Vacancy in See 2024

A discernment process is underway to find the next Bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich. The process is being overseen by the Vacancy in See Committee.

  • The Vacancy in See Committee is a statutory committee, which has a permanent existence but only meets during a vacancy in see, i.e. when there is a vacancy in the diocesan bishopric.
  • See is from the Latin term for “seat” and historically refers to the bishop’s throne, i.e. centre of authority and jurisdiction.

The Vacancy-in-See Committee is in the process of producing a Statement of Needs, which outlines the strengths of the Diocese, the challenges facing it and the qualities the committee believes the new bishop will need. As part of this process they will be holding a public consultation meeting to hear your views on Wednesday 17 July from 7.00pm to 9.00pm.  *SAVE THE DATE* registration details will be available soon.

Six people from the Vacancy in See Committee will be elected to sit on the Crown Nominations Commission. This is the Commission which shortlists and interviews prospective candidates. It is made up of 14 members - 6 elected from the Diocese, 6 General Synod members and both Archbishops.

Vacancy in See Committee members:

  • Bishop Mike
  • Dean Joe
  • Archdeacon David Jenkins and Archdeacon Rhiannon King
  • Chair of House of Clergy: The Revd Canon Sharon Potter
  • Chair of House of Laity: Tony Allwood
  • General Synod Reps: The Revd Canon Andrew Dotchin, Archdeacon Sally Gaze, Jeanette Appleton, Andrew Gray
  • Clergy Reps: The Revd Matt Key, The Revd Tom Mumford
  • Laity Reps: Paul Clarke, David Lamming
  • Elected members: The Revd Al Metcalfe, Mary Hare, Calum Harris, Gavin Stone, David Walters
  • Bishop's Council Nominees: Scarlett Blacker, Emma Knight, Emma Morris

This page will continue to be updated as soon as more information is available.



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