Diocesan Synod

For Diocesan Synod enquiries please contact:

Diocesan Secretary George Colville on 01928 718834 ext 247 or his PA Joanne Ridley on 01928 718834 ext 252

Diocesan Secretary- George Colville
I was born and grew up in Liverpool and studied at Liverpool Bluecoat School before reading Mathematics at Brasenose College Oxford. After graduating I trained and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in Liverpool. I then worked for the Charity Commission as a Senior Accountant where my main role was providing accounting support, advice and training to the Charity Commission staff and Charity trustees. I met my wife Andrea at Oxford. She worked as a Computer Analyst before taking on the job of looking after our two children. We worship at St Ann's Church Warrington, where I play the keyboard and am currently Churchwarden after previously having been treasurer for many years. Andrea runs the Guides. My interests include visiting historic monuments particularly castles, music and swimming. I am keen to hear from everyone involved in the Church's mission, and to ensure that the very best support is available to parishes, clergy and to others who follow Christ's call in our diocese.


Diocesan Synod sub-committee election results 2018

Voting papers were sent out to Diocesan Synod members on 1 October 2018 for the following elections:

Bishop’s Council (Chester Clergy)
Committee for Social Responsibility (Clergy)
Committee for Ministry (Laity)
Vacancy in See (both Laity and Clergy)
Parish Share Appeals (Chester Laity and Clergy)

The following were elected unopposed:

Chair of the House of Laity
Canon Dr John Mason
Chair of the House of Clergy
Revd Dr Rob Munro
Bishop’s Council (Chester Laity)
Graham Campbell
Alan Dowen
John Freeman
Elizabeth Renshaw
John Scrivener
Bishop’s Council (Macclesfield Laity)
Fiona Goode
Ian Roberts
Julie Withers
Bishop’s Council (Macclesfield Clergy)
David Brewster
Elaine Chegwin Hall
Mark Hart
Christopher Hobbs
David Page
Committee for Social Responsibility (Laity)
Kath Cliffe
John Freeman
Vivien Ley
Christine Wetherell
Committee for Ministry (Clergy)
George Crowder
Christopher Hobbs
Beverley Jameson
Christopher Murphy
Board of Patronage (Laity)
Graham Campbell
Rosalind Campbell
Board of Patronage (Clergy)
Andrew Greenhough
Mike Smith
Parish Share Appeals (Macclesfield)
Rob McLaren


Diocesan Synod Meetings in 2019


The dates set for the meetings of Diocesan Synod in 2019 are Saturday 16 March, Saturday 8 June (reserve date) and Saturday 9 November.


Diocesan Synod Dates 2018

Saturday 17th March 2018

Saturday 9th June 2018 (Reserve Date)

Saturday 10th November 2018

Synod members will receive papers prior to each meeting.


Diocesan Synod on Saturday 17th March 2018

Synod met at Chester University at 9.15am on 17th November.


Committee for Ministry

Committee for Social Responsibility





Setting God's People Free


Diocesan Synod on Saturday 11th November 2017

Synod met at Upton Priory at 9.15am on 11th November.

General Synod Report

Bishop Peter's Presidential Address


Diocesan Synod on Saturday 11th March 2017

Synod met at The Fuse, Partington at 9.15am on 11th March. 

Committee Reports:


Social Responsibility




Presentation on the 'Setting God's People Free' report


Standing Orders

The Standing Orders of Chester Diocesan Board of Finance

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