Convocations of Canterbury and York

The Convocations are assemblies consisting of bishops and clergy of the two provinces. They pre-date the General Synod (and its predecessor, the Church Assembly) by several centuries. When the General Synod was created in 1970, it took on most of their functions, but the Convocations still meet on a very occasional basis to consider matters of particular concern to clergy (e.g. in relation to their professional conduct prior to guidelines being issued in 2015). They consist of an Upper House – made up of members of the General Synod’s House of Bishops – and a Lower House made up of the members of the General Synod’s House of Clergy, each from the respective province. The Chair of the respective provincial House of Clergy is known as the Prolocutor.

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Convocation of Canterbury

President: Most Revd and Rt Hon Justin Welby (Archbishop of Canterbury)

Prolocutor of the Lower House: Ven Luke Miller 

Pro-Prolocutors: Ven Alaistair Cutting

Revd Esther Prior

Other members of the Standing Committee of the Lower House:

The Revd Canon Tim Goode

Revd Barney de Berry

The Revd Julian Hollywell

Ven Fiona Gibson

Revd Mark Wallace

Registrar: The Revd Alexander McGregor

Synodical Secretary: The Revd Stephen Trott

Ostiarius: Mr Stephen Stokes

Convocation of York

President: Most Revd and Rt Hon Stephen Cottrell (Archbishop of York)

Prolocutor of the Lower House: Revd Kate Wharton

Deputy Prolocutors: Ven Stewart Fyfe

Revd Canon Dr Andy Salmon

Assessors for the Upper House:

The Rt Revd James Newcome (Bishop of Carlisle)

The Rt Revd Mark Tanner (Bishop of Chester)

Assessors for the Lower House:

Revd Canon Joyce Jones

Revd Eleanor Robertshaw

Revd Christian Selvaratnam

Revd Canon Marcia Wall

Registrar: Mrs Louise Connacher

Synodal Secretary: The Revd Paul Benfield

Apparitor: Mr Alex Carberry

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