The Bishop’s Council of Diocesan Trustees (LDTBF Ltd)

Every diocese of the Church of England is required (by Measure, 1925) to have a diocesan board of finance. This is a charitable company which holds the financial and other assets of the Diocese and is responsible for oversight of their good stewardship. In Lincoln a company for this purpose was formed in 1908 and was called the Lincoln Diocesan Trust Ltd. With the advent of the 1925 legislation the company became known as the Lincoln Diocesan Trust and Board Finance Ltd (LDTBF) and the name has remained unchanged since then.

The Trust is a charity registered with the Charity Commission (No 249355) and a Company limited by guarantee (registration no 97256). This means that the trustees are also the company’s directors and that the Trust is bound by charity law and regulations and by company law.

Diocesan Synod has recently resolved to combine the responsibilities of the directors of the LDTBF with that of the Diocesan Mission and Pastoral Committee (DMPC) and the Bishop’s Council, in order to ensure that mission and money are discussed in the same room and by the same key stakeholders.

The Diocesan Mission and Pastoral Committee (DMPC) is a statutory committee established under the Mission and Pastoral Measure 2011. The DMPC’s remit is, in broad terms, to keep under review arrangements for pastoral supervision and care in the diocese and to make recommendations to the Bishop.

The Bishop’s Council acts as the standing committee of Diocesan Synod, whose functions include transacting the business of the Diocesan Synod when it is not in session, and initiating proposals for action by the Synod, as well as advising on matter of strategy.

The recent resolution has combined all of these statutory and non-statutory duties into one meeting with the membership constituting the Directors or Trustees of the charity. The members of Diocesan Synod also constitute the members of the charity, so the Trustees are accountable to the members in a way they hadn’t been previously.

This change in our governance structure has put the Diocese of Lincoln in line with how the majority of dioceses in the Church of England conduct their business. It will mean that decisions can be made more quickly and that the accountability of committees and officers of the diocese is clearer for all. This resolution brings about an exciting period in our history, which will be one of substantial change that may prove to be challenging for us. We have many struggles ahead of us, relating to our finances, the problem of Parish Share and managing the risks involved in our organisation.

Thank you for volunteering your time, your expertise and your experience to the Diocese.  

Officers of the Bishop’s Council of Diocesan Trustees

The Revd David Dadswell, Diocesan Secretary and Secretary to the Council

E: [email protected] T: 01522 504032

Mrs Ann Treacy, Finance Director

E: [email protected] T:01522 504054

Mr Andrew Drummond-Hunt, Property Director

E: [email protected] T: 01522 504041

Mr Steven Sleight, Pastoral and DAC Secretary

E: [email protected] T: 01522 504069

Ms Helen Doyle, Governance and Compliance Officer (Minutes)

E: [email protected] T: 01522 504033


Ex Officio Members

The Rt Revd Bishop Christopher Lowson, Bishop of Lincoln

The Rt Revd Dr Bishop David Court, Bishop of Grimsby

The Rt Revd Dr Bishop Nicholas Chamberlain, Bishop of Grantham & Chair of the DBE

The Ven Dr Justine Allain Chapman, Archdeacon of Boston

The Ven Mark Steadman, Archdeacon of Stow & Lindsey

The Ven Gavin Kirk, Archdeacon of Lincoln

The Very Revd Christine Wilson, Dean of Lincoln Cathedral

Mr Chris Clarke, Chair of the LDTBF

Mr Nigel Bacon, Chair of the House of Laity

The Revd Aly Buxton, Chair of the House of Clergy

Elected Members

The Revd Stuart Cradduck, Boston Clergy Rep

The Revd Nick Brown, Lincoln Clergy Rep

The Revd Canon Andrew Dodd, Stow and Lindsey Clergy Rep

Mrs Sue Slater, Boston Lay Rep

Mr Paul Arnold, Boston Lay Rep

Mr Richard Bayes, Lincoln Lay Rep

Canon Prof Muriel Robinson, Lincoln Lay Rep

Mr John Boddy, Stow and Lindsey Lay Rep

Mr Russ Coulter, Stow and Lindsey Lay Rep 

Bishop’s Appointments

Miss Jane Powell

Mr Rick Clegg

Mr David Cowell

Mr David Wright