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Bishop’s Council

This is a statutory body established under the Synodical Government Measure 1969.  It acts as the Standing Committee of the Synod and carries on the work of the Synod between sessions.  It advises the Bishop on matters where he seeks guidance and has, since its inception in 1970, gradually assumed an important role in the formulation of diocesan policy.  The Council has normally met five times each year.  Meetings are held at 7pm until approximately 9pm in the Diocesan Office.

The Council receives regular reports from the Board for Church and Society, Council for Discipleship and Ministry, Agenda Group and Policy Sub-Committee.  It also responds to national consultations e.g. on the Clergy Pension scheme. It has two main sub-committees:

i) The Agenda Group which advises the Council on the agenda and arrangements for Synod

ii)  The Policy Sub-Committee which is made up of the chairmen of the main Boards and Committees, the  House of Clergy and House of Laity.  Its role is “to recommend policy options, to develop and monitor goals, and to consider the future plans of diocesan boards”.


Ex Officio: The Bishop; The Bishops Suffragan; The Dean; The Archdeacons; The Chairs of the Houses of Clergy and Laity of the Diocesan Synod; The Chairs of the Board of Finance, Board of Education, Mission and Pastoral Committee, Council for Discipleship and Ministry, and Board for Church and Society.

Elected by the House of Clergy: The Reverend Simon Cutmore, the Reverend Canon Richard Hibbert,  the Reverend Canon Pauline Higham, the Reverend Javaid Iqbal, the Reverend Canon David Middlebrook

Elected by the House of Laity: Mr Simon Baynes, Mrs Janet Bird, Mr Philip Brown, Dr David Dallinger, Mrs Susan Pullen, Mr Michael Taylor and one vacancy representing the Archdeaconry of Hertford

Bishop’s Nominations: Mrs Kathryn Alford

Secretary: Miss Susan Pope


Dates of meetings in 2017:

Monday 16 January
Monday 27 March
Monday 17 July
Monday 2 October


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  • Transforming Communities

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