Is your PCC seeking advice on church heating, lighting, electrics, audio-visual, telecoms, or CCTV?
- Please see the following DAC-approved information and guidance, which is intended to support parishes when making requests for DAC advice on the above proposals
- It outlines the national and diocesan frameworks for DAC volunteer service provision – indicating what help is, and may not be, available via the DAC
A person carrying out functions of care and conservation... relating to churches must have due regard to the role of a church as a local centre of worship and mission.
Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction and Care of Churches Measure 2018
Membership of the Lichfield Diocesan Advisory Committee (DAC) is governed by schedule 2 of the Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction and Care of Churches Measure 2018 and constitutes:
- the Chair, appointed by the Diocesan Bishop after consultation with Bishop's Council, the Diocesan Chancellor and the Church Buildings Council
- the Archdeacons (ex officio members)
- at least 12 other members
These other members represent:
- 2 appointed by Bishop's Council from among the elected members of Diocesan Synod
- at least 10 others appointed by Bishop's Council, including 3 appointed after consultation with Historic England, the Local Government Association and the National Amenity Societies
- others as may be co-opted with the consent of the Diocesan Bishop
By analogy with the required quorum for a meeting of the Church Buildings Council, under schedule 4 of the Dioceses, Pastoral and Mission Measure 2007, a quorum of the DAC (required to be in attendance at a DAC meeting) is one third of the Committee.
The members appointed must have between them:
- knowledge of the history, development and use of church buildings
- knowledge of Church of England liturgy and worship
- knowledge of architecture, archaeology, art and history
- experience of the care of historic buildings and their contents
In accordance with the Care of Churches and Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction Measure Code of Practice 1993:
Members of DACs are not delegates or representatives of either the body which appointed them or any other body which was consulted about their appointment, although they are encouraged to report back to those bodies and to keep them interested in and informed of the Committee's activities. Members must exercise an independent judgement on each matter before them, must declare any interest and withdraw from the discussion in appropriate cases, and must exercise reasonable care and (in the case of professional people) reasonable professional skill and judgement.
The Church of England has published the following updated guidance (2022):
DAC members are insured for errors and omissions under the provisions of the Lichfield Diocesan Board of Finance (LDBF).
Functions of DAC members
In accordance with section 37 of the Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction and Care of Churches Measure 2018, the DAC must act as an advisory body on matters affecting places of worship in the diocese and, in particular, must give advice when requested by a relevant person on matters relating to the:
- grant of faculties
- architecture, archaeology, art or history of a place of worship
- use, care, planning, design or closure of a place of worship
- use or care of the contents of a place of worship
- use or care of a churchyard or burial ground
The DAC must review and assess the degree of risk to materials, or of loss to archaeological or historic remains or records, arising from proposals relating to the conservation, repair or alteration of a place of worship, churchyard or burial ground or the contents of such a place.
In carrying out its functions, the DAC must have due regard to the rites and ceremonies of the Church of England.
DAC members as volunteers
All DAC members (apart from the ex-officio Archdeacons) are expert volunteers for the diocese.
