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: Bishop of Newcastle
Secretary: Diocesan Secretary, Church House, St John's Terrace, North Shields NE29 6HS. Tel: 0191 270 4114 E-mail: s.waddle@newcastle.anglican.org

Membership: Bishop of Newcastle (the Rt Revd Christine Hardman); Bishop of Berwick (the Rt Revd Mark Tanner); Chair of the Diocesan Board of Finance (Canon Simon Harper); Dean (the Very Revd Geoff Miller); Archdeacon of Northumberland (the Ven Mark Wroe); Archdeacon of Lindisfarne (the Ven Peter Robinson); Chair of the House of Laity (Canon Carol Wolstenholme); Chair of the House of Clergy (Revd Catherine Pickford); Chair of the Diocesan Mission & Pastoral Committee (Mrs Liz Kerry); Vice-Chair of the Diocesan Board of Finance (Mrs Liz Kerry); Dr John Appleby (elected); Canon Izzy McDonald-Booth (elected); Mrs Liz Chadwick (elected); Dr Anthony Thick (elected); Revd Canon Christine Brown (elected); Revd Lesley Chapman (elected); Revd Canon Peter Dobson (elected).
There are two lay vacancies (at 19 December 2019)

In Attendance: Diocesan Secretary; Bishop's Chaplain

Diocesan Ministry Council

A sub group of the Bishop's Council

Chair: Bishop of Berwick, the Rt Revd Mark Tanner
Director: The Canon Director of Mission and Ministry
Secretary: Post Vacant

Membership: Bishop of Berwick; Archdeacon of Northumberland; Archdeacon of Lindisfarne; Chair of the Evangelism Task Group; Adviser for Local Evangelism; Chair of the Children and Young Peoples Task Group; Team Leader: Children and Young People; Chair of the CMD Task Group; CMD Officer; Diocesan Director of Ordinands; Chair of the Anna Chaplaincy Task Group; Director of IME2; Representative of Reader Executive.

Diocesan Finance Group

Chair: Canon Simon Harper
Secretary: 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 Ven Mark Wroe (Archdeacon of Northumberland and Director, Board of Finance); the Ven Peter Robinson (Archdeacon of Lindisfarne and 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); Mrs Carol Barclay (Deanery Lay Chair, Newcastle Central)
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: 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; Archdeacon of Northumberland; the Ven Peter Robinson; Revd Canon Peter Dobson; Revd Fiona Sample; 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: Liz Kerry
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: Liz Kerry; Bishop of Newcastle (ex officio); Archdeacon of Northumberland (ex officio); Archdeacon of Lindisfarne (ex officio); Revd Canon Rachel Wood (elected); Miss Pauline Purves (elected); Mrs Lynn Craggs (elected); Mr Aidan Evans (elected)
In attendance: Secretary to the DMPC; Diocesan Secretary; Diocesan Ecumenical Officer; Residentiary Canon Director of Mission and Ministry

Diocesan Society

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

Trustees: Canon Simon Harper; the Archdeacon of Northumberland; the Archdeacon of Lindisfarne; Mrs Liz Kerry; Canon Izzy McDonald-Booth

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

The Committee is responsible for part of the process of appointing a new diocesan bishop, it is a permanent committee but only meets when there is a vacancy for a new Bishop of Newcastle.

The Committee discusses the needs of the Diocese when a vacancy arises and prepares a statement of those needs for the Crown Nomination Commission, together with any information about the Diocese that the CNC requests. The Committee also elects by ballot from amongst its members representatives to be members of the Crown Nominations Committee (CNC). The CNC shortlists and interviews candidates, it is also comprised of both Archbishops and elected members from General Synod.

Secretary: The Diocesan Secretary

Membership: Bishop of Berwick; Dean (the Very Revd Geoff Miller); Archdeacon of Northumberland (the Ven Mark Wroe); Archdeacon of Lindisfarne; Chair of the House of Laity (Canon Carol Wolstenholme); Chair of the House of Clergy; Revd Canon John Sinclair (ex officio); Revd Dr Benjamin Carter (ex officio); Dr John Appleby (ex officio); Canon Izzy McDonald-Booth (ex officio); Liz Kerry (elected); Prof Richard Allsop (elected); Revd Canon Rachel Wood (elected); Revd Thomas Birch (elected); Sally Milner (elected); Philip Mawer (elected); John Marshall (elected); Bill Lomas (elected).