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City of London Based

Competitive Salary

Full time, Permanent


Closing date for applications - 3rd January 2021



Background to The Haberdashers' Company

The Haberdashers' Company is one of the Twelve Great Livery Companies of the City of London.  Over 600 years old, today it fulfils its charitable purpose primarily through its involvement with schools.  


The Company is trustee of four main grant-making foundations and four school foundations. The latter were established by members of the Company in the 16th and 17th centuries and now support, directly or indirectly, eighteen schools in both the maintained and independent sectors. The charitable foundations own the land and buildings of some of the schools, providing income to them, and the Company also directly sponsors the associated Academies, providing or nominating the majority of governors for both Schools and Academies. There are about 12,000 pupils in all and nearly 1,400 staff.


The Haberdashers’ Hall in West Smithfield provides a contemporary and modern home to the Company, affording the membership a highly desirable place to convene, both to carry out the work of the Company as well as for social events.  It is here that the Clerk and a relatively small team, which includes the Director for Schools and Estates, are based. 



Job Description

The Director for Schools and Estates is a member of a small team which jointly executes the decisions and policies of the governing body, the Court of Assistants, and its committees. The post holder is Secretary to the Education Committee, which has responsibility for coordinating the Company’s engagement with the eighteen schools it supports, on behalf of the Education Committee.  The post holder also acts as Secretary to the Property Committee, managing the conduct of the Haberdashers’ Company school estates and property portfolio on its behalf.


Reporting to the Clerk, the role involves:


  • Advising and supporting the Education Committee’s long term development of the Haberdashers’ Company involvement in education.

  • Being the primary source of advice to, and link between, the Haberdashers’ Company and the schools.

  • Supervising and managing the Company’s educational activities.

  • Assisting the Company in the discharge of its responsibilities as trustee of school property.

  • Coordinating the administration of the Company’s commercial property portfolio.

  • Managing the Company’s Armed Service affiliations. 



Essential Requirements


  • Education to a high standard, preferably university degree or equivalent.

  • An effective communicator, both orally and in writing.

  • A self-starter, inspirational, innovative and persuasive.

  • Demonstrates sound judgement.

  • Reliable, flexible and presentable.

  • Able to work as part of a small harmonious staff team, with a large non-executive governing body, from demanding strategic professional challenges to shirt-sleeve administrative activities.

  • Sensitive to the ethos of a membership organisation more than 600 years old.


Desirable Qualities


  • Several years post qualification experience in the commercial, not-for-profit or public sector organisation.

  • Operations management and a commercial mind-set.

  • Experience of the education sector.

  • Practical knowledge of property management, assets, and/or investments.

  • Comprehensive IT skills in MS Office and Video Conferencing.


If you are interested in applying for this position, please submit a hand-written covering letter, detailing your experience and suitability for the role, along with a copy of your CV to Helen Shardlow, Membership & Education Secretary at