The Cathedral plays an important role in growing the local economy to support visitor growth and residents’ engagement with their local city. Our rich programme of events, concerts, exhibitions and special services all contribute to the delivery of this priority and the Cathedral’s financial sustainability. St Albans Cathedral is an independent charitable organisation and receives no regular direct funding from the Government. It costs £5,000 a day to keep the Cathedral open. Our ongoing financial health is dependent on the continued diversification and growth of all our income streams. This includes income from visitors, donors, grant-making bodies, fundraising, fees, commercial trading and investments.

The nature of who we are means we are very much a people-focused organisation, and it is our people who are the driving force in keeping the stones of our historic building alive. The work of the Cathedral is sustained by around 50 staff and some 600 volunteers. We have a number of part-time workers and encourage flexible working where it is appropriate.

In 2023 the Cathedral will adopt a new governance structure and become a registered charity with the Charity Commission. We are excited about the future and look forward to introducing the governance reforms contained in the Cathedrals Measure 2021.

We are seeking a senior non-executive member (SNEM) of Chapter. This appointment is made by the Bishop of St Albans, having consulted the Chapter, which will seek advice from its Nominations Committee. It is generally assumed that this person will be lay, but this is not mandatory.

At least one non-executive member of Chapter must have recent and relevant financial experience, and this person will chair the Finance Committee.

We expect to need to appoint several new non-executive lay members of Chapter. We would like to consider candidates who have an existing connection with the Cathedral as well as those drawn from the wider diocese, and elsewhere. We will first give consideration to any candidates who, following the Cathedral’s Annual Meeting in May 2023, are elected or re-elected to the role of Cathedral Warden.

In order to meet these requirements, Chapter members will contribute actively to giving strategic direction to the organisation, setting overall policy, and defining goals. They are custodians of the good name and values of the Cathedral in its mission and ministry to the Cathedral community, the wider Diocese of St Albans, and internationally. Might you help the Chapter and the wider Cathedral in achieving our goals?

Expressions of interest should be emailed to the Dean’s PA, Penny Fray. E: [email protected]

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