David Hoyle appointed new Dean of Westminster
Wednesday, 19th June 2019
Her Majesty The Queen has approved the appointment of the Very Reverend Dr David Hoyle as the new Dean of Westminster. He is currently Dean of Bristol and will succeed the Very Reverend Dr John Hall who retires on 1st November 2019, All Saints’ Day, after 13 years at Westminster Abbey.
David Hoyle, aged 61, studied history and then theology at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. He trained for the ministry at Ripon College, Cuddesdon, and served his title as Curate of the Church of the Good Shepherd, Cambridge, from 1986 to 1988.
He was then appointed Chaplain (later Dean of Chapel) and Fellow of Magdalene College, Cambridge, where he also served as Director of Studies in Theology. In 1995 he moved to become Vicar of Christ Church, Southgate in London, before transferring to Gloucester in 2002 as Director of Ministry and Canon Residentiary of Gloucester Cathedral. He has been Dean of Bristol since 2010 and chairs the College of Deans in the Church of England.
Dr Hoyle has a particular interest in theological education. He is a published author with recent books about ministry and doctrine. He also has wide experience in school governance. In his ministry in Bristol, he has been drawn into the debate about the legacy of transatlantic slavery, into charity governance and into issues of social justice. As Chair of the College of Deans he has been closely involved in conversations about the governance and management of cathedrals. His interests include literature, art and walking. His wife, Janet, is a primary school head-teacher and they have a son, Mike, who is 27 and a daughter, Katy who is 25.
He will become the 39th Dean of Westminster, overseeing the spiritual life of Westminster Abbey and giving leadership to the Abbey community, which includes 350 staff and 400 volunteers. Dr Hoyle will be installed as Dean of Westminster on 16th November 2019.
The Abbey is a Royal Peculiar, and the Dean is responsible to the Sovereign as Visitor of the Abbey. This is therefore a Crown appointment and has been approved by Her Majesty The Queen following an open application process.