A General Synod Election round-up newsletter can be found here.

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.

Following a competitive election process and the count which occurred on Tuesday 12 October, the Presiding Officer is pleased to announce the that the following persons have been elected:


House of Laity

Mr Nigel Bacon

Professor Muriel Robinson

Mrs Sue Slater

Carl Fender

Dr James Henshall had been elected but decided not to take up his seat. Following the recount process for filling a casual vacancy prescribed in Part 5 Rule 27 of the House of Laity Election Rules 2020, Carl was duly elected.  

The orignial copy of the Return of Election Results for the House of Laity including a breakdown of the voting figures duly signed by the Presiding Officer can be found here.

The recount copy of the Return of Election Results can be found here. 


Proctors in Convocation

The Revd Sonia Barron

The Revd Stuart Cradduck

The Venerable Gavin Kirk

The Revd Canon Martyn Taylor

A copy of the Return of Election Results for the Proctors in Convocation including a breakdown of the voting figures duly signed by the Presiding Officer can be found here.


We would like to thank the following candidates for their involvement in the election, their commitment to General Synod and to the Diocese of Lincoln:

Mr Simon Ingram, Mrs Helen Wheeler, Mrs Amy Laotan, Dr Jaishan Mahan, Mr Nicholas Perry, Mrs Annette Parsons, Mr Mark Fletcher, The Revd Aran Paul Beesley, The Revd Canon Philip Brent and The Revd Jim Prestwood.

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 10.12.21