The Church of England is part of the one, holy, catholic and apostolic church. It is episcopally led and synodically governed and if you think that sounds like a dodgy compromise find someone else to take it up with. I may make fun of the rules but I don't make them up.
The Synodical Government Measure of 1969 (sometimes I amaze myself at how much useless stuff I actually know) was designed to give the laity (non-clergy) more say in the running of the church. Good show, say I.
So Bishops are in charge but often complain about their relative powerlessness to do anything. Except Sentamu, who totally gets it. And hierarchical synods sort out the nitty gritty of policy so we have General Synod (which has recently been meeting), Diocesan Synods, Deanery Synods and then the Parochial Church Councils. Which often moan about their relative powerlessness to get things done.
Hypothetically a PCC could pass a motion that the Deanery Synod reps could get put on their synod agenda and discuss, vote on and pass on up the line. So the ordinary person in the pew has access to the power structure to get things done, subject to lots of democratic checks and balances. It works but it is painstaking. That self-same ordinary person can also stand for election to the higher synods.