The principal aim of the human resources function at the Diocese of York is to ensure that the way we employ and manage the people who work for the DBF is legally compliant and in line with best practice, so that those people are empowered to support the mission and work of our churches, parishes and schools.

Peter Warry, the Diocesan Secretary and Chief Executive, manages the support and business functions of the Diocese, and has overall responsibility for the management and wellbeing of DBF employees.

Andy Richardson is Human Resources Manager, a role which involves recruitment and selection, employment administration, and being available to advise staff and managers on various queries and issues which can arise as part of the employment relationship. He can be contacted at the diocesan office, by email at, or by phone on 01904 699502.

A Staff Handbook is available which contains lots of useful information about working for the Diocese of York. You can access this in the 'Working for the Diocese of York' folder on our 's' drive (or contact Andy for a copy.)

The contents of this page are intended for employees of the Diocese of York (including those with split employment/clergy roles).


March 2018 - Employee Development Review

Our appraisal scheme, Employee Development Review, is re-launching this month. The old scheme has been on hold for a year or so while we worked on a re-vamp so that we are better placed to deliver on the objectives that support our strategic priorities. The intention is that all staff will have a conversation with their manager between March and the end of May to review how the last year has gone and, most importantly, to shape the contribution each of us will make to our mission over the year ahead.

A document with full information about the process, guidelines for staff and managers, a template form, and some example objectives, as all available in the 'Working for the Diocese of York' folder on our 's' drive, or contact Andy for help.

February 2018 - New and Improved Staff Benefits

There have been some changes to the benefits available to Diocese of York employees. The vouchers available to computer users for eye tests and towards the cost of spectacles for computer work are now available online through a new online portal (instead of from the depths of Andy's filing cabinet).

Alongside this upgrade come two new benefits. First, we have introduced a Cycle to Work scheme, so that you can buy get a bike and cycling equipment for work through a salary sacrifice scheme that means you don't have to lay the money out up front, and make a saving on overall cost. Also, the new portal also provides access to some handy discounts at a range supermarkets, high street stores, online retails, restaurants and leisure facilities.

Staff can access the portal here, and sign in with a work email address:

April 2018 - Public Interest Disclosure

The Diocese has adopted a new Public Interest Disclosure policy - commonly known as 'whistle blowing'. This sets out the means by which employees can raise concerns about possible malpractice or impropriety. The policy document can be found in the list of documents below.

Counselling and Mediation

The Diocese recognises that its duty of care extends to mental health as well as physical health. The Revd Andrew De Smet, Archbishop's Adviser and Coordinator of Pastoral Care, can offer or arrange counselling (general, couples, stress management, depression), mediation, spiritual direction or just space to confidentially talk through pastoral, professional or personal matters. Andrew can be contacted direct on 01439 770 760 or

Documents and Forms

Below you will find a links to various forms relevant to working for the Diocese of York, including forms for recording annual leave, self-certificating any short-term sickness absence, or notifying us of any relevant change in your personal details.