English Diocesan See Vacancies

in reverse order of the announcement of the vacancy

See retiring bishop see vacant
from
comments by* Vacancy in See
Committee
main meeting
CNC meetings new bishop announced election
by the
College of
Canons
election
confirmed
homage
paid to the
Sovereign
consecrated inauguration/
installation at
cathedral
notes
Worcester John Inge 9 Oct 2024                      
St Edmundsbury and Ipswich Martin Seeley 1 Mar 2025   15 July 2024 4 March 2025
28/29 April 2025
               
Durham Paul Butler 1 Mar 2024 10 May 2024 18 Apr 2024 11 Oct 24
26/27 Nov 24
               
Truro Philip Mounstephen 10 Oct 2023 15 Mar 2024 22 Feb 2024 6 Sep 24
15/16 Oct 24
              Bishop Mounstephen to be translated to Winchester
Coventry Christopher  Cocksworth 6 Nov 2023 2 Feb 2024 15 Jan 2024 26 Jun 24
11/12 Sep 24
              Bishop Cocksworth to become Dean of Windsor
Ely Stephen Conway 20 July 2023 10 Dec 2023 16 Nov 2023 13 May 2024
11/12 July 2024
              Bishop Conway to be translated to Lincoln
Exeter Robert Atwell 1 Oct 2023 15 Oct 2023 7 Sept 2023 29 Feb 2024
9/10 April 2024
Mike Harrison 4 June 2024            
Sodor and Man Peter Eagles 28 Oct 2023 3 Sept 2023 4 Sept 2023 17 Jan 2024
13/14 March 2024
Patricia Hillas 16 May 2024       10 Oct 2024    
Carlisle James Newcome 1 Sept 2023 9 Jun 2023   7 Nov 2023
13/14 Dec 2023
Jan 2025
13/14 March 2025
              The CNC failed to choose a new bishop at its Dec 2023 meeting
Peterborough Donald Allister Jan 2023     13 June 2023
19/20 July 2023
Deborah Sellin
(Bishop of Southampton)
28 Sept 2023 16 Nov 2023 13 Dec 2023     3 Mar 2024  
Birmingham David Urquhart 18 Oct 2022 19 Dec 2022 5 Jan 2023 21 Apr 2023
18/19 May 2023
Michael Volland
(Principal of Ridley Hall)
31 Aug 2023   22 Nov 2023   30 Nov 2023 2 Mar 2024  
Blackburn Julian Henderson 31 Aug 2022 12 June 2022 24 May 2022 21 Sept 2022
8/9 Nov 2022
Philip North
(Bishop of Burnley)
10 Jan 2023 7 Mar 2023 25 Apr 2023 7 June 2023   24 June 2023  
Newcastle Christine Hardman 30 Nov 2021 7 Feb 2022 9 Feb 2022 7 June 2022
18/19 July 2022
Helen-Ann Hartley
(Bishop of Ripon)
20 Oct 2022 28 Nov 2022 3 Feb 2023 6 Mar 2023   22 Apr 2023  
Winchester Tim Dakin 6 Feb 2022 25 Nov 2022 5 Dec 2022 21 Mar 2023
27/28 Apr 2023
Philip Mounstephen
(Bishop of Truro)
6 Jul 2023 12 Sept 2023 10 Oct 2023 15 Nov 2023      
Liverpool Paul Bayes Feb 2022     16 May 2022
21/22 June 2022
John Perumbalath
(Bishop of Bradwell)
18 Oct 2022 25 Nov 2022 20 Jan 2023 6 Mar 2023   22 Apr 2023  
Lincoln Christopher Lowson 31 Dec 2021 22 Oct 2021
28 Oct 2022
18 Nov 2021
9 Nov 2022
10 Mar 2022
25/26 Apr 2022

