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Diocese of Chelmsford

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Dear Candidate

Welcome to this website which we have created to assist potential candidates for the role of Chief Executive & Diocesan Secretary for the Diocese of Chelmsford.   

The Diocese of Chelmsford is one of the largest and most diverse in the Church of England. There are 466 parishes and 139 schools across Essex, the unitary authorities of Southend and Thurrock, and five East London Boroughs.  The population of the diocese exceeds 3 million people and is expanding rapidly.  Confirmed new housing areas alone will increase the population by 10% over the next decade.  Yet the Church of England attending population in this part of the world is below the national average and above the average age.

We are now looking to appoint a new Chief Executive & Diocesan Secretary to join my senior staff team, to work closely with myself and colleagues, to develop and implement critical strategies, projects and policies across a broad range of central functions. In particular you will have a vital role in shaping and implementing the strategies and projects that emerge from our four strategic priorities that go under the heading of Transforming Presence.  This includes overseeing the delivery of  the externally funded projects such as the £1m parish support (Turnround) project, the £2m Church Planting Project, and potential further £3m new worshipping communities project.

As Secretary, you will also be responsible for ensuring the smooth running of all organs of diocesan governance.  The Chief Executive & Diocesan Secretary is a senior leader in the diocese and has a crucial role as advisor to me and other senior leaders.  The Chief Executive heads up the Chelmsford Diocesan Board of Finance, which is the registered company and registered charity charged with managing the financial affairs and various statutory functions of the diocese. 

Alongside a team of dedicated professionals providing supportive and effective leadership and management for all diocesan resources and ensuring financial stability, we are looking for someone who can and bring exceptional vision, creativity and new ideas to the way we work, looking specifically at enterprising ways to inspire, develop and implement new income streams for the diocese. You will work proactively with our many and varied partners across and beyond the diocese, to ensure that each Christian community is empowered and engaged in the delivery of our ministry

The role of Chief Executive & Diocesan Secretary is unlike any other in the diocesan organisation.  The post holder has a unique opportunity to contribute to the mission of the Church in East London and Essex.  It is an exciting, rewarding and highly challenging role.  The post holder must be able to hold the big picture and be in command of the detail, bold and confident to engage on strategic questions, yet humble.

One of the early tasks for the new Chief Executive will be to conduct an infrastructure review of the senior executive and administration team of the diocese, its management capacity and its reporting structure.

For this position, we are looking for an exceptional individual with a recent and demonstrable track record of successful senior management experience and leadership gained in a diverse environment in the public, private or voluntary sector. With first class interpersonal skills, political acumen, flexibility and resilience, you will have the clear ability to inspire, motivate and influence and to make a real contribution to our mission.

We have no doubts that this will be a challenging role, with further demands on resources and high expectations from our parishes and communities. However, this is an exciting time of change and development in the life of the diocese and we can offer the genuine opportunity to directly contribute to the way we deliver our mission going forward. If you think you have what it takes to help to deliver a successful future for us and help transform the life of the church in our diocese, then we look forward to hearing from you. 

Rt. Revd Stephen Cottrell

Bishop of Chelmsford

Rt. Revd Stephen Cottrell
Bishop of Chelmsford

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