Canon Treasurer

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Canterbury, Kent

Canterbury Cathedral is the Mother Church of the Anglican Communion and the Cathedral Church for the diocese of Canterbury; it is also a World Heritage Site and a place of pilgrimage. It is the seat of the Archbishop of Canterbury and the chief resource of his diocesan and international ministry.

The Chapter of Canterbury is responsible for all aspects of the day-to-day management of the Cathedral. The Chapter comprises the Dean, the Residentiary Canons, the Receiver General and four additional persons appointed by the Archbishop.

Our major Heritage Lottery funded project has encompassed not only restoration matters but has also developed visitor resources. As this project draws to a close, the Chapter has great ambition to extend what we do. This means that we have to be more effective and imaginative in the delivery of our services. The Canon Treasurer will be key to assisting in the development of the detail of the Strategic Operating Plan in line with what we offer to those who journey here.

The office of Canon Treasurer is one which is found in many ancient English Cathedrals. Traditionally the Thesaurarius was someone who looked after the treasure of the Cathedral which was not simply seen in terms of money. One could say that the Canon Treasurer’s role is the guarding of the treasure that is the Cathedral, not simply in terms of resources and stone but the physical fact of the whole place, for it is the existence of this place of pilgrimage and worship for hundreds of years that becomes the gift of Canterbury to the world century by century.

This of course involves the stewardship of resources and the protection and restoration of the fabric of buildings and artefacts but it also involves the care of those who work in these areas of Cathedral life so that in modern terms the Treasurer has become the principal financial officer of the Chapter, sharing with the Receiver General the overall responsibility for the state of the cathedral’s finances, for managing the Cathedral properties and maintaining the fabric of the Cathedral and the buildings in Chapter’s ownership in good condition.

Included in the duties are the requirement to oversee an annual inventory of the Cathedral’s moveable property, the disposal of all collections and offerings and the administration of all the Cathedral’s charitable trusts. A key element of the role is the oversight of the Canterbury Journey project – in particular assisting the Chapter to move the organisation to a sustainable positon as the project draws to a close.

Applicants will be committed to the mission and daily worship of Canterbury Cathedral and to the collegial ethos of the Chapter, have a strong track record in Christian adult learning and teaching and be experienced in line management and administrative skills. An enhanced DBS disclosure is required for this post.

  • Preaching and leading worship with clergy colleagues and congregation
  • Participating in the governance of Canterbury Cathedral. In particular, to work alongside colleagues to deliver our 7 key values and strategic objectives as set down in the Strategic Plan
  • Implementing our vision to move towards a sustainable financial resource position as the Canterbury Journey project moves towards its completion
  • Understanding that we are operating in a challenging economic and political climate and assisting in driving our efficiencies in our activities. This may be delivering value for money by using resources wisely to achieve our priorities by driving income up and reducing expenditure.
  • Connecting with the ‘financial’ side of our work, in particular in interaction and oversight of the departments associated with the Fabric and Estates areas of our work.
  • To work closely with the Finance and Business Planning Partner to deliver the 5 key objectives set out in the Strategic Operating Plan.
  • Building relationships with staff, volunteers, visitors and regular worshippers, enabling them to understand more about Christian faith and the role of the Cathedral.
  • Being a visible, strong and inspirational leader across our community, who will inspire high standards of mission and financial diligence throughout the organisation
  • To take all opportunities to promote the Christian faith in their work.
  • Working collaboratively with people, including Chapter colleagues and senior Lay staff; to implement the strategic plan for the Cathedral; and to contribute to this by having oversight of the financial position in all departments.
  • Supporting our Safeguarding policies and procedures, being mindful of the needs of the children and vulnerable adults who come to the Cathedral.


  • A commitment to the mission and daily worship of Canterbury Cathedral;
  • A commitment to the collegial ethos of the Chapter - to its shared governance of the Cathedral and its shared decision-making for the Cathedral.
  • A commitment to working accountably as a member of a team.
  • Positive experience of and commitment to collaborative working.
  • Ability to work across the breadth of Church of England traditions and commitment to encouraging the ministry of all.
  • Demonstrated commitment to own spiritual, theological and ministerial development since ordination.
  • A sympathy with the liturgical and theological tradition of this Cathedral.
  • A range of creative and effective preaching skills.
  • An ability to understand and contribute to the oversight of the financial matters associated with the role.
  • Able to deal flexibly and constructively with challenging issues and difficult conversations.
  • Experience of line-managing and appraising others.
  • Effective organisational, communication, digital and administrative skills.
  • Clear thinking, with IT and administrative ability.

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Canterbury Diocese, the oldest diocese in England, stretches from Maidstone to Thanet, the Isle of Sheppey to the Romney Marsh and includes 327 churches in 231 parishes, along with 103 church schools and a University with a Church of England foundation, organised into 15 deaneries and three archdeaconries. The Archbishop of Canterbury is the diocesan bishop, although day to day oversight of the diocese is delegated to the Bishop of Dover, the Right Reverend Trevor Willmott.

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