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The Staff of the Faculty Office

The Registrar oversees the day-to-day running of the Faculty Office. The role of Registrar is currently held by Howard Dellar; and Ian Blaney is the Deputy Registrar. The Registrar is assisted by a small team of Clerks and other support staff led by the Chief Clerk, Neil Turpin.  Neil’s predecessor as Chief Clerk, Stephen Borton, remains as a Consultant to the Faculty Office.

The Master – Charles George QC

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The Master of the Faculties is the overall head of the Faculty Office and is the Approved Regulator of Notaries in England & Wales. The Master is Charles George QC, appointed in 2009. Called to the Bar in 1974, he was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1992. As the most senior ecclesiastical judge in England, he is Dean of the Arches and Auditor of the Chancery Court of York. He is a former Deputy High Court Judge and Recorder of the Crown Court, and is a Bencher of the Inner Temple. The Master is responsible for all major policy decisions relating to Notaries, both in England & Wales and overseas. He holds a monthly meeting with the Staff of the Faculty Office, and is in regular contact with the Staff at all times.

Registrar – Howard Dellar

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Howard Dellar is the Registrar of the Faculty Office of the Archbishop of Canterbury.

The Registrar is the legal official responsible for the operation and management of the Faculty Office.

He:

  • sets policy in concert with the Master and implements it
  • engages with partner bodies, governmental institutions and the notarial societies
  • is the registrar of the Master’s Qualifications and Advisory Boards
  • oversees disciplinary proceedings against notaries accused of misconduct
  • oversees the staff of the Faculty Office in conjunction with the Deputy Registrar and Chief Clerk

Howard is a solicitor with experience in governance and regulatory matters. He also has expertise in ecclesiastical, education and charity law. He also serves as a diocesan registrar for several dioceses.

Deputy Registrar – Ian Blaney

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Ian Blaney is the Deputy Registrar of the Faculty Office, and assists the Registrar and deputises for him in all of his roles.

He is also involved in the formulation of policy and new procedures and the writing of new rules and policies. He has served in the Faculty Office for over ten years and helped build the policies and procedures which were necessary on the enactment of the Legal Services Act 2007, as well as in changes to the law in marriage and higher education (which relate to the non-notarial aspects of the Faculty Office). He was one of the authors to the Faculty Office publication on the law of Anglican marriage.

He is a solicitor and fulfils a number of other functions and roles outside of the Faculty Office where his specialism is ecclesiastical, charity, education and burial law.

Chief Clerk – Neil Turpin

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Neil Turpin is Chief Clerk of the Faculty Office.

He:

  • manages the day to day operational capacity of the Faculty Office
  • engages with partner bodies, governmental institutions and the notarial societies
  • participates in the formulation of policy and in its implementation
  • is the key contact for anti-money laundering enquiries, notarial misconduct and other sensitive matters
  • oversees the day to day correspondence and activity of the Faculty Office clerks
  • facilitates the qualification, admission and practice of notaries under the rules
  • organises the disciplinary arrangements for notaries accused of misconduct
  • provides the specialised knowledge and expertise in the operation and development of the regulatory and (the non-notarial) legal work of the Faculty Office

He previously worked for 22 years as a residential property lawyer. He was admitted as a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives in 1999. Neil joined the Faculty Office in 2011, and became Chief Clerk in 2018. He is a member of the Association of Diocesan Registry Clerks and the Ecclesiastical Law Society.

Neil is married to Becky, who is a Church of England Priest in Salisbury, and when not working they enjoy travelling both with the UK and overseas.

Consultant – Stephen Borton

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Stephen Borton is Consultant to the Faculty Office having been until recently the Chief Clerk. He has particular expertise in the law of marriage, and notarial regulation. He has been a member of the Ecclesiastical Law Society since 1994.He provides advice to the Faculty Office, drawing on three decades of experience.

Susan Black

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Susan Black has a financial and legal background having worked in trustee, executor and investment management and in legal costs as a law costs draftsman and legal costs consultant. Susan joined the Faculty Office in 2015 as a clerk where she assists with applications for Special Marriage Licences and providing guidance on marriage law.

Susan is a member of the Association of Diocesan Registry Clerks and the Ecclesiastical Law Society.

Patrick Roberts

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Patrick Roberts joined the Faculty Office as a clerk in May 2016 and works as a clerk in the Faculty Office of the Archbishop of Canterbury where he processes applications for Special Licence and clerks the meeting of the Notarial Qualifications Board.

He also serves in the diocesan registries of the Bishops of Liverpool and Guildford. Patrick holds a PhD in English Literature. Patrick is also a contributing editor to the UK Poetry Archive, and works in his spare time as a reviewer and critic.

He is a member of the Ecclesiastical Law Society.

Kevin Diamond

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Kevin Diamond joined the Faculty Office in January 2018. Prior to this, he worked in a number of roles with the Archbishops’ Council’s National Church Institutions in Westminster, most recently having completed 13 years as a National Adviser for Selection for Ordained Ministry. Kevin is originally from Canada, and moved to the UK in 1990. Outside work, he enjoys travel and making time for maintaining friendships.

Contact details for all staff can be found here.