Furthering Ecumenical Cooperation within Leicester and Leicestershire

Leicester Cathedral is looking to appoint a Chief Operating Officer (COO), with three main areas of responsibility and oversight:

•           Cathedral operations

•           Commercial activities and income generation

•           Visitor experience

The COO will work with the Dean and Chapter (i.e. the board of trustees) to oversee delivery of strategic priorities, and the administration and operational management of Leicester Cathedral across a variety of functions. They will manage the business and operations of the Cathedral.

Leicester Cathedral has been through a period of great change with the Cathedral building being closed for major development works as part of the Leicester Cathedral Revealed (LCR) project. The Cathedral re-opened for a 'soft launch' in November 2023, and a 'hard launch' of the new Heritage and Learning Centre in summer 2024 will incorporate an exciting programme of events and activities alongside services and worship. The COO is responsible for the full delivery of this National Lottery Heritage Fund supported project.

As Leicester Cathedral enters the next phase of its life, the new COO will bring a breadth and depth of strategic and operational leadership experience across a range of functions in a complex, multifaceted and challenging environment.

The ideal candidate will be pivotal to the success of the Cathedral taking a more prominent place in the public square and will:

•           Have the ability to engage, enthuse and influence staff, colleagues and external stakeholders and quickly build strong and effective working relationships

•           Be a skilful strategic operator, able to command respect at all levels and across stakeholders

•           Be goal oriented, constantly on the lookout for smarter ways of working and able to work at pace

•           Be imaginative, creative and a problem solver

•           Be commercially adept.

•           Be fully committed to the work and mission of the Cathedral.

Application Deadline: 12 noon, Monday 19 February 2024

Interview Date: Thursday 14 March 2024

How To Apply

To apply for this position, please send a completed application form along with a covering letter (of no more than two sides of A4) that demonstrates how you meet the criteria and skills set out in the Person Specification (CVs alone will not be accepted).

Applications should be sent by email to: Adaeze.Ebodili@LeicesterCofE.org

Completed applications are required by 12 noon on Monday 19 February 2024.


Best Wishes,


Adaeze Ebodili (pronounced Uh-daisy) she/her
Governance and Administrative Officer

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