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Last updated 23rd July 2019

Diocesan Secretary and Vision 2026

The Diocesan Secretary makes sure the administration of the Diocese runs smoothly. The job encompasses both the roles of Secretary to the Diocesan Synod and Company Secretary of the Diocesan Board of Finance (DBF).

The Secretary of the Diocesan Synod is responsible to the Bishop of Blackburn for administration of the Synodical Governance of the Diocese ensuring compliance with and the application of a wide range of church legislation.

The Company Secretary of the DBF is responsible to the Chairman of the Board for ensuring compliance with and the application of secular legislation covering finance, audit, company law, charity law, employment, health and safety and much more besides. 

The Vision Coordinator's role is to work with the team of volunteer parish Vision Champions in encouraging local implementation of Vision 2026 appropriate to the context. 

The Vision Coordinator is also responsible for the Vision 2026 Implementation Strategy and managing a pipeline of applications to the Church Commisioners' Strategic Development Fund. The role also supports the Bishop's Leadership Team/Diocesan Secretary with other strategic matters.

A new Vision Coordinator was appointed in April 2019. Carolyn Barton joined us in June 2019. The previous Vision Coordinator, Dave Champness, will continue with us one day a week as Vision consultant overseeing the Strategic Development Fund projects.

Read a letter about Carolyn's appointment from Bishop Julian. 


  • Diocesan Secretary:   Graeme.Pollard@Blackburn.Anglican.Org  01254 503070
  • PA to Graeme Pollard and Ruth McGaughey: Jenny.Simpkin@Blackburn.Anglican.Org 01254 503075
  • Vision Coordinator: Carolyn.Barton@Blackburn.Anglican.Org
  • Vision Consultant: Dave.Champness@Blackburn.Anglican.Org