Synods of new deaneries meet

First published on: 14th July 2021

Following the launch of the diocese’s new deanery arrangements on 1 June, the Synod meetings of the new deaneries have now been held, representing a significant landmark in the transformation journey of our diocese.

Addy Lazz-Onyenobi and Nick Watson from Manchester South & Stretford deanery

Addy Lazz-Onyenobi and Nick Watson chairing the Manchester South & Stretford deanery synod

We warmly welcome Susan Haworth as the new Lay Chair of Rochdale and Liz Dent as the new Lay Chair of Oldham & Ashton who were elected at their deanery synod meetings. Our new Lay Chairs and Area Deans will be working closely together over the coming year to bring together the views of their parishes as we move forward with implementing our proposals for mission communities. All the Area Deans and Lay Chairs for the new deaneries are now in place as follows and we wish them every success in their leadership roles:


Area Dean

Lay Chair


Revd Canon Karen Smeeton

Susan Haworth

Oldham & Ashton

Revd Daniel Ramble

Liz Dent

Manchester North & East

Revd Helen Scanlan

Diane Carr

Manchester South & Stretford

Revd Nick Watson

Canon Dr Adanna (Addy) Lazz-Onyenobi

Bury & Rossendale

Revd Canon Dr Rachel Mann

Kathryn Pollard


Revd Simon Cook

Keith Lewis

Salford & Leigh

Revd Colin Pearson

Canon Richard Lewis

The most recent Deanery Synod meetings were also attended by some of our Suffragan Bishops and Archdeacons to help paint the vision for our parishes and our deaneries, and explain the challenges we face together, reminding us all that our hopes for the future are deeply rooted in our theology and prayer life together.  Please email if you would like a copy of that presentation.  

Over the coming months, the Area Deans and Lay Chairs will be having further conversations at local level about our mission community proposals, which are set out in the document which was published in June 2021, and which can be found here. Alongside this, we have also developed a short video, Mission Communities in Practice, to help these conversations.

A final set of recommendations for the new mission community principles and boundaries will be presented in November 2021. Once these have been agreed, we will be able to prioritise the most important work of all – which is how we can best work together on the ground to become the growing, nurturing and serving church that we so long for here in Manchester Diocese.

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