Members of the Church Buildings Commission

The Church Buildings Commission is made up of a variety of stakeholders to guide its work, with an independent chair. They will consult widely and draw on the experience and views of others in formulating ideas and options.

Members of the Church Buildings Commission

Laura McGillivray MBE (Chair) – Pro Chancellor University of East Anglia, Board member Sainsbury Centre and Norwich Theatre. Formerly Chief Executive Norwich City Council with a background in local authority senior management and community based economic development

The Venerable Steven Betts – Archdeacon of Norfolk for 10 years with around 300 churches, almost all of which are grade 1 or 2* listed, sits ex-officio on Norfolk Diocesan Advisory Committee. Instrumental in setting up Diocesan Churches Trust and now chairs the trustee body. Day by day contact with Churchwardens and clergy who see their buildings as both gift and burden and try to help and advise. For him, the Commission is an opportunity, perhaps once in a generation, to take seriously the future of our church buildings and look to imaginative but also realistic outcomes for the future.

Darren Barker MBE – Managing Director of Great Yarmouth Preservation Trust, and the Heritage, Culture and Design Manager for Great Yarmouth Borough Council.

The Revd Peter Cook – Rector of the Docking Benefice, Priest in Charge of Snettisham and Rural Dean of the Heacham and Rising Deanery.

The Revd Miriam Fife – Rector of the Launditch & the upper Nar group benefice, comprising 19 medieval church buildings in  17 rural parishes situated in mid-west Norfolk. Miriam served for four years as assistant curate in the benefice before recently being appointed as Rector

Margaret Henderson – Church Warden and PCC in the parish of Hempstead with Lessingham and Eccles in the coastal group of parishes. Previously deputy Principal at Paston College, school governor for twenty years, and member of the Parish Council for forty years,  Chair but now on point of retiring. Member of the Church PC for several years. As numbers decline and individual members age I have become Church Warden, Secretary, and Assistant Treasurer.

Professor Sandy Heslop –  Emeritus Professor of Visual Arts, medieval art and architecture UEA

Peter Goddard – Retired as a partner from law firm Birketts in 2021, lead of the Social Housing Team for 15 years. Previously a member of the firm’s Management Board, also Board Member and Committee Chair of Hereward Housing Association and later Sanctuary Hereward. From 2009 to 2012 Chair of Norwich City Council’s Housing Improvement Board.

Helen Lunnon – Museum and heritage professional specialising in learning and participation. Honorary Research Associate at UEA investigating medieval church art and architecture in East Anglia and the mutual influences of people, places, and things.

Ian Newton – Church Warden and PCC member, Field Dalling church near Holt. Previously a member St Edmundsbury and Ipswich Diocesan Board of Education

John Maddison – Chair of Norfolk Churches Trust. Previously Victorian Society Northern Caseworker and then Architectural Adviser in London. Ten years with the National Trust as their Historic Buildings Representative for East Anglia based at Blickling and member of several Diocesan Advisory Committees. He is also a trustee of the Cambridgeshire Historic Churches Trust. Recently involved with a Lottery Heritage Fund project to repair William Morris’s Oxfordshire home, Kelmscott Manor, improve its visitor facilities and recover the character of its historic interiors, for the Society of Antiquaries as a trustee

Helen Wilson – New Anglia Culture Board, National Lottery Heritage Fund regional board member. Formerly BBC Radio 4’s controller.

Advisory members

Claire Cullens – Chief Executive Norfolk Community Foundation

Francesco Brusatin – Architect specialising in church buildings

Jeremy Burton – Norfolk association of local councils

Pofessor Paul Greenhalgh – Director Zaha Hadid foundation

Steve Miller – Director of Culture and Heritage, Norfolk County Council


Diocesan Support

Margaret Mallett – minutes and meetings

Julie Smith – Diocesan Strategy

Nicholas Cannon – Church Care and Development Manager (DAC Secretary)

Elizabeth Humphries – Communications and press

Church Buildings Commission officer – County Council Secondee – tba