Chair of the Finance Committee for the Archbishops Council
The Church of England has an exciting vision for the 2020s, to become a Church for the whole nation which is Jesus Christ centred, and shaped by the five Marks of Mission. A church that is simpler, humbler and bolder. The vision is underpinned by three strategic priorities – to become a church of missionary disciples, to be a church where mixed ecology is the norm and to be a church that is younger and more diverse. The Archbishops’ Council will play a key role in supporting and enabling the vision and strategy, not least through the award of well in excess of £100m per year in grants to the wider Church. Thanks to generous distributions from the Church Commissioners, the Council is becoming one of the largest grant-makers in the country.
You will have the opportunity to lead this application of significant financial resources to support the Church’s vision and strategy and spread the Gospel across the nation. You will be both a committed Christian and an exceptional financial and strategic leader. You will chair both the Council’s Finance Committee – which advises the Council and dioceses on all financial aspects of the Council’s work – and the Strategic Mission & Ministry Investment Board – which oversees major grant funding awards to the wider Church on behalf of the Council. You will be responsible for advising the Council on financial matters and representing the Council on financial matters at General Synod and in engagement with other Church bodies. You will also sit on (and may be asked to chair) a number of other Boards and Committees including those related to staff employment matters and shared support services.
You will have significant experience of operating at strategic non-executive / trustee level in a similarly complex environment. You will be someone with a passion to bring both your professional expertise and your committed Christian faith to serve the work of the Archbishops’ Council and the Church of England, and be enthusiastically committed to realising the Vision and Strategy and to working collaboratively to maximise the impact of the funding.
You will operate impartially, building trust through applying expertise objectively in decision-making across a diversity of contexts and traditions. And you will be an excellent communicator – an ambassador for the aims of the work of the Council and other boards.