New Canons at St Nic's Cathedral


Five new Canons of St Nicholas’ Cathedral, Newcastle, were collated by Bishop Martin and installed by the Dean, the Very Revd Chris Dalliston, at a service on the evening of Sunday 21st April.

Robert ArcklessRobert Arckless (Lay Canon) is a long-standing member of the church family of St Cuthbert’s in his home town of Amble. Robert has been a PCC member and chaired a Parish Assessment while Alastair Macnaughton was Vicar. A local Councillor for thirty years, Robert is a past chairman of Northumberland County Council and has served as Amble Town Mayor.

He was appointed as an Honorary Alderman by the former Alnwick District Council which he also served as Chairman. An honours graduate with a special interest in education Robert is a long-serving member of the Children’s Services Scrutiny Committee and since 2008 he has chaired Northumberland’s Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education.

Robert has cerebral palsy and is an “Equalities Champion” for Northumberland County Council.

“The parish church and the church family in Amble have been very important to me for more than 30 years,” he says. “They have supported me through good and bad times. I feel privileged to have had the opportunity to make a contribution to the community where I was born and grew up and see this as an honour for my parish and my home town rather than for me.”


Sue HartSue Hart (Lay Canon) has been a Reader at St Mary’s Monkseaton for over thirteen years and is fully engaged in parochial ministry – in the development and presentation of worship and learning and with local neighbourhood schemes that develop the interface between church and society. She is a recently published co-author of ‘Being God’s People – the Confirmation handbook’ written with her parish priest Robin Greenwood.

Married to Richard with one son Chris, Sue has been Secretary to the Readers Board in the Diocese for over 5 years. She is a member of the Central Readers’ Council and is the National Advisor for Quality in Reader Education. Her current work for the wider Church of England includes working with dioceses at the leading edge of thinking about formation for ministries.

Sue has worked in Art and Design education for more than forty years as a designer and advertising copywriter, lecturer, senior manager and external consultant for educational agencies, FE and HE across the country.

As a Reader she is a member of St Mary’s PCC, Tynemouth Deanery and Diocesan Synod and is elected to Bishop’s Council. She continues to work with Gloria Cadman as co-ordinators of the work of our diocesan Task Groups, and is a member of the Diocesan Strategic Development Group. Her passion is focused on developing and supporting Reader ministry in collaboration with all other ministries for the mission of our church.


Steven HarveyThe Revd Steven Harvey (Residentiary Canon, stall of St Benedict Biscop) grew up in the Essex sailing town of Burnham-on-Crouch.

He read History at the University of Reading and trained as a teacher at Homerton College, Cambridge. After a year’s teaching in an Anglican secondary school in Trinidad, he trained for ordination at Ripon College, Cuddesdon (where Bishop Martin was one of his tutors).

He was ordained Deacon in Manchester Cathedral in 1984 and served as Curate at Oldham Parish Church. This was followed by nine and a half years as Chaplain and Head of Religious Studies at St Peter’s School, York, and seven years as Senior Deputy Head at Kingswood School, Bath.

After three years as Senior Provost and Education Officer for the Woodard Schools (a family of Anglican schools in both the independent and maintained sectors), Steven became Headmaster of Bury Grammar School in 2006. Throughout his seven years at Bury, Steven served as an Honorary Assistant Priest at Blackburn Cathedral.

At St Nicholas’ Cathedral he will have particular responsibility for educational matters.


Alastair MacnaughtonThe Revd Alastair Macnaughton (Honorary Canon, stall of St Eadfrid) is responsible for encouraging and developing learning and discipleship among the people of God in the North East of England as part of the Staff Team of the Lindisfarne Regional Training Partnership, serving the dioceses of Newcastle and Durham as well as the Methodist and United Reformed Churches.

He has served as a parish priest in Amble and in Cramlington, and before that in the Midlands.

Alastair has a particular interest in New Testament studies and spent some time in India and Moscow exploring some different approaches that church leaders take to scripture. His leisure interests are fishing, gardening, and the culture, literature and language of Russia. He hopes to translate into English Father Alexander Men’s ‘History of Religion’.


Jennifer SnowdonJennifer Snowdon (Lay Canon) worships at St Cuthbert’s, Blyth, where she was baptised, confirmed and married. She has rung the church bells there since her teenage years - and still does. She is a member of the PCC, Social Committee, Mothers’ Union and Evening Fellowship and plays a very active part in church life.

Jennifer is married to Warren and they have three sons who all live locally with their wives or partners. She has one grandchild and another one expected soon and family life is very important to her. She taught in Cramlington before the birth of her boys then resumed her teaching career in Blyth once the children went to school.

Apart from a hectic family life her major role at the moment is as Mothers’ Union Diocesan President where she is now in her second term of office.



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