Welcome letter from Justine Horseman Sewell – Chief Operating Officer

Dear Candidate,

I am delighted that you have expressed an interest in applying to be the Head of Property & Estates 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, The Globe and Borough Market, the offices of major companies as well as schools and diverse residential communities. Our commercial activities are vital to the running of the Cathedral and need to complement and be in sympathy with our core mission statement.

The Head of Property & Estates is a new key leadership role at Southwark Cathedral and will have overall responsibility for the fabric, maintenance and safety of the Cathedral and its site.

Key deliverables for this role are:

  • In consultation with the Dean and the COO, develop an overall strategy for the Cathedral’s Property and Estates;
  • In consultation with the Cathedral Architect, Estates Committee and Facilities Manager to oversee the maintenance and repair works to the Cathedral church, Cathedral buildings and other Cathedral properties and to plan for the implementation of the Cathedral Architect’s Quinquennial Inspection Report;
  • Manage, control and supervise in consultation with the COO and Cathedral Architect the programme of works (major programmes of conservation and repair, routine maintenance schedules and ongoing properties refurbishment and upgrade). This includes detailed planning and programming of works with sustainability at the core of all we do; and
  • Liaise with our tenants, neighbours and developers in the wider area on property and planning matters.

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