Diocese of Newcastle

Boards, Councils and Committees

The formation of these boards and groups is constituted under various legislation and other requirements in support of the work of the diocese.

Bishop's Council and Standing Committee (BCSC)

The BCSC is the Standing Committee of the Diocesan Synod. It plans the business of the Synod, advises it, and transacts its business when not in session. As Bishop's Council, it advises the Bishop, appoints members to various committees, and formulates, discusses and co-ordinates policies relating to the life and work of the diocese.
Chair: The Bishop of Newcastle
Secretary: The Diocesan Secretary, Church House, St John's Terrace, North Shields NE29 6HS. Tel: 0191 270 4114 E-mail: s.waddle@newcastle.anglican.org

Membership: The Bishop of Newcastle (the Rt Revd Christine Hardman); the Bishop of Berwick (the Rt Revd Mark Tanner); the Chair of the Diocesan Board of Finance (Canon Simon Harper); the Dean (the Very Revd Geoff Miller); the Archdeacon of Northumberland (VACANT); the Archdeacon of Lindisfarne (the Ven Peter Robinson); the Chair of the House of Laity (Canon Carol Wolstenholme); the Chair of the House of Clergy (the Revd Catherine Pickford); the Chair of the Diocesan Mission & Pastoral Committee (the Revd Canon Paul Scott); the Vice Chair of the Diocesan Board of Finance (Mrs Liz Kerry); Dr John Appleby (elected); Canon Izzy McDonald-Booth (elected); Mrs Liz Chadwick (elected); Mr Julian Brown (elected); Dr Anthony Thick (elected); the Revd Canon Christine Brown (elected); the Revd Lesley Chapman (elected); the Revd Peter Dobson (elected).
In Attendance: Diocesan Secretary; Bishop's Chaplain

Diocesan Ministry Council

A new sub group of the Bishop's Council

Chair: The Bishop of Berwick, the Rt Revd Mark Tanner
Director: The Revd Canon Ian Flintoft, Director of Discipleship and Ministry for Mission
Secretary: Mrs Josie Pinnegar

Membership: the Bishop of Berwick; the Archdeacon of Northumberland; the Archdeacon of Lindisfarne; the Chair of the Evangelism Task Group; the Adviser for Local Evangelism; the Chair of the Children and Young Peoples Task Group (the Revd Peter Dobson); Team Leader: Children and Young People (Mrs Judith Sadler); the Chair of the CMD Task Group (the Revd Lesley Chapman); the CMD Officer (the Revd Catherine Pickford); the Diocesan Director of Ordinands (the Revd Clare Robson); the Chair of the Gift of Years Task Group (Mrs Lynne Craggs)

Diocesan Finance Group

Chair: Canon Simon Harper
Secretary: the Diocesan Secretary, Church House, St John's Terrace, North Shields, NE29 6HS. Tel: 0191 270 4100 E-mail: s.waddle@newcastle.anglican.org

Membership: Canon Simon Harper (Chair of the Board of Finance); Mrs Liz Kerry (Vice Chair of the Board of Finance); the Archdeacon of Northumberland (Director, Board of Finance); the Ven Peter Robinson (Director, Board of Finance); Dr John Appleby (Director, Board of Finance); Mr Nigel Collingwood (Deanery Finance Officer, Hexham); Canon Izzy McDonald-Booth (Director, Board of Finance); Mr Adam Saunders (Deanery Lay Chair, Tynemouth)
In Attendance: Diocesan Secretary; Diocesan Finance Manager

Board of Education

Each Church of England diocese is required by law (under the Diocesan Education Board Measure) to set up a Board of Education whose function is to look after the interests of its church schools. Diocesan Boards of Education work with head teachers, governors, Local Education Authorities and the Department for Education and Skills to uphold and enrich the distinctive contribution of church schools to the state education system.

