Significant changes in the way York Minster is governed are on the way.
And today (Friday) the cathedral launched a public consultation into its proposals.
The changes are coming after problems at other cathedrals led to the Cathedrals Measure – new legislation brought in by the Church of England.
As a result all cathedrals in England are required to prepare a new set of constitutions and statutes on how they are governed.
And they must apply to the UK Charity Commission for registration as a charity.
Some of the key changes for York Minster would include:
- Members of the Chapter of York becoming Charity Trustees subject to the oversight of the Charity Commission, rather than just the Church Commissioners
- The size, composition and membership of the Chapter of York will change
- The three bodies that currently form the governing corporation of York Minster – Chapter, Cathedral Council and the College of Canons – will change. Chapter will be reconstituted as the primary governing and oversight body for the cathedral
- The Cathedral Council will cease to exist and the College of Canons will no longer be part of the “body corporate” nor have any formal governance role.
A York Minster spokesperson said: “Everyone who has an interest in York Minster is invited to review and comment on the proposed changes.
“All comments and representations will be considered and responded to, as required under Section 32 of the Cathedrals Measure 2021.”
You can access the consultation at the York Minster website.
All responses must be received by 2pm on Friday 16 September 2022.