Vivienne Faull

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The Very Reverend
Vivienne Faull
Dean of York
Church York Minster
Diocese Diocese of York
In office 2012–present
Predecessor Keith Jones
Other posts Dean of Leicester (2002–2012)
Provost of Leicester (2000–2002)
Ordination 1987 (deacon)
1994 (priest)
Personal details
Born (1955-05-20) 20 May 1955 (age 60)
Nationality British
Denomination Anglican
Alma mater St Hilda's College, Oxford

Vivienne Frances Faull (born 20 May 1955)[1] is a British Anglican priest. Since 2012, she has served as Dean of York. She was the only female cathedral provost in Church of England history. She was thought by many to be a leading candidate for the first woman appointed a bishop in the Church of England.[2]

Early life[edit]

Faull was educated at The Queen's School, Chester[1] She studied at St Hilda's College, Oxford and graduated in 1977 with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree; it was promoted to a Master of Arts (MA Oxon) in 1982.[3] When she began studying theology at St John's College, Nottingham, she became the first woman to be paid by the Church of England to do so.[4]

Ordained Ministry[edit]

Faull was licensed as a deaconess in the Church of England in 1982, and ordained as a deacon in 1987 and as a priest in 1994.[3] She served first at St Matthew and St James, Mossley Hill, and then as Chaplain at Clare College, Cambridge. From 1990 to 2000, she was on the staff at Gloucester Cathedral[5] before moving to Leicester.

On 13 May 2000,[6] she was installed as Provost of Leicester Cathedral[7] – the first (and, due to the Cathedrals Measure 1999 redesignating all cathedral provosts as deans, only) female cathedral provost in Church of England history. In 2002, when her job title (but not the essential nature of the role) changed, she became the Dean of Leicester – and thus, with that change of title, the first female dean in the Church of England.

It was announced on 5 July 2012 that Faull was to become Dean of York in late 2012[8] and she was duly installed at York Minster on 1 December.[9]

In 2015 Faull was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Chester, granting her the title of Doctor of Letters.


Church of England titles
Preceded by
Derek Hole
Provost of Leicester
Succeeded by
as Dean
Preceded by
as Provost
Dean of Leicester
Succeeded by
David Monteith
Preceded by
Keith Jones
Dean of York