Bishop's Council
What is the Bishop's Council?

The Bishop's Council is the senior committee of the Diocese and acts in several different capacities.

As the Standing Committee of the 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

Please click here for more on the DBF.

As the Diocesan Mission and Pastoral Committee it:

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


Membership of the Council from 1 January 2016

The Council is made up of a mixture of ex-offico, elected and appointed members. The members are:

Ex Officio:

The Rt Revd Dr Christopher Cocksworth (Bishop of Coventry)
The Rt Revd John Stroyan (Bishop of Warwick)
The Very Revd John Witcombe (Dean of Coventry)
The Ven John Green (Archdeacon Pastor)
The Ven Morris Rodham (Archdeacon Missioner)
Canon Ian Francis (Chair of the DBF)
The Revd Ruth Walker (Chair of the House of Clergy of the Diocesan Synod)
Vacancy (Chair of the House of Laity of the Diocesan Synod)


Mrs Karen Armbrister
The Revd Stella Bailey
Mr Christopher Baker
The Revd Canon Barbara Clutton
Mr Tim Day-Pollard
Mrs Felicity Hawke
Mr Nick Hodges
The Revd Barry Jackson
The Revd Nick Leggett
The Revd Andy March
Mr Peter Rogers
The Revd Canon Dr David Stone
The Revd Canon Dr Jill Tucker
Dr Yvonne Warren
Mr David Wigman


Mr Nigel Allcoat
Mrs Sybil Hanson
The Revd Kate Massey

The Secretary to the Bishop's Council is Mrs Ruth Marlow, the Diocesan Secretary.