A new ‘commissary bishop’ has been appointed to help lead our diocese during the vacancy when Bishop Christopher retires.
Bishop Rob Wickham, Area Bishop of Edmonton, is to be our commissary bishop during the vacancy in see. This has been agreed by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, as well as by Bishop Rob and Bishop Christopher, and subsequently agreed by our Bishop’s Council.
His principal responsibilities will relate to governance, such as chairing Diocesan Synod and Bishop’s Council meetings, issuing licences and offering episcopal liturgical ministry with the support of the honorary assistant bishops. The day-to-day life of the diocese will be overseen by the archdeacons, working closely with the diocesan secretary and other lay and ordained colleagues.