England: First female representatives to House of Bishops elected

Posted Sep 26, 2013

[Church of England press release] The results of the first elections for female representatives to attend the House of Bishops have been announced. At its meeting of 7 February 2013 the House of Bishops decided that eight senior women clergy, elected regionally, will participate in all meetings of the House until such time as there are six female Bishops who will sit as of right.

The representatives will take up their roles on 1st December.

•             South West region – Ven Nicola Sullivan, Archdeacon of Wells

•             North East region – Very Revd Vivienne Faull, Dean of York

•             South East region – Ven Rachel Treweek, Archdeacon of Hackney


The results for the elections in the 5 other regions are expected to be announced over the next two weeks.

The rules relating to the election of the regional representatives can be found here:

More information on the role and work of the House of Bishops can be found here: http://www.churchofengland.org/about-us/structure/general-synod/about-general-synod/house-of-bishops.aspx