Archbishop of York comes under fire for ‘sending the wrong message’ by advertising £ 90,000 a year Chief of Staff
- Archbishop of York Stephen Cottrell hires a £ 90,000 a year chief of staff
- The new function will be located in Bishopthorpe Palace, just outside of York
- Has since been criticized for his competitive salary at a time of financial crisis
The Archbishop of York has come under fire for hiring a £ 90,000 a year chief of staff and ‘sending all the wrong messages at a time of tremendous financial strain for the Church’.
In this role, the new staff member will assist Reverend Stephen Cottrell, formerly Bishop of Chelmsford, in ‘directing his ministry’ and will be based at Bishopthorpe Palace, just outside York.
However, the role, which has been advertised on the Charity Job site, has since been criticized for its competitive salary at a time of financial crisis.
The advertisement states, “ As Chief of Staff to the Archbishop of York, you report directly to the Archbishop of York and assist the Archbishop in conducting his ministry in the life of the nation, the Church of England, and the Anglican community.
The Archbishop of York, Stephen Cottrell, has been criticized for hiring £ 90,000 a year as Chief of Staff
“You will support the Archbishop in his priorities of mission, education, and pilgrimage to the diocese, province, and nation.
You will work with existing stakeholders and seek new partnerships to strengthen the ministry’s priorities and will work with colleagues from Lambeth Palace, coordinating the work of the Archbishops’ Commissions and Task Groups.
You will be the Archbishop’s foremost companion, support and critical friend in developing and refining this vision, aligning his work with the dioceses and central structures of the Church of England, to ensure that his time is effective. and used strategically, and to make it happen. ‘
Will Pearson-Gee, rector of Buckingham’s parish church, said the money should go to “some clergy outposts” instead.
He told The Sunday Telegraph: ‘We should spend that money on a few clergy posts. Surely the archbishop could get a ‘critical friend’ for much less.
It’s like buying a pair of Gucci shoes – if you can get a perfect pair for £ 50, why spend £ 500?
It sends out all the wrong messages at a time of tremendous financial strain for the Church. We only survived thanks to the government leave scheme. ‘
The position, which is advertised on the Charity Job website, offers £ 90,000 per year and is based on Bishopthorpe Palace
The move comes after Mr. Cottrell said in February that the church should have a louder political voice. Pictured: Secretary of York
It comes after Mr. Cottrell, 62, said in February that the church should have a louder political voice.
He said to the observer, “I just don’t accept a division between the church and politics, faith and politics or, for that matter, anything and politics.”
The father of three has long been an advocate for the Church’s participation in social causes.
Since 2011, he has served as Chairman of the Board of Church Army, a Sheffield-based organization dedicated to evangelism and social justice.