A NEW senior churchman has been appointed at Winchester Cathedral.

Rev Andrew Trenier will take up his new role as Canon Precentor on Sunday September 15, replacing Canon Sue Wallace.

As a member of Chapter, the governing body of the cathedral, Andrew will have responsibility for the organisation, development and delivery of the liturgy and music of the cathedral and the support of its congregation.

For the last four years, he has been Rector of Chingford, in north London and co-ordinated a wider Mission Unit in the borough of Waltham Forest and has been acting area dean.

He said: “I am enormously humbled to be asked to take on this important role at Winchester Cathedral. It is a very good time to be arriving with much of the building works coming to completion and the cathedral’s new vision taking place. I look forward to joining an excellent team in the new term”.

The Dean of Winchester, The Very Rev Catherine Ogle, said: “The Chapter is delighted with Andrew’s appointment and look forward to welcoming him to the cathedral team. This is a significant time of growth in cathedral ministry and Andy brings great gifts, experience and skills to the role of Precentor.”

The Rt Rev Tim Dakin, Bishop of Winchester, said: “The role of Canon Precentor is such a significant one for the life and mission of the Cathedral community.

“I am very pleased to appoint Andrew, and I am sure that he will bring wisdom, experience, and sensitivity to his leadership of Cathedral worship, and be a valuable and enthusiastic member of Chapter.”

Andrew will be moving to Winchester with his wife Emma, who is head of programmes at the Church of England’s Foundation of Educational Leadership, their three children, Hugo, Louis, and Maxwell, and their puppy, Cosmo.

Ms Wallace held the role for five years and moved on earlier this year for a role taking up the post with Transcendence, a charity which offers liturgical advice and inspiration.