Jane Hedges

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The Very Reverend
Jane Hedges
Dean of Norwich
Church Church of England
Province Province of Canterbury
Diocese Diocese of Norwich
In office 2014 to present
Other posts Canon Steward, Westminster Abbey (2006–2014)
Archdeacon of Westminster (2006–2009 & 2010–2014)
Sub-Dean of Westminster (2013–2014)
Ordination 1987 (deacon)
1994 (priest)
Personal details
Born 1956 (age 61–62)
Spouse Chris Hedges
Children two
Alma mater Durham University

Jane Barbara Hedges (born 1956) is an Anglican priest and currently Dean of Norwich.[1]

Jane Hedges was installed as Dean of Norwich at a service on 21 June 2014. She is the 39th Dean of Norwich and the first female Dean in Norwich Cathedral’s 900 year history. She previously served as Archdeacon of Westminster, within the Diocese of London and Sub-Dean of Westminster Abbey.[2]


Hedges trained for ministry at Cranmer Hall, Durham in 1978, after a first degree at Durham University (Bachelor of Arts {BA}), becoming a deaconess in 1980. As the laws of the Church of England changed to allow women’s ministry, Hedges’ career progressed: she was ordained deacon in 1987 and priest in 1994.[3]

She was curate of Holy Trinity with St Columba, Fareham 1980-1983, and a team vicar in Southampton 1983-1988.

In 1988, she became Stewardship Adviser in the Diocese of Portsmouth then in 1993, she became Canon Residentiary of Portsmouth Cathedral.

From 2001 she served in the team ministry of Honiton, in the Diocese of Exeter, becoming rural Dean.[4]

In 2006, she moved to London, as Canon Steward of Westminster Abbey and Archdeacon of Westminster. In 2013, she became Sub-Dean of Westminster Abbey.

Hedges is married to Chris Hedges (b. 1959) a teacher, and they have two sons, Jonathan and Adam.


  1. ^ "First female Dean of Norwich appointed". Diocese of Norwich. 
  2. ^ Stanford, Peter (12 July 2014). "Will Jane Hedges be the C of E's first woman bishop?". Telegraph. 
  3. ^ Knights, Emma. "New Dean of Norwich says Norfolk already feels like home". Eastern Daily Press. 
  4. ^ "Jane Hedges to be Dean of Norwich". Thinking Anglican.