24 Feb 2023
28/29 Mar 2023
Stephen Conway
(Bishop of Ely)
24 May 2023   20 July 2023 15 Nov 2023   11 Nov 2023  
Bath and Wells Peter Hancock 2021     31 Jan 2022
28 Feb/1 Mar 2022
Michael Beasley
(Bishop of Hertford)
28 Apr 2022 28 June 2022 28 June 2022 14 July 2022   12 Nov 2022  
Salisbury Nicholas Holtam 4 July 2021 14 May 2021 15 May 2021 29 Sept 2021
9/10 Nov 2021
Stephen Lake
(Dean of Gloucester)
13 Jan 2022 2 Mar 2022 1 Apr 2022 19 May 2022 25 Apr 2022    
Portsmouth Christopher Foster 31 May 2021 12 Mar 2021 11 Mar 2021 21 June 2021
20/21 Jul 2021
Jonathan Frost
(Bishop of Southampton)
8 Oct 2021 2 Dec 2021 18 Jan 2022 16 Feb 2022      
Rochester James Langstaff 1 Aug 2021 30 Jul 2021 7 Sept 2021 14 Dec 2021
27/28 Jan 2022
Jonathan Gibbs
(Bishop of Huddersfield)
31 Mar 2022     14 July 2022      
Chelmsford Stephen Cottrell 9 July 2020 30 Jun 2020 30 Jun 2020 12 Oct 2020
18/19 Nov 2020
Guli Francis-Dehqani
(Bishop of Loughborough)
17 Dec 2020   11 Mar 2021 28 Apr 2021     Bishop Cottrell became
Archbishop of York on 9 July 2020
Chester Peter Forster 30 Sept 2019 30 Sept 2019 24 Sept 2019 3 Feb 2020
16/17 Mar 2020
Mark Tanner
(Bishop of Berwick)
12 May 2020   15 July 2020 28 Apr 2021      
Hereford Richard Frith 30 Nov 2019 28 Mar 2019 5 Mar 2019 12 June 2019
15/16 July 2019
Richard Jackson
(Bishop of Lewes)
3 Sept 2019 6 Dec 2019 7 Jan 2020 17 Mar 2020   21 March 2020  
York John Sentamu 8 June 2020 30 June 2019   23 Sept 2019
12 Nov 2019
2/3 Dec 2019
Stephen Cottrell
(Bishop of Chelmsford)
17 Dec 2019 11 June 2020 9 July 2020 21 July 2020      
Norwich Graham James 1 Mar 2019 19 Nov 2018 2 Oct 2018 22 Jan 2019
11/12 Mar 2019
Graham Usher
(Bishop of Dudley)
3 May 2019   18 Jun 2019     9 Nov 2019  
Derby Alastair Redfern 1 Sept 2108 1 June 2018 16 May 2018 26 Sept 2018
1/2 Nov 2018
Lbby Lane
(Bishop of Stockport)
18 Dec 2018   11 Feb 2019     25 May 2019  
Truro Tim Thornton 5 Sept 2017 5 Mar 2018 16 Jan 2018 8 May 2018
11/12 June 2018
Philip Mounstephen 30 Aug 2018       30 Nov 2018 12 Jan 2019 Tim Thornton to become bishop at Lambeth
Bristol Mike Hill 30 Sept 2017 13 Nov 2017 18 Oct 2017 1 Feb 2018
12/13 Mar 2018
Vivienne Faull
(Dean of York)
15 May 2018   27 Jun 2018 12 Jul 2018 3 Jul 2018    
Sodor and Man Robert Paterson 11 Nov 2016 23 Nov 2016 16 Nov 2016 7 Feb 2017
8/9 Mar 2017
Peter Eagles
(Archdeacon for the Army)
4 May 2017       22 Jun 2017    
London Richard Chartres 1 Apr 2017 30 June 2017   27 Sept 2017
7 Nov 2017
28/29 Nov 2017
Sarah Mullally
(Bishop of Crediton)
18 Dec 2017 25 Jan 2018 8 Mar 2018   2015 12 May 2018  
Sheffield Steven Croft 6 July 2016 15 Sept 2016   1 Nov 2016
28/29 Nov 2016
Pete Wilcox
(Dean of Liverpool)
7 Apr 2017 5 May 2017 5 Jun 2017   22 Jun 2017 23 Sep 2017 Philip North was announced as the new bishop
on 31 Jan 2017, but withdrew on 9 Mar 2017
Lichfield Jonathan Gledhill 30 Sept 2015 10 Aug 2015 9 July 2015 9 Dec 2015
20/21 Jan 2016
Michael Ipgrave
(Bishop of Woolwich)
2 Mar 2016   10 Jun 2016        
Leicester Tim Stevens 11 Jul 2015 26 May 2015 20 May 2015 11 Sept 2015
8/9 Oct 2015
Martyn Snow
(Bishop of Tewkesbury)
15 Dec 2015 28 Jan 2016 22 Feb 2016        
Newcastle Martin Wharton 30 Nov 2014 2 Mar 2015   23 June 2015
23/24 July 2015
