The Church Commissioners has appointed Joseph Cannon as chief surveyor.

Cannon will head the Commissioners’ Property Investment Department, responsible for the management of a portfolio of agricultural, commercial and residential investment properties valued at nearly £1.7bn.

Cannon joined the Commissioners’ staff in 1987, and has been head of strategic asset management since 2004.

Andrew Brown, secretary to the Commissioners, said: ‘This appointment follows wide external advertising. Joseph Cannon is a clear strategic thinker with a proven track record in commercial, residential and rural property asset management. The very strong performance of the property portfolios over the last decade is in no small part down to his contribution to the team.’

'Great opportunity'

Cannon said: ‘I'm very keen to build upon the successes of the two previous chief surveyors and the Commissioners' property investment team. Property plays a key part in the Church's investments, and this role offers a great opportunity to create extra long-term value, and add to the portfolio's diversification.’

Cannon succeeds Paul Clark, who last year became director of investment and asset management for The Crown Estate after four years with the Commissioners.