficult time was amazing, I felt I had to give something back’. ‘Becoming a Church warden and serving on Chapter has enabled me to use my management skills, and the desire to help people never diminishes’.
Outside of her duties at the Cathedral Monica also works as a volunteer advisor for Citizens Advice, and spends time walking her rescue dog Pip, supporting her friends and neighbours and looking after the garden.
Malcolm Carr – Community Committee appointee
Malcolm was baptised, confirmed (met his wife Ruth) and married at the Cathedral. His children were also baptised, confirmed, and married here. The Cathedral is in every way, Malcolms’ Spiritual Home.
Malcolm was born on Tennyson Place, part of the old Otley Rd slum clearances in the 1960s which was within the Cathedral parish. He returned to the Cathedral in 1969 as an 11-year-old to join the Cathedral Boys’ Brigade company and has been worshiping here ever since.
In addition to his involvement in youth work with Boys’ Brigade for over 40 years, Malcolm was also a leader at Cathedral CYFA for over a decade. At different times Malcolm has served on Congregational Committee, Community Committee, Deanery Synod and Medical Matters. He is currently the Lay Community Committee member on Cathedral Chapter, a Lay Assistant for Eucharist, and a Steward at Sunday 08.00 service where he usually worships. Malcolm was also a member of the Cathedrals Gospel Rock Bands ‘Autumn Gold’ and ‘Open Secret’ during the late 70s and early 80s.
Malcolm began his training as a psychiatric nurse in 1976 and continues to practice as a registered nurse. Nowadays he ‘fly’s a desk’ as an Independent Quality and Governance Healthcare Consultant specialising in Safeguarding, Serious Incident Investigations, Risk Management, Policy and Quality Improvement all of which fall under the umbrella of Patient Safety.
Bio coming soon
Simon Dennis, Director of Finance
Simon has lived in Bradford since 1982, and has worked at the cathedral for nearly 6 years as director of finance. Simon works 2 days a week with us, and the rest as head of policy for Rotherham Council.
“I’m an advisor on Chapter, I make sure that chapter are aware of the financial position and to help them make decisions about the finances of the cathedral. So much of what they talk about often has a financial implication so that’s why Im sitting in the room ready to jump in if needed.”
Simon is married and has two adult daughters who are both teachers.
Andy McCarthy – Chief Operating Officer