Christine Hardman 2 Sept 2015   22 Sept 2015   30 Nov 2015 12 Dec 2015  
Oxford John Pritchard 31 Oct 2014 [19 Jan 2015]
23 Nov 2015
  14 Apr 2015
11/12 May 2015
4 Feb 2016
7/8 Mar 2016
Steven Croft
(Bishop of Sheffield)
12 Apr 2016   6 July 2016        
Gloucester Michael Perham 21 Nov 2014 8 Dec 2014   8 Jan 2015
19/20 Feb 2015
Rachel Treweek
(Archdeacon of Hackney)
26 Mar 2015 30 Apr 2015 15 June 2015   22 Jul 2015    
Southwell and Nottingham Paul Butler 20 Jan 2014 18 Jul 2014   3 Nov 2014
2/3 Dec 2014
Paul Williams
(Bishop of Kensington)
10 Feb 2015 7 Mar 2015 8 May 2015     27 Jun 2015  
Leeds new diocese Easter 2014 3 Oct 2013   12 Nov 2013
9/10 Jan 2014
Nick Baines
(Bishop of Bradford)
4 Feb 2014   8 Jun 2014 9 Jul 2014      
St Edmundsbury and Ipswich Nigel Stock Oct 2013 7 Apr 2014   11 Sept 2014
15/16 Oct 2014
Martin Seeley 20 Nov 2014   7 May 2015   14 May 2015    
Guildford Christopher Hill 1 Dec 2013 21 Mar 2014 11 Dec 2013 11 June 2014
21/22 July 2014
Andrew Watson
(Bishop of Aston)
26 Sept 2014   24 Nov 2014     28 Feb 2015  
Europe ** Geoffrey Rowell 8 Nov 2013 8 Dec 2013   6 Feb 2014
10/11 Mar 2014
Robert Innes 6 May 2014   20 July 2014    
Hereford Anthony Priddis 25 Sept 2013 17 Oct 2013   22 Jan 2014
25/26 Feb 2014
1 May 2014
6 June 2014
Richard Frith
(Bishop of Hull)
16 July 2014 8 Sep 2014 17 Oct 2014     22 Nov 2014  
Liverpool James Jones 18 Aug 2013 13 Dec 2013 3 Dec 2013 6 Mar 2014
1/2 Apr 2014
Paul Bayes
(Bishop of Hertford)
7 May 2014 23 June 2014 23 July 2014 8 Oct 2014   15 Nov 2014  
Exeter Michael Langrish 31 Aug 2013 30 Jun 2013   18 Oct 2013
6/7 Nov 2013
Robert Atwell
(Bishop of Stockport)
21 Jan 2014   30 Apr 2014        
Durham Justin Welby 4 Feb 2013 11 Mar 2013   8 May 2013
6/7 June 2013
Paul Butler
(Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham)
12 Sept 2013   20 Jan 2014 11 Feb 2014      
Bath & Wells Peter Price 1 July 2013 20 May 2013 9 Apr 2013 18 July 2013
3/4 Oct 2013
Peter Hancock
(Bishop of Basingstoke)
10 Dec 2013   4 Mar 2014        
Manchester Nigel McCulloch 18 Jan 2013 14 Jan 2013   11 Mar 2013
19/20 Apr 2013
25/26 Apr 2013
David Walker
(Bishop of Dudley)
5 Jun 2013   7 Oct 2013 20 Nov 2013      
Canterbury Rowan Williams 1 Jan 2013 30 Apr 2012 3 May 2012   Justin Welby
(Bishop of Durham)
9 Nov 2012   4 Feb 2013 26 Feb 2013      
Blackburn Nicholas Reade 1 Nov 2012 28 Sept 2012   10 Jan 2013
30/31 Jan 2013
Julian Henderson
(Archdeacon of Dorking)
1 Mar 2013   30 Sep 2013 20 Nov 2013 10 Oct 2013    
Chichester John Hind 30 Apr 2012 1 Nov 2011 23-25 Nov 2011 14 Feb 2012
7/8 Mar 2012
Martin Warner
(Bishop of Whitby)
3 May 2012   2 July 2012        
Winchester Michael Scott-Joynt 31 May 2011 31 Mar 2011 2 March 2011 9 June 2011
5/6 July 2011
Timothy Dakin
(General Secretary of
the Church Mission Society)
6 Sep 2011   14 Dec 2011   25 Jan 2012    
Durham Tom Wright 1 Sept 2010 3 Dec 2010   23 Mar 2011
12/13 Apr 2011
Justin Welby
(Dean of Liverpool)
2 Jun 2011       28 Oct 2011    
Lincoln John Saxbee 31 Jan 2011 31 Oct 2010   24 Feb 2011
14/15 Mar 2011
Christopher Lowson
(Director of Ministry at
the Archbishops’ Council)
15 Apr 2011       21 Sept 2011    
Salisbury David Stancliffe 1 Oct 2010 28 May 2010   18 Nov 2010
8/9 Dec 2010

