The Bishop’s Council is responsible for considering matters of policy; advising the Diocesan Bishop, and determining how matters should be taken forward to the Diocesan Synod for further consideration. It is simultaneously the Executive Committee of the Diocesan Synod and the Board of Directors of the Diocesan Board of Finance.

To fulfil its synodical and statutory responsibilities, the Bishop’s Council handles a wide range of financial and strategic business, and considers issues raised by Diocesan Boards, Councils and Committees. It approves the agendas for Diocesan Synod, and so considers issues raised by the General Synod, and by deaneries, parishes and individual Diocesan Synod members.

Its members come from a broad range of backgrounds.

Ex-Officio members are: the President of the Diocesan Synod and the Vice-Presidents (themselves the Chairmen of the Houses of Clergy and of Laity)

  • The Area Bishops
  • The Archdeacons
  • The Chairman and the Vice-Chairman of the Diocesan Board of Finance
  • The Dean of Christ Church or his representative

There are 18 Archdeaconry clergy and lay representatives, elected by their respective Archdeaconry members of the Diocesan Synod.

  • Four members are nominated by the Bishop from amongst the members of the Diocesan Synod.

The Houses of Clergy and of Laity may co-opt members, and the Bishop of Oxford also Synod invites representatives from other denominations to participate in meetings.

Members of Bishop’s Council are:

The Bishop of Oxford
The Rt Revd C W Fletcher
The Rt Revd Dr A T L Wilson
The Rt Revd A J Proud
The Ven Guy Elsmore
The Ven J K French
The Ven M C Gorick
The Ven Olivia Graham
Mrs Judith Babb
The Revd Canon Sue Booys
Mr Martin Chandler
The Revd Adrian M Daffern
Mrs Julie Dziegiel
The Revd Dr Graeme Fancourt
Mr Henry RG Gibbon
Mr Andrew FJ Glaze
the Revd Canon Rosie Harper
Mr James Macnamara
The Revd Canon Andrew P Marsden
The Revd Darren McFarland
Mr Gavin Merrylees
Ms Jayne M Ozanne
Very Revd Professor Martin Percy
Mr Michael Powell
The Revd Canon John Rees
Mr Simon Richards
Mrs Sue Scane
Mrs Judith Scott
Mr Graeme Slocombe
Mr John Smith
The Reverend John Tattersall
Dr Anna Thomas-Betts
The Revd Camilla Walton
Mr Michael Waring
The Rev Jeff West