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.
Judith oversees the Diocesan and Cathedral Human Resources, and safeguarding strategies and plans.
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 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 supports Judith as the key point of contact for all our Church House office issues. She works closely with the Property and Development Team on the HR side of supporting all our newly appointed parochial clergy under their Common Tenure arrangements.
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
The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
Please see the attached Fact Sheet for Furloughing employees during the Coronavirus months.
This workshop is aimed at those who are recruiting paid staff or volunteers into roles within churches. The focus is on Safer Recruitment and good HR practice. We do not have any upcoming training dates for this workshop as yet but to register your interest, please contact
For more information, please see: Safeguarding resources for parishes.
GDPR: The new General Data Protection Regulation comes into effect in May 2018. This new regulation will replace the Data Protection Act (DPA).
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.