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Last updated 8th February 2024

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.

The Diocesan Advisory Committee (DAC) is committed to encouraging best practice in every matter relating to church buildings. Increasingly, this includes environmental sustainability and energy efficiency, reflecting the General Synod commitment to reaching net zero carbon by 2030 and the revised diocesan environmental policy and net zero roadmap. See here for the DAC Environment Policy.

Contact: Jen Read, Senior Church Buildings Officer

Phone: 07899 348952

DAC Meetings 2024

Date of Meeting  Deadline for Submission of Papers
10 January 2024 02 January 2024
14 February 2024 06 February 2024
13 March 2024 05 March 2024
10 April 2024 02 April 2024
08 May 2024 30 April 2024
12 June 2024 04 June 2024
10 July 2024 02 July 2024
04 September 2024 27 August 2024
09 October 2024 01 October 2024
13 November 2024 5 November 2024 
11 December 2024 03 December 2024

Blackburn Diocese DAC Members & Advisers 

If you would like advice from any of our DAC specialist members and advisers please contact Jen Read at the details above.

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

Ven. Mark Ireland

Ven. David Picken

DAC Secretary Mrs 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)

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)

Ms Lauren Crossley (Lighting Adviser)

Mr Trevor Harling (Timber Adviser)

Mr Martin Hodgson (Audio Visual Adviser)

Mr Ken Linford (Tree Adviser)

Rev Matt Malins (Audio Visual Adviser)

Rev Canon Professor John Rodwell (Diocesan Environment Officer)

Mr Chris Travis (Heating Adviser)

Mr Alan Wilkinson (Ecclesiastical Insurance)

Mr Mark Womersley (Paint and Lime products Adviser)


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