Every cathedral has a Fabric Advisory Committee (FAC). The FAC and the Cathedrals Fabric Commission for England (CFCE) are both statutory decision-making bodies who also have a duty to advise the Cathedral Chapter.

An FAC’s work involves:

  • Giving advice to the Cathedral Chapter on the care, conservation, repair or development of the Cathedral, or on specific projects.
  • Overseeing the drawing up and maintenance of the Cathedral’s inventory.
  • Drawing up the list of objects on the inventory which, in the FAC’s view, should be designated as being of outstanding interest.

Half the members are appointed by the Cathedral Chapter and half are appointed by the CFCE. They are people with special knowledge of the care and maintenance of buildings of outstanding architectural or historic interest, and of the particular Cathedral to which they are appointed.

We are very grateful to the members of Coventry’s FAC for all the help and advice they give us. They are:

Jennie Page
Ex-CFCE Vice Chair, former Chief Executive, English Heritage, Millennium Commission & Millennium Dome, current Vice Chair of Church Buildings Council, Chair of Southwark Cathedral Council

Geoff Clifton CEng FICE FIStuctE
Ex–CFCE member, conservation accredited engineer, formerly Chairman of Gifford, and Consultant of Ramboll, member CBC Technical Committee and HE Advisory Committee, engineer for Wells and Lincoln: conservation engineering

Dr Louise Campbell
Emeritus Professor, Faculty of Arts, Warwick University, member of Coventry DAC, author of many works on Basil Spence including Coventry Cathedral: art and architecture in Post-war Britain (1996)

George Demidowicz, FSA
member IHBC Former Head of Conservation and Archaeology Team, Coventry City Council, Hon Research Fellow, Dept of History, Birmingham University, author of many works on West Midlands’ physical history, including editor of Coventry’s First Cathedral The Cathedral and Priory of St Mary (1994), and co-author of St Michael’s Coventry: The Rise and Fall of the Old Cathedral, (2015)

Steve Gilbert MRICS, MCIOB, MAPM
Wide commercial experience and also in last ten years consultant to Birmingham and London Dioceses on party wall, survey and QI issues for clergy housing

Judith Mottram
Professor of Visual Arts and Dean of the School of Material, Royal College of Art, formerly research leader for Design and Visual Arts, Coventry University

Edith Mueller MBA MA Dipl Ing (FH) FSFE
Formerly Director of Facade Engineering at Arup: modern materials’ performance, facade engineering, large scale building projects

Mary Sleigh
Member of Embroiderers’ Guild and of The Textile Study Group Textile artist, tutor and author, significantly influenced by southern Africa and, more recently, by India, maker of ecclesiastical vestments and furnishings, former teacher of City & Guild courses

John Somers MRTPI, affiliate IHBC
Following a career in town planning for various local authorities, a town planning and historic buildings consultant (including writing church Statements of Significance)

Jo Volley
Artist, Senior Lecturer in Painting and Co-Director of The Material Research Project at the Slade School of Fine Art: 20th century art

Martin Williams
Secretary, long-standing member of the Cathedral Community

In attendance
The Very Reverend John Witcombe, Dean
Isabel Merrifield, Business Manager
Tony Auty, Director of Property and Fabric
Kelley Christ, Cathedral Architect
Chris Patrick, Cathedral Archaeologist

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