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
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.
The Most Reverend and Right Honourable Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury
The Most Reverend and Right Honourable Dr John Sentamu, Archbishop of York
Three members of the House of Clergy of General Synod:
The Reverend John Dunnett
The Very Reverend Dr David Ison
The Reverend Canon Dr Judith Maltby
Three members of the House of Laity of General Synod:
Mr Anthony Archer
Ms Christina Baron
Miss 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
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.
The Right Reverend Tim Thornton, Bishop at Lambeth (Chair)
The Right Reverend Paul Ferguson, Bishop of Whitby
The Right Reverend Dr Peter Forster, Bishop of Chester
The Very Reverend Dr David Hoyle, Dean of Bristol
Mrs Julie Jones, Diocesan Secretary of Lichfield
The Right Reverend James Langstaff, Bishop of Rochester
The Very Reverend Catherine Ogle, Dean of Winchester
The Right Reverend Paul Williams, Bishop of Southwell & Nottingham
The Right Reverend Ruth Worsley, Bishop of Taunton
- Suffragan Bishop
Full-time assistant bishop in a diocese – takes their title from a place in the diocese. Also known as an Area Bishop.
- House of Bishops
A body made up of all Diocesan bishops ( as well as The Bishop of Dover who performs many of the Archbishop of Canterbury's diocesan functions); the Bishop to the Forces; seven suffragan bishops elected from among the total number of suffragan bishops and 8 regional representatives elected by and from senior women clergy.
Area of the Church under the authority of an archbishop – consisting of a number of dioceses. Hence ‘Province of Canterbury’ (Southern Province), ‘Province of York’ (Northern Province).