The Council of the Diocese (Bishop in Council) is set up under the ‘Council of the Diocese Act’. Its role is to advise the Bishop in temporal matters and on any other matters such as mission and ministry as the Bishop chooses.

Various enactments of the Synod may require the Bishop to seek the Bishop in Council’s assent before he can act. Its membership consists of three laity and three clergy elected from Synod, six members appointed by the Bishop and members ex officio.

Members of Bishop in Council


  • The Bishop The Right Reverend Clarence E Bester
  • The Dean The Very Reverend Ken A Goodger
  • The Archdeacon The Ven Neil Hicks
  • The Chancellor The Honourable Justice Clyde E Croft
  • The Advocate Ms Rachel Ellyard
  • Chair of Committees Mr Stuart Bett
  • The Registrar Mr Timothy DL Williams
  • The Treasurer Mr Norman V Kenny


  • The Reverend Canon Thomas Leslie – Term ends 2020
  • The Reverend Canon Eden Elizabeth Nicholls – Term ends 2021
  • The Reverend Canon Alan Kelb – Term ends 2022


  • Mrs Lesley Lewis – Term ends 2020
  • Mrs Gwenda Howard – Term ends 2021
  • Mr John Gilson – Term ends 2022


  • The Rev’d Maryann Leonard – Term ends 2020
  • Prof. Jane Freemantle – Term ends 2021
  • The Rev’d Canon Scott Jessup – Term ends  2021