Dean of Derby

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£36930 - £36930

Derby Cathedral is seeking to appoint a new Dean to nurture the Cathedral community in faith, witness and service, in growing the congregations, and in discovering ways to reach new people.

To lead the life and work of the Cathedral Church of All Saints, Derby, and to share with the Diocesan Bishop and other senior colleagues in the oversight of the Diocese of Derby.

Challenges of the Role

These will include:

  • Leading the Cathedral community in creatively shaping the Cathedral’s mission and ministry to the city, county and diocese, and how the Cathedral’s resources (people, buildings and finances) can most effectively underpin the work;
  • Increasing the financial resilience of the Cathedral to provide a sustainable financial future for the Cathedral’s ministry (e.g. developing new income streams);
  • Developing the Cathedral as a hub for discipleship and mission, strengthening the rhythm of daily prayer, equipping the members of the congregation and wider Cathedral community in their own discipleship and as witnesses across the city to reach new and a greater diversity of people;
  • Building trusted partnerships with leaders in civic and community life, business, arts & culture, and other denominations and faiths to support the flourishing of the city;
  • Contributing to the leadership of the whole life of the diocese at a time when a new vision is being developed (which may include a diocesan-wide responsibility) and to lead the Cathedral in being an interpreter, exemplar and model of the diocese’s vision;
  • Leading Chapter in implementing the new Cathedrals Measure (once approved by Synod) and ensuring that the Cathedral’s approach to governance reflects good practice and is embedded within the culture of the Cathedral.

The main responsibilities of all Deans are to:

  • As Dean and senior priest in the Diocese, to share with the Bishop and other senior colleagues in the oversight of the Church’s mission, and to be a member of the Bishop’s Council, the Bishop’s Staff Team and the Diocesan Synod;
  • As head of the Cathedral foundation and its principal dignitary after the Bishop, to preside over the Cathedral Chapter, with it to direct the life and work of the Cathedral, and to take emergency decisions on behalf of the Chapter when circumstances require;
  • To represent the Church in public life across the diocese and county, to grow partnerships with faith and secular institutions, and to contribute to their intellectual, social and theological capital;
  • To preside over the College of Canons, working with the Cathedral Council and other statutory bodies, and in collaboration with the Chapter to ensure sound governance across the Cathedral;
  • To exercise leadership in the Cathedral’s liturgy, preaching and pastoral care, to develop healthy team working, and to be personally committed to its pattern of daily prayer;
  • To lead the mission and outreach of the Cathedral, including the presentation and interpretation of its heritage;
  • With the Chapter, to have oversight of the Cathedral’s development and to lead in securing funds for its long-term future;
  • To ensure that the Cathedral’s operations are properly managed, including staff, finance, compliance and the care of the fabric;
  • To ensure that the constitution and statutes are faithfully observed;
  • To exercise responsibility for safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults, the provision of pastoral care of survivors, and creating a culture in which all will flourish, and which is coherent with the safeguarding policies of the Church of England.

Person Specification

Spiritual Life

  • Is nourished by cathedral worship, and values the daily rhythm of prayer;


  • Shows theological curiosity, openness and generosity;
  • Is an apologist who can communicate the Gospel in ways that people can engage with and understand;
  • Encourages dialogue and conversation, and engages in public debate as a reflective practitioner;
  • A life-long learner committed to deepening their own theological understanding;

Vision for mission and delivery

  • Brings an ambitious and creative vision for cathedral mission and ministry that is contextually relevant to Derby;
  • Is tenacious and innovative in developing and following a vision;
  • Has experience of equipping and encouraging others in mission and witness;
  • Has a track record of initiating and implementing change;


  • Has previous experience as a member of a wider leadership team (e.g. Bishop’s Staff Team or Chapter etc.);
  • Demonstrates strong emotional intelligence;
  • Is a relational leader, with an adaptive leadership style that can respond to the needs of different situations and people;
  • Is experienced in providing a safe environment to support others through change;
  • Able to be the “grit in the oyster” offering appropriate challenge to stretch and develop others;

Management of resources and structures

  • Understands the financial pressures facing small cathedrals;
  • Brings commercial understanding and financial acumen;
  • Experienced in spotting and developing opportunities for generating income;
  • Has a vision for how buildings can be developed to support mission and ministry;
  • Understands what good governance looks like, and has experience of embedding recognised good practice into the life and culture of an organisation;
  • Seeks advice, and knows what questions to ask;


  • Experienced in creating an environment which is safe for children and vulnerable adults;
  • Understands the particular safeguarding challenges in a cathedral context;

Working with others

  • Experienced in and values working collegially;
  • Creates a culture that enables others to know that they are valued and appreciated;
  • Encourages others to use and strengthen their gifts;

Engagement in community life and public issues

  • Prioritises relationships with civic and community leaders;
  • A skilled networker and broker with a track record of forging trusted partnerships in community life, and able to bridge the gap between church and society;
  • Will be a strong advocate for the city and passionate about seeing the community flourish;
  • Has experience of school governance;

Formation of others

  • Fosters the vocation of others through preaching, teaching and pastoral care;
  • Is able to bring out the best in others and help them to flourish;


  • Has a heart for ministry in Derbyshire.

Derby Cathedral is at the heart of the Cathedral Quarter in the City Centre and has been a site for worship since the 10th Century. Originally All Saints Church, it became a Cathedral when the Diocese of Derby was established in 1927. The Cathedral is the seat of the Bishop of Derby, and it is a space for the whole diocese, city and county. Further information about the ministry of the Cathedral is available on the Derby Cathedral website.

The Diocese of Derby covers an area of around 997 square miles. It comprises the whole of the county of Derbyshire, the city of Derby, and also contains four parishes in Staffordshire. The population of the Diocese was 1,018,438 in the 2011 census, around one quarter of whom live in the city of Derby. Bishop Libby was installed as the 8th Bishop of Derby in May 2019.