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Diocesan representatives elected to the Crown Nominations Commission

2nd Jul 2020

As part of the process to identify the next Bishop of Chelmsford, the Diocesan Vacancy in See Committee has elected six people to represent the Diocese on the Crown Nominations Commission (CNC). The CNC is the body that will interview candidates and make the final nomination to the Prime Minister for the person they believe God is calling to be the next Bishop of Chelmsford. The Prime Minister then advises Her Majesty the Queen who makes the appointment.  

The election took place on Tuesday 30 June.  

The six diocesan representatives are:

  • The Venerable Elwin Cockett
  • Canon Robert Hammond
  • The Reverend Canon Paul Harcourt
  • Canon Christine Horton
  • Mr Evans Ofoajoku
  • Miss Michelle Tackie

The Diocesan representatives will join others from the Church of England, including both Archbishops, (or their nominees) and six national representatives, three lay and three ordained, elected from and by the General Synod to form the CNC. The Archbishop’s Secretary for Appointments and the Prime Minister’s Appointments Secretary are also non-voting members of the Commission. The Archbishop of Canterbury will chair the Commission.

The CNC is due to meet for the first time later this year. 

The Diocesan Vacancy in See Committee will shortly prepare the Diocesan Statement of Needs –a document which will be used to help describe the Diocese and the role of the next Bishop to potential candidates. The document will take in to account the responses received in the diocesan consultation. The consultation, which is open until midnight of Saturday 4 July, invites people to share their views on what the next Bishop of Chelmsford will need to bring to the role.

More than 800 people, churches and groups from across East London and Essex have had their say so far.


More information 

Contacting our CNC Representatives

Anyone who wishes to contact our CNC representatives to submit views or suggest names should do so by emailing


Take part in the consultation

As part of the process to identify the next Bishop of Chelmsford a diocesan wide consultation opened Monday 11 May.  Submissions are welcome from churches, groups and individuals until Saturday 4 July.

Take part and submit a response online at -


Diocese of Chelmsford’s Vacancy in See Committee

The Diocesan Vacancy in See Committee manages and oversees the Diocese’s role in the process. It is made up of elected members of clergy and lay people from across the diocese as well as  ex officio members- some senior church leaders and all our General Synod representatives.

Canon Robert Hammond, Lay Chair of Diocesan Synod and a General Synod member is the Chair of the Vacancy in See Committee.

A full list of the Vacancy in See Committee Members can be viewed here