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Last updated 16th September 2021

General Synod elections 2021

The General Synod has now been dissolved and the Diocese of Blackburn is entitled to send five elected members of the Clergy and six elected members of the Laity to the new Synod.

Nominations: Lay members of General Synod must be nominated by Lay members of Deanery Synods who can also nominate themselves. Deanery Synod members should have received a communication to enable them to make nominations. 

Anyone not on Deanery Synod can still put themselves forward for election and the best approach in this case is to seek out your local parish Deanery Synod representative in the first instance. If you don't know who that is, please ask your incumbent.

Lay members will then be elected by lay members of Deanery Synods while members of the clergy will be elected by other clergy in the Diocese. Clergy should also have received information about their procedure for nominations.

Further information: Please click here for more information on the election to the General Synod - including some helpful videos to watch. If you need more information, please contact the Presiding Officer on This year the elections will be conducted using a new online Elections Portal, although anyone without an email address who is entitled to vote will be sent paperwork in the post so that they can take part.

Key dates: The electronic ballot will open on Friday 17 September 2021 and close on Friday 8 October 2021. 

Below is a list of Candidates. To read their election address, please click on their name. The booklets below contain, in alphabetical surname order, the election addresses of every candidate who has provided one.

Proctorial Candidates

Rev Paul Benfield Rev Stephen Corbett Rev Alex Frost
Rev Sam Haigh The Venerable Mark Ireland Rev Michael Print
Rev David Stephenson Rev Marc Wolverson Rev Tom Woolford

Laity Candidates

Mr Stephen Boyall Mr Tim Cox Professor Dame Pauline Fielding DBE
Mrs Vivienne Goddard Mrs Grace Illidge Mrs Rosemary J Lyon
Mr Derek Matthews Dr Laura Oliver Mr Paul Ronson
Mrs Helen Sage Ms Jacqueline Stamper  

Election Addresses for Laity Candidates booklet

Election Addresses for Proctorial Candidates booklet

The views expressed on the above pages are those of the candidates and any statements of fact and assertions expressed are made solely by the candidates.