David Ison

David John Ison (born 15 September 1954) is a Church of England priest. Since 2012, he has been the Dean of St Paul's in the Diocese of London.[1]

David Ison
Dean of St Paul's
ChurchChurch of England
DioceseDiocese of London
In office2012 to present
PredecessorGraeme Knowles
Other postsDean of Bradford (2005–2012)
Ordination1980 (priest)
Personal details
Born15 September 1954 (age 64)
SpouseHilary née Powell
Alma materKing's College London

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.


Ison is an open evangelical and supports same-sex partnerships.[9]

Personal life

In 1977, Ison married Hilary Margaret Powell.[10] Hilary is also ordained in the church of England.[11] They have two sons and two daughters.[10]

David Ison has an identical twin brother, Keith Ison, who was until recently 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.


  1. ^ "www.stpauls.co.uk". Archived from the original on 2012-10-04. Retrieved 2012-09-16.
  2. ^ https://kclpure.kcl.ac.uk/portal/en/theses/the-constantinian-oration-to-the-saints--authorship-and-background(083dfff8-bd23-4b5e-8cf7-1964eb843029).html
  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. ^ https://www.thegazette.co.uk/notice/L-60205-6
  9. ^ "Dr David Ison, new Dean of St Paul's, backs gay marriage", The Telegraph
  10. ^ a b "ISON, Very Rev. David John". Who's Who 2016. Oxford University Press. November 2015. Retrieved 8 September 2016.
  11. ^ "Hilary Margaret Ison". Crockford's Clerical Directory (online ed.). Church House Publishing. Retrieved 8 September 2016.

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Church of England titles
Preceded by
Christopher David Hancock
Dean of Bradford
Succeeded by
Jerry Lepine
Preceded by
Graeme Knowles
Dean of St Paul's
1985 Wimbledon Championships – Boys' Doubles

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1987 Wimbledon Championships – Men's Singles Qualifying

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1989 Wimbledon Championships – Men's Doubles Qualifying

Players and pairs who neither have high enough rankings nor receive wild cards may participate in a qualifying tournament held one week before the annual Wimbledon Tennis Championships.

1992 Wimbledon Championships – Men's Singles Qualifying

Players and pairs who neither have high enough rankings nor receive wild cards may participate in a qualifying tournament held one week before the annual Wimbledon Tennis Championships.

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