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:

Ex-Officio members:


The Bishop of Oxford, The Rt Revd Dr Steven Croft

The Bishop of Dorchester (Vacant from 04/10/20 – The Ven Gavin Collins has been announced as Bishop Designate)

The Bishop of Reading, The Rt Revd Olivia Graham

The Bishop of Buckingham, The Rt Revd Alan Wilson

The Dean of the Cathedral, The Very Revd Prof. Martyn Percy


The Ven Guy Elsmore (Buckingham)

The Ven Judy K French (Dorchester)

The Ven Jonathan Chaffey (Oxford)

The Ven Stephen Pullin (Berkshire)

The Chair of the Board of Finance, The Revd John Tattersall

The Vice-Chair of the Board of Finance, Mr Simon Richards (as a deputy)

The Chair of the House of Clergy, The Revd Canon Dr Geoff Bayliss

The Chair of the House of Laity, Mr John Sykes

Elected and nominated members: (Laity)

Current Vacancies as at 06 Jan 2021

  • Oxford Archdeaconry (ONE place)

Dr Bethany Sollereder (Oxford)

Dr Shirley Northover (Dorchester)

Mrs Caroline Kallipetis (Berkshire)

Dr Andrew Bell (Buckingham)

Mr Mark Burton (Berkshire)

Mrs Julie Dziegiel (Buckingham)

Prof John Missenden (Berkshire)

Mr Michael Powell (Dorchester)

Mrs Sue Scane  (Bishop’s nominee)

Dr Anna Thomas-Betts (Bishop’s nominee)

Mr Michael Waring (Dorchester)

Mr Allan Whittow (Buckingham)

Elected and nominated members: (Clergy)

The Revd Tess Kuin-Lawton (Dorchester)

The Revd Verena Breed (Dorchester)

The Revd Skye Denno (Oxford)

The Revd Richard Lamey (Berkshire)

The Revd David Meakin (Buckingham)

The Revd Cassa Messervy (Buckingham)

The Revd Mike Smith (Berkshire)