The new Dean of the Diocese of Edinburgh is to be the Revd Canon Frances Burberry. She will continue as Rector of St Ninian’s, Comely Bank but will relinquish her role as Synod Clerk to the diocese, to which she was elected in 2016.
The Rt Revd Dr John Armes, Bishop of Edinburgh, speaking about the appointment, said: ‘The role of Dean is a challenging one. I believe that Frances has gifts and experience that will be of great service to our diocese,’ he said. ‘Last year her clergy colleagues showed their confidence in her by electing her Synod Clerk. She now moves from being the senior elected priest in the diocese to being the senior appointed priest. She will continue to be the Rector of a busy congregation whilst also becoming a key member of our diocesan leadership team.’
Commenting on her appointment, Canon Burberry said,
‘It’s an enormous honour to have been invited by Bishop John to be Dean of the Diocese of Edinburgh. I’ve been truly humbled by the warmth of support and encouragement I’ve received during my time as Synod Clerk; and by the confidence and trust that Bishop John and others have placed in me. I’m very much looking forward to working alongside Bishop John, and with people throughout the Diocese as we participate in God’s mission and face future changes and challenges together, and to continuing in my role as Rector of St Ninian’s, Comely Bank.’
Canon Burberry will be installed as Dean at a ceremony at 3.30pm on 5th March at St Mary’s Cathedral, Palmerston Place at Choral Evensong.