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/ 3 March 2021

Director of Parish Property Support appointed

The London Diocesan Fund (LDF) is pleased to announce that Kevin Rogers has been appointed to the new role of Director of Parish Property Support (PPS) with effect from 1 March 2021.

The LDF would like all property in the Diocese to be managed effectively and developed appropriately so that the churches and other buildings are both well maintained and a great platform for ministry in this and future generations. Our parishes are responsible for managing 460 open places of worship along with a whole range of other properties. In addition, the LDF has a portfolio of 30 closed churches.

Over the last year, the LDF has recognised that there is a need to invest in the PPS team to help them provide more support to our parishes along with proactively managing the portfolio of closed churches more effectively. To help address this, in January the Diocesan Finance Committee approved a proposal to increase the number of staff in the team and create a new role of Director. This investment will not be funded by the parishes through Common Fund contributions, but will initially be funded from the capital strategy, and will then be self-funding through generating additional income from the portfolio of closed churches.

Richard Gough, General Secretary said:

“Kevin has done a tremendous job running the PPS team over the last few years, including carrying out a systematic review of the state of the church buildings across the Diocese; turning some of the closed churches from liabilities into assets, and supporting our parishes in raising millions of pounds of grant funding. After interviews in February 2021, it is fitting that Kevin should be appointed as the first Director of Parish Property Support.

“I very much look forward to working closely with him as we seek to proactively support the ministry of parishes and new worshipping communities across the Diocese in the coming years as part of the 2030 Vision. I am sure you will join me in congratulating Kevin as he takes up the new role.”

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