Working alongside synods are key committees, some of which hold statutory functions. These include:
Board of Patronage
The Diocesan Board of Patronage has a number of livings in the diocese in its gift, and is responsible for nominating a priest to the Bishop when a vacancy arises.
Membership: Mrs. Shirley-Ann Williams, Brig. Nigel Speller, Mr. Keith Rushforth, Mr. Christopher Goldsmith, the Revd Robin Eastoe, the Revd Dr Ruth Hansford, the Revd Douglas Dettmer
Vacancy in See Committee
The key function for this committee is to prepare a statement of the needs of the diocese in support of appointing a bishop when a vacancy arises and to appoint members to the Crown Appointments Committee.
Membership 2013-2015: The Bishop of Crediton, the Bishop of Plymouth, the Dean of Exeter Cathedral, the Archdeacon of Barnstaple, the Archdeacon of Plymouth, the Chairman of the House of Clergy (the Revd Preb. Douglas Dettmer), 4 Proctors in Convocation (Revd. Preb. Sam Philpott, Revd Preb. Rod Thomas, Revd. Preb. Douglas Dettmer, Revd. Canon Andrew Godsall), 2 elected clergy members (Revd Susan Oldham, Revd Dr. Mike Williams), Clergy nominated by the BCSC (Revd. Becky Totterdell, Revd. Gilly Maude), Chairman of the House of Laity (Mrs.Marguerite Shapland), elected members of General Synod (Mrs. Anneliese Barrell, Mrs. Anne Foreman, Miss. Emma Forward, Mr. Charles Hodgson, Dr. Jack Shelley), elected lay members (Mrs. Sandra Andrews, Mrs. Shirley-Ann Williams, Dr. Fern Clarke, Mr. Tony Lane, Dr. David Smith), laity nominated by the BCSC (Prof. Michael Winter, Prof. Lindsey Lindley).
The Diocesan Registrar, Mr Martin Follett is the secretary of the committee.
Mrs.Anne Foreman is the chair of the ViSC
The Group meets as a conglomeration of the Diocesan Glebe Committee under the Endowments and Glebe Measure 1976 and the Diocesan Parsonages Committee under the Repair of Benefice Buildings Measure 1972.
The scope of the Group’s work is:
- Glebe management
- Parsonage house management and repair
- Internal audit
- Management accounts (for all areas)
- Investment policy and returns
- Common Fund receipts and appeals
- Finances involved in work on Church schools
- Operation of EDPS Ltd
- Properties with development potential
- Applications from parishes for grants and loans
Membership: Vice Chair of the DBF (Bruce Beacham) the four Archdeacons, four elected deanery treasurers (Paul Cooper, Bob Soutter, Clare Born, Phil Reed), BDC appointments (Gerald Garraway, Jan Keliher). Also in attendance the diocesan secretary (Mark Beedell), property services manager (Graham Davies), diocesan accountant (Neil Williams), mission resources advisor (Patrick Parkes).