Election Addresses

Following the 2017 General Synod By-election, two new representatives have been elected to serve the Diocese of Guildford in the General Synod. 

Stephen Hofmeyr (laity) and George Newton (clergy) will serve until 2020, after both were elected at the second stage under the single transferable vote system. 

Clergy Candidates

Laity Candidates


Questions and responses for the successful candidates are available below. 

  • Candidates' Responses - Clergy
    Please select the name of ​a candidate to see their ​answers to submitted questions. 
  • The Revd Sir George Newton

    Question 1: In what ways would the candidates promote the presence and participation of Anglicans of Ethnic Minority Heritage in all structures of our church? Revd Dr Kuhan Satkunanayagam, Rector of Long Ditton


    Thanks for this important question.

    • I am a firm believer that the Church of England should be a/the church for all the people of this country, whatever their ethnic heritage.
    • Therefore, both locally and nationally, both in structures and attendance, we would want it to reflect the ethnic heritage of the people.
    • In many cases, especially nationally, there is serious under-representation. (Locally, the church I lead reflects well the ethnic diversity of the town but the leadership does not yet).
    • The Archbishop’s Council is aware of this and aims to develop and monitor the effect of Renewal and Reform strategies amongst BAME communities (GS Misc 1169) but may need encouraging to continue to do so rather than letting this fall from the consciousness of Synod, so I would be happy to make sure this remains on the agenda.
    • I hope (whether elected or not, as things can progress upwards from deanery synod) to bring to Synod a proposal that careful and strategic thought be given to a strategy and policy of working with single ethnicity independent congregations (especially first generation) with the aim to offer some sort of ‘umbrella membership’ of the Church of England as such congregations work towards the rocky transition into second generation churches.
    • This could bring a protection from split and implosion of such churches with the wisdom and experience of longevity that the C of E has and could inject much needed life into parts of the C of E.
    • Ultimately, this could bring more people and leaders into the structure of the church (although I am aware that there are many sensitive areas to be addressed in this approach).
  • Candidates' Responses - Laity
    Please select the name of ​a candidate to see their ​answers to submitted questions. 
  • Stephen Hofmeyr

    Question ​1: What is your opinion of the findings of Sir Philip Mawer in his report published on the Church of England website  on 15 September 2017; in particular, do you agree that the failings he identifies in paragraph 190 apply to the Diocese of Guildford; and if so, what action should the Diocese take? Adrian Vincent, Member of Woking Deanery Synod

    Answer: Many thanks for your question, Adrian.  Whether the failings identified by the Independent Reviewer at paragraph 190 of his Review apply to the Diocese of Guildford is a question of fact which I am not in a position to answer based on my own knowledge.  I have accordingly asked for information.  I am not personally aware of any specific initiatives that have been launched within the Diocese of Guildford although it is my understanding that all Ordinands are required to sign up to the Five Guiding Principles.  If no steps have been taken within the Diocese of Guildford, then I would agree that they should be taken; and, if Sir Philip’s recommendations are followed, resources and examples of good practice will shortly be available.


    Question 2: Would you personally and unequivocally support and accept a woman appointed as an incumbent and a woman appointed as a diocesan bishop in all aspect of her role, including sacramental, teaching and preaching?  Carolyn Graham (General Synod and Guildford Deanery Lay Chair)

    Answer: “Many thanks for your question, Carolyn.  My answer is “Yes"

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