As the oldest building in the city, the Bradford Cathedral remains one of Yorkshire’s hidden gems and has served as an intimate, inspiring place of prayer since the first millennium.

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of this beautiful landmark of faith, heritage, and community becoming a cathedral, join us for an insightful discussion featuring the Dean of Bradford, Jerry Lepine, architect Ulrike Knox and the cathedral’s poet-in-residence Diane Pacitti.

The panel will reflect on the transformation of the cathedral and the city surrounding it in the last 100 years and discuss what the future may be for the cathedral’s role in Bradford as an architectural icon, a focal point for the community, and a place of worship.

About The Host

Sabbiyah Pervez

Sabbiyah Pervez is a BBC journalist and writer based in Yorkshire. Having been born and raised in Bradford, she has a passion for encouraging diverse minority communities to own and narrate their own stories. She is a fierce advocate of critical thinking and is known to push the boundaries allowing for people to understand a variety of perspectives.

About The Speakers

Jerry Lepine

The Very Revd Jerry Lepine has been Dean of Bradford since 2013. Since being in Bradford he has been involved in the creation of Yorkshire’s new super diocese and has particularly enjoyed the Cathedral’s involvement with city life and regeneration.  His wide-ranging interests include sport, cinema, music and travel.

Ulrike Knox

A specialist conservation architect, Ulrike Knox, is Cathedral Architect for Bradford and Manchester Cathedrals.


Diane Pacitti

Diane Pacitti is Poet in Residence at Bradford Cathedral during its centenary year. Her work has been shortlisted for various awards including the Blake Tithe Grant Award, and in 2015 she gained first prize in the Bronte Society competition. Her first novel ‘Between Two States’ is being translated into Italian.