Council of Assembly
The Council of Assembly has the authority to take administrative decisions between General Assemblies, co-ordinate the work of the Church’s central administration and take decisions about resources, finances and staffing.
- Providing guidance on management, organisation and administration, and advising the General Assembly on the relative importance of work being undertaken by its various agencies.
- Recommending to the General Assembly the total amount of the Church's co-ordinated budget for the following financial year and how it should be allocated, and preparing an indicative rolling budget for the following five financial years.
- Distributing legacies and donations amongst the agencies of the General Assembly, and considering proposals on purchasing and selling property and other assets.
- Determining staffing and resourcing requirements of agencies of the General Assembly, in line with the General Assembly's priorities, other than those serving in particular parishes or overseas.
- Dealing with urgent issues arising between meetings of the General Assembly, which do not fall within the jurisdiction of the Commission of Assembly, presbytery or kirk session, and are not of a legislative or judicial nature.
- Convener - Rev Dr Grant Barclay, Minister at Kilmarnock: St Kentigern’s
- Vice-convener –Iain Johnston, Elder at Glasgow: Colston Milton
- Secretary to the Council of Assembly - Pauline Weibye
- Dr Sally Bonnar, Convener, Social Care Council
- Stephen Brown, Elder at West Kilbride: St Andrew's
- Rev Donald Campbell, Convener, Panel on Review and Reform
- Donald Carmichael, Elder at Giffnock: Orchardhill
- Catherine Coull, Elder at Dundee: Chalmers-Ardler
- Rev Neil Dougall, Convener, Ministries Council
- Rev Sally Foster-Fulton, Convener, Church and Society Council
- Elizabeth Fox, Elder at London: St Columba’s linked with Newcastle St Andrew’s
- Isobel Hunter, Elder at Skirling
- Andrew Kimmitt, Elder at Edinburgh: Morningside United
- Anne Lamont, Elder at Edinburgh: Leith North
- Very Rev Dr Andrew McLellan, Convener, World Mission Council
- Murdo Macmillan, Elder at Stornoway: Martin's Memorial
- Rev Fiona Mathieson, Minister at Edinburgh: Carrick Knowe
- Rev Alexander Millar, Minister at Stirling: St Columba’s
- Rev Colin Sinclair, Convener, Mission and Discipleship Council
- Rev Ewan Aitken, Council secretary, Church and Society Council
- Rev Ian Alexander, Council secretary, World Mission Council
- Peter Bailey, Council secretary, Social Care Council
- Rev Dr Martin Scott, Council secretary, Ministries Council
- Rev John Chalmers, Principal Clerk of the General Assembly
- Iain Grimmond, General Treasurer of the Church
- Janette Wilson, Solicitor of the Church
Contact for more information
Email or contact us at the Church's offices in Edinburgh.
The Council of Assembly usually meets on the third Monday of June, August, September, October, November, December, February, March and April. Unless otherwise stated, all meetings of the council will take place at the Church offices at 121 George Street, Edinburgh.
Minutes from Council of Assembly meetings:
- Council of Assembly, 21 October 2013
- Council of Assembly, 16 September 2013
- Council of Assembly, 19 August 2013
- Council of Assembly, 17 June 2013
- Council of Assembly, 15 April 2013
- Council of Assembly, 18 March 2013
- Council of Assembly, 18 February 2013
- Council of Assembly, 17 December 2012
- Council of Assembly, 19 November 2012
- Council of Assembly, 8 October 2012
- Council of Assembly, 17 September 2012
- Council of Assembly, 20 August 2012
- Council of Assembly, 18 June 2012
- Council of Assembly, 16 April 2012
- Council of Assembly, 19 March 2012
- Council of Assembly, 20 February 2012