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Clergy and Lay Member





London and Home Counties

Ref: JN006684

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The Church Commissioners exist to support the work and mission of the Church of England, particularly in areas of need and opportunity. We are accountable to Parliament, General Synod and the Charity Commission. We hold a diverse investment portfolio whose value was £8.3 billion at the end of 2017. The purposes of the fund are to meet the cost of some clergy pensions and to provide a sustainable level of support for parishes, bishops, cathedrals and other forms of support for the Church of England’s ministry. We also have a role in pastoral reorganisation and settling the future of church buildings closed for regular public worship.


We need one or more (clergy and lay) members of our Church Buildings (Uses & Disposals) Committee, a statutory committee which discharges the Commissioners’ functions in relation to churches closed for regular public worship, securing their alternative future use or disposal and in some cases arranging for their vesting in another statutory body, the Churches Conservation Trust. The Committee meets up to ten times (including an annual tour) to make such decisions, adjudicate on representations made in relation to draft schemes, consider budgetary issues and oversee the staff team’s workplans and their delivery. In view of the nature of the Committee’s work, we are keen to interview candidates who will ally their sensitivity to heritage issues with a pragmatism around the opportunity for realising financial opportunities. We also need understanding of building regeneration and re-use and an understanding of the missional impacts of the committee’s decisions.


The appointment lies with the Board of Governors and expressions of interest are invited from appropriately qualified individuals. The term of office will be for three or four years initially, with the possibility of renewal by agreement. This role is non-executive and unpaid but all reasonable travel and accommodation expenses will be reimbursed.


If you are interested please request a full role description from Matt Chamberlain at Church House, Great Smith Street, London SW1A 3AZ or and then send him your CV on or before 19 October.


Interviews will be held in central London on 6 November.


To discuss the role in more detail please contact:

Andrew Brown, Secretary to the Church Commissioners, on 020 7898 1785 or email


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