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Last updated 25th August 2023

Diocesan Secretary and Vision 2026

Canon Stephen Whittaker, 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 Director of Vision Delivery is responsible for the Vision 2026 Implementation Strategy and managing a pipeline of applications to the Church Commisioners' Strategic Development Fund.

The role also works with the team of volunteer parish Vision Champions in encouraging local implementation of Vision 2026 appropriate to the context and supports the Bishop's Leadership Team/Diocesan Secretary with other strategic matters.

Carolyn Barton joined us in June 2019. Her predecessor, Dave Champness, continues with us one day a week as Vision Consultant overseeing the Strategic Development Fund projects.


  • Canon Stephen Whittaker: Diocesan Secretary:
  • Jenny Harborne: PA to the Diocesan Secretary and Ruth McGaughey (Deputy Diocesan Secretary and Head of Finance): email:     01254 503075
  • Carolyn Barton: Director of Vision Delivery:
  • Dave Champness: Vision Consultant:




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