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Care of Churches

Diocesan Advisory Committee (DAC)

The Diocesan Advisory Committee (DAC) is a statutory committee set up under the Care of Churches and Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction Measure 1991.  Section 1 of that Measure states that the DAC "shall have regard to the role of the church as a local centre of worship and mission".

Role of the DAC

  • The DAC advises the Chancellor on faculty matters. The Committee effectively acts as the Chancellor's technical advisers.
  • The DAC advises parishes. The DAC encourages parishes to involve them early in the process of developing proposals and is very happy to arrange for a group to visit the church to discuss proposals. This is done at no cost to the parish.
  • The DAC approves inspecting architects and surveyors for quinquennial inspections.


The majority of DAC members are volunteers who give their time freely. Many are practicing (or retired) professionals in various disciplines that are applicable to work in churches.

  • Chair - Mr Paul Parkinson
  • Six archdeacons
  • Three representatives appointed after consultation with English Heritage, the National Amenity Societies and the local planning authorities
  • Two representatives of Diocesan Synod
  • 'Expert' members in the following fields:
    • Architecture
    • Structural engineering
    • Organs
    • Stained Glass
    • Art
    • Bells
    • Heating
    • Church history
    • Archaeology
    • Clocks
    • Lighting & electrics
    • Sound & acoustics
    • Horticulture
    • Liturgy
    • Churchyards & memorials
    • Lightning protection
    • Accessibility

The Committee is serviced by the Pastoral Department at Trinity House. Contact: Luke Tatam (020 7939 9457).