The Very Revd. Charles Taylor, Dean of Peterborough
In addition to his duties as one of the four core members of the Cathedral's clergy, the Dean is responsible for overseeing the running of the Cathedral and all its activities. He is supported in this by decisions taken by Chapter.
Charles has been Dean of Peterborough since 2007. As a boy, he was a chorister at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London where he sang at the State Funeral of Sir Winston Churchill and the memorial service for President John F Kennedy. He was ordained at Lichfield Cathedral in 1976.
In 1979, Charles was appointed Chaplain of Westminster Abbey, where he met and married his wife, Catherine. They have two children, Rachel and Benedict, and a grandson.
Charles returned to Lichfield in 1995 where he was to remain as Canon Residentiary and Precentor of the Cathedral for twelve years before coming to Peterborough.
His wide experience in different parts of Britain has fuelled his concern, in his words, “to live out the Kingdom of God here and now in the public community; that the hungry may receive their daily bread, the sinner and the broken find forgiveness and reconciliation. A Cathedral in particular has a special opportunity to be a window for that vision of humanity."
Reverend Canon Bruce Ruddock, Canon Precentor
The Precentor is responsible for planning the worship and services at the Cathedral. He is in charge of liturgy and music.
Born and bred in Sussex, Bruce trained for the ordained ministry at Chichester Theological College, having previously studied for three years at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and spending another three years working for a music publisher.
Bruce was ordained in 1983 and, after serving a curacy on the Sussex coast, he became priest-in-charge of St Wilfrid’s Church in the parish of St Mary, Portsea. This was followed by seven years as vicar of St Michael’s Barnes in the Diocese of Southwark.
Subsequently, Bruce was appointed Director of the Anglican Centre in Rome and the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Representative to the Holy See.
Before moving to Peterborough in 2004, Bruce served as a Residentiary Canon at Worcester Cathedral, where he was Canon Precentor and Canon Pastor. He is also a Chaplain to the Queen.
Reverend Canon Jonathan Baker, Canon Missioner
The Canon Missioner oversees the Cathedral’s ministry to visitors, schools and those enquiring about faith; he is responsible for the adult education programme; and he represents the Cathedral in the city and diocese, not least to other denominations and faith groups in Peterborough.
Jonathan chairs the Heritage Lottery Fund Project Board which is overseeing a programme of works to improve visitor access and interpretation and he has particular interests in preaching, the relation of faith to culture, Christian spirituality, and holy places.
Jonathan is the youngest of four children and grew up in Warwickshire. He studied History at Cambridge and Law at Guildford before working as a solicitor in London for five years. He was ordained in 1992 after training at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford. After serving in churches in Croydon and Scarborough, Jonathan came to Peterborough in 2004.
Jonathan’s leisure interests include history, architecture and the visual arts, including film; he is no gardener, but enjoys fits of slash and burn in what passes for the garden; and he has two ageing Labradors who imagine that he needs regular exercise.
Jonathan is married to Sue, who teaches at The King’s School, and they have four children trying to leave home.
PA to the Canon Missioner
Reverend Canon Ian Black, Vicar of St. John the Baptist, Peterborough, and Canon Residentiary at Peterborough Cathedral
As well as being one of the residentiary canons, Ian is also vicar of the city centre parish church of St John the Baptist, which faces the Cathedral across the square, and Rural Dean of Peterborough. As Vicar of Peterborough, this joint post aims to integrate the Cathedral's and parish's relationship with the city and civic life.
Prior to ordination, Ian had a career as a PAYE auditor with the Inland Revenue and as a tax accountant with a firm of accountants. He trained for ordination at Lincoln Theological College and Nottingham University, being ordained in Canterbury Cathedral in 1993.
He has held posts including vicar of a group of parishes ten miles north west of Canterbury, being a minor canon of Canterbury Cathedral, prison chaplaincy and a curacy in the town centre parish in Maidstone. Ian has worked with many curates as a training incumbent and a training officer looking after their first years after ordination.
