Historic Churches Adviser

13/07/2017 10:00 am

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales is seeking to appoint a Historic Churches Adviser.

Salary: c.£27,000 per annum depending on experience.

Location: Victoria, London SW1

Hours of Work: 35 hours per week (full‐time post)


To support the work of the Patrimony Committee of the Bishops’ Conference in all areas of its work to promote the care and protection of historic Catholic churches in England and Wales. This will include but not be restrictive to:

  • Providing administrative support to the Committee including review and analysis of relevant material to inform the work of the Committee – for example, review of HCC Annual Reports (casework and membership), review of Historic England’s Heritage at Risk Register, and the maintenance of a register of HLF grant applications for listed churches.
  • Supporting the extension and maintenance of the national HCC website and the Taking Stock website and keeping the list of listed Catholic churches in England and Wales up to date as new buildings are added or churches upgraded in the light of Taking Stock.
  • Helping to build the capacity of dioceses, religious orders and congregations to care for their historic buildings so that they have a sustainable future as places of worship
  • Advising diocese and parishes on availability of grants and helping with grant applications
  • Establishing the role and value of historic places of worship in the priorities of the CaTEW
  • Liaising with diocesan Historic Churches Committees (HCCs) as required on matters relating to the effective operation of the Ecclesiastical Exemption
  • Liaising with Government agencies, grant‐giving organisations, amenity societies and the wider public in promoting a wider understanding of Catholic patrimony in England and Wales and Catholic understanding of their Faith.

Wider engagement

  • Acting as an advocate for the built heritage within the Catholic Church in England and Wales∙
  • Building partnerships with other organisations and the wider community
  • Offering guidance and training to congregations in all aspects of managing a historic place of worship and helping to identify other sources of information and advice.



  • A relevant degree or equivalent qualifications or relevant experience
  • A demonstrable interest in historic places of worship
  • An ability to empathise with the core purposes of the Catholic Church
  • Demonstrable ability in problem solving
  • Excellent leadership, interpersonal, negotiating and written communication skills
  • The ability to work within and influence an organisation
  • A willingness to engage with the wider community
  • A self starter who will make a difference
  • Highly proficient IT skills
  • A driving licence will almost certainly be necessary


  • Membership of the Institute of Historic Buildings Conservation (IHBC)


Please send applications to When you apply set out why you are interested in this position and outlining your experience, please also enclose your CV.

Closing date: Applications by Monday 7 August.

Interviews: Tuesday 22 August.