Sep 042018

Chair - Church of England Pensions Board

Recruiter: Church of England Pensions Board
Location: London
Salary: c. 50 days per year
Posted: 04 Sep 2018
Closes: 12 Oct 2018
Ref: GSe39151
Position/Level: Board, Senior Management
Responsibilities: Finance, Strategy
Sector: Not for Profit / Charity
Contract Type: Part-time

The Church of England Pensions Board provides retirement services for those who have served or worked for the Church. It is the Trustee of four pension schemes and administers pensions for over 40,000 people working for more than 520 employers. In addition, it is a charity which houses around 2500 retired clergy and their dependants, mainly through the provision of affordable rental housing, shared ownership, and supported living schemes. Pensions and charitable funds under investment total in excess of £2.6bn and the Pensions Board actively engages with companies it invests in, in line with its robust, industry-leading ethical investment policies. The work of the Pensions Board is complex and subject to legal regulation (including by the Pensions Regulator and the Charity Commission).

The Pensions Board is now seeking to appoint a new Chair to succeed Jonathan Spencer, who has reached the end of his term. This is a significant and high-profile role and the Chair will engage closely with the leaders of the Other National Church Institutions (NCIs), will lead a diverse group of 19 trustees and work with the recently appointed CEO and his Executive Team, to ensure that the best interests of its customers are met and secure. With a demonstrable record of senior leadership in substantial roles in the financial, public or third sector and proven chairing and board level experience, you will have the ability to help shape strategy and ensure robust governance arrangements. A track record of leading and embedding sustainable change, including cultural change, is a pre-requisite, together with the ability to lead the Pensions Board through complex and significant financial decision making. You will have the intellectual rigour, relationship skills and political sensitivity to be credible and influential across all our key stakeholders and will bring outstanding communication and interpersonal skills.

This is no ordinary Chair appointment. We are looking for somebody who will share our values of Excellence, Respect and Integrity, who will be a trusted and inspirational presence and who will bring an empathy to and understanding of our purpose and vision. The Chair is an ex-officio member of the General Synod of the Church of England and, as such, this position carries an Occupational Requirement that the appointee be a communicant member of the Church of England. Part 1 of Schedule 9 of the Equality Act 2010 applies to this appointment.

The role requires a time commitment of c.50 days a year for a term of up to 6 years.

How to Apply

To apply for this role, please submit an up to date copy of your CV, along with a Supporting Statement that addresses the criteria set out in the person specification, using examples to demonstrate how you meet the essential requirements. Please provide your home, work, mobile and email contact details and let us know of any dates when you are not available or where you may have difficulty with the indicative timetable. You should also provide the names, positions, organisations and contact details for two referees, one of whom should be your current or most recent employer. If you do not wish us to approach your referees without your prior permission, please state this clearly.

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Once you have submitted your application, you will receive an automated email to confirm that you have applied. If you do not receive this email, please make contact with GatenbySanderson.


The following consultants are managing this role and will be happy to answer any questions that are not covered in the person specification on the next webpage.

Contact: Katrina Paget Telephone: 020 7426 3994
Contact: Julia St Clare Telephone: 07794 562 088
Contact: Juliet Brown Telephone: 0113 205 6089

Closing date: 12 noon, Friday 12 October 2018

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