Stephen Lake

The Very Revd Stephen Lake has been Dean of Gloucester since 2011.  As the senior priest in the Diocese, Stephen leads the Cathedral community, which includes fifty employed staff and more than four hundred volunteers who welcome over 300,000 visitors to the cathedral each year. The cathedral has an operating budget of £2.2 million and is in the process of developing a major ten year development programme worth £10 million.

Beyond the cathedral, Stephen currently plays a significant role in the life of the city as Chair of Gloucester City Regeneration Advisory Board - a panel of senior local representatives with the task of supporting and challenging the Council's policy and performance in all matters of regeneration.

Stephen has significant experience of governance, within and outside of education.  He is currently a governor at Kingsholm Church of England Primary School, which was judged to be ‘outstanding’ in its last Ofsted inspection.  He is also Vice-Chair of the Kings School, Gloucester. Before moving to Gloucestershire, Stephen had been a governor at six other church and community schools in both the primary and secondary sectors, including chairing the Governing Body of St Aldhelm's Combined CE VA School, between 1992-2001.  Stephen spent seven years serving on the Salisbury Diocesen Board of Education and now, in his role as Dean, has ultimate responsibility for leading the development of education programmes through the Cathedral Education Centre, which welcomes more than 7,000 children to The Cathedral Close every year. In addition to his work in education, Stephen has served as a National Trustee of The Scout Association since 2009.