DAC (Constitution and Membership; Meeting Dates and Deadlines)


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Every diocese in the Church of England is required to have a Diocesan Advisory Committee for the Care of Churches ('DAC'). This is a statutory body established under the Care of Churches and Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction Measure 1991, whose members are between them required to have knowledge of the history, development and use of church buildings; liturgy and worship of the Church of England; architecture; archaeology; art; history; and experience in the care of historic buildings and their contents.

Members of the DAC give their time and expertise freely and on a voluntary basis, and are supported by a team of consultant members who share their specialist expertise on a variety of particular matters such as organs, furnishings, heating, technology, clocks, bells, trees.

The main function of the DAC is to give advice and guidance on the architecture, archaeology, art and history of places of worship to the Diocesan Chancellor, Archdeacons, PCCs, Churchwardens and Clergy. Members of the DAC are required to have due regard to the role of a church as a local centre of worship and mission, and to that end the DAC must act as an enabler and facilitator to enable the reimagining of our buildings in line with the aspirations outlined in Ely 2025.

The work of the DAC is supported by the Diocese's Church Buildings Department , whose staff act as officers to the DAC and are the first point of contact for parishes seeking advice and guidance on works to be done to their churches and churchyards.

The Church Buildings Department and DAC are glad to offer advice and support to parishes at all stages of projects, from initial thoughts through to fundraising, and making the faculty application through to completion. We encourage parishes to contact the Church Buildings Department team at the earliest possible stage of a project to help avoid any waste of time and cost.


The constitution of the DAC was adopted by Diocesan Synod on 24 October 1992. A copy of it can be found here.

The constitution requires the DAC to be comprised of the Chair, the Archdeacons, and not less than twelve other persons appointed by Bishop's Council, of whom two must be appointed from among the elected members of Diocesan Synod and three following consultation with external bodies. Four of the members are drawn from a group of architect and surveyor members who attend meetings by rotation.

Appointments are made for six year terms, and membership is typically reviewed following the election of every other Diocesan Synod.


The 2017 - 2023 sexennium of the DAC came into effect on 1 January 2017, with a new Chair, the Very Revd Mark Bonney, Dean of Ely Cathedral, in office. Other members were appointed by Bishop's Council in November 2016.

Current members of the DAC are as follows

  • The Very Revd Mark Bonney Chair
  • The Ven Dr Alex Hughes Archdeacon of Cambridge
  • The Ven Hugh McCurdy Archdeacon of Huntingdon and Wisbech
  • The Revd Mary Hancock Clergy member appointed from among the elected members of Diocesan Synod
  • The Revd Canon Annette Reed Clergy member appointed from among the elected members of Diocesan Synod
  • Mrs Lorraine King and Ms Nicola Duncan-Finn Members (on a job-shared basis) appointed following consultation with the LGA
  • Mr Philip Orchard Member appointed following consultation with the Joint Committee of the National Amenity Societies
  • The Revd Dr Nicholas Thistlethwaite
  • The Revd Canon Dr Paul Andrews
  • Mr Stephen Brooker
  • Mr David Grech Historic England

Members of the Architects & Surveyors Group (invited to attend each DAC meeting as members on a rotation basis):

  • Mr Neil Birdsall
  • Mr Henry Freeland
  • Ms Stephanie Norris

Specialist DAC Members

  • The Revd Dr Lynne Broughton Furnishings
  • The Revd Canon Nigel Cooper Environment and sustainability (including trees)
  • Mrs Chlöe Cockerill MBE Art History
  • The Revd Canon Jim Garrard Liturgy
  • Mrs José Hopkins, Organs Adviser
  • Mr Peter Campling, Stained Glass.
  • Mr Nigel Platt Clocks
  • Mr Graham Pledger Bells and Structural Engineering
  • Dr Tim Reynolds Archaeology
  • Mr John Munns Art History

We are currently seeking specialist advisers in the following fields; if you are interested in applying for membership please contact the DAC Secretary, Frances Godden .

Entrepreneurial activity; Heating; Lettering; Audio-visual technology; Planning; Church security; Textiles.

Meeting Dates and Deadlines

The DAC meets eight times a year, typically six weeks apart. The dates for 2019 and 2020 are set out below..

There can be up to 50 agenda items for consideration at each meeting, so to enable us to manage the workload and provide information to DAC members in advance, we ask for all papers and information to be submitted a fortnight in advance of the meeting at which the work or project will be considered.

Similarly whilst we aim to provide feedback (both informal and Notifications of Advice) as quickly as possible, we ask parishes to allow a period of approximately ten days after each DAC meeting before contacting your case worker in the Church Buildings and Pastoral Department - by which time you should have received an indication of the outcome.

Meeting details are as follows:

Meeting Date


Deadline for receipt of papers and information for consideration

Date by which we aim to provide feedback following the meeting

Thursday 19 September Thursday 5 September Monday 30 September
Thursday 24 October Thursday 10 October Monday 4 November
Thursday 5 December Thursday 21 November Monday 16 December


Thursday 23 January Thursday 9 January Monday 3 February
Thursday 26 March Thursday 12 March Monday 6 April
Tuesday 5 May Tuesday 21 April Friday 15 May
Tuesday 16 June Tuesday 2 June Friday 26 June
Thursday 30 July Thursday 16 July Monday 10 August
Thursday 10 September Thursday 27 August Monday 21 September
Thursday 22 October Thursday 8 October Monday 2 November
Thursday 3 December Thursday 19 November Monday 14 December

Site Visit Dates

When required and in agreement with your Church Buildings Department caseworker, a DAC member site visit can be arranged on the following dates at 10.30am unless otherwise stated or pre-arranged.

Huntingdon and Wisbech Archdeaconry

  • Monday 14 October 2019

Cambridge Archdeaconry

  • Thursday 17 October 2019
  • Tuesday 26 November 2019