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The Diocesan Property Team:

  1. Provides and maintains good quality houses for clergy and their families at a cost effective price.

  2. Carries out work to houses quickly and efficiently within agreed response times

  3. Carries out all works bearing in mind the budget constraints that affect the whole Diocese.

Guide for Residents

This following guide has been prepared to assist clergy and lay workers and their families with the management of their home. It seeks to explain how the system of maintaining our houses works, and to set out clearly who does what, and when.

The ‘Guide for Residents’ contains information on what to do in a vacancy (pages 13-14) specifically advice on letting the vicarage, looking after the garden, reading the meters and what to do in case of property emergencies during the the vacancy. 

Property Team Helpdesk

If you need a repair that is not under the responsibility of your PCC please call the Property Department Helpdesk on 01245 294471 or send the helpdesk an email.  It is helpful if you give as many details as possible including:

Your name, address and telephone number (where you can be contacted during the day).

What and where the problem is.

Access details or times during the week when a contractor or a member of staff can inspect or carry out the repair.  Please be as flexible as possible, giving times for access, as it is often not possible to make specific appointments.

Any other information you think will be useful (e.g. the make of a central heating boiler).

Details of specific contractors that you think should be invited to tender for the work (where applicable).

In an emergency outside office hours, please ring a local contractor and instruct them to carry out work sufficient to solve the emergency. A list of approved contractors can be found in the Guide for Residents document above.

Contact our Property Team 

Our Property Team support those who live in diocesan owned houses across Essex and East London. Below you will find contact details for the team.

Alex Reeve

Head of Property

Alex manages our Property Team and also deals with matters relating to PCC property and health & safety.

Tel: 01245 294434
Mobile: 07583 669286

Send Alex an email

Simon Garnier

Diocesan Surveyor

Simon can help with house purchases, planning issues and offer advice on the Party Wall Act. 

Tel: 01245 294415
Mobile: 07740 628369

Send Simon an email

Sid Rudd

Estates Manager

Sid manages lettings and vacancy works.

Tel: 01245 294417
Mobile: 07740 628368

Send Sid an email

Susan Cartwright

Helpdesk Manager

Susan manages our Property Department Helpdesk.

Tel: 01245 294471

Email the helpdesk

Chris Harwood

Building Surveyor

Chris can help with periodic inspections and repair works.

Tel: 01245 294436
Mobile: 07590 929498

Send Chris an email

Jamie Woods

Building Surveyor

Jamie manages electrical works. 

Tel: 01245 294435
Mobile: 07740 628370

Send Jamie an email

Anna Franklin

Property Support Manager/ Glebe Officer

Anna can help with glebe and deed enquiries, house sales and queries about the Houses & Investments Committee. 

Tel: 01245 294420

Send Anna an email

Other useful contacts 

Gas Central heating breakdown

The emergency out of hours contact number for gas central heating breakdown only (5pm – 8am - 7 days a week) 07850 411868

Other Diocesan Teams

The contact details for other diocesan teams can be found on the link below, 

If you have a query about:

  • Council Tax/ Water Rates/ Trusts please contact our Finance team
  • Church buildings please contact our DAC Team
  • School buildings please contact our Education Team