Executive Recruitment

The Person


Genuine Occupational Requirement 

  • There is a genuine occupational requirement for the postholder to be a practicing Christian within the Church of England or another member denomination of Churches Together in England.

Knowledge & Experience 

  • Significant strategic leadership experience in financial management, reporting, systems, processes and governance within a highly regulated environment.
  • Demonstrable ability to engage, communicate to, collaborate with and influence a diverse range of internal and external stakeholders, including to board level, from financial and non-financial backgrounds.
  • Strong leadership and influencing skills, with the experience of developing and managing a team to design and maintain effective financial processes and management information.
  • A proven implementor, with experience of developing, appraising and managing financial and business projects at both strategic and operational levels.
  • Demonstrates sound judgement and resilience to manage conflicting priorities and budget/resource restraints, always considering the wider implications of decisions.
  • Customer focused with a commitment to providing an excellent service to others.
  • Up to date knowledge of Companies Law, Charity Law, Charity accounting requirements, and of trustees financial and other responsibilities, particularly as they relate to financial reporting in charity statutory accounts.

Qualifications & Skills

  • Fully qualified and a member of a recognised professional accounting qualification e.g. ACA, ACCA, CIMA or CIPFA.
  • Meet eligible criteria to serve as a trustee or company director.
  • Able to travel and work flexibly across the Diocese and within the Church of England as required, including some evening and weekend meetings.


  • Experience of working in the charitable sector and a good understanding of the financial and regulatory issue applicable to a complex charity with trading subsidiaries.
  • Some knowledge of the structures and mission of the Church of England, its organisational structure, breadth and dynamics, and the financial implications from ecclesiastical legislation.
  • Knowledge of Church Accounting Regulations and of church accounts practice.
  • Experience of working effectively with volunteers and engaging with them to ensure they are fully involved.
  • Experience of managing an IT function or programme.
  • Understanding of UK taxation framework as it relates to charities, including Income Tax, Gift Aid and VAT.