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 Property and Site Manager 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 Property and Site Manager 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. There are six core aspects to this:-

  • Resourcing and leading the Property Department to ensure that regular maintenance and specific projects and programmes of work are properly resourced;
  • Embedding and driving sustainability on site  and supporting the  wider move at the Cathedral towards carbon net zero;
  • Managing the day to day maintenance and forward maintenance plan  of the Cathedral and its wider site (Cathedral church, site buildings and Churchyard) including in relation to the fabric, building services and facilities, engineering systems, utilities, security and grounds and the supervision of the planned maintenance of the Cathedral Fabric to deliver the recommendations of the Quinquennial Inspection Report;
  • With the COO and cathedral Accountant, managing the Cathedral’s staff accommodation, rental residential properties and let parking spaces and engaging with commercial tenants and neighbouring buildings;
  • Managing, monitoring and reporting as requested on the departmental budget and programme delivery;
  • Effecting and managing a robust and proactive culture to meet statutory obligations in relation to Health & Safety, Government’s PROTECT initiative etc.

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