David Cameron's office has today announced that the Queen has approved a new appointment for the Dean of Durham.
The Venerable Andrew Tremlett will take on the role following the resignation of the Very Reverend Michael Sadgrove on New Year's Eve.
The Dean of Durham has a pivotal role in the mission of Durham Cathedral, providing a leadership role to over 100 members of staff and more than 700 volunteers.
Speaking of his appointment, Canon Tremlett said: "I am delighted to have the opportunity of becoming the next Dean of Durham, in a Cathedral rooted in the ancient Christian heritage of the North East and committed to serving the wider communities of the Diocese of Durham and the North East region.
“Durham Cathedral is a huge draw for me to the region - you can feel the presence of all those thousands of pilgrims over many centuries at St Cuthbert's Shrine who have gone before you.
"And beyond the city, the North East is an area of great natural diversity: the beauty of the North Pennines and the regenerated Durham Heritage Coast will be new territory to explore. As someone who grew up in the port city of Plymouth and worked in the docks of Rotterdam, I'm also looking forward to getting to know the industrial and maritime areas on the Wear, Tyne and Tees."
Canon Tremlett has spent the last five years at Westminster Abbey, and hailed his landmark moments as the 2011 Royal Wedding and last year's commemorative service of the World War One outbreak.
His installation as the Dean of Durham is expected to take place in the summer of 2016.
Canon David Kennedy, Acting Dean of Durham, and Precentor says, “We are thrilled with the appointment of Canon Tremlett and look forward to welcoming him to the Cathedral as Dean of Durham.
"We lost a wonderful colleague on the retirement of the Very Reverend Michael Sadgrove, but are delighted that someone of the calibre of Canon Tremlett has been appointed.
"Under his leadership the Cathedral looks forward to continuing to enrich the ways in which it engages with people and organisations, deepening the contribution it makes to the life of the North East region."