Appointing the next Bishop of Dorchester

The Rt Revd Colin Fletcher, Bishop of Dorchester

The Rt Revd Colin Fletcher, Bishop of Dorchester, laid down his crozier on 4 October 2020.

Bishop Colin retired in November last year having served with great distinction as Bishop of Dorchester. On 24 November, the Queen approved the appointment of the Venerable Gavin Collins, Archdeacon of the Meon, as the next Bishop of Dorchester.

Click [+] below for key dates and documentation leading to this appointment.

5 November 2019 – Bishop Colin announces his intention to retire

4 October 2020 – Bishop Colin lays down his crozier.
Photos and press release | Church at Home service | Farewell service

9 July 2020 – a letter from Bishop Steven to all licensed clergy, first church wardens and licensed lay ministers in the Dorchester Archdeaconry

  • 9 June – submission to the Diocese Commission
  • w/c 6 July – written consultation
  • 10, 17, 24 July – announcement in church press
  • 17 July – advisory panel confirmed
  • 31 August – end of consultation process
  • 9 September – longlisting
  • 18 September – shortlisting
  • 1 and 2 October – interviews
  • 4 October – farewell event for +Colin (which we hope will be streamed live to the Diocese)

The advisory panel includes an Area Dean and Lay Chair from the Archdeaconry, wider representatives from the Diocese and an external consultant. The role of the Advisory Group is to share in the process of shortlisting and interview and to advise Bishop Steven on the appointment. Bishop Steven will chair the panel and asked Judy French as Archdeacon to liaise with Area Deans and Lay Chairs about appropriate representatives from both groups for the Advisory Panel.

The Bishop of Oxford (chair)

The Diocesan Secretary, Mark Humphriss

Helen Kendrick (Area Dean Abingdon)

Gordon Gill (Wallingford Lay Chair)

The Chair of the House of Clergy, Geoff Bayliss

The Chair of the House of Laity, nominee Sue Scane

Director of Human Resources, Diocese of Oxford Poli Shajko

Bishop Steven’s nominee Janet Binns, Janet Binns

An external representative nominated by the Bishop, Caroline Boddington