General Synod Statistics 2005
Ages of the elected diocesan representatives of the clergy and laity.
ages 
clergy

laity

mean age 
50

56

standard deviation 
7

11

oldest 
68

78

youngest 
27

21

For comparison the mean ages in 2000 were 51 (clergy) and 53 (laity).
[Note: The laity figures exclude Bath & Wells (election postponed), Winchester (figures not available) and two members of unknown age.]
The following diagram shows the distribution of ages. [Click on the diagram to see a larger version.]
Percentage of women in elected diocesan representatives
% of women  2000  2005 
clergy  13  24 
laity  45  41 
If the representative archdeacons are included in the clergy figures, then 11% of the diocesan clergy representatives were women in 2000.
Statistics for 2000 are here.
Peter Owen
19 October 2005