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The Revd Canon Dr Andrew Braddock (OS 1989) is to become the 40th Dean of Norwich

On 6 September The Queen approved the nomination of Old Stopfordian The Revd Canon Dr Andrew Braddock to be appointed Dean of Norwich. He will be installed as the 40th Dean of Norwich in January 2023.
5 Oct 2022
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The Revd Canon Dr Andrew Braddock (OS 1989). Credit: Bill Smith/Norwich Cathedral
The Revd Canon Dr Andrew Braddock (OS 1989). Credit: Bill Smith/Norwich Cathedral

Old Stopfordian The Revd Canon Dr Andrew Braddock (OS 1989) is to become the 40th Dean of Norwich.

The announcement was made on 6th September by Downing Street after Her Majesty The Queen approved the appointment.

Canon Andrew, 51, is currently the Interim Dean of Gloucester and will take up the role of Dean of Norwich at the end of January. His appointment follows the retirement of the Very Revd Jane Hedges, the 39th Dean of Norwich, in May this year.

It is a welcome return to Norfolk for Canon Andrew who spent his first ten years of public ministry in the Diocese of Norwich. Ordained in Norwich Cathedral in 1998, he served his curacy in the parishes of Ranworth with Panxworth, Woodbastwick, South Walsham and Upton. In 2001, Andrew was appointed Rector of Cringleford and Colney, taking up the additional role of Rural Dean of Humbleyard in 2004.

In 2008, Andrew was appointed Diocesan Missioner in the Diocese of Gloucester and, in 2013, he became Canon Missioner of Gloucester Cathedral and Diocesan Director of Mission and Ministry. Andrew was commissioned as Interim Dean of Gloucester in April 2022.

Canon Andrew said:

“It is a joy to be returning to Norwich after a rewarding period of ministry in Gloucester. Norwich Cathedral is a remarkable place and one I have a deep affection for having been ordained in the Cathedral and shared in its life during my time in Norfolk. I look forward to building on all that has been achieved under Dean Jane’s leadership, continuing to develop the Cathedral’s Benedictine ethos as a place of Christian worship, welcome, learning and service at the heart of the city, county and diocese.”

Discussing the news of her son's appointment Canon Andrews' mother, Mrs Heather Braddock wrote to Stockport Grammar School to say:

Andrew was a pupil in the Sixth Form in Mr Henshall's Class 1987-1989, following which he went to Cambridge - Sidney Sussex College to read History.

He very much valued his time at Stockport Grammar School and I'm sure his short time with the School gave him the confidence to travel the road to where he is now, and for that we are truly grateful.

The Rt Revd Graham Usher, the Bishop of Norwich, said:

“I am delighted that The Revd Canon Dr Andrew Braddock is to be the next Dean of Norwich. Andrew will bring much to the life of Norwich Cathedral from his experience at Gloucester, as well as supporting the wider mission and ministry of the diocese. He has a strong record of supporting some of the most vulnerable in our society and I am sure will make a significant contribution to the life of the city. In many ways this is a returning home to Norwich, where he was ordained, served his curacy and first incumbency, and I look forward to welcoming him, Victoria and their children in the new year.”

The Revd Dr Peter Doll, Norwich Cathedral’s Vice Dean and Canon Librarian, and who is currently the Acting Dean, said:

“The Chapter and cathedral community welcome Canon Andrew’s appointment to be Dean of Norwich. From his previous ministry in this diocese and at Gloucester Cathedral, he brings a lived experience and appreciation of Norfolk and of the distinctive rhythms of cathedral life. We look forward to working with him to deepen and broaden Norwich Cathedral’s witness and service to the diocese, city, and county.”

His Honour Stephen Holt, chair of the appointment panel on behalf of the Crown, said:

“The panel was very conscious to try to find a new Dean who could take over from and drive forward the remarkable achievements of Dean Jane.

“We had the honour of seeing some excellent candidates, but Andrew took us by storm. His enthusiasm, drive and faith captured our hearts as well as our heads.

“He started his mission in Norfolk and now he is coming home to lead Norwich Cathedral. With his gifts and drive, we are sure he is the right person to guide the Cathedral on its continuing journey at the very heart of the Christian faith in Norfolk.
“Our beautiful Cathedral stands as a beacon in the beautiful county of Norfolk. Under Andrew’s leadership it will continue to develop its reputation for being a place of excellent worship, Christian development and of warm and generous hospitality.”

Canon Andrew will be installed as the 40th Dean of Norwich at a special service at Norwich Cathedral on Saturday 28 January 2023 at 2pm. In the meantime, Canon Peter will continue in the role of Acting Dean.

Canon Andrew is married to Victoria and they have two teenage children.

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