Church Buildings

All church buildings require care and maintenance. The DAC department is responsible for helping everyone look after their church buildings.

The Diocesan Advisory Committee for the Care of Churches (the DAC) has an important statutory role, as described below. However all members of the DAC are keen for parishes to see the committee, above all, as an enabling partner in God’s mission with parishes and people across the diocese.

The DAC is a body set up under the Care of Churches and Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction Measure 1991. Its main functions are to give advice on the architecture, archaeology, art and history of places of worship to the Diocesan Chancellor, the archdeacons and the parishes. As the first stage of the faculty jurisdiction, the DAC considers faculty applications and advises the Chancellor whether or not a faculty should be granted.

The work of the DAC includes giving advice to 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 DAC members are supported by a team of consultants and specialist advisers.

The DAC is able to provide advice and support to parishes at all stages of projects, from initial thoughts, through fundraising and making a faculty application, to completion. The DAC encourages parishes to  be in touch as soon as possible when any work is being considered: we are always pleased to hear from you.  

Who we are

Ven Peter Townley
Chair of the DAC
Lisa McIntyre Lisa McIntyre
DAC Secretary
0113 3530277
​07872 005305
Jen Read Jen Read
Assistant DAC Secretary
0113 3530278
07539 873966
Stephen Craven Stephen Craven
Church Buildings Support Officer
0113 3530274


DAC Members

Ven Paul Ayers Archdeacon of Leeds
Ven Dr Anne Dawtry Archdeacon of Halifax  
Ven Jonathan Gough Archdeacon of Richmond and Craven
Ven Dr Andy Jolley Archdeacon of Bradford
Ven Peter Townley Archdeacon of Pontefract and Chair of the DAC
Stuart Beaumont Architect
Fr Jonathan Bish Diocesan Synod Representative
Stephen Calvert Architect
Richard Crooks Architect
Christopher Hammond   Joint National Amenity Society Representative
Robert Haskins Diocesan Synod Representative
Brian Jones Structural Engineer
Michael Montgomery Engineering Expertise
Brian Pearson Conservation Planning Expertise
Revd John Rogers Electrical Engineering Expertise
Ken Sharp Lighting Adviser
Anne Smith Planning Expertise
Jessica Thomas Local Authority Representative
Sue Wrathmell Historic England Representative & Tree Adviser

DAC Advisers

Andrew Aspland Bell Adviser
Robert Cater Bell Adviser
Edward Bacon Clock Adviser
Tim Gray Organ Adviser
Edward Scott Organ Adviser
Roger Glister Heating Adviser
Louise Hampson Conservation Adviser
Lauren Piper Conservation Adviser
Jonathan Cooke Stained Glass Adviser
Elizabeth Hippisley-Cox   Stained Glass Adviser
Canon Bob Hopper Audio Visual Adviser
Tim Scholes Audio Visual Adviser
Doug Whiteley Audio Visual Adviser
Celia Kilner Art Adviser
Ulrike Knox Conservation Architect Adviser
Jemima Parker Environmental Adviser
Dr Angela Z. Redmond Archaeological Adviser
Ian Roberts Archaeological Adviser
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