Chair of the Representative Body

Church in Wales


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    02 July 2021

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    Church in Wales

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With over 1250 churches and 6 Dioceses, each led by a Bishop, the Church in Wales serves a nation of great contrasts, with prominent agriculture and village life, cities which have grown to become major commercial centres and a country with a number of well regarded universities. The Church touches all aspects of life through the work of its lay and ordained leaders and volunteers, based in every community in Wales. 2020 marked the centenary of the Church in Wales, and whilst doors have sometimes had to be closed in the midst of the Covid pandemic, the Church still serves the people of Wales thanks to an explosion of creativity in the online space. The Representative Body is responsible for looking after the assets of the Church in Wales to ensure that resources are available for the benefit of the whole Church. It is one of the largest charities in Wales with net assets of just over £1 billion, annual income (predominantly from investments) of around £20 million and a specialist team of 100 staff who serve for whole Church in Wales in a variety of roles. The buildings it owns enables church members to meet together for worship, the income it generates is used to support the work of the Church in each Diocese, and the skills of the team provides valuable expertise in partnership with the dioceses and parishes where collaboration enables us to achieve more.

As our Chair, you will be responsible for leading the Trustee body in their oversight and scrutiny of our activities. You will be a proven leader with chairing experience gained in board or committee settings able to demonstrate an awareness of good governance in complex environments. A capable collaborator, you will bring a track record of effective partnership building with the ability to be persuasive and influential with a diverse range of stakeholders at all levels both within and beyond the Church. You will bring an affinity to the nation of Wales and an awareness of its culture, language and history, ideally with an understanding of the role the Church can play within that. As part of our Constitution, you are required for this role to be a Communicant member of the Church in Wales or a religious body in communion with it*.

This is a hugely significant role at the heart of the Church in Wales in maximising the impact of our resources and relationships to support the lasting fruitfulness of our mission and ministry. This is a demanding but rewarding role and a unique chance to play your part in serving the Church in Wales both now and for future generations.

For a confidential discussion, please call Matt Malone or Katrina Paget at GatenbySanderson on 07471 037070.

*Schedule 9, paragraph 1 of the Equality Act 2010 applies to this post


Recruitment Timetable

Closing Date
5pm Friday 2 July 2021

Longlist Meeting
w/c Monday 12 July 2021

Preliminary Interviews
w/c Monday 19 July 2021

Shortlist Meeting
w/c Monday 26 July 2021

Final Panel
Tuesday 24 August 2021

How to apply


To apply please submit the following:

  • An up to date copy of your CV (max 3 pages)
  • A supporting statement (max 3 pages) telling us why you are interested in this appointment and how you can address the Essential and Desirable criteria in the Knowledge, Skills, Qualification and Experience section, giving examples of relevant achievements.   

You should also provide the names, positions, organisations and contact details for two referees, one of whom should be your current or most recent employer. References will be taken for shortlisted candidates prior to the final interview, but referees will only be approached with your prior permission.



  1. Representative Body.pdf
  2. 1892_-_RA_2019_-_English_Final_online.pdf