Property Team

The Church of England Birmingham has a great property team who are here to support us in all our building and land related matters. They are a friendly bunch who have created a short video so we can get to know a bit more about them and what they do.

The Property Team can provide the following support:

Daniel Mayes

Director of Property

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0121 426 0408

  • Advice on clergy houses and residential property

  • Assistance and support on the development of construction-related projects for church buildings

  • Guidance on commercial property and land development


Ben Smith

Care of Churches Officer

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  • Guidance and support on the management, maintenance and development of all church buildings, churchyards and faculty permissions 

  • Advice to PCCs on prepurchasing, selling or leasing property and formal pastoral reorganisation


Ian Simpson

Places of Worship Officer

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  • Support PCCs in maintenance and sustainabitity of listed church building

  • Advice on management and development projects

  • Support for grant applications

  • This role is part funded 50% by Historic England with a focus on specific listed buildings, however Ian is happy to share his in depth knowledge with other listed and non-listed buildings within the diocese.


Richard Hall

Clergy Housing Surveyor

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  • Carry out property inspections and oversee the management of Quinquennial Inspection functions including: the identification of building defects and recommended remedial solutions;
  • Oversee the management of vacant properties, ensuring that clergy houses are let to maximise income during an interregnum and that the annual budget is delivered;
  • Oversee ingoing and outgoing meetings with clergy and Archdeacons. Lead and manage clergy housing improvement projects as required;
  • Assist with implementing various programmes of planned, cyclical and legislative maintenance for clergy housing based upon the five-yearly inspection quinquennial inspection reports.



Andy Schofield

Parish Building Surveyor

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  • Organise Church property reactive repairs and maintenance on behalf of PCCs, which will involve managing a wide range of suppliers and building contractors.

  • Assist with implementing various programmes of planned, cyclical and legislative maintenance for churches based upon their five-yearly inspection report.

  • Assist condition surveys of ancillary building and relevant statutory compliance responsibilities for all operational buildings.

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