Bishop's Council

What is the Bishop's Council?

The Bishop's Council is the senior committee of the Diocese and acts in several different capacities.

As the Standing Committee of the Diocesan Synod, the Council:

  • Advises the Bishop in Council
  • Prepares agendas for the Diocesan Synod (delegated to the Business Committee)
  • Develops policy for the Synod to debate
  • Receives tasks from the Synod

As the Directors and Trustees of the DBF it:

  • Is responsible for central diocesan finances
  • Approves the DBF's budget and the annual Report and Accounts before presentation to Synod
  • Is responsible for complying with legislation

As the Diocesan Mission and Pastoral Committee it:

  • Has oversight of Diocesan Deployment
  • Considers and authorises pastoral schemes
  • Interacts with the Deanery Pastoral Committees
Membership of the Council from 1 January 2017:


The President Rt Revd Mike Hill
The Suffragan Bishop Rt Revd Dr Lee Rayfield
The Archdeacons Ven Christine Froude
The Dean Very Revd Dr David Hoyle
The Chairman of DBF Mr Andrew Lucas
The Vice-Chairman of DBF Mr Edward Buchan
Elected Clergy 
Chair of House of Clergy Revd Canon Raymond Adams
Revd Canon Mat Ineson
Revd Kat Campion-Spall
Elected Laity
Chair of House of Laity Canon David Froude
Prof David Clarke
Mr Bruce Finnamore
Canon Nick Orman
Canon Peter Robottom