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 A John Parkes AM
  • The Dean The Very Reverend Ken A Goodger
  • The Archdeacons The Ven Clarence E Bester and The Ven Peter N Macleod-Miller
  • The Chancellor The Honourable Justice Clyde E Croft
  • The Advocate Ms Rachel Ellyard
  • The Registrar Mr Timothy DL Williams
  • The Treasurer Mr Norman V Kenny


  • The Reverend Alan Kelb – Term ends 2019
  • The Reverend Thomas Leslie – Term ends 2020
  • One position to be elected Synod 2018


  • Ms Margaret Brickhill Term ends 2018
  • Mrs Vicki Chick Term ends 2019
  • Mrs Lesley Lewis Term ends 2020


  • Mrs Cathy Carden Term ends 2018
  • The Reverend Eden-Elizabeth Nicholls Term ends 2018
  • Mr David Ritchie Term ends 2019
  • The Reverend Sally Boothey Term ends 2019
  • The Reverend Michael Jones Term ends 2020