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 Dr Steven Croft
The Rt Revd Colin W Fletcher
The Rt Revd Dr Alan T L Wilson
The Rt Revd Andrew J Proud
- The Very Revd Prof. Martyn Percy
The Ven Guy Elsmore
The Ven Judy K French
The Ven Martin C Gorick
The Ven Olivia Graham
- The Revd John Tattersall
- The Revd Canon Sue Booys
- Mr John Sykes
- Mr Simon Richards
- Elected and nominated members:
Dr Andrew Bell
- Mr Mark Burton
- Mrs Julie Dziegiel
Mr Henry RG Gibbon
- Prof John Missenden
Ms Jayne M Ozanne
Mr Michael Powell
Mrs Sue Scane
Mr John Smith
Dr Anna Thomas-Betts
Mr Michael Waring
- Mr Allan Whittow