Welcome from the Chief Operating Officer

Dear Candidate,

I am delighted that you have expressed an interest in applying to be the new Chief Financial Officer (CFO) at Southwark Cathedral. We hope that you find the information useful in this candidate brief and also on our website: https://cathedral.southwark.anglican.org/

Southwark Cathedral has been a place of Christian worship for over 1400 years. Now it stands on the vibrant and exciting regenerated south bank of the Thames surrounded by cultural venues such as Tate Modern, Shakespeare’s Globe and Borough Market, the offices of major companies as well as schools and diverse residential communities. It is an inclusive and diverse Christian community that offers a welcome to all.

We are looking for an experienced, proactive and talented CFO to help the Cathedral achieve its vision and calling. The post holder will be part of the senior management team, working together with me, clergy and Cathedral staff under the oversight of Chapter, to develop and deliver the Chapter’s vision for the life of the Cathedral. 

This is a role that requires creative and ambitious thinking as well as the delivery to non-financial colleagues of sound financial advice and a balanced approach to risk. 

In particular, the CFO will shape and lead the Cathedral’s financial strategy planning, providing strategic and commercial support to me, the Head of Property, and the Cathedral’s commercial trading arm, Southwark Cathedral Enterprises Limited. They will oversee the financial management of the Cathedral’s operational, business and investment interests, and support and contribute to the Cathedral’s financial asset investment strategy to enhance its capital and assets.

This is a new role for the Cathedral following the implementation of the Cathedrals Measure 2021. If this is an opportunity that appeals to you, and you have the skills set out in the job description and key responsibilities section in this candidate brief, we would very much like to hear from you.

For a confidential conversation with our recruitment partners, Thewlis Graham Associates, please contact Sarah Thewlis, Managing Director on 0207 850 4781 or email applications@thewlisgraham.com. Sarah will be happy to discuss this opportunity with you and answer any questions you may have.

Yours sincerely,


Justine Horseman Sewell
Chief Operating Officer