Bishop's Council


The Bishop's Council is the senior committee of the diocese. It 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. The Bishops Council acts in several different capacities:

As the Standing Committee of Diocesan Synod, the Council:

  • Advises the Bishop in Council
  • Prepares agendas for the Diocesan Synod (delegated to the Business Committee)
  • Develops policy for the Synod to debate
  • Receives tasks from the Synod

As the Directors and Trustees of the DBF it:

  • Is responsible for central diocesan finances
  • Approves the DBF's budget and the annual Report and Accounts before presentation to Synod
  • Is responsible for complying with legislation

As the Diocesan Mission and Pastoral Committee it:

  • Has oversight of Diocesan Deployment
  • Considers and authorises pastoral schemes
  • Interacts with the Deanery Pastoral Committees

The following people currently represent the Diocese of Bristol at theBishops Council (from November 2022):

The President Rt Revd Vivienne Faull
The Suffragan Bishop Rt Revd Dr Lee Rayfield
The Archdeacons Ven Neil Warwick
Ven Christopher Bryan
The Dean Very Revd Dr Mandy Ford
The Chairman of DBF Mr Andrew Lucas
The Vice-Chairman of DBF vacant
Chair of House of Clergy (ex officio)  Revd Trudie Wigley
Elected Clergy Revd David Stephenson
  Revd Beverley Charles
Chair of House of Laity (ex officio) Mr Bruce Finnamore
Elected Laity Prof David Clarke
  Mr John Sunderland
  Dr Clare Jefferis
   Mrs Alison Rowe
  Ms Abby Scott