The Diocesan Advisory Committee for the Care of Churches (the DAC) is a statutory body set up under The Care of Churches and Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction Measure of 1991. Its membership consists of representatives of the clergy and national heritage organisation together with some architects and others with specialist knowledge relating to the care, history and artistic content of church buildings. The DAC draws on the expertise of a range of specialist consultants who all serve in a voluntary capacity.
The DAC has the formal responsibility of advising the Chancellor of the Diocese on the Care of Churches and their furnishings, as well as churchyards. The work of the DAC is vital if the Church is to retain freedom to handle its own planning consents and so protect the role of churches as places used for worship.
DAC COMMITTEE MEMBERS
The Revd Canon Matthew Barnes, Chairman
The Venerable Dr Christopher Cunliffe, Archdeacon of Derby
The Revd Canon Tony Kaunhoven, Acting Archdeacon of Chesterfield
Dr Christopher Charlton OBE, former Director of Cromford Mill Project and former Secretary of the Arkwright Society, Member nominated by English Heritage
Mr James Darwin, Amenities Societies Representative
John Drackley, Adviser on Stained Glass and Memorials
Mr Alex Gilbert, Local Authorities Representative
Mr Richard Smith, Conservation Architect
Mrs Elizabeth Walker, Conservation Architect
Mr Richard Brook, Conservation Architect
Mr Nigel Sherratt, DAC Secretary
DAC Office Contact Details:
Tel No: 01332 388683