I am sure that you will all join with me in welcoming the news that a new Dean of St Paul's has been appointed after the very sad resignation of the Very Reverend Graham Knowles last year.
The new Dean is the Very Reverend Dr David Ison, the current Dean of Bradford Cathedral. He spent six years as a vicar in Deptford before moving to the midlands and then spent 10 years as a Canon of Exeter Cathedral becoming Dean of Bradford in 2005. David, who is aged 57, is married to Hilary, who is also an ordained priest and works in London for the Church of England's Ministry Division. They have two married daughter and two sons, and became grandparents two years ago. His interests include history and current affairs, interfaith relations, DIY and scuba diving; and he drives a kit-car that he made himself!
David will be installed as the new Dean of St Paul's on Friday, 25 May and I very much hope that we may be able to welcome him to his first visit to Stationers' Hall very soon after then.