The Property Team
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Mr Rolf Hawkins, Director of Property
Tel: 01962 737326
Within the overall policies of the Property Committee, Rolf is responsible for the effective management of the Diocese's housing stock and for developing and implementing proposals to maximise the return on property assets - Diocesan, Parochial and Glebe. These responsibilities include budget control, policy advice and implementation, and ensuring a professional property service.
Mr Chris Mariner, House Manager
Tel: 01962 737327
Chris is responsible for the effective delivery of administrative, organisational, professional and technical services to meet the obligations in respect of properties owned and/or managed by the Diocese, primarily the 240 ministry houses. This involves developing the property management system and initiating a programme of Quinquennial and Vacancy Inspections in order to identify and supervise the maintenance and improvement of housing within the budgets set for this purpose.
Mrs Mary Lord, Property Administrator (Houses and Glebe)
Tel: 01962 737328
Mary is responsible for the effective delivery of administrative and clerical services in support of the management of ministerial houses and glebe property to meet the mission objectives of the Diocese within the resources available. This involves the management, organisation and timetabling of planned and emergency works, as well as supporting those moving to posts within the Diocese and maintaining the property database.
Mrs Maureen McGrath, Property Assistant
Tel: 01962 737329
Maureen is responsible for providing administrative/clerical support for the department in relation to the maintenance of the Diocese's housing stock, including the payment of council tax and water rates, corresponding with local authorities when clergy leave/move in. Maureen is also responsible for organising the letting of vacant properties and supporting in the management of glebe properties.
The Property Department services this work with a staff structure consisting of a Director, a Houses Manager, a Property Administrator and a Property Assistant.
- The maintenance and capital works relating to the Diocesan portfolio of approximately 240 houses used to provide ministry in the Diocese
- The management of Glebe properties
- Fulfilling the Diocesan Board of Finance's role of Custodian Trustee is respect of parochially-owned property
- The provision of property advice to Parochial Church Councils and other Church related organisations to enable their mission objectives
- The provision of advice on the management of projects relating to Church Developments and on the management of Closed Churches.
Summary of Areas of Responsibility
To discharge the functions set out in the Parsonages Measure 1954 and the Repair of Benefice Buildings Measure 1972 with respect to benefice and all other clergy houses, taking due regard to the pastoral needs of the clergy and their families, and the circumstances in which they minister. The Committee approve the annual budget for repairs and capital expenditure and monitors expenditure ensuring the proper maintenance of all houses. It seeks approval for all capital expenditure through the Finance Committee and considers any options for the generation of capital, both in the short and long. Management of the letting of houses during vacancies.
To discharge the functions set out in the Endowments and Glebe Measure 1976, for the proper management of the glebe properties in the ownership of the Board of Finance. The Committee engage professional advice, as necessary, to ensure effective and efficient management of these assets to ensure the maximum return possible, selling only such property for the maximum possible value, except in schemes relating to social or low cost housing, given the explicit support of the Finance Committee.
To discharge the functions set out in the PCC (Powers) Measure 1956 and the Incumbent and Churchwardens (Trust) Measure 1964 in relation to parochial property providing support and advice to PCCs to ensure that they obtain the maximum benefit from these property assets as appropriate.
New and Closed Churches
To monitor the implementation of all new church building projects involving diocesan funds and to advise the Pastoral Committee on the management of Closed Churches, as necessary.
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