Derby Cathedral appoints new Head of Operations

Written on 25/08/2023

Derby Cathedral appoints new Head of Operations 

The Chapter has remained steadfast in its commitment to fill the current vacancy of full time Chief Operating Officer since Carol Thomas left the post in May and moved to Scotland.

After considerable discussions, Chapter believe there is a positive opportunity to reshape this senior position whilst still maintaining this essential role within our Cathedral. Therefore, the decision has been taken to develop a new role: a full time Head of Operations, working alongside a part time Chief Operating Officer.

We are delighted to announce that the Chapter has invited Jessica Kilmurray to take up the role of Head of Operations. We have also invited Carol Thomas to return as part-time Chief Operating Officer. Carol will operate remotely from Scotland, but also work regularly from Derby Cathedral.

The Chapter believe these are forward thinking, progressive appointments for the Cathedral community as well as demonstrating the Cathedral’s commitment to develop career opportunities from within the current team. Both Jessica and Carol will take up their new roles from 1st September 2023 and do so with our good wishes and prayers.

Carol says:
I am delighted to be given this opportunity to work with this wonderful team once more. I believe this will be a dynamic and effective partnership and demonstrates our commitment to ensure there are career paths within our Cathedral. I look forward to seeing the Cathedral community when I am next in Derby.
Jessica says:
I feel incredibly privileged to be invited by Chapter to become the Cathedrals new Head of Operations. I have immensely enjoyed working as PA to the Dean and Residentiary Canons for the last five years, a role which I will always treasure, and from which I have learnt a great deal. I am looking forward to the new responsibilities and challenges that the Head of Operations role will no doubt bring. I would like to thank the Dean, and Chapter, for giving me this opportunity, and I am very much looking forward to working closely with Carol once again.

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