New Chancellor installed during service at Minster


The new Chancellor Judge Mark Ockelton with Bishop Paul Williams

Judge Mark Ockelton was installed as the new Chancellor of Southwell & Nottingham Diocese during a service at Southwell Minster at the weekend.

The ‘Admission and Installation’ of Judge Ockelton took place during Festal evensong: he was presented to Bishop Paul Williams by the diocesan registrar and then invited to take the Oath of Allegiance and Oath of Office by the Auditor of the Chancery Court of York, Charles George QC.

He was then admitted by the Bishop and installed in the Chancellor’s stall by the Dean, the Very Revd Nicola Sullivan.

“I am grateful to all those who came and to those who made the arrangements for the service on Sunday, which was  both very impressive and very humbling,” said Judge Ockelton.

“I now look forward to working with the Diocese and its people in the coming years and will do my best in my new role to serve God and the interests of justice.”

Each diocese has a court of the Bishop called the consistory court. The Chancellor is the Judge of that court and has a duty to hear and determine disputed cases. In addition, the Chancellor grants marriage licences and carries out much work on ‘Faculty Jurisdiction’, deciding what works can be carried on historic church buildings.