Chelmsford Cathedral
Meet the team
The Very Rev Nicholas Henshall   Canon Ivor Moody
          ivor moody chelmsford cathedral

Nicholas has been Dean of Chelmsford since 2014. The Dean has three overlapping roles – as spiritual leader of the Cathedral community, as the main representative of the Cathedral in the networks of the city and the diocese, and as the senior priest of the Diocese of Chelmsford, seeking to support the Bishop in his work as teacher and evangelist. 

Nicholas has had a varied ministry. He was ordained in 1988 and served for 14 years in inner city communities in Newcastle upon Tyne, where his parish was finally demolished by the City Council. Nicholas then joined the staff team at Derby Cathedral in 2002, where he also worked for the local BBC Radio Station. Immediately prior to becoming Dean of Chelmsford Nicholas served for 6 years in a large church in North Yorkshire including a year as the acting Archdeacon of Richmond. 

Nicholas is passionate about the relationship between worship and mission in post Christendom culture. He has strong links with the Diocese of Zululand in South Africa and for 10 years wrote for the Roman Catholic weekly, The Tablet.


Ivor Moody has been Vice Dean and Canon Pastor of Chelmsford Cathedral since 2010.  He is also Chair of the Mid-Essex Inter Faith Forum and also Chair of Essex Mind and Spirit, a community voluntary organisation which seeks to promote positive relationships between faith and spirituality and mental health issues, and to challenge the stigma which often surrounds mental health.  He has recently become Chaplain to the Essex County Council, and in 2017 had his first book published, called ‘Songs for the Soul’.

Ivor has spent all his professional life in the Diocese of Chelmsford. He served curacies at St. Margaret’s Leytonstone and St. Margaret’s Leigh on Sea, before becoming vicar of St. John the Baptist Tilbury Docks. He then took up a post as University Chaplain at the Chelmsford Campus of the Anglia Ruskin University, before taking up his current post with Chelmsford Cathedral.

 Canon Alison Kennedy    Canon Imogen Nay
     Imogen Nay chelmsford cathedral

Canon Alison Kennedy has responsibility for the worship and music in the cathedral. Inhabiting a dual role, she also teaches at St Mellitus College, which offers a range of theological education and training for lay and ordained ministry.

Before joining the cathedral in 2018 Alison served in parishes in Hackney, Walthamstow and Vauxhall.

Prior to ordination she worked as a music therapist and loves encouraging people to sing, play and listen to music. She has a fascination with the power of music to heal and to kindle the soul to pray. 


Imogen Nay became Canon for Evangelism and Discipleship in June 2019; the post is a new, full-time one for the cathedral. She will be developing and growing a learning culture at the cathedral, creating opportunities for people to come to and grow in faith, through new forms of worship, learning, prayer and fellowship. 

Imogen grew up in Hadleigh in Essex and read English Literature at York followed by further study at Warwick. Prior to ordination she worked in the voluntary sector in London, latterly running groups for women at risk from, and involved in prostitution. She served her curacy in Surbiton and then was Rector of St Andrew’s Church, Rugby.

She is passionate about creating welcoming and inclusive communities where there is a culture of invitation and fellowship. 

Contact Imogen if you would like to know more about the Christian faith and for information about discipleship courses and study, retreats, quiet days and spirituality. 

Revd Kate Moore    

Kate has been an Associate Priest at Chelmsford Cathedral since October 2013. She contributes to the worshipping and pastoral life of the Cathedral, leading services, preaching and teaching. She was ordained in 2009 after studying with St Mellitus College and was a curate at All Saints Springfield Green.

Kate is the Head Teacher at Birch C of E Primary School, a small church school in rural North East Essex. She is also a National Leader of Education, advising and supporting other primary schools and works locally with Heads and teachers particularly focussed on developing quality RE teaching as one of her particular areas of interest.

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