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.

Dates of DAC meetings

The DAC normally meets on the second Tuesday of each month (except August). Details of matters for consideration are normally required at least two weeks before a meeting – this gives time for specialist members of the DAC to consider the proposals fully and for papers to be circulated to all members in advance of the meeting.

Dates for 2024

9 January 2024 26 December 2023
13 February 2024 30 January 2024
12 March 2024 27 February 2024
9 April 2024 26 March 2024
7 May 2024
23 April 2024
11 June 2024 28 May 2024
9 July 2024 25 June 2024
10 September 2024 27 August 2024
8 October 2024 24 September 2024
12 November 2024 29 October 2024
10 December 2024 26 November 2024


In May, the DAC Meeting will be held on the 1st Tuesday of the month, not the usual 2nd Tuesday.

The deadline for submissions is consequently brought forward by one week.

Constitution and membership

DAC advisers (and most other Committee members) are volunteers who give their time freely and generously. Many are practising or retired professionals in various disciplines that are applicable to works in churches.

Download the Constitution of the DAC

Download the DAC’s Response to Southwark Vision.


HH Nigel Seed KC  – DAC Chair


Archdeacons (ex-officio members)

Ven Greg Prior – Archdeacon of Croydon
Ven Simon Gates – Archdeacon of Lambeth
Ven Alastair Cutting – Archdeacon of Lewisham & Greenwich
Ven Moira Astin – Archdeacon of Reigate
Ven Jonathan Sedgwick – Archdeacon of Southwark
Ven John Kiddle – Archdeacon of Wandsworth


Revd David Adamson-Hill – Liturgical Adviser
Mr Sherry Bates – Architect
Mr Andrew Burke – Sustainability & Accessibility Adviser
Ms Karen Butti – Architect
Revd Helen Cook – Clergy Member of Diocesan Synod
Mr Matthew Cox – Architect
Mr Melvin Hughes – Vice-Chair and Organs Adviser
Ms Delcia Keate – Historic England nominee
Ms Jessica Kennedy – Structural Engineer
Mr Tim Lynch – Architect
Dr William McVicker – Organs Adviser
Ms Laura Morgante – National Amenity Societies nominee
Revd Charlie Moore – Clergy Member
Mr Mike Popper – Sustainability and M&E Adviser
Mr Stuart Tappin – Structural Engineer
Mrs Alison Walker – Interior Designer
Mr John Wilman – Local Authorities nominee
Ms Virginia Wedgwood – Architect
Mr Bob Wilson – Chartered Building Surveyor

Vacancy – Lay Member of Diocesan Synod

Other advisers

Accessibility Adviser – The Revd Jonathan Macy (also Bishop’s Advisor on Disability)
Archaeological Adviser – Mr Robert Whytehead
Architect Adviser – Mr Russell Hanslip
Architect Adviser – Mr Peter Jamieson
Architect Adviser – Ms Aya Kihara Paul
Architect Adviser – Ms Heather Cerowski
Art Adviser – Ms Anna Sikorska
Audio-Visual Systems Adviser – Mr Michael Dyer
Bells Adviser – Dr Bill Hibbert
Chartered Building Surveyor Adviser – Ms Alex Baldwin
Churchyards Adviser – Vacancy
Clocks Adviser – Mr Jonathan Betts MBE
Electrical Adviser – Vacancy
Heating Adviser – Mr Martin Dow
Lighting Design Adviser – Mr Philip Rose
Stained Glass and 19thC / 20thC artworks Adviser – Mr Peter Cormack MBE
Trees (Arboricultural & Landscape) Adviser – Mr Greg Packman

The point of contact for the work of the Committee is the DAC Secretary (at Trinity House):
Luke Tatam (020 7939 9457)

Former places of worship in the Diocese of Southwark

The DAC acts as an advisory body to the Bishop and to the Diocesan Mission and Pastoral Committee (DMPC) on closing places of worship, and on new churches being built. The DAC and DMPC have jointly produced a booklet on Former places of worship (sometimes known as ‘lost churches’) in the Diocese of Southwark which is provided for the benefit of parishes, academics, and members of the public researching their family history.

The South London Church Fund and Southwark Diocese Board of Finance is a company limited by guarantee (No. 236594).
Registered Office: Trinity House, 4 Chapel Court, Borough High Street, London SE1 1HW. Registered Charity: (No. 249678).

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