Members should consult the following diocesan information on the operation of their role (2023):
Lichfield DAC members
There are 22 members for the Synodical period 2022–27
|The Revd Preb Pat Hawkins KHC BA (Hons) MA BPhil BTh (Hons)||Chair|
|The Ven Dr Megan Smith MBChB MRCP(UK) FRCPCH MTh MSc FHEA||Vice Chair; Archdeacon of Stoke-upon-Trent|
|The Ven Dr Susan Weller BSc (Hons) BA (Hons) PhD||Archdeacon of Lichfield|
|The Ven Julian Francis BA MA||Archdeacon of Walsall|
|The Ven Paul Thomas BA MA||Archdeacon of Salop|
|The Revd Preb Terry Bloor BTh (Hons)||Associate Archdeacon of Stoke-upon-Trent|
|The Revd Jo Farnworth BA MA BTh MA||Associate Archdeacon of Salop|
|The Revd Neil Hibbins MA DPS||Member appointed from elected members of Diocesan Synod|
|Mr Chris Gill ACMA||Member appointed from elected members of Diocesan Synod|
|Vacant||Member appointed after consultation with Historic England|
|Mr Edward Higgins BSc (Hons) MA||Member appointed after consultation with the Local Government Association|
|Mr Andy Foster MA FSA||Member appointed after consultation with the National Amenity Societies|
|The Revd Zoe Heming BA (Hons) MA||Accessibility (Diocesan Enabling All Adviser)|
|Mr Bryan Martin BA DipArch RIBA AABC||Conservation architect|
|Mr Adrian Mathias BA DipArch MA Cons RIBA AABC||Conservation architect|
|Mrs Candida Pino Dott. Arch. RIBA AABC||Conservation architect|
|Mr Mark Stewart BA (Hons) DipArch RIBA SCA AABC||Conservation architect|
|The Revd Geoffrey Eze||Clergy member|
|The Revd Dr David Isiorho BA MA PhD PGDip||Clergy member|
|The Revd Andrew Lythall BSc BA MA||Clergy member|
|Dr Andy Wigley BSc MA PCHE PhD FSA MCIfA||DAC adviser*|
|Mr Peter Woollam MSc HND CEng MIET||DAC adviser*|
* These DAC members also fulfil the roles of DAC adviser listed below
Advisers to the Lichfield DAC are also governed by schedule 2 of the Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction and Care of Churches Measure 2018, where the Diocesan Bishop may appoint suitably qualified persons to act as consultants to the Committee.
The Church of England has published the following updated guidance (2022):
- A Brief Guide to the Role of DAC Advisers
- A Note for DAC Members and Advisers Regarding Conflicts of Interest
DAC advisers are insured for errors and omissions under the provisions of the Lichfield Diocesan Board of Finance (LDBF).
Functions of DAC advisers
In accordance with the Church of England guide (above), the role of the DAC is to advise the Diocesan Chancellor on all matters relating to the care and conservation of churches. The primary role of DAC advisers is to give advice to the DAC on matters requiring particular specialist knowledge, to help it fulfil this role.
The adviser will advise the DAC on matters related to their specialist knowledge, and keep the DAC informed of aspects of applications and requests for advice that have direct bearing on their subject area. The DAC Secretary or Assistant DAC Secretary will be the usual conduit for channelling advice.
DAC advisers as volunteers
All DAC advisers are expert volunteers for the diocese.
Advisers should consult the following diocesan information on the operation of their role (2023):
Lichfield DAC advisers
|Mrs Joanna Lawton BA PGDip (Hons) BArch RIBA CA AABC||Architect Adviser*|
|Mrs Anne Netherwood BArch BD RIBA CA||Architect Adviser*|
|Mr Mark Parsons BA BArch RIBA AABC||Architect Adviser*|
|Mr Geraint Roberts MA DipArch DipBldgCons (RICS) RIBA SCA||Architect Adviser*|
|Mr Matt Faber BA (Hons) Arch PGDip Cons MCIAT||Architectural Adviser*|
|Mr Andrew Baker||Heating Adviser|
|Mr Peter Bemrose BSc (Hons) MSc CEng MIChemE||Heating Adviser|
|Mr Malcolm Price BSc CEng MCIBSE (Retd)||Heating Adviser|
|Mr Brough Skingley BSc||Lighting & Electrics Adviser; Audio-Visual Adviser|
|Mr Peter Woollam MSc HND CEng MIET||Bell Adviser; Telecoms Adviser|
|Mr Nigel de Gaunt-Allcoat||Organ Adviser|
|Mr Jonathan Ansell||Clock Adviser|
|Dr Andy Wigley BSc MA PCHE PhD FSA MCIfA||Archaeology Adviser|
|Mr Andy Smith MArb CEnv MICFor FArborA||Tree Adviser|
|Mr John Polhill BSc||Garden Adviser|
* These DAC advisers provide internal consultation advice to the DAC Secretariat and Archdeacons
Please note: Whilst the names and specialisations of individual members and advisers are given above, all requests for DAC advice must follow due process and be made through the DAC Secretary or Assistant DAC Secretary.