Participant Obs at their 1st H of B meet 2013

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undefinedThe House of Bishops welcomed eight women as Participant Observers to its meeting in York back in December. The welcome follows the election of the eight senior women clergy from regions across the country including the Revd Libby Lane, our diocesan Dean of Woman in Ministry.

In February 2013 the House of Bishops decided that until such time as there are six female members of the house, following the admission of women to the episcopate, a number of senior women clergy should be given the right to attend and speak at meetings of the house as participant observers.

The necessary change to the house's standing orders was made in May.


Elections for the eight senior women clergy were held in autumn of this year and the following were elected:

East Midlands – Ven Christine Wilson, Archdeacon of Chesterfield

West Midlands – Revd Preb Dr Jane Tillier, Preb of Lichfield Cathedral

East Anglia – Ven Annette Cooper, Archdeacon of Colchester

South and Central – Ven Joanne Grenfell, Archdeacon of Portsdown

South East region – Ven Rachel Treweek, Archdeacon of Hackney

South West region – Ven Nicola Sullivan, Archdeacon of Wells

North East – Very Revd Vivienne Faull, Dean of York

North West – Revd Libby Lane, Dean of Women in Ministry, Chester Diocese

Having taken up their role on 1 December, the two-day meeting of the House of Bishops in York on December 9 and 10 was the first meeting at which the participant observers attended.

Pictured L- R Back Row: Rachel Treweek, Nicola Sullivan, Annette Cooper, Joanne Grenfell. Front Row: Libby Lane, Jane Tillier, Vivienne Faull, Christine Wilson