Archbishops' Advisers for Appointments and Development

We support the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Archbishop of York in their responsibilities for selecting and appointing clergy to senior posts in the Church, and for providing them with continuous learning and development opportunities.
Archbishops of York and Canterbury face each out outside cathedral

Our work supports the Crown Nominations Commission in identifying new Diocesan Bishops; those involved in appointing Suffragan Bishops; and the selection panels who nominate new cathedral Deans.

Our work is overseen by the Development and Appointments Group, a House of Bishops subcommittee.

  • We coordinate and administer the processes for making senior appointments.
  • Advise on names to be considered for senior posts.
  • Identify priests with potential for wider leadership responsibilities.
  • Monitor and report to General Synod on diversity monitoring in senior appointments.

Synod requires appointments to senior posts to be monitored for diversity. Each diocese is required to collect and provide this information for Archdeacons and Residentiary Canons. Diversity data is tracked online.


Senior leadership learning and development

  • Our programmes provide leadership development and ministerial development for bishops 
  • We design continuous professional development for cathedral deans
  • We run comprehensive induction sessions for new bishops and deans 
  • One of our key initiatives is the Strategic Leadership Development Programme

Prayer for the Day

Most merciful God,
who by the death and resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ
delivered and saved the world:
grant that by faith in him who suffered on the cross
we may triumph in the power of his victory;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

The Fifth Sunday of Lent
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Crown Nominations Commission

The Crown Nominations Commission (CNC) considers vacancies for Diocesan Bishops in the Provinces of Canterbury and York and candidates for appointments to them.

Each meeting is chaired by the Archbishop of Canterbury (Southern Province) or the Archbishop of York (Northern Province).

The Commission identifies two candidates suitable for appointment, whose names are submitted to the Prime Minister by the appropriate Archbishop or, in the case of the Archbishopric of Canterbury or York, by the chair of the Commission.

The names submitted are given in an order of preference decided upon by the Commission and the Prime Minister will submit the first name to Her Majesty The Queen for approval.



Members of the CNC

Theological review of the CNC

In 2016 the Archbishops of Canterbury and York commissioned a theological review of the CNC's work. The review is currently underway. The panel's interim presentation and report are available to read. 


Development and Appointments Group

This is a subcommittee of the House of Bishops, which has strategic oversight of the processes and initiatives used in senior clergy appointments and vocational development.



Members of DAG

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