8 Dec 2010
10/11 Jan 2011
Nicholas Holtam
(Vicar of Saint Martin-in-the-Fields
in the diocese of London)
12 Apr 2011   21 Jul 2011   22 Jul 2011    
Bradford David James 15 July 2010 30 Jun 2010 23 Jun 2010 30 Sep 2010
1/2 Nov 2010

8 Sep 2010
29/30 Sep 2010
Nicholas Baines
(Bishop of Croydon)
17 Dec 2010   1 Apr 2011        
Southwark Tom Butler 5 Mar 2010 12 Feb 2010   11 Jun 2010
5/6 Jul 2010
Christopher Chessun
(Bishop of Woolwich)
6 Oct 2010   17 Jan 2011        
Ely Anthony Russell 28 Feb 2010 7 Dec 2009   23 Mar 2010
20/21 Apr 2010
Stephen Conway
(Bishop of Ramsbury)
31 Aug 2010   6 Dec 2010        
Rochester Michael Nazir-Ali 1 Sept 2009 11 Dec 2009 11 Nov 2009 24 Feb 2010
18/19 Mar 2010
James Langstaff
(Bishop of Lynn)
22 Jun 2010            
Portsmouth Kenneth Stevenson 30 Sept 2009 25 Jun 2009 17 Jun 2009 9 Oct 2009
9/10 Nov 2009
Christopher Foster
(Bishop of Hertford)
9 Feb 2010            
Chelmsford John Gladwin 1 Sept 2009 21 Sept 2009   9 Dec 2009
14/15 Jan 2010
Stephen Cottrell
(Bishop of Reading)
22 Mar 2010   2 Sep 2010
6 Oct 2010
11 Nov 2010      
Peterborough Ian Cundy 7 May 2009 20 Mar 2009 12 Mar 2009 10 Jun 2009
22/23 Jul 2009
Donald Allister
(Archdeacon of Chester)
5 Nov 2009       25 Mar 2010    
Southwell
& Nottingham
George Cassidy 31 Aug 2009 12 Dec 2008   18 Feb 2009
2/3 Mar 2009
Paul Butler
(Bishop of Southampton)
29 Jun 2009            
Carlisle Graham Dow 30 Apr 2009 19 Nov 2008   21 Jan 2009
26/27 Feb 2009
James Newcome
(Bishop of Penrith)
28 May 2009            
St Albans Christopher Herbert 7 Jan 2009       Alan Smith
(Bishop of Shrewsbury)
13 Jan 2009   31 Mar 2009        
Sheffield Jack Nicholls 16 July 2008       Steven Croft 21 Oct 2008       25 Jan 2009    

* date by which comments on the needs of the diocese or the wider church, or names of suggested candidates must be sent to:

Mr Stephen Knott
Archbishops’ Secretary for Appointments
stephen.knott@churchofengland.org

or

Mr Jonathan Hellewell
Prime Minister’s Appointments Secretary
jonathan.hellewell@cabinetoffice.gov.uk

Any letters received will be shared by the two Secretaries.

** Selecting a Bishop for the Diocese in Europe is a process very similar to English Dioceses except that it is not a Crown Appointment - the final decision is made by the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Bishop of London and a bishop nominated by the Standing Committee of the Anglican Consultative Council, acting jointly (section 6 of the Constitution refers). The Standing Committee of the Diocesan Synod acts as the Vacancy in See Committee for the Diocese and closely follows the Vacancy in See procedures as for all the other dioceses.

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