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Diocesan Secretary


The major part of the Worcester Diocesan Board of Finance's (WDBF)  responsibilities result from legislation with regard to funding the costs of the maintenance of clergy in the Diocese of Worcester including stipends, pension contributions, maintaining clergy houses and paying council tax and water rates. The WDBF also supports clergy and lay people with training for Christian mission and ministry including children's and youth work.  The WDBF's main sources of income are contributions of Parish Share from Parochial Church Councils and investment income.  The Board is responsible for the custody and management of the Diocesan Synod's financial affairs as well as those of the Diocesan Board of Education which works with church schools and academies.

Post Introduction

The role of the Diocesan Secretary (DS) is to ensure that the mission, the financial sustainability and the strategy of the Diocese, as determined by the Bishop with his staff, Bishop’s Council and Diocesan Synod, are served by exemplary financial management, excellent administration and people management  and effective governance.

Role Responsibility

  •  To be the CEO of the Worcester Diocesan Board of Finance (WDBF), Senior Executive Officer for the Bishop and Chief Administrative Officer of the Diocese.
  • To support the mission and ministry of the Church by being pro-active in the formulation, development and execution of the agreed diocesan vision and strategy.
  • To be a key policy adviser to the Bishop and Chair of the WDBF, especially in relation to finance and strategy.
  • To be responsible for the strategic management of diocesan budgets and assets in order to optimise the utilisation of resources in support of diocesan mission.
  • To be Secretary to the Diocesan Synod, Bishop’s Council, Diocesan Mission, Pastoral & Resources Committee.
  • To build and maintain excellent relationships with the bishops, diocesan officers, clergy and parishes of the Diocese.
  • To be responsible, directly or indirectly, for staff employed by the WDBF.
  • To work with the Bishop of Dudley, the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser, the Independent Safeguarding Chair and others to ensure full implementation of the Diocesan Safeguarding Policy and promote best practice in safeguarding in line with the 2017 House of Bishops’ policy: Promoting a Safer Church

The Ideal Candidate

This post is subject to an occupational requirement under Part 1 of Schedule 9 to the Equality Act 2010 due to the representational aspects of the role within the Diocese of Worcester that the post-holder be a committed Christian, lay or ordained, and an active communicant member in good standing within the Church of England or of a Church which is in Communion with the Church of England, or a Church that is a member of the Churches Together in Britain and Ireland, Churches Together in England or the Evangelical Alliance.

Qualifications and Experience

It is essential that applicants have:

  • A degree or equivalent professional qualification
  • Proven track record at executive or senior management level
  • Experience of managing budgets and assets
  • Experience of HR management at a senior level

Skills and abilities

It is essential that applicants are:

  • Able to lead teams both strategically and operationally taking full day to day responsibility
  • Able to demonstrate vision in the workplace
  • Able to comprehend, communicate and respond to complex financial and legal information and issues
  • Willing to take initiatives and respond creatively and imaginatively to new opportunities
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Able to form and maintain relationships both internally and in partnership
  • Demonstrable ability to build strong relationships at all levels
  • Ability to take responsibility in a collaborative manner
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral
  • Able to delegate effectively and encourage decision making at the appropriate level


Work-related personal qualities

It is essential that applicants are:

  • A person of spiritual maturity and resilience who will encourage spiritual, missional and numerical growth in the church
  • Committed and ale to deliver work within our Kingdom People values: love, compassion, justice and freedom. 
  • Professional, calm and approachable
  • Able to work flexibly including some evenings and weekends
  • Willing to travel to meetings and conferences
  • Be able to travel widely and flexibly in both the rural and the urban parts of the diocese.A current driving licence is essential unless suitable alternative arrangements can be made.



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