The Church of England has issued the following Press Release in which William Nye, Secretary General of the Archbishops’ Council, publishes a ‘lessons learned’ Review in response to Sir Philip’s fourth recommendation.
The Introduction to the Review explains [emboldening in original]:
“In February 2018, the House of Bishops formally accepted the four recommendations set out in the report from the Independent Reviewer, Sir Philip Mawer, published in September 2017, on the nomination of Bishop Philip North to the See of Sheffield. Recommendation 4 asks “that, together with his colleagues in the National Church Institutions, and those involved in the dioceses of Sheffield and Blackburn, the Secretary General reviews the lessons to be learned from what happened in order to avoid a similar lacuna occurring in future.”
The Press Release is reproduced below:
Lessons for the National Church Institutions following Independent Reviewer’s report on Sheffield
Following the publication of Sir Philip Mawer’s independent review into the nomination to the See of Sheffield, William Nye, Secretary General of the Archbishops’ Council, has published a ‘lessons learned’ review in response to Sir Philip’s fourth recommendation.
He said: “I would like to add my thanks to that of the Archbishops to Sir Philip for his review, and in particular for suggesting that I review the lessons to be learned for the National Church Institutions from the handling of the process after Bishop Philip North’s nomination.
“Having done this, I hope that my suggestions for a way forward will ensure that those nominated to a see, as well as the dioceses in question, will be better supported by the National Church Institutions both before and after the announcement.
“We have already put this learning into practice and have reaped the benefit of this in the announcement of the new Bishop of London last December and the new Bishop of Bristol in May.
“We will continue to learn from each nomination, keeping to our commitment to mutual flourishing in every process.”
The full text of the review is available here.
Sir Philip’s report can be found here
The House of Bishops response to Sir Philip’s report can be found here.