Bishop's Council

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Also known as the Standing Committee of Diocesan Synod, the Bishop's Council serves to:

  • Plan the business of the Diocesan Synod, to prepare the agenda for its sessions and to circulate to members information about matters for discussion;
  • Initiate proposals for action by the Synod and to advise it on matters of policy which are placed before it;
  • Advise the President on any matters which he may refer to the Committee;
  • Subject to the directions of the Synod to transact the business of the Synod when it is not in session;
  • Appoint members of the committees or nominate members for election to committees, subject to the directions of the Synod;
  • Carry out such other functions as the Synod may delegate to it.


Ex Officio Members:
  • Diocesan Bishop - The Rt. Revd. Richard Jackson 
  • Archdeacon of Hereford - The Ven. Derek Chedzey
  • Archdeacon of Ludlow -  The Ven. Fiona Gibson
  • The Dean of Hereford - Very Revd. Sarah Brown
  • Chair of the House of Clergy - Revd. Preb. Ashley Buck
  • Chair of the House of Laity - Vacant 
  • Chair of the Board of Finance - Revd. Jane Rogers
  • Chair of the Board of Education - The Ven. Fiona Gibson

Elected members:

Elected clergy, three required:
  • Revd. Preb. Stephanie Fountain
  • Revd Dr. Guy Cole
  • Revd. Greg Smith
Elected laity, three required:
  • Jo Beavan
  • Mike Teague 
  • Vacant
Skills nominees: 
  • Marion Shuttleworth 
  • Matthew Hall
  • Nigel Sellar
  • Garry Ward 
Bishop's invitation 
  • Andrew Wood 
In attendance: 
  • Diocesan Secretary, Sam Pratley

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