SIR William Worsley will be admitted and installed as a Lay Canon of York Minster and a member of the Chapter of York on Saturday, September 15.

The admission will take place in a private ceremony in the Chapter House and will be followed by Sir William’s installation during choral evensong in the Quire at 5.15pm, which everyone is welcome to attend.

The College of Canons consists of clergy and lay people drawn from across the Diocese of York. Its principal function is to be ‘the voice of the Diocese’ in the corporate body’s policy discussions, and to assist Chapter in developing closer ties between the Minster and the parishes of the Diocese, especially through Chapter’s programme of outreach and engagement work.

Sir William is the Government’s National Tree Champion. He is Chairman of the National Forest Company and of Hovingham Estate.

In addition to his appointment as a Lay Canon of York Minster and a member of the Chapter, Sir William will continue to serve as a member of the Minster’s Cathedral Council.

He is also deputy chairman of the Howardian Hills AONB Joint Advisory Committee and the Yorkshire Derwent Partnership, a member of the North York Moors National Park Trust, a former member of the North York Moors National Park Authority and a member of the Court of the Merchant Taylors Company in London.

Sir William is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and of the Royal Agricultural Societies. He is a Deputy Lieutenant of North Yorkshire and lives at Hovingham in North Yorkshire where he runs his family’s estate with its well-known Grade I listed family house.