Dean of Southwell

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The chapter house at Southwell Minster

The Dean of Southwell is the head (primus inter pares – first among equals) and chair of the chapter of canons, the ruling body of Southwell Minster. The dean and chapter are based at the Cathedral and Parish Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Southwell, Nottinghamshire. Before 2000 the post was designated as a provost, which was then the equivalent of a dean at most English cathedrals. The cathedral is the mother church of the Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham and seat of the Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham. The current dean is John Guille.

List of deans[edit]



  • 19 March 2000–2006 David Leaning
  • 8 September 2007–present John Guille[2]


  1. ^ "Appointments (Archived; subscription only)". Church Times (#7154). 31 March 2000. p. 20. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 31 December 2014. (subscription required (help)). 
  2. ^ Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham – Press Releases – New Dean installation