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.
The Revd Dr Marion Chatterley
Marion has lived in Edinburgh since 1974. She was ordained in 1998 and has worked both within parish ministry and in the wider community. She offers chaplaincy to Marie Curie Hospice, is honorary LGBTQ+ chaplain at the University of Edinburgh and has worked amongst people living with HIV since 2000. She has a Doctorate in Practical Theology from the University of Glasgow. Marion is particularly interested in support and care for marginalised and/or vulnerable people and has worked extensively in bereavement support.
Helen Hood TSSF, Hon. Lay Canon & Ecumenical Officer
Helen Hood has been a member of teh Cathedral congregation since 1977 and, after graduating in Theology, became non-stipendiary Ecumenical Officer in 2000. From 2000 to 2006 she worked for the World Council of Churches on Overcoming Violence Against Women and was Convener of Action of Churches Together in Scotland 2013-2-15. Helen made her life profession as a Tertiary of the Society of St Francis (Anglican Franciscan Order) in 2010. She is married and has two grown-up children.
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!
Organist and Master of the Music
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
Imogen Morgan is the Assistant Master of the Music at St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral, Edinburgh, a position she has held since August 2021. In this role, she accompanies the choir for its services, broadcasts, concerts, and recordings, regularly conducts the choir and helps train the choristers. Imogen is a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists, which she was awarded with the Harding and Durrant Prizes for the highest marks in the written examinations, and was a finalist in the 2020 Northern Ireland International Organ Competition. Between 2017-2020, Imogen was the Senior Organ Scholar of Durham Cathedral and University College, with whom she recorded Duruflé’s Requiem for their album ‘In Memoriam’, released with Priory Records in July 2020. Imogen read Music as an undergraduate at Durham University, where she specialised in solo organ performance and the intersection of music and psychology. She graduated in January 2021 with both First Class Honours and a First in her final recital, and had two papers published in the University’s peer-reviewed Music and Science Journal. Prior to her appointment at St Mary’s, Imogen spent a year as the Organ Scholar of Peterborough Cathedral.
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 Anne Tomlinson, Director of SEI
- The Revd Canon Dean Fostekew, Church of the Good Shepherd