Chief Operating Officer (CEO) – Diocese of Norwich Education Services Company


Posted on: Friday 5 May 2023 | Diocese of Norwich Education Services Company

Orchard House, Hall Lane, East Tuddenham, NR20 3LR

Our vision for education in the Diocese: Immeasurably more than we can imagine!

Trust: Diocese of Norwich Education Services Company – providing services to Diocese of Norwich Education and Academies Trust and St Benet’s MAT

Vacancy Job Title: Chief Operating Officer (CEO)

Location: East Tuddenham, Near Norwich

Salary: Competitive

Start Date: January 2024 or earlier

For full details regarding the role, please see the application pack attached.

Our vision for education in the Diocese: Immeasurably more than we can imagine!

Our passion and ambition is to see children in all our schools and academies achieve excellent educational outcomes alongside developing and growing into their potential as individuals made in the image of God. Our culture is one of high aspiration rooted in our Christian values as demonstrated in the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. We have a desire to see Norfolk, and our schools in North East Suffolk, and its education system recognised as a place of aspiration, achievement and hope whether living in a rural area, coastal community, market town or the city of Norwich.

The DoNESC CEO will work closely with the Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) of the Diocesan Multi Academy Trust’s (MATs), the Diocesan Director of Education (DDE) and Directors / Trustees, as we collectively deliver the Diocesan vision for education

The purpose of the role is to:

  • Provide strategic leadership and professional management of all education support roles and services (these include Finance, ICT, Human Resources, Estates, Governance, Procurement and Contracting, Health & Safety, Safeguarding, Data
  • Protection / GDPR and Administration within head office) enabling our MATs to provide high quality, holistic education for all, operating at the heart of their communities
  • Ensure high quality, customer focused, value for money services are provided to both MATs and their academies, informed by regular service user feedback, thereby enabling teaching and support staff in their delivery of the MAT’s vision
  • Seek innovative and entrepreneurial solutions to keep DoNESC, our MATs and the Diocese of Norwich at the forefront of the education sector attracting staff, pupils, parents, and volunteers to join us as we grow
  • Take the lead role on Risk Management across the Diocesan MATs and DoNESC ensuring Trustees, Directors and senior leaders are engaged in monitoring risk
  • Be a highly visible and credible leader within the Diocesan MAT’s senior staff team collaboratively implementing the strategic vision

Culture and ethos:

  • Proactively promote and demonstrate the Diocese’s vision and values in all aspects of work
  • Challenge, motivate and empower others to set high aspirations and attain ambitious outcomes
  • Treat everyone as a valued individual who is loved by God
  • Promote and demonstrate a culture of continuous improvement which includes keeping abreast of educational developments and best management practice
  • Work collaboratively developing the concept of family across the Trusts and their academies
  • Ensure regular open and honest communication in all professional duties
  • Recognise the importance of serving the wider community and promoting inclusivity.
  • Undertake such other reasonable duties as may be required from time to time as are consistent with the responsibilities of the grade.

The duties and responsibilities highlighted in this job specification are indicative and may vary over time.  Postholders are expected to undertake other duties and responsibilities relevant to the nature, level and scope of the post and the grade has been established on this basis.


The safety and well-being of children is central to our ethos, and we expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Successful applicants will be required to provide references and undertake the Independent Safeguarding Authority checks including an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and comply with the Safeguarding Policy and child protection practices of the Trust.


The Diocese of Norwich Education Services Company (DONESC) has a strong commitment to achieving equality of opportunity in its academies and in the employment of people. The post holder will ensure that the DONESC meets its statutory obligations in relation to all aspects of equalities legislation. This post involves regular travel around the Diocese and maybe some evening and weekend work. This job description is not an exhaustive document. It reflects the duties and responsibilities applicable at the time of issue. Details and emphasis are subject to amendment and revision in the light of the changing of DONESC.

Closing date: Monday 5 June 2023

Interviews: Thursday 22 June 2023

How to apply

If you would like to discover more about this exciting opportunity, need any further information or you wish to have an informal discussion, please contact our retained consultant at Academicis, Caroline Olsen: or 01223 907979 / 07500 889504

Please email your application

References may be requested prior to interview and may be contacted on receipt of your application form.  Please contact us to discuss this further if you have any queries.

Visits to the school are warmly welcomed. Please contact the school office to book an appointment or speak with the Headteacher or Deputy Headteacher.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. An enhanced DBS check will be required.

This post will come under the requirements of the Childcare (Disqualification) 2009 Regulations and the successful applicant will be required to complete a declaration form to establish whether they are disqualified under these regulations.


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