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Women of Stag Hill: Dianna Gwilliams

  • The Very Reverend Dianna Gwilliams has been Dean of Guildford Cathedral since 2013. This role carries a responsibility across the whole of the Diocese of Guildford. 
  • Previously she spent 36 years in southeast London. She originally read Physics and Chemistry at university and worked for many years as a Sound Engineer before taking up full time ministry in Southwark Diocese.  
  • She began her engagement with education by becoming a parent governor and served as Chair or Vice Chair of Governors, Chair of Finance Committee and Chair of Personnel Committee as well as Chair of various incarnations of Discipline, Grievance or Exclusions Committees. 
  • As Vicar she served as a Foundation Governor at the parish Infants’ School, continuing involvement as Vice Chair of Governors and Chair of Committees. She is also a Headteacher Performance Management Governor. 
  • She served as an elected and appointed member of Southwark Diocesan Board of Education and the Finance and Development Committee of the SDBE. 
  • She has contributed to governors training and to training for NQTs, with particular interest in Christian Distinctiveness and School Effectiveness. 
  • She has also served as school chaplain in the private sector and since 1992 exercised youth ministry in many different contexts.  
  • Her MA is in Theological Education and Youth Ministry.

Dianna is retiring in September 2023 after ten years at Guildford Cathedral. Canon Chris Hollingshurst, took the opportunity to interview Dianna, before her retirement, to reflect on her decade on Stag Hill.

Choral Evensong celebrating Dean Dianna’s Ministry
You are invited to an exceptional and poignant service celebrating Dianna’s ministry.  The service will take place at Guildford Cathedral on Sunday 24 September 2023 at 3pm followed by a reception at the back of the Nave. 

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