A People’s Dean for the People’s Cathedral
The Bishop of Newcastle, the Right Reverend Christine Hardman is pleased to announce that the Venerable Geoff Miller is to be the new Dean of Newcastle.
Geoff, 62, Archdeacon of Northumberland, has been Acting Dean of Newcastle since January.
His appointment comes at an exciting time for Newcastle Cathedral as it progresses with its ambitious £6 million Common Ground in Sacred Space project to transform the nave, renew visitor facilities and reshape external spaces. The work will return the Cathedral to the community hub role it has played in the city centre for centuries, and shortly it will be submitting its Round Two application to the Heritage Lottery Fund.
The Right Reverend Christine Hardman said: “Geoff is passionate about the North East and about Newcastle, and I am excited to be announcing his appointment as our next Dean. He has played a pivotal role in our Diocese for many years and is deeply committed to serving our communities.
“This is an extremely exciting time for Newcastle Cathedral and Geoff’s inspirational leadership will ensure it continues be a place of sanctuary, hospitality, welcome and worship for everyone working and living in the city centre, and for the whole of our Diocese as its Mother Church.”
The Venerable Geoff Miller said: “We are on the cusp of something truly exciting here in Newcastle. There’s enormous energy and excitement as we look to the future of our wonderful Cathedral.
“We strive to be bold in everything we do, and together with our city centre partners, we’re committed to making sure Newcastle has a cathedral to be proud of – one that is diverse, visibly proud of its heritage and welcoming to everyone.”
The Reverend Canon John Sinclair, Residentiary Canon at Newcastle Cathedral, said: “I am absolutely delighted to hear that Geoff is to be the Dean of Newcastle. Geoff’s warm personality and desire to see others flourish is just what we need at this exciting time in the life of Newcastle Cathedral. His vision, energy and passion are highly infectious. The staff are buzzing with excitement about the future with Geoff at the helm. His appointment really is Good News!”
Geoff will be officially installed as Dean later this year.
MANY CONGRATULATIONS to Geoff, who has been a trustee of the Diocesan Retreat House, Shepherds Dene, for many years.