Role and Legal Status:
The Representative Body of the Church in Wales holds assets in trust on behalf of the Archbishop, Bishops, Clergy and Laity of the Church in Wales – currently some 1,500 churches, 650 parsonage houses and £430 million of investments. It has charitable status and has to observe trust and charity law.
The Representative Body’s membership consists of:
1. The Chairman of the Diocesan Board of Finance of each diocese;
2. The Chairman of the Standing Committee of the Governing Body;
3. The Archbishop;
4. One cleric elected by the Diocesan Conference of each diocese;
5. One lay person elected by the Diocesan Conference of each diocese;
6. Up to four members nominated by the Bench of Bishops in consultation with the Standing Committee;
7. Up to two members co-opted by the other members of the Representative Body.
Qualifications for Membership:
Any cleric who holds an ecclesiastical office in the Church in Wales or a licence from a Welsh Diocesan Bishop.
Any lay communicant over 18 and under 75 years of age who –
1. either resides or has resided for a period of 12 months in a Church in Wales parish;
2. Or has been a contributor to Church in Wales funds within 12 months of nomination for membership;
3. Does not belong to a religious body which itself is not in communion with the Church in Wales.
Clergy who are in the full-time salaried employment, and any lay employee, of the Representative Body, Diocesan Boards of Finance or any other provincial or diocesan body within the Church in Wales (or who have been in such employment during the last twelve months) are not eligible for membership of the RB.
Members serve for a three year period of election or co-option initially. There are currently three meetings of the Representative Body each year, two of which are normally held in South Wales, and one in North Wales. In addition, members will generally be expected to sit on one of the RB’s committees (a further two to four meetings annually). Committee meetings are predominantly held in Cardiff and Shrewsbury with some held in North Wales.
There are no formal requirements beyond the membership qualifications listed above but in view of the areas of the Representative Body’s work some expertise in one or more of the following would be a distinct advantage:
1. Investments and banking;
2. Audit and accountancy;
3. Property (both residential and church buildings);
4. Change management;
5. Human resources.
Members will be expected to report to their respective dioceses on the work of the Representative Body and, as necessary, reflect the views of the diocese at Representative Body and committee meetings. For this reason it is helpful if the member is also closely involved with the work of the diocese, and has a good understanding of diocesan plans, priorities and concerns.
Meals are provided at meetings where appropriate and reasonable travel expenses incurred in attending meetings are reimbursed.
Further information on the role and responsibilities of the Representative Body can be found on the Church in Wales website athttp://www.churchinwales.org.uk/structure/repbody/