Human Resources

What is HR?

HR is the ‘organisational function’ that deals with people. Supporting and developing managers, dealing with ‘people issues’ across the breadth of an employment relationship – from recruitment and selection, training, concerns and issues, legal compliance, and best practice.

Who’s Who:

Judith Knight

Judith Knight

Head of HR and Safeguarding
Call us 07801 750664

Judith oversees the Diocesan and Cathedral Human Resources, and safeguarding strategies and plans.

Alice Clark

Alice Clark

HR Advisor
Call us 01452 835558 ext 260

Alice is the HR Adviser who supports the Diocesan offices and the Cathedral with their HR on a day-to-day basis and is on hand for parish related enquiries and issues.

Kate Peake

Kate Peake

DBS Administrator
Call us 01452 410022 ext 286

Kate manages our DBS systems so links across Safeguarding and HR and safer recruitment practices. She has a key role in supporting parishes with data management questions.

Kate works weekdays except Weds, from 9.30am to 2.30pm.

Helen Crawford

Helen Crawford

Office Manager and Assistant to the Deputy Diocesan Secretary
Call us 01452 410022 ext 289

Helen supports Judith as the key point of contact for all our Church House offices issues. She works closely with the Property and Development Department on the HR side of supporting all our newly appointed parochial clergy under their Common Tenure arrangements.

Receptionist and Safeguarding Training Administrator
Call us 01452 410022

As well as working on our Church House Reception, our receptionist books people on to all safeguarding training courses and looks after the training arrangements – so a great first point of contact!

About HR in the Diocese

The key role for Human Resources for parishes is that we are here to support churches and PCCs in their responsibilities for employees and volunteers. This can include anything from recruitment, data protection, employment advice and guidance, to employee relations and employment laws.

Together, Judith Knight and Alice Clark support our churches and PCCs with their employment related issues. These can include template policies, contracts, and general advice and guidance. Popular questions include issues such as: pensions, redundancy, payroll, data protection, health and safety, disciplinary, competency, sickness absence.

HR employment, advice and guidance

Guidance available, including:

  • General HR recruitment advice and guidance
  • Advice and guidance for clergy and PCCs generally, and also where there are discussions taking place to employ/appoint a member of staff or volunteers: Clergy and Parish Handbook
  • Safer Recruitment when recruiting people working with children and vulnerable adults, including the DBS checking processes
  • Template documents for recruitment processes such as application forms, offer letters, interview questions, contracts of employment; advice on job descriptions, salaries, pensions, etc.
  • Template Employment Handbook and related up to date HR policies

Employee relations and employment laws

Guidance available, including:

  • Advice and guidance on the full range of employee relations issues
  • Data protection issues
  • Personnel records management
  • Training and development
  • Pension auto enrolment

News and Developments

Safer recruitment

We are running two lunchtime workshops on Safer Recruitment when employing people working with children and vulnerable adults. The workshops are aimed at Parish Safeguarding Nominated People, Churchwardens and Clergy.   Each runs from 12 – 2pm and will be held at Church House on 10 November and 12 December.  For further information or to book a place contact Cassie, our Church House receptionist.

For more information, please see: Safeguarding resources for parishes.

Data protection


The new General Data Protection Regulation comes into effect in May 2018.  This new regulation will replace the Data Protection Act (DPA). We are currently working on some guidelines for all PCCs to ensure that you are aware of the impact that the GDPR will have on you and what you may need to do to comply with it.  We will be sending this out to PCC Secretaries and Incumbents towards the end of November but in the meantime, the links below from the Church of England Parish Resources website and Information Commissioners Office (ICO) may be helpful.

A Brief Guide to Data Protection for PCC Members

An Overview of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)


We are in the process of being able to offer PCCs the option of using the central diocesan offices to run any payroll you may have, free of charge, from early 2018.  This will be of real benefit where PCCs would like to outsource their PAYE, NI, pensions and so on.  We are in the pilot stage for the next couple of months to make sure we have the right systems in place to issue payslips and recover the PCCs’ salary costs.  If you are interested please call or get in touch with us to find out more.

See also: useful links