Bishopric Electoral Board

Under the Bishopric Election Act 2013, an Electoral Board is responsible for the appointment of the Bishop of the Diocese of Bendigo.

With Bishop Andrew Curnow announcing his resignation, the Electoral Board has been convened to begin the process of appointing the next Bishop of Bendigo.

Nominations are now officially open:
Nominations for the next bishop for the Anglican Diocese of Bendigo are now open.

We encourage prayerful reflection by all as we discern God’s guidance for our diocese.

Below you will find:

The nomination period will close on Friday, 1 September 2017.

In order to qualify:

  1. Candidates for nomination as Bishop of Bendigo must be ordained, at least 30 years old and may be either male or female.
  2. There is no requirement that candidates consent to a nomination, as the consent of candidates will be sought if they are shortlisted. However, it is useful for the Board to know whether the nominated candidate is aware of their nomination.


Nomination forms should be submitted to:


Enquiries can be directed to

Nominations will be held in the strictest of confidence by members of the Bishopric Electoral Board.


Prayers for the election process, and for members of the Board, are available for use throughout the diocese. To access please click here.


Relevant documents


Bishopric Electoral Board Membership:

Clerical Dale Barclay
Clerical Heather Blackman
Clerical Greg Harris
Clerical Michael Hopkins
Clerical Ian Howarth
Clerical Simon Robinson
Lay Derek Shepherd
Lay Julia Nutting
Lay Jenny Rainsford
Lay Jenny Dawson (Chair)
Lay Ian Dallas
Lay David Bruce


Open Consultation
An open consultation was held on Saturday 27 May. Material from the session can be accessed below.


The Board will keep members of the diocese informed of their progress. Read the latest updates from the Bishopric Electoral Board below.