Ian moved to Peterborough in 2012 after ten years as vicar of a large parish on the eastern edge of Leeds, where he was also the external member of Ripon Cathedral Chapter.
Ian is the author of three books of prayers: Intercessions for the Calendar of Saints and Holy Days(2005), Intercessions for Years A, B & C (2009) and Prayers for All Occasions (2011), all published by SPCK and available from the Cathedral shop. He has been writing online since the late 1990s and has his own blog - www.ianblack.org.uk.
Ian is married with two sons.
Reverend Canon Tim Alban Jones, Chaplain to the Bishop of Peterborough and Canon Residentiary at Peterborough Cathedral
As Bishop's Chaplain, Tim has a strategic role in the Diocese of Peterborough including assisting with the Bishop's plans for growth. As a residentiary canon at the Cathedral too, his role aims to reinforce further the links between the diocese and Cathedral.
Born near London, Tim lived his early life in the home counties and South Wales before moving to South Africa for three years. The family returned and settled in Gloucestershire where Tim and his twin brother went to Wycliffe College. On leaving school at 17 Tim spent some time in the USA before his degree in history at the University of Warwick. He went straight from university to Ripon College Cuddesdon where he spent three years preparing for ordination.
Tim was ordained in Hereford in 1988 and served his curacy in the parish of St Paul’s, Tupsley where he met and married his wife Cathy, a Nurse Consultant in Palliative Care. From there he became a Team Vicar in the Ross-on-Wye Team Ministry with responsibility for four very rural parishes. After just over seven very happy years Tim and his family moved to Soham where they have spent the last fifteen years. During his time in Soham, the parish was thrown into the media limelight with the murder of the two school girls. He was awarded an MBE in recognition of his ‘service to the community’. He has also served on General Synod, as a Rural Dean, Warden of Readers and chair of the House of Clergy as well as various other diocesan committees.
Tim and Cathy have three children aged between 21 and 16. The youngest one has been at Nene Park Academy for the last three years and has been awarded a football scholarship with the under 18s at Peterborough Utd. Tim’s interests include music, cooking, liturgy and reading.
Reverend Jenny Opperman, Associate Priest
Jenny was born in Potters Bar, Hertfordshire, and spent her childhood in several different towns and cities including Norwich, Harrogate and Paris, where she attended the International Lycee. Educated at Wadhurst College in Sussex during the final part of her schooling, she subsequently met Mike whilst working at an Agricultural College as a Domestic Bursar. Jenny and Mike were married in 1982.
They have instigated a number of different restoration projects over the years, the first of which was converting a disused chapel in the Fens into their family home. A glasshouse and nursery project developed from there and they began growing a wide range of pot plants. Their three adult children have grown up and developed with the family business and now each holds a management role within the business. Growing their business enabled Jenny to follow her call to ministry and she was licensed in 2006 as a Lay Pastoral Minister.
A deep-seated vocation to Ordination led to Jenny being accepted and trained as a part-time Ordinand on the ERMC ministry course. She was ordained Deacon in 2012 and then priested in 2013. Jenny served her curacy in the Cathedral with Dean Charles Taylor as her training incumbent where she and Mike have been members of the congregation for many years. Jenny is interested in seeing the restoration, renewal and flourishing of all God’s people and she is excited and inspired by God’s vision for growth and development in the Peterborough Diocese. Her leisure interests include visiting gardens, cooking, reading, music and visiting France. She also enjoys special times with friends and family including her six grandchildren.
Jenny combines her ministry at the Cathedral with her role as Diocesan Lay Vocations Officer.
The Chapter of Peterborough Cathedral
The Dean of Peterborough
The Very Revd. Charles Taylor
Reverend Canon Bruce Ruddock, Canon Precentor
Reverend Canon Jonathan Baker, Canon Missioner
Reverend Canon Ian Black (also Vicar of St. John the Baptist, Peterborough)
Reverend Canon Tim Alban Jones (also Chaplain to the Bishop of Peterborough)
Mr Nicholas Robertson (Cathedral Treasurer)
Mr John Henniker-Major
Mrs Maria Steele
His Honour Neil McKittrick
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