People

Provost
The Very Revd John Conway

John Conway was installed as Provost of the Cathedral on 17 September 2017. He began his training for ordination at Lincoln Theological College but completed his studies at TISEC and New College, Edinburgh University. After a curacy at St Mary’s Cathedral he moved in 2001 to be Rector of St Martin of Tours Episcopal Church. During his 16 years there he helped establish the St Martin’s Community Resource Centre, was the Co-ordinator of Initial Ministerial Education in the Diocese, was Co-Convenor of Edinburgh Interfaith Association, and Convenor of the Diocesan Mission & Ministry Committee. John is married with three daughters.

Vice-Provost
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.

Team Priest
The Revd Dr Marion Chatterley, Hon Canon

Marion has lived in Edinburgh since 1974.  Marion was ordained in 1998 and has worked both within parish ministry and in the wider community.  She has been Chaplain to people living with HIV since 2000.  Much of her current ministry is in spiritual direction and 1:1 pastoral support.  She has a Doctorate in Practical Theology from the University of Glasgow.  She is particularly interested in support and care for marginalised and/or vulnerable people and has worked extensively in bereavement support.  Marion has been Diocesan Director of Ordinands since 2006, working with people who are discerning whether they have a call to ordained ministry within the SEC.  She is married with two adult children.

Chaplain
The Revd Andy Philip

Andy was ordained deacon and joined the Cathedral as Chaplain at Michaelmas 2018. He spent the past 18 years working for the Scottish Parliament’s official report — Holyrood’s equivalent of Hansard — and, over the past three years, trained part time with the Scottish Episcopal Institute. Andy lives in Linlithgow with his wife, their two daughters and their dog. He is also the author of two books of poems: The Ambulance Box and The North End of the Possible.

Organist and Master of the Music
Duncan Ferguson

Duncan Ferguson is Organist and Master of the Music at St Mary’s Cathedral, where his responsibilities include recruiting, training, and conducting the cathedral choir in its daily services, broadcasts, recordings, concerts, and tours. Described as ‘plainly a wizard’ by The Times, Duncan’s recordings with the choir of St Mary’s have earned him critical acclaim, including three Gramophone ‘Editor’s Choice’ CDs and two ‘Outstanding’ awards from International Record Review. During his tenure as Cathedral Organist the choir has been invited to tour America and Canada, Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and several European countries. Duncan was Organ Scholar at Magdalen College, Oxford and then at St Paul’s Cathedral, London, where he played the organ at a number of diocesan and national services. He was awarded a Distinction for his Master of Studies degree in Musicology in Oxford, with his special academic interest being the place of music in the writing of Reformation history. He has written essays for many CD booklets and magazine articles, and is a former tutor at King’s College, London. As an organist Duncan has performed across the UK and venues abroad including in the USA and the Caribbean. He joined St Mary’s Cathedral initially as Assistant Organist before being appointed Master of the Music two years later (the UK’s youngest cathedral organist at the time). He was President of the Edinburgh Society of Organists from 2013-15, in its centenary year. He recorded the St Mary’s organ as part of the Edinburgh Organs CD book project, and is the organ teacher at St Mary’s Music School. His solo recording of music by the relatively unknown English composer William Faulkes gained favourable reviews, with Gramophone writing that ‘[Faulkes] could have wished for no more persuasive advocate than Duncan Ferguson’.

Assistant Master of the Music
Joseph Beech

Joseph Beech took up the position of Assistant Master of the Music in 2017. He takes primary responsibility for accompanying the cathedral choir in its daily choral services, in addition to its busy schedule of concerts, recordings and tours. He previously held Organ Scholarships at St Paul’s Cathedral, London; the London Oratory; HM Chapel Royal, Hampton Court Palace; and St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle.  Joseph trained at the Royal Academy of Music where he won all of the organ prizes and was a scholarship student of David Titterington. Upon graduating with a First Class degree, he was awarded one of the Academy’s coveted Regency Awards for ‘outstanding studentship’. He has performed in all of London’s major concert halls, broadcast on BBC Radio 3, and worked under such orchestral conductors as Yan Pascal Tortelier, Marin Alsop and Trevor Pinnock.

Organ Scholar
William Briant

Will took up the position of Organ Scholar in September of 2018. He holds the scholarship in tandem with the Herrick Bunney Organ Scholarship of St Giles’ Cathedral, Edinburgh. In 2017 he studied the organ and harpsichord under Michel Bouvard and Jan Willem Jansen at the Conservatoire of Music, Toulouse. He also plays with the Edinburgh University Symphony Orchestra as organist, and composes and arranges in a wide variety of styles.

He is currently in his final year of studying French and Russian at the University of Edinburgh.

Vergers
Colin Campbell
Andrew Ramsay

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 John Conway, Provost
  • The Right Revd Dr John Armes, Bishop of Edinburgh
  • The Very Revd Frances Burberry, Dean of Edinburgh Diocese
  • The Revd Canon Ruth Innes, 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.