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The Archbishop's team

The Archbishop is supported by a dedicated team of advisers, administrators and clerical, technical and maintenance staff at Bishopthorpe Palace.

A list of the senior members of staff and their job descriptions can be viewed here...


Chief of Staff - The Reverend Malcolm Macnaughton

Working closely with the Chief of Staff at Lambeth Palace, the Chief of Staff at Bishopthorpe provides the Archbishop of York with the assistance he needs to conduct his ministry within the life of the nation, the Church of England, the Anglican Communion, and the Province of York. He supports the Archbishop in his public ministry, helping him to keep abreast of political and social developments, and to be well briefed through his staff to speak for the gospel and for the church. He liaises with advisers at Church House, Westminster and at Lambeth. He also has responsibility for the coordination of personnel matters, staff welfare, finance and premises matters, and for the appraisal of senior staff. The Chief of Staff has overall responsibility for the Archbishop's diary and is the 'first port of call' for Bishops wishing to make contact with the Archbishop. He attends meetings of the House of Bishops, the General Synod, Archbishops' Council and Bishoprics and Cathedrals Committee, and may sometimes represent the Archbishop at official functions.
Malcolm Macnaughton

Chaplain & Researcher to the Archbishop of York - The Reverend Dr Daphne Green

Provides theological, liturgical, administrative, written and pastoral support to the Archbishop of York both before and during his provincial, national and international commitments.

Daphne Green

Domestic Chaplain to the Archbishop of York - The Reverend Richard Carew

Provides theological, liturgical, administrative, written and pastoral support to the Archbishop of York to enable the Archbishop's ministry in the Diocese of York.

He is also responsible for CRB procedures, the Diocesan Prayer Diary and the daily worshipping life of Bishopthorpe Palace.

Richard Carew

Assistant Chaplain and Adviser in Mission Strategy & Church Revitalisation - The Venerable John Day

Responsible for supporting the Archbishop in his ministry in the Diocese of York and in the Northern Province for Mission Strategy, Church Revitalisation & Evangelism, Church Planting & Fresh Expressions. John is also a House for Duty priest in charge at St Chad’s Church, York. Mobile: 07921 406178

 John Day

P A  - Alison Cundiff

Co-ordinates the research support for the Archbishop, and helps with the planning and prioritizing of his diary. She has special responsibility also for providing the Archbishop with briefings and for day to day management of his engagements.

Alison Cundiff

Palace and Events Manager - Frazer Tobin

Responsible for ensuring the proper maintenance and smooth running of Bishopthorpe Palace and all activities/events taking place there.

Frazer Tobin

Communications Officer - Elizabeth Addy 


For media enquiries relating to the Archbishop, please contact Elizabeth Addy at email:; at direct dial: 01904 772365 or at mb. 07738 354491
 Elizabeth Addy