Crown Nominations Commission

The Crown Nominations Commission considers vacancies in diocesan bishoprics in the Provinces of Canterbury and York, and candidates for appointments to them.

At each meeting the Chair is taken by the Archbishop of the Province for the vacancy under consideration.

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.


Ex officio

The Most Reverend and Right Honourable Justin Welby (Archbishop of Canterbury)

The Most Reverend and Right Honourable Doctor John Sentamu (Archbishop of York)

Elected members

Three members of the House of Clergy of General Synod:

The Reverend John Dunnett

The Very Reverend Doctor David Ison

The Reverend Canon Doctor Judith Maltby

Three members of the House of Laity of General Synod:

Mr Anthony Archer

Ms Christina Baron

Ms Jane Patterson

Six members of the Vacancy-in-See Committee of the diocese whose bishopric is to become, or has become, vacant

Ex officio non-voting members

Canon Caroline Boddington (Archbishops' Secretary for Appointments)

Mr Edward Chaplin CMG OBE (Prime Minister's Appointments Secretary)



In 2016 the Archbishops of Canterbury and York commissioned a theological review of the CNC's work. The review is currently underway and more information can be found here.