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.


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


Prayers for the election process, and for members of the Board, are available for use throughout the diocese.

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


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


Group Consultations
The Electoral Board encourages parishes, clergy other members of the diocese to participate in a group consultation to be held through either your parish or deanery.

The Board has provided the following material for the group consultations:


Two online surveys are available to provide feedback to the Electoral Board.

Online survey – individual
Complete this survey if you wish to provide individual comments or feedback to the Electoral Board

Online survey – Facilitators of group consultations
For the facilitators of the group consultations to upload and report back results to the Electoral Board