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Canon Mark Bonney to be Dean of Ely

Downing Street announces this morning that The Revd Canon Mark Bonney, Canon Treasurer of Salisbury Cathedral is to be the new Dean of Ely.

He succeeds The Very Revd Dr Michael Chandler who retired last year.

Canon Bonney, 55, was educated locally in Cambridge before training for the ministry at St Stephen’s House, Oxford. He is married to Kate and they have two daughters.

He was ordained priest in Durham Cathedral in 1986 and began his ministry on Teeside before moving to be Chaplain to St Alban’s Cathedral in 1988 where he also served as Precentor between 1990-1992.

He then moved to be Vicar of Eaton Bray with Edlesborough before becoming of Rector of Great Berkhamsted in 1996 where he also served as Rural Dean of Berkhamsted between 2002-2004. He moved to Salisbury that year to become Canon Treasurer.

Canon Bonney is married to Kate, a primary school teacher, and they have two daughters, Hannah, at university, and Eleanor, about to take GCSE’s.

He was a member of General Synod for 15 years, served as Chaplain to the Synod, was a member of the Liturgical Commission, and a member of the Councils of Westcott House and the Royal School of Church Music. He is Chairman of the Salisbury Diocesan Advisory Committee. He is interested in spirituality, formation and growth. His hobbies include music, art, sport (he gained Blues at Cambridge for tennis and golf) cooking and entertaining.

Canon Bonney said today: “I am delighted and excited about the prospect of coming to Ely as Dean. Cathedrals have a very particularly role to play working with the Bishop in the ministry and mission of the Diocese.

He added: “I will be fundamentally committed to the rhythm of worship and prayer that is at the heart of the Cathedral’s life, and look forward to working with Chapter colleagues so that the Cathedral may grow further as a place of energizing encounter and engagement with Jesus Christ. It will be my constant prayer that all who come to the Cathedral will be touched spiritually, intellectually and emotionally by the experience.

The Bishop of Ely, The Right Reverend Stephen Conway, added: “I am delighted that Mark is to be the next Dean of Ely. He has a wealth of parish and Cathedral experience and, having been at Cambridge, already knows the Diocese. The Diocese will have a priest as dean whose ministry is all about making connections between the Gospel and the wider community.”

Canon David Pritchard, Acting Dean of Ely, said today: “We are delighted that Canon Mark Bonney has been appointed the next Dean of Ely. Canon Bonney brings a wealth of experience of parish and cathedral ministry and the cathedral community of Ely assures him and his family of a very warm welcome.

Canon Bonney will be installed as Dean of Ely on Saturday 22 September at 11.00am. His last day officiating in services at Salisbury Cathedral is Sunday 22 July.  He moves to Ely during August.