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Last updated 24th March 2023

Diocesan Advisory Committee (DAC)

Each Diocese has a Diocesan Advisory Committee for the Care of Churches (known as the DAC). 

A DAC has two main functions: The first is to comply with Part 3 of the Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction and Care of Churches Measure 2018 and advise the diocesan chancellor and archdeacons on applications for permission to make changes to church buildings. The second is to help parishes to reimagine how they can adapt their church buildings to further the mission in the parish, and to give advice on all aspects of church buildings.

The Diocesan Advisory Committee advises churchwardens, parishes and clergy who are planning work to their churches. This advice is given on a voluntary basis by members of the Committee, who have between them knowledge of the history, development and use of church buildings; liturgy and worship of the Church of England; architecture, archaeology, art and history and experience in the care of historic buildings and their contents. The committee members are supported by a team of specialist advisers.

The Diocesan Advisory Committee provides advice and support to parishes at all stages of projects, from initial thoughts, through fundraising and making a faculty application, to completion. 

Contact: Jen Read, Senior Church Buildings Officer

Phone: 07899 348952

DAC Meetings 2023

Date of Meeting  Deadline for Submission of Papers
11 January 2023 3 January 2023
8 February 2023 31 January 2023
8 March 2023 28 February 2023
10 May 2023 2 May 2023
14 June 2023 6 June 2023 
12 July 2023 4 July 2023
13 September 2023 5 September 2023
11 October 2023 3 October 2023
8 November 2023 31 October 2023
13 December 2023 5 December 2023 

Blackburn Diocese DAC Members & Advisers 

Role Name
Chair Revd Canon Andrew Holliday
Ex-Officio (Archdeacon)

Ven. Mark Ireland

Ven. David Picken

DAC Secretary Jen Read


Appointed by Bishop's Council

Mr Michael Bagot (Architect)

Mr Charles Blackett-Ord (Structural Engineer Adviser)

Mr Peter Boyd (Architect)

Mr William Buck 

Mr Raymond Clayton (Clock and Tower Adviser)

Mr Mike Darwell (Conservation Architect)

Revd Nicholas Davis (Organ Adviser)

Mr Stephen Fish (Architect)

Ms Becky Gilbert-Rule (Conservation Architect)

Mr Peter Iles (Archaeological Adviser)

Mr Edward Kepczyk (Conservation Architect)

Mrs Rosemary Lyons (Conservation Planning)

Mr Mike Overton (Architect and Lighting Adviser)

Mr Peter Rivet (Bell Adviser and Planning) 

Mr Duncan Sanderson (Conservation Architect)

Revd Anna Walker

Mr Ivan Wilson (Conservation Architect)

Revd Marc Wolverson (Diocesan Synod nominee)

Stephen Pollard (Diocesan Synod nominee)

Joint Committee of the National Amenities Society nomination

Mr Charles Blackett-Ord 

Historic England nomination Vacant
Association of Local Authorities

Mr Peter Iles

Advisers (non-voting)

Appointed by the Bishop

Mr Tom Bell (Organ Adviser)

Mr John Book (Heating Adviser)

Mrs Ruth Cooke (Stained Glass Window Adviser)

Mr Trevor Harling (Timber Adviser)

Mr Brian Haworth (Heating Adviser) 

Mr Martin Hodgson (Audio Visual Adviser)

Mr Ken Linford (Tree Adviser)

Rev Canon Professor John Rodwell (Diocesan Environment Officer)

Mr Justin Stopford (Churchyard Safety and Electrical Adviser)

Dr Gerald Sumner (Organ Adviser)

Mr Alan Wilkinson (Ecclesiastical Insurance)

Mr Mark Womersley (Paint and Lime products Adviser)



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