Vacancy in See
The Vacancy in See Committee is the diocesan standing committee tasked with setting out the needs of the diocese and agreeing a ‘person spec’ for the next Bishop of Bath & Wells, following the retirement of the Rt Revd Peter Price at the end of June 2013.
The Vacancy in See Committee consists of 25 men and women from across the diocese, representing both clergy and laity. These members are:
|Name ( * indicates elected to serve on CNC)
|The Revd Chris North||Clergy||Bath||Parish|
|The Revd Dr Adrian Youings *||Clergy||Taunton||Parish|
|The Revd David Keen||Clergy||Wells||Parish|
|Jeremy Key-Pugh *||Laity||Bath||Parish|
|The Ven John Reed, Archdeacon of Taunton||Clergy||Taunton||Bishop's Staff|
|The Rt Revd Peter Maurice, the Suffragan Bishop||Clergy||Wells||Bishop's Staff|
|The Very Revd John Clarke, Dean||Clergy||Wells||Bishop's Staff|
|The Ven Nicola Sullivan, Archdeacon of Wells||Clergy||Wells||Bishop's Staff|
|The Revd Stephen Stuckes||Clergy||Taunton||House of Clergy/Parish|
|Christina Baron *||Laity||Wells||House of Laity/Parish|
|The Revd Sue Rose||Clergy||Wells||General Synod/Parish|
|The Ven Andy Piggott, Archdeacon of Bath *||Clergy||Bath||General Synod/Bishop's Staff|
|The Revd Preb Stephen Lynas *||Clergy||Wells||General Synod/Bishop's Staff|
|The Revd James Dudley-Smith||Clergy||Wells||General Synod/Parish|
|Jenny Humphreys||Laity||Bath||General Synod/Old Deanery|
|Cherida Stobart||Laity||Bath||General Synod/Parish|
|Fay Wilson-Rudd *||Laity||Wells||General Synod/Parish|
|Edward Armitstead||Laity||Wells||General Synod/Parish|
|Tim Hind||Laity||Wells||General Synod/Parish|
|The Revd Julia Hicks||Clergy||Taunton||Parish|
|The Revd Sharon Crossman||Clergy||Wells||Parish|
|Harry Musselwhite||Laity||Bath||Chair, Diocesan Board of Finance|
The main objectives for the Vacancy in See Committee are to prepare a 'Statement of Needs' for the diocese, providing a description of the local area, the job and the hopes for the new bishop, and to elect six of its members to join the Crown Nominations Commission (CNC). The committee can also put forward names of people to be considered as the future bishop.
The Crown Nominations Commission will also consult widely within the diocese, both within the Church and more widely with ecumenical partners, other denominations, local government and civic authorities. A summary of their consultations will form part of the information provided to the Crown Nominations Commission.
Two meetings are scheduled for the Crown Nominations Commission to consider potential candidates for the role of Bishop of Bath & Wells. These will be held on 18 July and 3 & 4 October 2013.
The Vacancy in See Committee met in Wells on Wednesday 10th April 2013 to elect six of its members to serve on the Crown Nominations Commission. The six elected members are:
Nominations Commission guidance states that contact details should be made available of the 6 members of the Vacancy in See Committee who have been elected on to the CNC.
Anyone is welcome to send their views or suggestions to any of the 6 members, However, although all comment is welcome, the members are not permitted to enter into correspondence with those expressing views.
The addresses are as follows:
The Revd Dr Adrian Youings
Trull Church Office
Mr Jeremy Key-Pugh
8 The Linleys
Ms Christina Baron
The Old Vicarage
St Thomas Street
The Ven Andy Piggott
56 Grange Road
The Revd Preb Stephen Lynas
Miss Fay Wilson-Rudd
3 Old School Place
On 1 July 2013, the Diocese of Bath & Wells published its “Statement of Needs” which provides a description of the local area, the role, and the hopes for the new diocesan bishop. Download a copy of the Statement of Needs.
The 25-page document forms part of the appointment process and was written collaboratively by selected members of the Vacancy in See Committee. The document will help to inform the Appointments Secretaries’ view of Somerset, and will indicate the expectations and hopes that the diocese has of a new bishop.
The Statement of Needs will be set alongside the Appointment Secretaries’ notes from the consultation meetings held in April.
Responsibility for appointing a new bishop lies with the Crown Nominations Commission (CNC). Two meetings are scheduled for the CNC to consider potential candidates for the role of Bishop of Bath & Wells. These will be held on 18 July and early October 2013.
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