The Very Revd Dr Graham Forbes CBE


Graham Forbes has been Provost of the Cathedral since 1990. After degrees in Russian and Theology he was ordained in 1976 and served as a Curate in Old St Paul’s. He was appointed Provost of St Ninian’s Cathedral, Perth in 1982. The Provost is responsible for all aspects of the Cathedral’s life and worship. Outwith the church, he chairs the Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland, OSCR (The Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator) and the Court of Edinburgh Napier University. He chairs the UK Committee on Ethical Aspects of Pandemic Influenza and is a member of the Armed Forces Pay Review Body and the Security Vetting Appeals Panel.  He was awarded the CBE in 2003 for ‘public service in Scotland’. His wife, Jane, is an English teacher, and they have 3 sons, 3 grandsons and three beautiful granddaughters.


The Revd Canon John McLuckie


John was born on the West coast of Scotland and grew up in Aberdeenshire. He was ordained in the Episcopal church in 1991 and has served in parishes in Perth, Glasgow and Edinburgh.  He has also worked as chaplain of King’s College in Cambridge and, most recently, of the Royal Marsden Hospital in London. His interests include choral, jazz and folk music, the visual arts and modern fiction.  He writes occasional journal articles on spirituality and is currently researching the spiritual writings of Thomas Merton and William Johnston.

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The Revd Dr Kenneth Fleming


Kenneth Fleming is from Denny near Falkirk. Before ordination he worked as Bishop’s Officer for Mission in the Diocese. He has a doctorate in theology from Edinburgh University, with a particular interest in interreligious encounter and relations. He is married to Ute, a Church of Scotland minister, and they have two children. He has spent several years living and working in Germany and in Asia.


The Revd Professor Paul Foster, Hon. Canon

Paul Foster has been part of the Cathedral staff since 2004. He lectures at the University of Edinburgh, in the School of Divinity, where he teaches New Testament. His areas of specialism include the Gospel of Matthew, the Non-Canonical Gospels, studying the literary relationship between Gospels, and investigating early manuscripts of the texts that make up the New Testament. He has written various books and articles on these topics, including The Apocryphal Gospels – A Very Short Introduction (OUP, 2009). However, most of his books are very dull! Paul has helped with the training of clergy through his role as New Testament tutor for the Theological Institute of the Scottish Episcopal Church, as well as serving on the Doctrine Committee. In his spare time Paul is a warden at the University’s residential halls – looking after nearly four hundred 18 years olds. Life is never boring!



The Cathedral Chapter

  • The Very Revd Dr Graham Forbes, Provost
  • The Right Revd Dr John Armes, Bishop of Edinburgh
  • The Very Revd Susan Macdonald, Dean of Edinburgh Diocese
  • The Revd Canon Frances Burberry, Synod Clerk
  • The Revd Canon John McLuckie, Vice-Provost
  • The Revd Canon Anne Tomlinson, Director of SEI
  • The Revd Canon Dean Fostekew, Church of the Good Shepherd
  • The Revd Canon Ian Paton, Rector of Old St Paul’s Edinburgh
  • The Revd Canon Malcolm Round, Rector of St Mungo’s Balerno


Helen Hood TSSF, Hon. Lay Canon

Ecumenical Officer

Helen Hood has been a member of the Cathedral congregation since 1977 and, after graduating in Theology, became non-stipendiary Ecumenical Officer in 2000.

She made her life profession as a Tertiary of the Society of Saint Francis (Anglican Franciscan Third Order) in 2010.  Helen is a trustee of the UK charity Church Action on Poverty.  She is married and has two grown-up children.

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Colin Campbell


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Will Hope