Commission Members

Safe Church Commission members at the Lambeth Conference 2022

The Commission is chaired by senior counsel Garth Blake, senior member of a tribunal, who also previously chaired the Anglican Church of Australia’s Safe Ministry Commission. The Link Director is Mandy Marshall, Director for Gender Justice. The other members of the ACSCC are:

  • Marcel Cesar Pereira - Brazil
  • The Rt Revd Cleophas Lunga - Zimbabwe
  • Yves Iradukunda - Burundi
  • The Rt Revd Brian Marajh - South Africa
  • The Rt Revd Dr Festus Yeboah-Asuamah - Ghana
  • The Revd Dr Eileen Scully - Canada
  • The Rt Revd Viv Faull – England
  • Revd Sr Veronica Vasethe - Oceania
  • Daphne Audsley - Scotland
  • Dr Kim Barker - Co-opted Facilitator - South Africa
  • Ena Barclay - West Indies
  • The Revd Canon Wadie Far - Jerusalem and the Middle East
  • Robin Hammeal-Urban - United States
  • Canon Andrew Khoo - Malaysia
  • The Revd Dr Shazhad Gill - Pakistan
  • Naw Laldini - Myanmar
  • The Revd Efrén Velázquez - Mexico/Central America

The establishment of the Anglican Communion Safe Church Commission was requested in one of four safeguarding resolutions agreed at ACC-16. Its creation builds on the adoption by the ACC-15 of the Charter for the Safety of People within the Churches of the Anglican Communion. The text of the Charter is included in Schedule 2 of the Guidelines. 

The ACC also agreed to establish an international Protocol for the disclosure of ministry suitability information between the churches of the Anglican Communion so that priests are unable to move from one province to another to avoid investigation of complaints or concerns. The text of the Protocol is included in Schedule 3 of the Guidelines.

During its meeting in 2019, the ACC requested Member Churches of the Anglican Communion to adopt the Charter, and implement the Protocol and the Guidelines (ACC17 resolution C17.01). The ACC also requested a reconstitution of the Commission to undertake further work for a period of six years in accordance with the terms of reference recommended in the ACSCC report to ACC17.

The Anglican Consultative Council in Accra in 2023 (ACC-18) committed itself to making the safety of all persons in the provinces of the Anglican Communion a priority of its focus, resource allocation and actions, again encouraged Member Churches and agencies to use and implement the International Anglican Safe Church Commission CharterProtocol and Guidelines, and requested that the Commission continue to provide safeguarding resources and training to the provinces.