Honorary PatronThe Very Reverend Robert Andrew Willis
Installed as Dean of Canterbury on 1st July 2001, having previously served as Dean of Hereford from 1992.
Robert Willis was born in 1947 and was educated at Warwick University, Worcester College, Oxford and Cuddesdon College, Oxford. He was ordained in 1972 and served in Shrewsbury, Salisbury Cathedral, the Wiltshire village of Tisbury and Sherbourne Abbey, where he was also a non-residentiary Canon of Salisbury Cathedral, before being made Dean of Hereford in 1992.
He is Chairman of the Deans’ and Provosts’ Conference and a member of the Cathedrals’ Fabric Commission for England and Chairman of Governors, King’s School, Canterbury.
His publications include contributing to Hymns Ancient and Modern, New Standard editions; sections of the Choristers’ Handbook and was on the editing committee of the New Hymn Book ‘Common Praise’. He is sub-Dean of the Order of St. John, which is responsible for the St. John Ambulance, worldwide.