About Us

About Us




Wells Cathedral is regulated by the Cathedrals Measure 2021 and, at this time, we are working towards registration with the Charity Commission, anticipated as being end February 2024. The Cathedral’s new Constitution and Statutes are now in force and are available for download.
Wells Cathedral Constitution - September 2023
Wells Cathedral Statutes - September 2023
The Chapter is the governing body of the Cathedral, comprised of three Executive members (the Dean, the Chancellor, and the Precentor) and up to nine Non-Executive members, two-thirds of whom must be lay people. Lay Non-Executive members of Chapter are appointed by Chapter, with prior approval of the Bishop of Bath and Wells. Chapter will be advertising in early 2024 for two Non-Executive members of Chapter. Please see our Vacancies page. The Bishop of Bath and Wells appoints one Non-Executive member to serve as Senior Non-Executive member.

Chapter is supported in its work by two statutory committees:

  • Finance Committee (incorporating Audit and Risk)
  • Nominations Committee

Day to day decision making is delegated to a Cathedral Leadership Team, and a Schedule of Delegated Authority (SoDA) articulates how this works in practice.
Schedule of Delegated Authority - November 2023

Annual Reports and Financial Statements

The Chapter presents its Annual Report and audited Financial Statements for the year ended 31 December 2022.

Please click here to download the Report.

The Annual Report for 2022 covers:

  • A statement of the Cathedral’s mission and objectives and a summary of the regular activities and strategic projects that meet these objectives
  • The achievements and performance of these activities and projects in 2022
  • A review of the financial outcomes and issues of the year
  • The Cathedral’s future plans
  • A summary of structure, governance and management; and
  • Reference and administrative details.


Please see below the annual reports for 2017-2021

2021 – Annual Report

2020 – Annual Report

2019 – Annual Report

2018 – Annual Report

2017 – Annual Report

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