New opportunity to join the Cathedral Finance Committee and Cathedral Enterprises Board
St Albans Cathedral is at an exciting stage of development. Our Alban, Britain’s First Saint project is a key part of our vision and priorities: a +£7m project to transform our welcome, heritage, learning and events. Funding has been secured and delivery is underway. The project will bring much-needed investment to the way we are able to tell our story, in new and more diverse activities. In turn this will help raise our profile further, bringing in more visitors and delivering financial sustainability. Our target is to increase visitor numbers by 35% over the next five years, reaching 300,000 visitors in 2025. Your experience, passion and skills could be a pivotal part of making this happen.
We are seeking a new member to join both the Cathedral Finance Committee and our Enterprises Board as a non-executive director. Perhaps you have skills in the commercial or not-for-profit worlds, with experience of managing a business for growth and seizing commercial opportunity. Or particular experience in the heritage, tourism or events management sector. You may have practical experience of growing and developing a small or medium sized business. Or enthusiasm and energy to deliver the Cathedral’s vision at board level. If so we’d love to hear from you. You do not need to be a qualified accountant or have previous trustee or director experience, but sympathy with our Christian values and a commitment to help achieve the Cathedral’s vision are clearly essential.
The Finance Committee meets between four and five times each year on a weekday evening. It is responsible for advising Chapter (the Cathedral’s overall governing body) on a wide range of financial matters at both strategic and operational levels. Our current priority is to continue growing and diversifying income as we support the delivery of the Alban, Britain’s First Saint project and our '2017-19 building for growth' financial strategy, helping secure the Cathedral’s financial sustainability, resilience and long-term confidence. The committee’s work includes reviews of performance, scrutiny of the annual budget process, oversight of a £5m investment portfolio, business planning and strategic finance governance. The committee’s role can be summed up as providing a combination of stewardship, stretch, support, scrutiny and strategy.
The Enterprises Board meets four times a year on a weekday morning. Cathedral Enterprises is the Cathedral’s wholly owned trading subsidiary, undertaking a wide range of commercial activities including retail, catering through a partnership agreement with a third party, commercial venue hire and box office ticketing for events held at the Cathedral. The board guides the company’s strategic direction and monitors financial and operational performance. Our current focus is to maximise the potential of our retail and catering operations, alongside identifying new commercial venue hire opportunities.
The position is a voluntary role and reasonable travel expenses will be paid if required. We are ideally looking for one person to join both committees, but will of course also consider individuals who wish to join just one of the committees. If you feel you may be suitably experienced and would like to discuss or pursue this opportunity, please contact either the Chair of the Finance Committee, Graham Field (firstname.lastname@example.org, 0770 3654715), the Chair of the Enterprises Board, Chris Dey (email@example.com, 07714 214627) or the Cathedral’s Head of Finance and Development, Tim Fleming (firstname.lastname@example.org, 01727 890216).
If your son or daughter is interested in joining either the Cathedral Choir (boys) or the Abbey Girls Choir, then we would love to hear from you. The next round of auditions will be in the Summer term 2016 for boys and girls in year 3 (academic year 2016/17).