The Dean & Canons of Windsor

The management of the community is carried out by the Dean and Canons, meeting in Chapter. They are ultimately responsible for the administration of the College’s affairs and are appointed by the Sovereign. They form the only body of secular canons in the land living under religious rule (ie not Cathedral canons) dating back to the Middle Ages.

They would not be able to fulfill their responsibility in the modern world without expert advice and assistance from a number of Councils and Advisory Committees. These include people from different areas of academic, professional and public life.

At the monthly meeting of Chapter, The Dean, acting as ‘primus inter pares’, (first among equals), takes the chair. The Chapter is a ‘body corporate’ and the Dean and Canons share joint responsibility for all its decisions. Because the College is a ‘Royal Peculiar’ (which means it does not answer to any Diocesan Bishop) the Dean acts as its spiritual head. The Dean of Windsor is the Right Reverend Dr Christopher Cocksworth.  He was installed as Dean in November 2023, having been previously Bishop of Coventry and Principal of Ridley Hall Cambridge after serving in parochial and chaplaincy ministry.

Christopher has served on a number of Commissions in the Church of England, notably chairing its Faith and Order Commission and the Co-ordinating Group responsible for the creation of the ‘Living in Love and Faith’ teaching and learning resources.

He was a member of the House of Lords from 2013 to 2023 where he contributed on international matters, education, and AI in defence systems. He is the recipient of the Großes Verdienstkreuz of the Federal Republic of Germany for his work on peace and reconciliation.

Each Canon has oversight of a particular area of College life.

Canon Dr Hueston Finlay holds the position of Warden, St George’s House. Canon Finlay was formerly Dean of Chapel and Director of Studies at Magdalene College, Cambridge.

The Canon Precentor is Canon Martin Poll. As such he looks after the Chapel and the ordering of its services. He is also Chaplain to the Great Park and Canon Chaplain, having direct concern for visitors to the Chapel, is responsible for the Chapel Stewards and their ministry, and for the pastoral care of the worshipping community. He was Archdeacon for the Royal Navy until September 2012.

The Canon Steward is responsible for the fabric of the Chapel and the 55 domestic buildings which lie on the north west side of the Castle. The Chapter is advised on the care of the Chapel fabric by the Fabric Advisory Committee, and the Steward is assisted in his work by the Surveyor of the Fabric, the Clerk of Works and a dedicated Works Team. Canon Dr Mark Powell is Canon Steward. Previously he was Rector of 4 rural communities centred on Melbourne in Derbyshire.  The Canon Treasurer is responsible for the College finances, with the support of the Financial Accountant and the Finance & General Purposes Committee. Canon Powell also holds the office of Canon Treasurer.

The Chapter Clerk attends and records Chapter Meetings and is responsible for the day-to-day administration of the College of St George. It is the Chapter Clerk, with her team of two, who sees to the organisation of all the major royal and national occasions which take place at Windsor. She is also responsible for tourism and retail matters, human resources, health and safety management, relations with the Press and other matters. The present holder of this post is Miss Charlotte Manley, CVO, OBE, formerly Private Secretary to the Duke of York.

The Succentor The Reverend Jonathan Coore is a Minor Canon and Chaplain to St George’s School. Amongst his duties are singing part of the Services, supporting the Canons in their roles and administrative work with the Precentor’s department. He was previously Rector of Christ Church, Southwark.


The King's Free Chapel. The Chapel of the Most Honourable and Noble Order of the Garter. The Chapel of the College of St George.