Essentials » Administration

The Colleges are run by a body of Trustees comprising six ex-officio members the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Bishop of London, the Bishop of Rochester, the Dean of St Paul’s, the Archdeacon of Bromley and Bexley and the Chancellor of the Diocese of Rochester together with seven co-opted Trustees.

In practice the duties of the Trustees are undertaken by the co-opted Trustees together with deputies appointed by the ex-officio Trustees, except for the Archdeacon, the Ven Paul Wright who serves as a Trustee. The co-opted Trustees are Mr John Thorogood (Chair), Mr Tony Bentley, Mr Richard Collins, Mr Christopher Scott and Mrs Lynda Stimson. Appointed Deputies are Mr Derek Shilling (Treasurer) for the Bishop of London, Cllr Peter Morgan for the Dean of St Paul’s, (vacant) for the Chancellor of Rochester Diocese. There are also two Collegian Trustees, Miss Kathleen Craig and the Rev’d George Baisley.

The day to day administration is in the hands of the Chaplain, Rev’d Christopher Boulton, who is also Clerk to the Trustees.

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The Chaplain has announced that he will retire at the end of April 2019.  Applications are invited for the post.  The job description appears below.

An application form can be obtained from the Trustees by ringing 020 8467 8743 or emailing  

The closing date for applications is 10th January 2019 and interviews will be held on 23rd January.


Bromley and Sheppard’s Colleges 

Title of post: Chaplain of Bromley and Sheppard’s Colleges and Clerk to the Trustees                                                                                                                

The Chaplain will be employed by the Trustees of the college and will hold the Bishop of Rochester’s Licence. 

Job purpose:  The Chaplain is responsible for providing collegians with spiritual and pastoral care and the administration of college affairs. A dedicated person is required who can minister to clergy and lay-people from a range of Anglican traditions, has administrative experience and is willing to be flexible about the various duties of the post.  They will be supported by an accountant and an Administrator. A non-resident employee is responsible for care-taking and maintenance 



The chaplain is provided with a three bedroomed house within the college. 


£26,725 + £2,000 [heating costs are covered – there is no gas supply to the house] 


The priest appointed can continue in the Church of England Scheme if required 

Annual Leave 

36 days’ annual leave 

An entitlement to an uninterrupted rest period of not less than 24 hours in any period of seven days 

Duties and responsibilities: 


Managerial:  The Chaplain acts as line manager for the following staff: Secretary, Welfare Officer, maintenance person and part time gardener. 

Regular communication with Chair of Trustees and other members of the board. 

As Clerk to the Trustees and in consultation with the College Treasurer and accounting staff prepare the annual budget and monitor income and expenditure. 

With the Lay Chairman convene meetings of Trustees and prepare the Agenda.  

Take minutes of these meetings. 

Prepare quarterly reports for Trustees. 

Monitor fabric of the buildings and grounds 

Attend the Finance, Fabric and Welfare committees. 

Undertake annual review of staff and direct towards opportunities for developing their role. 

Ensure any legal contracts are compliant 

Maintain links with such bodies as: The Charity Commission and Alms Houses Association 

Monitor all contracts 

Managing risk: health and safety, fire, vulnerable adults, financial probity, data protection. 

Staff recruitment 




Work in a collaborative manner to promote the spiritual wellbeing of collegians. 

Act as an encourager and enabler 

Organise chapel services: prepare rotas for ministers. 

Lead or delegate the daily Office 

Overseeing special services for Founders’ Day 

Encourage and support collegians to develop their spiritual gifts. 

Oversee the Chapel Fund 

Relate where possible to the wider church in the local community 



Overseeing the appointment of new collegians in consultation with Trustees.  

Maintain application list. 

Maintain confidential Collegian files 

Visit collegians and offer support when appropriate 

Hold twice yearly Chaplain’s meetings with Collegians 

Work alongside collegians and their families together with the Welfare Officer and the Welfare committee to respond to the changing needs of Collegians. 

Liaise with appropriate external agencies NHS, Social Services, Third sector. 

Act as responder to the Care Button service 

Maintain a reasonable level of ‘on call’ for emergencies*  



*The college is designed for independent living thus it cannot be expected that the Chaplain will provide a 24/7 on call service, nor be available in person. 


Person Specification: 


  1. Ordained minister comfortable with a wide spectrum of churchmanship 
  1. Familiar with financial, personnel and wider management issues 
  1. Able to respond to collegians in terms of spiritual, personal and emotional needs 
  1. Understands safeguarding* and safer recruitment issues. 
  1. Willing to obtain DBS clearance and undertaken *C3 training 
  1. Conversant with role of NHS, Social services and third sector organisations  
  1. Be pragmatic and practical when appropriate 
  1. Have a keen interested in people and be a good listener 
  1. A willingness to value and learn about the history of the college 
  1. Respect for the fabric of the building and grounds and a wish to maintain them.