After carrying out the role temporarily since December 2022, Theo Platt has been announced as the new permanent chief operating officer and chapter steward at Gloucester Cathedral on Thursday 27 July 2023.
He replaces Emily MacKenzie, who moved to a new role at
St Paul’s Cathedral in London, and ‘brings with him a wealth of knowledge and
experience’ having worked at Gloucester Cathedral in a variety of roles for 12
Platt is now the most senior non-ordained person in the cathedral, ‘supporting the Dean in the oversight and management of all operational aspects of the cathedral’s life’.
Platt said: ‘When I joined the cathedral as development manager 12 years ago, I never could have imagined staying so long, but within a few weeks I had fallen in love with the place. There is something totally unique about Gloucester Cathedral which grabs you and doesn’t let go.
'Working alongside such a talented and dedicated team has been the privilege of my professional life, and as we begin an exciting new phase of the cathedral’s journey together, I couldn’t be more honoured to have been appointed as chief operating officer.’
News of Platt’s appointment comes after the new Dean of Gloucester Cathedral The Reverend Canon Andrew Zihni was announced in April 2023.
High-profile events coming later in the year include Light Eternal created by Luxmuralis which arrives Gloucester Cathedral in October 2023.