The Newcastle Diocesan Education Board at present has three full-time staff, supplemented by additional consultant and volunteer support. The work of the staff, volunteers and Board members covers a wide range of areas: representing the diocese on a variety of committees and statutory bodies; liaising with LEA and other officers; supporting schools by providing help and in-service training on a wide range of issues including RE and school worship and by supporting and training governors. The Board aims to facilitate the working together of governors, teachers, parents, church and other partners to ensure that the quality of education offered to the children in our church schools
Chair: The Ven Peter Robinson
Secretary: the Director of Education, Church House, St John's Terrace, North Shields, NE29 6HS

Houses and Glebe Committee

The Houses and Glebe Committee is constituted under the Repair of Benefice Buildings Measure 1972 as a Committee of the BCSC to which it must report annually.

The Committee is required to appoint surveyors, initiate inspections, and execute agreed repairs to parsonage houses. The Committee also deals with some other diocesan houses. It may, but is not required to, assist with the improvement, upgrading and modernisation of houses. Parsonages may not be altered, extended, demolished, purchased or sold without the approval of the Committee.

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Chair: Canon R Windass
Secretary: Mr Ian Beswick, Church House, St John's Terrace, North Shields, NE29 6HS. Tel: 0191 270 4125 E-mail: i.beswick@newcastle.anglican.org
Membership: Canon Roger Windass; the Archdeacon of Northumberland; the Ven Peter Robinson; the Revd Peter Dobson; the Revd Fiona Sample; the Revd Sarah Lunn; Mrs Jennie Jones; (one lay vacancy)
In Attendance: Property Manager; Diocesan Secretary; Property Assistant

Diocesan Mission and Pastoral Committee (DMPC)

The Dioceses, Pastoral and Mission Measure 2007 provided for the appointment of a new committee in each diocese to replace the pastoral committee and the redundant churches uses committee. These functions are now contained in Part 2 of the Mission and Pastoral Measure 2011, with Schedule 1 of this Measure providing for its constitution and procedure.

The DMPC's functions include:

  • reviewing arrangements for pastoral supervision and care in the diocese;
  • preparing strategies or proposals for making better provision for the cure of souls, which may include reorganisation, and making recommendations to the Bishop;
  • carrying out responsibilities in relation to the future of churches no longer required for public worship.

Chair: The Revd Canon P M Scott
Secretary: Mrs Carol Hepple, Church House, St John's Terrace, North Shields, NE29 6HS. Tel: 0191 270 4120 E-mail: c.hepple@newcastle.anglican.org
Membership: The Revd Canon Paul Scott; the Archdeacon of Northumberland (ex officio); the Ven Peter Robinson (ex officio); the Revd Canon Rachel Wood (elected); the Revd Canon Stephen Herbert (elected); Miss Pauline Purves (elected); Mrs Lynn Craggs (elected); Mr Aidan Evans (elected); plus one lay vacancy
In Attendance: Secretary to the DMPC; Diocesan Secretary; Diocesan Ecumenical Officer

Diocesan Society

Chair: Canon G J Baker-Cresswell
Secretary: the Diocesan Secretary, Church House, St John's Terrace, North Shields, NE29 6HS. Tel: 0191 270 4114 E-mail s.waddle@newcastle.anglican.org

Diocesan Advisory Committee for the Care of Churches (DAC)

The Committee's primary function is to advise the Chancellor on all applications for permission to carry out works on/to churches and churchyards. Parishes are encouraged to contact the Committee via the Secretary at Church House prior to making any application for faculty or other permission.

The members of Committee are experts in some relevant discipline relating to historic buildings, or have a particular interest in the care or use of church buildings. As such the Committee is well able to offer helpful advice to parishes seeking to maintain their properties or to adapt, extend or improve them. Members serve on the Committee without payment and advice is free to parishes.

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Chair: Canon Roger Styring
Committee Secretary: Mrs Lucy Burfield, Church House, St John's Terrace, North Shields, NE29 6HS. Tel: 0191 270 4127 E-mail: dac@newcastle.anglican.org

Vacancy in See Committee

Secretary: The Diocesan Secretary