Next Steps

If you would like to find out more about this role, you are invited to attend a webinar on Wednesday 14th September, where Bishop Rachel will be joined by others from the appointment panel and cathedral community to share information about the role, cathedral and diocese. The webinar will also include information on how to navigate the appointment process. You can sign up for the webinar here

If you would like to apply, please complete the online application form via AAAD Pathways. The closing date for applications is Monday 19th September 2022. Please be aware that the online application system will close at midnight on this day.

We have produced guidance notes to help you prepare your application which we would encourage you to read before applying.

The appointment process

Dr Matthew Andrews, Pro-Vice Chancellor at the University of Gloucestershire, has been invited by the Archbishop of Canterbury to chair the panel which has the responsibility to nominate the next Dean. The other members of the appointment panel are:

Voting members

  • Peter Clark (non-executive member of Chapter)
  • Karen Czapiewski (member of Bishop’s Council)
  • Sue Jones (Dean of Liverpool and the Cathedrals' representative nominated by the Archbishop of Canterbury)
  • Suki Osunsanmi (member of the College of Canons )
  • Rachel Treweek (Bishop of Gloucester)

Non-voting members

  • Helen Dimmock (Ecclesiastical Secretary to the Crown and Lord Chancellor)
  • Stephen Knott (Archbishops’ Appointments Secretary)

Interviews

As part of the interview process, we make use of psychometric profiling to support appointment and discernment work. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to complete psychometric questionnaires and discuss the themes from these with an external consultant.

The interviews are scheduled to take place on 16th & 17th November in Gloucester.

Stipend 

The current stipend for Deans is £38,050 per annum (from April 2022). The role will be offered under Common Tenure.

Eligibility & pre-employment enquiries

To be appointed as Dean you need to have been ordained for at least six years. Applicants should have the right to live and work in the United Kingdom. The appointed candidate will need to satisfactorily complete an Enhanced DBS check and pre-appointment occupational health clearance.

Safeguarding

Experience of your competence in managing safeguarding forms a key part of the discernment process, as well as enquiries to reassure the appointing panel that you are not a safeguarding risk.

Shortlisted candidates will be asked to complete a confidential declaration and your bishop will provide a Clergy Current Status Letter (CCSL), prior to interview, having examined your blue file. We will also ask your referees to comment on your approach to managing safeguarding.

In the event of safeguarding concerns being raised, the Archbishops’ Secretary for Appointments will liaise with your bishop, the Chair of the panel and the National Safeguarding Team (NST) for advice and direction on how to proceed. If any issues raised cannot be resolved within the timescales for the appointment process, you may be asked to withdraw.

Induction and Development

A transition coach will be available to support the next Dean as she or he takes up this new ministry. The new Dean will also be invited to attend safeguarding training alongside a series of other induction meetings to help them flourish in their new role.

Further questions

If you have any questions about the application process or would like to discuss the role, please email aaad.office@churchofengland.org.