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 (DMPC) it:

  • Has oversight of Diocesan Deployment
  • Considers and authorises pastoral schemes
  • Interacts with the Deanery Pastoral Committees

Membership of the Council as of August 2022

The Council is made up of a mixture of ex-offico, elected and appointed members. The members are:

Ex Officio:

The Rt Revd Dr Christopher Cocksworth (Bishop of Coventry)
The Rt Revd John Stroyan (Bishop of Warwick)
The Very Revd John Witcombe (Dean of Coventry)
The Ven Sue Field (Archdeacon Pastor) 
The Ven Barry Dugmore (Archdeacon Missioner)
Simon Danks (Chair of the DBF)
The Revd Claire McArthur (Chair of the House of Clergy of the Diocesan Synod)
Phil Sewards (Chair of the House of Laity of the Diocesan Synod)

Elected Clergy:

The Revd Jo Parker

The Revd Kay Dyer

The Revd Alison Evans

The Revd Barry Jackson

The Revd Jonathan Jee

The Revd Stephen Parker

One elected clergy space from June 2022

Elected Laity:

Chris Baker

Jo King

Ogechi Ngemegwai

Sue Williams

Sarah Mount

Tim Pollard

Alex Suffell

Marion MacLellan


The Bishop's nominees and co-opted members on Bishop's Council are:

DAC nomination - The Revd Peter Walker

DBE Nomination - Chris Edwards

Bishop's Nominee - The Revd Kate Massey (Dean of Women's Ministry)

Bishop's Nominee - Emili Lowery

The Secretary to the Bishop's Council is the Diocesan Secretary.

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