Enabling financial and cultural change in the Diocese of Sheffield

Following an earlier review of the Diocese’s central services, I worked as a transformation manager to help the organisation take the next steps towards fully aligning each team and area of work with its strategic vision.

Who: The Diocese of Sheffield

The challenge: With more than 30 recommendations from the service review to put into practice, one of my first tasks was writing a detailed change plan. As the possibility of redundancies was included in the recommendations, this work involved particularly mindful management of HR processes and one-to-one coaching on leadership styles and skills.

The solution: Tip-top project management and communications skills were needed as the recommendations I was helping put into practice covered a broad range of areas, from redefining job descriptions to writing and recruiting to new posts, setting up a new resource team and re-organising office layout, thus involving large numbers of staff and senior leaders.  In order to better understand the culture of the organisation, I looked for ways to help me identify opportunities for informing and involving staff.  Part of that process involved seeking approval of my recommendations from the Bishop’s Council.

Outcomes:

  • Co-ordinated the work of an Implementation Group, ensuring timely completion of all tasks and project plans
  • Helped recruit a new Communications Manager
  • Drafted regular updates for staff and other stakeholders

When: April 2013 – January 2014

Can I personally, and on behalf of the implementation group, thank you deeply for the support, encouragement and wisdom you brought to the implementation of our Central Services Review. I have no doubt and am under no illusions that without you we would not have got to where we are now.Peter Burrows, Bishop of Doncaster

You are someone who brings out the best in people. We shall miss seeing you in the office. You came here to do a challenging job with a huge amount of warmth, sensitivity and grace.Church House staff

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