The Archbishops' Council

The Archbishops' Council provides within the Church of England a focus for leadership and executive responsibility and a forum for strategic thinking and planning. Within an overall vision for the Church set by the House of Bishops, the Council proposes an ordering of priorities in consultation with the House of Bishops and the General Synod and takes an overview of the Church's financial needs and resources.

The Council was created following a 1994 report entitled Working as One Body. It came into being at the beginning of 1999 under the terms of the National Institutions Measure 1998.

Work of the Archbishops' Council
Activities of the Archbishops' Council
Contact Details

The Archbishops' Council plans for 2017 can be viewed here.


Joint Presidents
The Most Revd and Rt Hon Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury
The Most Revd and Rt Hon Dr John Sentamu, Archbishop of York

Prolocutor of the Lower House of the Convocation of Canterbury
The Revd Canon Simon Butler

Prolocutor of the Lower House of the Convocation of York
The Venerable Cherry Vann

Chair of the House of Laity
Canon Dr Jamie Harrison

Vice-Chair of the House of Laity
Canon Elizabeth Paver

Elected by the House of Bishops
The Rt Revd Martin Seeley, Bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich
The Rt Revd Stephen Conway, Bishop of Ely

Elected by the House of Clergy
The Revd Dr Ian Paul
The Revd Sarah Schofield

Elected by the House of Laity
Mrs Lorna Ashworth
Canon Mark Russell

Church Estates Commissioner
Sir Andreas Whittam Smith, First Church Estates Commissioner

Appointed by the Archbishops
Mr John Spence
Mrs Mary Chapman: former CEO, Chartered Institute of Management
Mr Mark Sheard
The Revd Dr Rosalyn Murphy: Vicar, St Thomas's, Blackpool
Mrs Rebecca Salter: Medical Researcher
Mr Matthew Frost, former CEO Tearfund


William Nye, Secretary General
020 7898 1361

The Revd Dr Malcolm Brown, Mission & Public Affairs
020 7898 1468

Becky Clark, Cathedral & Church Buildings
020 7898 1887

Nigel Genders, Education
020 7898 1500

The Ven Julian Hubbard, Ministry
020 7898 1390

Hannah Foster, Human Resources
020 7898 1565

Stephen Slack, Legal Adviser
020 7898 1366

Vacant, Communications
020 7898 1462

Dr Jacqui Philips, Central Secretariat (including Council for Christian Unity and Research & Statistics) / Clerk to the Synod
020 7898 1559

Vacant, Assistant Secretary
020 7898 1363


The objects of the Council under the National Institutions Measure 1998 are to 'co-ordinate, promote, aid and further the work and mission of the Church of England'. The Council seeks to do this by:

  • giving a clear strategic sense of direction to the national work of the Church of England, within an overall vision set by the House of Bishops and informed by an understanding of the Church's opportunities, needs and resources;
  • encouraging and resourcing the Church in parishes and dioceses;
  • promoting close collaborative working between the Church's national bodies, including through the management of a number of common services (Communications, Human Resources, IT etc);
  • supporting the Archbishops with their diverse ministries and responsibilities; and
  • engaging confidently with Government and other bodies.


  • Contributing to the Common Good: promoting resourceful communities infused with the values of God's kingdom and, particularly at a time of economic hardship in society, enhancing the capacity and commitment of the Church to stand alongside people facing unemployment and financial insecurity.
  • Going for Growth: seeking sustained spiritual and numerical growth in the Church of England.
  • Reimagining Ministry: reshaping,'re-imagining' and re-energising ministry, both lay and ordained, in the Church of England so that it is equipped both to grow the Church in every community and contribute to the common good.

Work of the Archbishops' Council

The work of the Council over the past year is described in more detail in its annual report (see resources box left), but briefly includes the following:

  • the promotion of the Church's mission and evangelism to all parts of society;
  • the monitoring of Government policy where proposed legislative and other changes may bear directly on the Church of England;
  • the expression of a Church of England view on social and ethical issues of importance to the nation, such as marriage and family life, penal policy or the needs of urban and rural priority areas;
  • the development of educational policy and provision of advice and support services in relation to primary, secondary and further and higher education, with particular regard to Church colleges and schools;
  • the encouragement of the Church's ministry among children and young people and enabling lifelong learning within the Church;
  • developing more effective and equitable financial arrangements within the Church nationally;
  • proposing an annual budget for the work of the national Boards, Councils and Divisions, funding ordination training, and grants for ecumenical and Anglican Communion institutions for approval by the General Synod;
  • distributing selective stipend support funded by the Church Commissioners;
  • working closely with the House of Bishops, the Council has a role in developing policy over the selection, training, deployment and conditions of service of clergy and Readers, including recommending stipend levels;
  • enhancing relations with other Christian Churches;
  • nurturing relations with other faiths;
  • encouraging the care and effective use of church buildings;
  • supporting hospital chaplains and hospital chaplaincy generally;
  • monitoring and making recommendations about issues with policy implications for minority ethnic groups within the Church and the wider community.

It engages on behalf of the Church with Government on a wide range of issues of concern to the Church of England and its mission to the nation.

Activities of the Archbishops' Council

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Report to General Synod (July 2014)

Report to General Synod (February 2013)

Report to General Synod (November 2013)

Report to General Synod (July 2013)

Report to General Synod (July 2012)

Report to General Synod (February 2012)

Report to General Synod (July 2011)

Report to General Synod (February 2011)


The Archbishops' Council is supported in its wide-ranging brief by the staff and members of its Boards, Councils and Divisions:

Contact Details

Address: Church House, Great Smith Street, London, SW1P 3AZ

Main switchboard: 020 7898 1000

Fax: 020 7898 1369

Charity no: 1074857