Property Custodian Trustee (0.4 FTE)

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Church House Guildford, 20 Alan Turing Road, Guildford
Competitive for charity sector with generous non-contributory pension scheme

This is an exciting time in the diocese, with the launch of the vision of a Transforming Church, Transforming Lives in 2016 leading to significant new missional energy in many of our churches, chaplaincies and schools.

Over the past two years we have brought together our diocesan teams into fresh, open plan offices on the University of Surrey Research Park, and embarked on a major review of the services we offer ensuring that Church House Guildford is genuinely providing servant leadership in support of focused activity in our parishes.

We are looking for a key member of the property team to work from Church House, Guildford. The holder of this part time role will work closely with the Head of Property and be the main contact for our parishes when they have a legal, commercial or planning issue with their property. The Property Custodian Trustee will work closely with our solicitors and other experts to agree appropriate solutions to queries raised.

This role is 0.4 FTE

  • Assisting the Head of Property with the Board’s responsibilities relating to investment, Retired Clergy Housing, Glebe Lands and Houses and other properties owned by the Diocesan Board of Finance (DBF).
  • Under Direction from the DAC and Pastoral Secretary, to support any processes relating to the Board’s responsibilities as Custodian Trustee for parish properties, working closely with Parish officers and clergy as required.
  • To deal with matters relating to DBF, parish or church property ownership and land registration as required.
  • Giving advice and support to parishes on trusts and maintaining the trusts ledger.
  • Other projects and research as may reasonably be requested by the Head of Property and the Diocesan or Deputy Diocesan Secretaries from time to time.



  • Educated to degree level, or equivalent
  • Evidence of continuing learning and development, whether through formal course participation or self-directed learning



  • Experience of working with legal documentation concepts and trusts
  • Land Registry and land ownership
  • Experience in an advisory role


  • Advisory experience in area specific to the job requirements



  • Full knowledge and understanding of property and land ownership regulations and further knowledge of legal terminology in relation to the above
  • Expertise and a practical understanding of general property issues such as maintenance, buying, selling, leasing and other land transactions


  • Property development and wider knowledge

Please refer to the Recruitment Pack (attached) for complete details of the Job Description and Person Specification.

The Diocese of Guildford includes significant areas of Surrey and Hampshire and creeps into West Sussex and one of the London Boroughs.

Transforming Church, Transforming Lives is the vision of the Diocese of Guildford, launched in September 2016 following a long period of prayer and consultation. It envisages individuals and church communities open to the transforming work of God’s Spirit in their own lives, and so becoming agents of Christ’s transformation to the world around them.

Transforming Church, Transforming Lives is a framework not a blueprint, encouraging a thousand local initiatives to work towards our broader shared goals. It is primarily a strategy for the local church, though many of its principles are being extended to groups of churches, network congregations, chaplaincies and church schools.

For further details of the Diocese please refer to the full application pack which is attached.