Executive Recruitment

The Person

Supporting Our Values 

  • Respect for the Christian ethos and mission of York Minster
  • Active support for our values of Trust, Wisdom, Courage and Humility
  • Absolute commitment to our role in safeguarding and creating a culture that has safeguarding as a key priority 

Education/Qualifications/Training Courses 

  • Degree level general education, or equivalent professional experience
  • Leadership qualification, or equivalent professional experience 


  • Proven track record of leading operational excellence in a comparably complex organisation
  • Proven experience of leading, motivating and developing multi-functional teams, able to inspire those in paid, volunteer and lay roles
  • Demonstrable experience of engaging and influencing at board level in either a paid or voluntary capacity
  • Evidence of designing and delivering impactful change initiatives
  • Significant experience of effective financial management
  • Commercially astute and able to identify opportunities for income generation
  • Collaborative and able to build relationships with and engage diverse stakeholders
  • Demonstrable experience of developing strategy and leading its subsequent delivery
  • Active commitment to promoting equality, diversity and inclusion
  • (Desirable) Ability to thrive and lead in a values-led organisation
  • (Desirable) Awareness of fundamental principles of HR practice/UK legislation


  • Emotionally intelligent and able to engage and motivate others
  • High levels of personal resilience, with the ability to build that within teams
  • Effectively balance strategic thinking whilst appropriately commanding the detail
  • Prioritises and manages own workload including when facing multiple and urgent demands on time
  • Persuasive written/spoken communications skills
  • Ability to apply a range of critical thinking and problem solving techniques 

Special Features

  • Flexibility to ensure appropriate visibility across the 7-day operation in order to build relationships and better understand the interface across worship, visitor facilities, museums & archives, enterprises etc.