Map of diocese showing deaneries
The government of the Diocese of Manchester, like all other dioceses in the Church of England, is overseen at diocesan, deanery and parish level. 
Synods, Committees and Parochial Church Councils are all responsible for decisions made at various levels in the diocese. 

These pages provide information about the constitution and regulation of these bodies, how they are elected and when they meet.

Elections to Boards, Councils and Committees for Triennium 2022-2024 - deadline extended to 2 December 2021

Following the expiry date of the recent deadline for submission of Nomination Forms for the process of nominations/elections to all Diocesan Boards, Councils and Committees, in readiness for the triennial period 2022 to 2024 – the deadline for submission of nominations has been extended to Thursday, 2 December 2021. 

Nominations are invited to the following Boards and Committees of which only current members of Diocesan Synod (Triennium period 2021-2024) are eligible to stand for nomination/election:

  • Bishop’s Council and Standing Committee of the Diocesan Synod
  • Diocesan Mission and Pastoral Committee

Nominations are invited to the following Boards and Committees of which all members of Deanery Synods (who are not also required to be a member of Diocesan Synod) are eligible to stand for nomination/election:

  • Diocesan Property Committee
  • Diocesan Board of Education
  • Vacancy in See Committee

Please note that submission of nominations to the Diocesan Board of Education has been temporarily put on hold until the new Diocesan Board of Education Measure 2021 is implemented later next year. Existing members will remain Board Members until the new Measure takes effect in 2022.

In all cases, nominated candidates will require a proposer and seconder who MUST be a member of Diocesan Synod (and a member of the same Synodical House as the nominee) and in certain instances, the proposer and seconder are also required to be from the same Archdeaconry as the nominated candidate. If there are more nominations received than places available on the respective Boards, Councils and Committees, then an election will need to be held in accordance with the published timetable.

Your attention is drawn to the following documentation. Please read all the content very carefully before submitting a nomination:

Nomination forms must be received by 12 noon on Thursday 2 December 2021 in hard copy format only and containing the respective signatures of the nominated candidate and both their proposer and seconder. Nomination forms received electronically will be deemed invalid.

If you have already submitted a nomination form (in time for the original Tuesday, 23 November deadline), please do not submit a new form unless you wish to add/subtract from the nomination form you have already submitted. 

If you have any questions relating to the election process please contact Revd Alan Simpson via

The Church of England Diocese of Manchester,
Church House, 
90 Deansgate, 
Manchester M3 2GH

Manchester DBF Company number 149999, Charity number 249424
Telephone: 0161 828 1400