When the former Bishop of London, the Rt Revd Richard Chartres, retired in early 2017, the ‘See of London’ become vacant.
About us: Appointment of the next Bishop of London
Appointing the 133rd Bishop of London.
How the needs of the Diocese and wider Church are taken into account when selecting the next Bishop of London.
Vacancy in See Committee
The Vacancy in See Committee is then convened by the Dean of St Paul’s. The Vacancy in See Committee is responsible for carrying out consultations across the Diocese, at parish, deanery, Area and individual levels. The outcome of these consultations inform the Vacancy in See Committee in the drafting of a ‘statement of needs’ for the desired profile of the next Bishop of London.
Crown Nominations Commission
The work of the Vacancy in See Committee is passed on to the Crown Nominations Commission, the body responsible for the process for appointing bishops in the Church of England. The Vacancy in See Committee elects six of its members to the Crown Nominations Commission as diocesan representatives.
The Archbishops’ Appointments Secretary and the Prime Minister’s Appointments Secretary also carry out consultations to give the public opportunities to comment on the needs of the Diocese or the wider Church, or to propose candidates.
The Crown Nominations Commission then meets on several occasions to agree the job description for the new bishop, to draw up a shortlist of candidates and to agree the interview process. After the interview process, the Crown Nominations Commission provides two names to the Archbishop of Canterbury, clearly indicating a preference between the two candidates.
Archbishop, Prime Minister and Her Majesty the Queen
The Archbishop then writes to the Prime Minister, submitting the two names. The Prime Minster invites the candidate concerned to accept the nomination. Once a candidate has agreed to accept, the Prime Minister advises the Sovereign, who formally nominates him or her to the See.
|January-May||PCCs, deaneries, Areas and individuals||Consultations and responses to diocesan consultation paper|
|25 March||First meeting of ViSC||Worship & introductions|
Appoint drafting group and agree process
Elect deputy chair
|6 May||Second meeting of ViSC||Unconscious bias training|
Outline draft of Statement from drafting group
Further consultation material
Discussion about nominations for CNC and distribution of nomination forms
|25 June||Public consultation||Members of the public invited to comment on the needs of the Diocese or the wider Church, or to propose candidates, by 30 June|
|10 June||Main meeting of ViSC||Discussion with Archbishops’ and Prime Minister’s Appointments Secretaries|
Substantial draft of Statement from drafting group
Agree final draft of Statement (or process for it)
Election of six members for Crown Nominations Commission (see results)
|June/July||Crown Nominations Commission||Appointments Secretaries’ consultations|
|30 June||Public consultation||Members of the public are invited to write to any of the elected members to express a view or to suggest names by 31 July|
|September||Crown Nominations Commission||Agree job description for Bishop of London|
|Early November||Crown Nominations Commission||Shortlist and agree interview process|
|Late November||Crown Nominations Commission||Interviews and appointment|
Health and safeguarding checks
|January 2018 (maybe)||Prime Minister’s Office||Announcement of new appointment|