Council of Assembly

Our remit

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.

This includes

  • 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

2014 Annual Report

Read the 2014 Church of Scotland Annual report

Our membership

  • Convener - Rev Dr Grant Barclay, Minister at Kilmarnock: St Kentigern's
  • Vice-convener – Catherine Coull, Elder at Dundee: Chalmers-Ardler
  • Secretary to the Council of Assembly - Pauline Weibye


  • Dr Sally Bonnar, Convener, Social Care Council
  • John Corrigan, Elder at Newmilns: Loudoun
  • Rev Iain Cunningham, Convener, World Mission Council
  • Rev Graham Duffin, Convener, Panel on Review and Reform
  • Rev Dr John Ferguson, Minister at Peterculter
  • Rev Sally Foster-Fulton, Convener, Church and Society Council
  • Elizabeth Fox, Elder at London:  St Columba's linked with Newcastle St Andrew's
  • Rev Neil Glover, Convener, Ministries Council
  • Isobel Hunter, Elder at Skirling
  • Andrew Kimmitt, Elder at Edinburgh: Morningside United
  • Anne Lamont, Elder at Edinburgh: Leith North
  • 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
  • David Watt, Elder, Airdrie: New Wellwynd
  • Rev Ian Alexander, Council secretary, World Mission Council
  • Peter Bailey, Council secretary, Social Care Council
  • Rev Dr Martin Johnstone, Council secretary, Church and Society Council
  • Rev Dr Martin Scott, Council secretary, Ministries Council
  • Very Rev John Chalmers, Principal Clerk
  • Anne Macintosh, 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, September, November, December, February, 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: