St Paul’s draws together a very diverse set of activities, projections and aspirations. It is the Cathedral of the Diocese of London and the seat of its Bishop, a national church and an international spiritual focus, a space for worship and holiness, a place of debate and challenge, an icon of resilience in the face of adversity, an architectural heritage centre, a partner in the City of London, and a commercial enterprise. In addition to holding four services every day (five on Sundays), St Paul’s is open for sight-seeing six days a week, and last year welcomed over 800,000 paying visitors.
Alongside Safeguarding, the Wellbeing and Health and Safety of all staff, volunteers and visitors at the Cathedral is of paramount concern to the governing body, Chapter. The breadth of work that needs to be undertaken to maintain a heritage building, from stone masons to electricians, and the need to be accessible to over 1,500,000 visitors a year, means that there is a constant need to be vigilant. As Health and Safety lead, the Clerk of the Works is responsible for an increasingly large set of policies and procedures. This new role is specifically designed to provide him with the support and reassurance that all policies and procedures represent best practise, and that the Cathedral is a safe place for the whole community. This role will work alongside existing staff to understand these challenges and ensure polices are robust, self-explanatory and embedded.
We are looking for someone NEBOSH qualified with demonstrable, current and relevant knowledge of health and safety policy. You will have proven experience of developing and implementing effective health and safety policies and procedures and risk management in similar contexts and improving organisational culture with regard to health and safety by helping bring it into everyone’s everyday practice.
You will need excellent communication skills, and be able to quickly grasp the complexities of this organisation and strong IT skills in Outlook, Word and Excel.
You will have experience of working in a consultative manner and be able to demonstrate examples of knowledge transfer in order that staff also gain experience from this process, including formal training delivery. Experience of working in a similar heritage environment would be an advantage.
The successful candidate will be in sympathy with, and in their work support, the Christian aims and mission of St Paul’s Cathedral.