The General Synod is a massively important body where policies and measures are ultimately decided and which determines how the Church of England moves into the future in its service of God’s Kingdom and this nation. It is essential, therefore, that those who are elected to speak for the diocese of Lincoln are prayerful, thoughtful representatives of the wonderful range of churches, communities, issues and mission ambitions which characterise Greater Lincolnshire in the national and international scene.


The election

An important difference in this year’s elections is that for those who have provided an email address, the whole of the election process – both nomination and voting stages – will take place using an online portal provided by Civica Election Services.

The vote opened on Friday 17th September, when electors received either an email from Civica Election Services with instructions of how to vote online, or paper forms where we have no registered email address for you.



Fri 17th Sep

Voting Opens

Wed 22nd Sep at 12 noon

Deadline for questions submitted for the hustings for the House of Laity

Thurs 23rd Sep at 7pm

House of Laity Zoom hustings

Fri 24th Sep at 12 noon

Deadline for questions submitted for the hustings for the House of Clergy

Mon 27th Sep at 7pm

House of Clergy Zoom hustings

Fri 8th Oct

Voting Closes

11th – 14th Oct

The count (exact date and time to be confirmed)


Who are the candidates?

The nomination period ended on Wednesday 8th September. Please find below the list of valid candidates for both houses and copies of their electoral addresses. Electoral addresses and more information about each candidate is also available on the voting portal or paper ballot. The hustings will be recorded and this will be made available on this page as soon as possible there after. 


House of Laity (4 seats available) a binder of all Lay election addresses in alphabetical order can be found here.

Mr Carl Fender

Professor Muriel Robinson

Mr Nigel Bacon

Mr Simon Ingram

Mrs Sue Slater

Mrs Helen Wheeler

Dr James Henshall

Mrs Amy Laotan

Dr Jaishan Mahan

Mr Nicholas Perry

Mrs Annette Parsons

Mr Mark Fletcher


Proctors in Convocation* (4 seats available) a binder of all Clergy election addresses in alphabetical order can be found here.

The Revd Aran Paul Beesley

The Venerable Gavin Kirk

The Revd Canon Philip Brent

The Revd Sonia Barron

The Revd Jim Prestwood

The Revd Canon Martyn Taylor

The Revd Stuart Cradduck

*The House of Clergy 

The hustings

A recording of the House of Laity hustings event held on Thursday 23rd Septemeber can be found here. 

A recording of the House of Clergy hustings event held on Monday 27th September can be found here. 


Data Protection & GDPR

Electors should note that the regulations governing the General Synod elections allow candidates to request details of not only electors’ postal addresses as previously, but also of electors’ email addresses, where these have been provided.  These details are solely for the purpose of sending to electors canvassing information from the candidates in this election.

The Data Protection Act 2018, together with the UK General Data Protection Regulation (together known as the UKGDPR) governs the UK’s data protection regime.

The Rules require personal data to be processed for the purposes of the Synodical elections in various ways. These include:

  • secretaries of deanery synods giving a list of names and addresses of members of both houses of their deanery synods to the diocesan electoral registration officer (CRR rule 20)
  • the diocesan electoral registration officer recording those names and addresses (including email addresses) in a register of electors (CRR rule 27)
  • the diocesan electoral registration officer and the secretaries of deanery synods ascertaining whether the content of the registers of electors are correct (CRR rule 54)
  • the issue by the presiding officer of invitations to nominate (CRR rule 55, HoL Election Rules rule 5)
  • the supply by the presiding officer to every candidate of a copy of the name and address of every elector (including email addresses where provided) (HoL Election Rules, rule 6)
  • the equivalent rules in the Election Rules for the Clergy and the Upper Houses of the Convocations.

The Church Representation Rules (CRRs) are primary legislation (being contained in Schedule 3 to the Synodical Government Measure 1969). The Election Rules of the Houses are made under the authority of the CRRs or under the authority of Canons H 2 and H 3 and impose legal requirements on presiding officers and others. Accordingly, in all the above cases, the “processing [of the data] is necessary for compliance with a legal obligation to which the [data] controller is subject.” That is the lawful basis for the processing of the data under article 6 of the UKGDPR. Inclusion of an individual on the register of electors reveals that individual’s religious beliefs, as electors must be members of the Church of England or of a Church in communion, and the register therefore contains ‘special category personal data’ to which additional protections apply.

In order to process this data it is necessary, as well as satisfying a lawful basis under article 6, also to satisfy one of the conditions under article 9. The relevant condition for the processing under article 9 is that the “processing is carried out in the course of its legitimate activities with appropriate safeguards by a … not-for-profit body with a … religious … aim” (article 9(d)). The consent of those whose names are on the register of electors is not required for the processing of their data in accordance with the Rules, and such consent should not be sought.


Links and Contacts

For more detail on the rules, the Single Transferrable Vote system and further FAQs, please see the Church of England page on General Synod elections.


Presiding Officer

David Dadswell

Diocesan Secretary

[email protected]


For more information please contact

Helen Doyle

Governance & Compliance Officer

[email protected]

01522 504033

Updated on 24.9.21