01 May 2012
The Church Commissioners today announce the appointment of John
Weir as Head of Strategic Land Investment in their Property
John will be responsible for overseeing more than 50 strategic
sites across 5,400 acres, as well as numerous smaller sites within
the Commissioners' rural portfolio. He will also take the lead in
identifying acquisitions to replenish the Commissioners' strategic
Joseph Cannon, Chief Surveyor to the Commissioners, said: "We
are pleased to welcome John as a senior member of the
Commissioners' property investment department. He has considerable
experience of dealing with strategic land investment, and is both a
professional surveyor and a planner. John will lead our internal
and external professional teams in bringing forward our land
holdings across the country, often for much needed new
John joins the Church Commissioners from Drivers Jonas Deloitte,
which he joined in 2002. He has led the company's Leeds
office since 2007. He is a Bachelor of Land Management from the
University of Reading and is both a Chartered Surveyor and a
Chartered Town Planner. John is married with a son.
John said: "I am very pleased to be joining such a worthwhile
organisation with overall responsibility for promoting their
extensive strategic land interests across the country. The
Church has a fascinating portfolio of strategic sites. I am
excited by the prospect of taking these sites through the planning
process, to provide new homes and employment opportunities for the
local communities concerned."
The Church Commissioners are responsible for managing a large
portfolio of assets, a well diversified mixture of UK and global
equities; urban and rural real estate, including holdings in
managed property funds in the UK and overseas; bonds and cash; and
loans for Church purposes.
The Commissioners fund all clergy pensions earned before 1998.
(Pensions earned since then are paid from the separate Funded
Scheme, which is funded by contributions from dioceses and other
The Commissioners manage a closed fund with their expenditure
being funded from the returns earned from investments under their
Actuaries assess the Commissioners' fund in detail every three
years (with yearly reviews) to advise on how much they can safely
plan to spend.
The Commissioners' mission is to support the Church of England's
ministry, particularly in areas of need and opportunity. Their main
- to obtain the best possible long term return from a
diversified investment portfolio in order both to meet their
pension commitments and to provide the maximum sustainable funding
for their other purposes such as support for the work of bishops,
cathedrals and parish ministry
- in doing so to pay particular regard to making "additional
provision for the cure of souls in parishes where such assistance
is most required".
- to administer the legal framework for pastoral
reorganisation and settling the future of churches which have been
closed for worship.