Last week the House of Bishops decided to give eight senior women clergy the right to attend their meetings. They stated that the “eight members would be elected regionally from within bishops’ senior staff teams (that include deans, archdeacons and others)”.
This article is an attempt to compile a list of the eligible women.
1) At present there are four women deans.
|Frances Ward||St Edmundsbury|
2) This list of women archdeacons is extracted from Wikepedia. I know of some acting archdeacons omitted from the Wikipedia list, but they are all men. It is possible that some women are also omitted.
|Nicola Sullivan||Wells||Bath & Wells|
|Penny Driver||Westmorland and Furness||Carlisle|
|Jane Sinclair||Stow and Lindsey||Lincoln|
|Joanne Grenfell||Portsdown (designate)||Portsmouth|
|Jane Hedges||Westminster||Royal Peculiar|
|Jane Steen||Southwark (designate)||Southwark|
|Dianna Gwilliams||Southwark (acting)||Southwark|
|Sarah Bullock||York (designate)||York|
|Suzanne Sheriff||York (temporary)||York|
3) It is not clear to me precisely who the “others” will be. Diocesan websites do not usually give a list of the members of the bishop’s senior staff, and the Church of England Year Book never does.
It might be thought that Diocesan Advisors in Women’s Ministry (DAWMs) (listed here) would all be members of the bishops’ senior staff, but I know that this is the case in only some dioceses.
4) Readers are invited to submit (via a comment) the names of any women clergy (other than deans and archdeacons) who are members of their bishop’s senior staff.