Communications team

In all our communications, we want to share news of God at work and support the vision of the Diocese. 

We help churches, groups and other people across the Diocese with everything from crisis media relations and press releases to social media, website and leaflet advice. We can offer communications training, media training and come and talk to churches and deaneries. 

If you have a story to share from your church or community, please contact Pete Bate or Simon Jones.

We encourage parishes to give their communications the maximum effectiveness their resources permit. At its simplest, every parish should ensure its A Church Near You page is up to date. This website is scoured by search engines and links directly into the diocesan website. It is the most common source of information about churches for visitors and newcomers. To amend data at ACNY you need to register and then Login to amend your entry.

We respond to enquiries from the media for the Diocese and on behalf of parishes. If you have a media enquiry: call the Director of Communications, Pete Bate: email, tel: 01543 306292 or, if urgent, 07754 785865.

We manage Diocesan communications channels including this website, our social media and various internal communications tools.

Mr Pete Bate


Office:01543 306292

Mobile:07754 785865

Email: pete.bate@lichfield.anglican.org


Pete became diocesan Director of Communications in autumn 2016.

After a stint with the Express and Star newspaper based in Lichfield, Pete spent ten years in the Staffordshire Police press office and three years with the Staffordshire Police & Crime Commissioner.

He is the first point of contact for media enquiries and edits both the bi-monthly Spotlight magazine and fortnightly Bulletin.

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Mr Simon Jones


Mobile:07973 625665

Office:01543 306097

Email: simon.jones@lichfield.anglican.org


Simon joined the diocese in 2012 after career as a sound recordist in broadcasting and corporate video production.

He takes particular responsibility for video and audio production, most in-house graphic design, this website and the Chad Blog.

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Mrs Tamar Willoughby


Mobile:07398 816320

Email: tamar.willoughby@lichfield.anglican.org


Tamar joined the team as Online Enabler in 2017 with a brief to help churches make better use of social media and websites. She currently works one day a week for the Diocese. Find out more about her role here. Please email her to get in touch!

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Social Media

The Diocese uses several social media channels including:

A number of departments also have social media channels focussing on their areas of work.

Internal Comms

Primarily for sharing news, stories and information with church leaders including Wardens, PCC members, Treasurers, lay ministers and clergy

3) Spotlight

Our printed bi-monthly magazine with news and stories from around the diocese and the world.

It is distributed to every church in the diocese by volunteers in each deanery. For distribution queries contact Jo Durber.

All issues are also available to download as a pdf.

2) The Chad Blog

The Chad Blog is a place of reflection on topics not necessarily tied to particular events from people around the diocese - lay and clergy as well as Diocesan officers and bishops.

It incorporates the monthly reflection from one of our Bishops or other senior clergy that has been know for many years as the Bishops' Pastoral Letter. Parish magazine editors can get each month's Pastoral Letter in advance by emailing the Comms Dept, stating which parish they edit for and asking to be added to the distribution email - that way they will receive it as soon as it is available.

1) The Bulletin

Our fortnightly email newsletter carries news particularly relevant to church officers, PCC members and clergy. It is free to sign up using the form below:

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