The members of the Bishop’s Council & Standing Committee have a number of roles and responsibilities. As the Bishop’s Council & Synod Standing Committee they are responsible for advising the Synod on policy, and preparing recommendations and transacting business in between meetings of the full Synod. They also consider wider questions on the mission and ministry of the Diocese and the wider Church.
As the Mission & Pastoral Committee, the Council discuss issues relating to pastoral reorganisation and deployment of ministerial resource.
As the Parsonages Board, they consider matters relating to clergy housing where appropriate and finally, as Directors of the Board of Finance the Council are responsible for overseeing the financial policies and decisions of the Diocese.
There are numerous sub-committees of the Bishop’s Council that hold oversight of specific operational areas and all report back into the council. These include the Finance Committee and Property Working Group as well as an independent safeguarding panel.
The Bishop’s Council & Standing Committee Members
|The Bishop of Winchester (Chair of the Bishops Council)||Vacant|
|Chair of the WDBF||The Reverend Ian Dighe|
|Bishop of Basingstoke||The Right Reverend David Williams|
|Bishop of Southampton||The Right Reverend Debbie Sellin|
|Chair of House of Laity||Mr Alastair Barron|
|Chair of House of Clergy||The Reverend Canon Andrew Micklefield|
|Chair of the FMG||Mrs Elspeth Mackeggie Gurney|
|The Dean of Winchester||The Very Reverend Dr Catherine Ogle|
|The Archdeacon of Winchester||The Venerable Richard Brand|
|The Archdeacon of Bournemouth||The Venerable Jean Burgess|
|Elected Members (Current Triennium Ends 31/12/2024)|
|Elected Member Laity||Dr Esther Clift|
|Elected Member Laity||Mrs Gillian Gray Knight|
|Elected Member Laity||Mr Ian Newman|
|Elected Member Laity||Mrs Madeleine Hedley|
|Elected Member Clergy||The Reverend Rachel Noel|
|Elected Member Clergy||The Reverend Dr Tim Matthews|
|Co-opted Members (For Duration of Current Triennium)|
|Co-opted Member||Mr Nigel May|
|Diocesan Secretary||Mr Colin Harbidge|