David Ison

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David Ison
Dean of St Paul's
Church Church of England
Diocese Diocese of London
In office20122022
Predecessor Graeme Knowles
Successor Andrew Tremlett
Other post(s) Dean of Bradford (2005–2012)
Ordination1980 (priest)
Personal details
Born (1954-09-15) 15 September 1954 (age 68)
Nationality British
Denomination Anglican
Hilary Powell
(m. 1977)
Alma mater King's College London

David John Ison (born 15 September 1954) is a retired Church of England priest. From 2012 until his 2022 retirement, he served as the Dean of St Paul's in the Diocese of London. [1]


Early life and education

David Ison, son of Richard Lea Ison, was educated at the University of Leicester (BA 1976), the University of Nottingham (BA 1978) and St John's College, Nottingham (Diploma of Biblical Studies 1979). He undertook further studies in church history at King's College London where his 1984 PhD was entitled "The Constantinian Oration to the saints : authorship and background". [2]

Ordained ministry

Ison was ordained as a priest in 1980. [3] He began his ordained ministry as a curate at St Nicholas and St Luke's Deptford. From 1985 to 1988 he was a tutor at the Church Army Training College before being appointed vicar of St Philip's Potters Green in the West Midlands until 1993. Later, he was the officer for Continuing Ministerial Education in the Diocese of Exeter.

Ison became Dean of Bradford in September 2005. [4] [5] On 6 March 2012, it was announced that he was to become the next Dean of St Paul's Cathedral from 25 May 2012, succeeding Graeme Knowles, [6] [7] which he did by Letters Patent dated 11 May 2012 granting him "the Deanery of Her Majesty’s Cathedral Church of St Paul in London". [8] On 5 June 2012, Ison led the prayers at the service of thanksgiving marking the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II. The next year, he gave the bidding at the funeral of Margaret Thatcher. [9]

On 28 July 2021, it was announced that Ison was to retire in September 2022. [10]


Ison is an open evangelical and supports same-sex partnerships. [11]

Personal life

In 1977, Ison married Hilary Margaret Powell [12] who is also ordained in the Church of England. [13] They have two sons and two daughters. [12]

Ison has an identical twin brother, Keith Ison, who was the Head of Medical Physics at Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust and is a past president of the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine.


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  2. "The Constantinian Oration to the saints : Authorship and background. - Research Portal, King's College, London".
  3. Crockford's Clerical Directory 1987-88, Lambeth, Church House, 1975 ISBN   0-7151-8066-5.
  4. Diocese of Bradford website Archive 5 February 2012
  5. Who's Who in 2008, London, A & C Black, 2008 ISBN   978-0-7136-8555-8.
  6. No.10 – Dean of St Paul's
  7. "Appointment of David Ison as Dean of St Paul's", St Paul's Cathedral website
  8. "Crown Office | the Gazette".
  9. "Margaret Thatcher: the funeral Order of Service" . The Telegraph. London. 17 April 2013. Archived from the original on 4 November 2017. Retrieved 11 September 2022.
  10. "The Dean of St Paul's announces retirement in 2022". 28 July 2021.
  11. "Dr David Ison, new Dean of St Paul's, backs gay marriage", The Telegraph
  12. 1 2 "ISON, Very Rev. David John". Who's Who 2016. Oxford University Press. November 2015. Retrieved 8 September 2016.
  13. "Hilary Margaret Ison" . Crockford's Clerical Directory (online ed.). Church House Publishing . Retrieved 8 September 2016.
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