Executive Recruitment

Diocesan Secretary/Chief Executive Diocese of Bristol

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Church of England
Closing date:
13th August
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Recruitment timetable

Closing Date
5pm on Friday 13 August 2021
Longlist Meeting
Friday 20 August 2021
Preliminary Interviews
w/c Monday 23 August 2021
Shortlist Meeting
Friday 10 September 2021
Stakeholder Engagement Panels/Psychometric assessments/Due Diligence & Referencing
w/c Monday 13 September 2021
Candidate 1:1s with +Viv
Monday 27 and Tuesday 28 September 2021
Final Panel
Thursday 7 October 2021


The Diocese of Bristol is the Church of England for over one million people living across Bristol, South Gloucestershire, north Wiltshire and Swindon. It covers a diverse and contrasting range of contexts and brings together over 200 churches, 70 church schools, a range of chaplaincies and networks of faith seeking to be a church for and serving all people in all places. Around 18,000 people worship regularly in our churches and 18,000 children and young people are educated in a church school. As a diocese, we have been on the leading edge of some of the issues the Church of England has faced up to in recent decades – the first diocese to ordain women as priests and to declare a climate emergency, we have been willing to learn from outside the Church and sought robustly to address our failings in relation to safeguarding and racial justice. This is an exciting time for the Diocese as we discern our vision and strategy to take us through the 2020s and beyond.

For this unique role, we are looking for an extraordinary person who, as a key member of the Bishop’s senior staff team, will bring a track record of successful strategic and operational leadership gained in a complex and diverse environment in the public or private sector. Our new Chief Executive will support, nurture and develop a collaborative team of professionals, bringing the ability to turn vision into strategy and implementation, maintain financial stability and manage all diocesan resources. You will co-operate and work together 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.

For this role, we are seeking a practising Christian of any denomination who is sympathetic to the vision and values of the Church of England*. You will be an excellent relationship builder able to work with flexibility and humility in a values driven culture which you will embody. You will be adept at releasing and leading through others, with strong financial acumen and the ability to see the big picture whilst commanding the detail, and demonstrate a clear commitment to our mission.

For a confidential discussion about the role, please contact Katrina Paget or Matt Malone on 07471 037 070. 

*Schedule 9, paragraph 1 of the Equality Act 2010 applies to this post

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