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Last updated 8th September 2022

Diocesan Advisory Committee (DAC)

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

The DAC is a statutory committee working under Part 3 of the Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction and Care of Churches Measure 2018. Clause 35 of the Measure states: “A person carrying out functions of care and conservation under this Measure, or under any other enactment or any rule of law relating to churches, must have due regard to the role of a church as a local centre of worship and mission”. Therefore the DAC's main functions are to help parishes to reimagine how they can adapt their church buildings to further the mission in the parish, to give advice on the architecture, archaeology, art and history of places of worship and to advise the diocesan chancellor and archdeacons on applications for permission to make changes to 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. It is recommended to consult your Diocesan Advisory Committee as early as possible in order to avoid unnecessary waste of time and costs.

Contact Mrs Jen Read, Senior Church Buildings Officer
email: jen.read@blackburn.anglican.org

Phone: 07899 348952

DAC Meetings 2022

Date of Meeting  Deadline for Submission of Papers
11 February 2022 3 February 2022
11 March 2022 3 March 2022
8 April 2022 31 March 2022
13 May 2022 5 May 2022
10 June 2022 2 June 2022 
8 July 2022 30 June 2022
12 August 2022 4 August 2022
14 September 2022 6 September 2022
12 October 2022 4 October 2022
2 November 2022 25 October 2022
14 December 2022 6 December 2022 

Blackburn Diocese DAC Members & Advisers (Sept 2022)

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 

Mr Stephen Fish (Architect)

Ms Becky Gilbert-Rule (Conservation Architect)

Mr Peter Iles (Archaeological Adviser)

Mr Edward Kepczyk (Conservation Architect)

Mr Mike Overton (Architect and Lighting Adviser)

Mr Peter Rivet (Bell Adviser) 

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 (Organs)

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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