The Very. Rev Simon Charles Cowling (b 1959) has been Dean of Wakefield since 2018.
Cowling was educated at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, King’s College London and Lincoln Theological College. He was a teacher until his ordination in 1992.
He served curacies at St Martin, Potternewton, Leeds from 1991 to 1994 and at St Chad, Far Headingley, Leeds from 1994 to 1996; and was Vicar at St Edmund King and Martyr, Roundhay from 1996 to 2007. He was Area Dean of Allerton from 2004 to 20007; Canon Residentiary and Precentor of Sheffield Cathedral from 2007 to 2013; and Rector of Bolton Abbey from 2013 until his appointment as dean.