The Archbishops' Secretary for Appointments (ASA) is appointed
by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York to coordinate the
processes for making senior appointments, advising as appropriate
on names to be considered, and administering and monitoring
procedures for identifying priests with the potential for senior
As part of the role, the ASA acts as Secretary to the Crown
Nominations Commission, the body charged with identifying new
diocesan bishops. The ASA is also Secretary to the group which
appoints to vacant deaneries.
The ASA facilitates an internal search function and supports
bishops in coaching individual clergy.
The current Archbishops' Secretary for Appointments is Caroline
The Wash House