Assembly Business

The Assembly Business Committee (ABC) was formed in 2019, replacing its predecessor, the Assembly Arrangements Committee. Its role is to make all necessary arrangements and to order the business of the General Assembly and Commissions of Assembly. It has oversight and keeps under review the functions, membership and processes and procedures of the General Assembly. The committee operates with three subgroups:

GA Arrangements Group

Working closely with the Principal Clerk, who is secretary to the committee, and the office of the General Assembly staff, the Committee's GA Arrangements group oversees all the practicalities including preparation of the volume of reports (The Blue Book), timetabling the order of proceedings, audio visual requirements, supporting and advising the Moderator.

Presbytery Development

The group is responsible for oversight of the presbytery restructuring process, communication with presbyteries in matters relating to the General Assembly, and oversight of procedures for presbyteries to report to General Assembly.


The committee's role includes responsibility for the care and maintenance of the Assembly Hall on Edinburgh's historic High Street, and the Moderator's official residence in Edinburgh's New Town, along with the letting or use of the Assembly Hall.


  • Convener: Rev Donald McCorkindale
  • Vice Convener: Mrs Susan Pym
  • GA Arrangements Group Convener: Rev Michael Mair
  • Presbytery Development Group Convener: Rev Sheila Kirk
  • Property Group Convener: Dr Graeme Roberts
  • Rev Alison Mehigan
  • Rev Gillian Paterson
  • Mr James Houston
  • Rev Grant Barclay, Convener of Legal Questions Committee
  • Rev Victoria Linford, Legal Questions Committee
  • Moderator and Moderator Designate
  • Principal Clerk and Depute Clerk
  • The Church's Solicitor, Procurator, and the General Treasurer.

The work of the committee is supported by many including the Assembly Officer and Depute, Chief Steward and Depute, the Communications Department and Oscus and Sanctus Media.

General Assembly 2021

General Assembly 2021 will begin on Saturday 22 May. Plans are being made by Assembly Business Committee for this online Assembly which will again be facilitated via Zoom and the "Assembly Hub". On Saturday 22 May, there will be an opening session at 10am including the installation of the Moderator and an afternoon session at 1pm. To limit screen time, business sessions Monday to Thursday will be across two afternoon sessions 1pm and 4pm, with anticipated latest end times of 3.30pmand 6pm respectively. GA will close on the Thursday afternoon.

General Assembly will again be live streamed where those who are not commissioners can view the proceedings.

Find out more about the General Assembly in the General Assembly section of our website.

Contact for more information

To get in touch with the committee please email Catherine McIntosh at