Diocesan governance


 

The Right Revd Martin Seeley is the Diocesan Bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich.  As such, he is the senior clergyman in the diocese, spiritually responsible for the ‘cure of souls. Suffragan Bishops are appointed by the Diocesan Bishop to assist him in his duties and our Suffragan Bishop of Dunwich is the Right Revd Dr Mike Harrison.

Our Bishops | Weblink 

An Archdeacon is the administrative right-hand man of the bishop in ecclesiastical matters and is responsible for a specified geographical area (an archdeaconry) within the diocese.

Our Archdeacons | Weblink 

The Revd Canon Joe Hawes is the Dean of St Edmundsbury Cathedral, in Bury St Edmunds.  The Cathedral is a separate charity with approximately 30 members of staff, hundreds of volunteers and regular worshippers.  The Cathedral hosts a wide range of events and welcomes over 70,000 visitors a year.

St Edmundsbury Cathedral | Weblink

The Diocesan Board of Finance (the DBF) is the charity responsible for managing the assets and finances of the diocese to support and enable the mission and ministry of the parishes. It includes the work of the Diocesan Board of Education.  The charity’s trustees include the bishops and archdeacons, amongst others:

Role Email

Director of Mission and Ministry

The Revd Canon Dave Gardner

Diocesan Registrar

James Hall

Diocesan Secretary 

Anna Hughes

Finance Director

Gary Peverley

Diocesan Director of Education

Jane Sheat

Director of Strategic Planning and Communications

Gavin Stone

 

Diocesan structure

Our diocesan structure might look complicated at first glance but the diagram below shows how everyone, including our parish churches, all feed in and interlink to Bishop’s Council, Diocesan Synod and ultimately General Synod. 

 

 

 

 

The main committees are shown above however further details are available here:

Committees | Weblink

Download or print our detailed staff structures:

Staff Structure | PDF

Diocese Map | PDF

 

Diocesan meeting dates

2020 Synodical Meeting Dates | PDF

A number of planned meeting have been cancelled and venues have been changed due to the Coronavirus.  

 

Updated June 2020