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 Rt Revd Colin W Fletcher
The Rt Revd Olivia Graham
The Rt Revd Alan Wilson

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

The Ven Guy Elsmore
The Ven Judy K French
The Ven Jonathan Chaffey (from 01/05/2020)
The Ven Stephen Pullin

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, Revd Canon Sue Booys

The Chair of the House of Laity, Mr John Sykes

Elected and nominated members: (Laity)

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
Dr Anna Thomas-Betts

Mr Michael Waring

Mr Allan Whittow

Currently ONE Vacancy in Berkshire laity

Elected and nominated members: (Clergy)

The Revd Canon Sue Booys

The Revd Verena Breed

The Revd Skye Denno

The Revd Richard Lamey

The Revd David Meakin

The Revd Cassa Messervy

The Revd Mike Smith