Director of Works & Property ('Heritage/Conservation Construction')
The Cathedral Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Lincoln (to give it its proper title) is first and foremost a church, the seat of the Bishop of Lincoln and a centre of worship and mission. It is the principal church of Lincolnshire and holds many of the county-wide services of celebration, commemoration and memorial. Lincoln Cathedral is the only cathedral in the country which is on the Historic England Heritage at Risk Register in its entirety. A significant proportion of the Cathedral budget is spent each year on its maintenance and repair. Furthermore, the historic properties and walls which form the precinct require maintenance and development in order that they can provide a net income to support the mission, ministry and maintenance of the Cathedral. The building and its precincts are overseen by the ‘Masters of the Fabric’, who are the Dean and the Subdean. It is the Subdean who takes day-to-day responsibility for oversight of the fabric on behalf of Chapter and manages the post of Director of Works & Property.
The Works Department
Lincoln is one of only a few Cathedrals in England to have its own workforce dedicated to the conservation of the building – this team is within the Cathedral’s ‘Works Department’. There are five craft teams within this Department: Stonemasonry and Conservation, Glazing, Carpentry/Joinery, Leadwork and Domus (Engineering and Maintenance). The Department has its own Archivist and is supported by a small office team.
The Recruitment Requirement – Director of Works & Property
The Director of Works & Property is a newly created senior role at Lincoln Cathedral with responsibility for the maintenance of the fabric of the Cathedral and its Close.
This exciting role will provide the successful person with a wonderful environment to work within and an abundance of interesting challenges. The Director of Works & Property has a significant leadership role to play in the management of the Cathedral Works Department.
The core role of the Director of Works & Property is the following:
- To develop teams and implement change necessary properly to resource the maintenance requirements of the Cathedral, its precincts and its Close
- To manage the maintenance and restoration of the Cathedral and the fabric of the Close properties, including the supervision of the planned maintenance of the Cathedral to deliver the approved recommendations of the Quinquennial Inspection Reports (QIRs)
- With the Chapter Clerk, to oversee the management of the Cathedral’s property portfolio
- To manage, monitor and regularly to report the departmental budgets and programme of delivery
To be suitable for this post candidates will be:
- Chartered members of an established professional association (e.g. RICS, CIOB or RIBA)
- Able to demonstrate significant post-qualification career experience in the building and construction marketplace
- Effective operational leaders of site-based construction teams (track records in this regard)
- Ideally well experienced in overseeing heritage and conservation construction projects i.e. with the ability to lead the delivery of exemplary craft skills to the highest heritage quality
- Ideally experienced within traditional construction and heritage crafts
- Experienced and knowledgeable of maintenance programmes, major works programmes and refurbishment projects
- Experienced within organising and planning construction projects from beginning to end, including all resourcing and staffing aspects
- Able to demonstrate proven track records in budgeting, cost analysis and financial management of construction works and/or projects
- Excellent communicators, with team members, peers and able to present at a senior level with confidence, gravitas and credibility
Please submit your CV and supporting cover letter to George Woodward from Novo Executive Search.
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