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June Osborne
In February 2004, The Very Reverend June Osborne was appointed Dean of Salisbury making her the Church of England's most senior woman priest. Her installation as Dean on 1st May that year also made her the first woman Dean of the 13th century cathedral and the first female Dean at any of Britain's medieval cathedrals.

June was born in 1953. After she'd graduated in social science from Manchester University she went on to train as a priest at Wycliffe Hall in Oxford. In 1980 she took up the post of Deaconess at Birmingham St Martin moving on to become Deaconess of the East London Old Ford parishes in 1984. In 1994 she was one of the first group of women to be ordained into the priesthood and moved to Salisbury in 1995 as one of the Cathedral's three residentiary canons.

June Osborne is married with two children. She has an interest in the arts and in football - especially Manchester City. A service was being held at Guildford Cathedral on Saturday evening to celebrate the 10th anniversary of women being ordained into the priesthood in England.

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