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Meet the Church schools team

Most of the Board of Education staff are based at:

Bouverie Court, 6 The Lakes, Bedford Road, Northampton NN4 7YD

01604 887006 

Peter Cantley

Diocesan Director of Education

The Director of Education is the Bishop's Adviser on statutory education and is responsible to the Board of Education for the Church schools in the diocese. The Director is secretary to the Diocesan Board of Education and has a statutory responsibility with matters concerning Church schools such as changes of status, creating new schools and academies and managing the Church schools team.

The Director also co-ordinates a range of services to schools including advice on school administration, curriculum development (RE and CW), site development and the appointment of head and deputy head teachers. He also liaises with the three LAs (Northamptonshire, Peterborough and Rutland) in the diocese, as well as with the DfE and the national Church of England Education Office (National Society).

 01604 887062

 Doug SpenceleyDoug Spenceley

Bishop’s Vicar for Church Schools (part-time)

The Reverend Doug Spenceley provides spiritual and pastoral support for Church schools whose parish currently has no parish priest.

This may include help at times of significant difficulty or stress, contribution to collective worship and RE, and helping to maintain and foster strong links with the local parish church.

He is also available to assist members of the parish church in developing and sustaining good quality links with their church school. This may include meeting with church wardens, PCC and member of the congregation, some leading of church worship and training.

01604 887006


Liz Youngman

Assistant Diocesan Director of Education

The Assistant DDE works collaboratively with the Director of Education in order to ensure the best possibly delivery of support to church schools in the Diocese. This includes managing the Service Level Agreement and training programmes.  She is the SIAMS (Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools) Manager keeping up to date on national SIAMS developments, scheduling and calling inspections.  She leads on the implementation of the Service Level Agreement and is in charge of  delivering the training sessions for headteacher, staff and governors..

01604 887039

Lesley Pollard

RE and CW Adviser

Lesley works part time from the Bouverie Court offices. She:

  • provides support and advice to school in developing their Christian distinctiveness
  • Lead training and developing resources for schools in relation to CW and RE


01604 887006


Mak BedfordMark Bedford

Schools' Finance Officer

Mark Bedford co-ordinates the school site development projects on behalf of the Board of Education for VA school capital builds only. He is based at the Diocesan Office in Peterborough. He:

  • Manages the DBE budget
  • Supports schools on the use of their devolved capital and LCVAP
  • Liaises with architects and contractors for school building projects

The Board has an Approved list of Architects and Consultants. All schools undertaking site development should submit designs for outline approval by the Board.

All schools wishing to use the Diocesan Building services should consult the notes in School Site Developments.

01733 887021


Andrew Lakatos

Schools' Effectiveness Adviser

  • Andrew leads the Board's work on school improvement.
  • He co-ordinates and quality assures school improvement activity.
  • He is a serving Lead Ofsted Inspector and a former Headteacher.
  • He can be contacted on

 Andrew leads the Board's work on school improvement.  He co-ordinates and quality assures school improvement activity.


Alex Benoy

Education Administrator

  • Alex is the first point of contact for School Admissions queries and appeals.
  • She handles Foundation Governor appointments and co-ordinates for the training programme.
  • She arranges bespoke projects as requested by schools.
  • She clerks for all DBE meetings.


01604 887060