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Lay Canon of St Paul's Cathedral

Lay Canon of St Paul's Cathedral

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    City of London, London

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    almost 4 years ago

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The Bishop of London and the Dean of St Paul's seek to appoint a Lay Canon as an additional member of the governing Chapter of the Cathedral with a particular expertise in business and finance, to support the next phase of the Cathedral's work.

This voluntary role is an exciting opportunity to join an experienced team of clergy and lay people whose focus is to interpret and develop the life of this iconic Christian institution in the context of 21st century London. It requires experience, time, compassion and imagination, but offers the chance to play a very significant part in the governance of the Cathedral as well as opportunities to engage in the ceremonial and worshipping life of St Paul's.

Role summary

The Lay Canon is responsible for:

  • Sharing the Chapter's responsibility for the governance, oversight and leadership of the Cathedral
  • Providing external perspectives on the Cathedral and an element of challenge for full-time Chapter members in ensuring proper governance in all areas of Chapter's work
  • Participating fully in Chapter meetings and as appropriate in other Chapter work and worship
  • Advising and supporting the Dean, Canons, Registrar and other staff and volunteers as appropriate, having particular oversight and engagement in relation to the Cathedral's business and financial operations, including membership of the Chapter Finance Committee.

The Lay and Non-Residentiary Canons are full additional members of Chapter, sharing in governance and oversight across the whole of the Cathedral's work, including some attendance at and appropriate participation in Cathedral worship. Each Lay or Non-Residentiary Canon has experience and expertise to offer to the Cathedral's life and work, supporting the Residentiary Canons who have the responsibility for overseeing the implementation of Chapter's policy in each area. They are not expected to have executive responsibility.

Person specification

You will be:

  • A baptised and confirmed lay Anglican or lay member of another Church in communion with the Church of England, fully supportive of the Cathedral's Vision and Values
  • Competent and able to exercise governance in a large and complex Christian organisation
  • Willing and able to give time during business hours to attendance at Chapter and to participate appropriately in Cathedral services
  • Self-aware, and able to balance as required the demands of paid work and voluntary service
  • a good team player, able to communicate well and to deal with people at all levels
  • Experienced and with relevant expertise to support the work of the Cathedral in appropriate ways
  • Required as necessary to undergo DBS Enhanced Disclosure and attend safeguarding training.

Time commitment

  • The time commitment each week will vary according to attendance at worship and at Chapter, but as an indication an average of about 15 hours a month across the year would be typical. The Chapter will expect to be flexible about this in the light of your other work demands.
  • Visible participation in the worship at the heart of the Cathedral's mission is an important expression of the Lay Canons' membership of Chapter and our ministry including lay as well as ordained people. We would hope for attendance at 8am Eucharist before Chapter meetings, and at the 11.30am Sunday Eucharist once a month; and at occasional 5pm Evensongs, Greater Festivals, state and civic occasions as personal circumstances permit.
  • Other important commitments are the times away for Chapter (currently three days a year) and other committees or groups in which the Lay Canon becomes engaged.

Other details

  • The appointment is made by the Bishop of London and the Dean in consultation with the Chapter and Council for a three-year period, and there is a yearly review with the Dean. Reappointment is possible but not assumed, and depends on the needs of the Cathedral at the time.
  • The role is voluntary; full expenses are paid, and an honorarium is available to help with other costs if required.

How to apply

Applications must be made via Reach Volunteering in the first instance. If you would like to explore this opportunity further through a confidential discussion with the Dean in advance of application, please also contact Reach Volunteering by email or on 020 7840 5668.

In order to apply please submit your CV and a covering letter setting out how you meet the requirements. Applications must be emailed to with 'Lay Canon' in the email title to arrive by midnight on 25th February 2018. Interviews will be held on 7th March 2018. The appointment is subject to an enhanced DBS disclosure.