Diocesan Chancellor

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Due to the impending retirement of our present Diocesan Chancellor, Roger Kaye QC, the Bishop of Hereford is seeking to appoint a new Diocesan Chancellor with effect from Autumn 2021.

The Diocesan Chancellor will be a judge, or a senior barrister or solicitor of good standing and will be a communicant member of the Church of England.

The Diocese of Hereford is formed from Herefordshire, South Shropshire, some Welsh parishes along the border, and a portion of Worcestershire. With a population of about 326,000, we are predominately a rural diocese, and we have developed a national reputation for the creative use of our church buildings. Of our 403 church buildings 85% are Grade 1 or 2*/2.

The new Chancellor will have an important role to play. The Chancellor, as the independent judge of the Consistory Court, will oversee legal issues across the Diocese, especially those which relate to the use of and alterations to church buildings and land. She or he will work closely with the Diocesan Registrar, the Archdeacons and the Diocesan Advisory Committee.

For an Informal conversation about the position please contact the Diocesan Registrar, Mr Jeremy Wilding, Hereford Diocesan Registry, Gabbs Solicitors, 14 Broad Street, Hereford HR4 9AP or by email: jwilding@gabbs.biz

Applications should be sent to Kerry Preedy HR & Office Manager the Diocesan Office, The Palace, Hereford, HR4 9BL or via email HR@hereford.anglican.org

Applications close at 5pm on 11th June 2021

Interviews will be held on 28th June 2021

Applications are particularly encouraged from female, UKME, and disabled candidates.

  • The Diocesan Chancellor will act as the independent Judge of the Diocesan Consistory Court. As such he/she will oversee legal issues across the Diocese, especially those which relate to the use of and reordering of church buildings and land, applications for grave reservations, exhumations and other legal matters. He/she will work closely with the Diocesan Registry, the Archdeacons and the Diocesan Advisory Committee.
  • The appointment is for a named individual, but it is anticipated that the person appointed will wish to appoint a Deputy Chancellor to assist him/her in the performance of his/her duties, subject to the approval of the Bishop.
  • The Diocesan Chancellor is expected to provide the professional services set out in The Ecclesiastical Judges, Legal Officers and Others (Fees) Order 2020. The retainer for this work is laid down in the Order and for 2021 this is £12,264. The retainer covers the remuneration for the Chancellor, any Deputy, secretarial and assistant support as well as all office overheads.
  • There may be exceptional circumstances, particularly when the Bishop or senior staff or the Registrar may need urgent response to business. Evening and weekend work may be required on rare occasions.
  • The Chancellor will be an ex officio member of the Diocesan Synod.
  • A Chancellor’s appointment ceases on resignation in writing to the Bishop, or upon attaining the age of 70, as is more fully set out in the Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction and Care of Churches Measure 2018.

Please see Job Description for full details

To apply for this position please complete the attached documents and return to HR@hereford.anglican.org