General synod


General Synod Elections 2021

We are in the process of running elections for General Synod for the next five-year term 2021-2026. Nominations for General Synod have now closed.

The diocese has three seats on the House of Clergy and three seats on the House of Laity.  Due to the number of nominations exceeding the number of seats in both houses, there will be an election for the House of Laity and for the House of Clergy.

Please click on the candidates name below to see their election address:

House of Clergy

The Revd Canon Andrew Dotchin | PDF

The Ven Sally Gaze | PDF

The Revd Leslie Siu | PDF

The Revd John Thackray | PDF

The Revd Virginia Williams | PDF

House of Laity

Tony Allwood | PDF

Jeanette Appleton | PDF

Andrew Gray | PDF

David Lamming | PDF

Graham Miles | PDF

Barbara Rowe | PDF

Election results  

Details of those elected will be displayed on our website and shared via eNews, week commencing 11 October.

Further information

General Synod Elections 2021 | The Church of England | weblink

General Synod is the legislative body of the Church of England, it agrees the national budget for the Church of England and debates a wide range of public and social issues from the perspective of a faith organisation. 
Becoming a General Synod representative is an opportunity to represent the concerns of your community and your diocese at a national level.  It is a time to pray together, think together and make decisions about the future of the Church of England together.  It is an opportunity for you to raise issues and contribute to debates on the life of the church regarding topics such as poverty, education and climate change.
This is a voluntary role although your expenses are paid for by the diocese, and you will need to be happy using email and reading the considerable amount of documentation involved in the General Synod meetings.  As part of the role you are also offered the opportunity to report back on proceedings at our Diocesan Synod.
Each diocese is allocated a number of seats in the Houses of Clergy and Laity, our diocese is entitled to three clergy and three lay representatives, each elected for five years.   All beneficed, licensed and PTO clergy are eligible to stand for election, while to be elected to the House of Laity, a person must be a communicant member of the Church of England, at least 18 years old and have their name on the church electoral roll in a parish in the diocese. All clergy in a diocese (other than PTO, unless they are on deanery synod) may vote for clergy candidates. Lay members of deanery synods may vote for lay candidates.



The General Synod is the national assembly of the Church of England, commonly referred to as the Church’s Parliament. It considers and approves legislation affecting the whole of the Church of England, authorises new forms of worship, debates matters of religious and public interest, and approves the annual budget for the work of the Church at national level.

It came into being in 1970 under the Synodical Government Measure 1969, replacing an earlier body known as the Church Assembly. 

Further information can be found at:

General Synod report July 2020 | PDF

General Synod report November 2020 | PDF

General Synod report February 2021 | PDF

General Synod Report April 2021 | PDF


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Page last updated: 14th September 2021 9:55 AM