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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


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 887002



Peter French

Deputy Diocesan Director of Education

Peter is a National Leader of Governance and leads the DBE on all matters relating to governance, property and legal issues.

01604 887039





Lesley Pollard

RE and CW Adviser

Lesley works from the Bouverie Court offices. She:

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


01604 887006


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


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

Doug SpenceleyDoug Spenceley

Bishop’s Vicar for Church Schools

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



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

Alex Benoy

DBE Executive 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 provides administrative support to the Directors


01604 887060 


Claire Handley

DBE Administrator

Claire assists with the administration work for appeals and governor appointments

She will be responsible for maintaining the website

She provides administrative support to the Directors and the Executive Administrator

01604 887069




Diocesan Schools Consultants

Diocesan Schools Consultants (DSCs) are provided to support the link between the Board of Education and the church schools in the diocese.  They bring experience of working in education at headteacher level with a clear understanding of the implications of running a Church of England school.

They advise

  • on the latest government initiatives
  • on the Denominational Inspection Framework (SIAMS)
  • on current OfSTED inspection arrangements
  • on current development issues being addressed by the Board of Education 


They also

  • offer support to headteachers to consider succession planning for staff and governors
  • undertake self-evaluation through the denominational inspection framework
  • develop provision for Religious Education and Collective Worship
  • strengthen links between school and parish/diocese
  • facilitate inter-church school collaborations
  • promote the welfare of the pupils and the wellbeing of the staff


They make 3 scheduled meetings to schools each year, normally termly.


Annette Ray


Annette, BEd, has a Diploma in Education Management from the University of Leicester and also has a National Professional Qualification for Headteachers.  She was also a SIAMS Inspector and Headteacher of Ashton and Ringstead CofE Primary schools.  More recently she was an Associate Tutor at Northampton University.

She can be contacted on

Chris Newton


Chris has a BEd from Northampton University.   She was also a visiting tutor there supporting students studying Foundation Degree Early Years.  She was Headteacher at Cosgrove Village and Kingsley Primary Schools.

She can be contacted on

 Janet McMurdo


Janet has a BEd from Manchester University and an MaEd from Southampton University.  She is a SIAMS Inspector and currently Headteacher of Oundle CofE Primary School.

She can be contacted on

Janet Northing


Janet has a BEd from Cheltenham & Gloucester, an MA in Religious Education from Kings College London and an Education Diploma from Canterbury Christ Church University.  She was Headteacher at Kislingbury CofE Primary School.

She can be contacted on

Julie Barke


Julie has a BEd and National Professional Qualification of Headteacher.  She was Headteacher of Walgrave Primary School and St James CofE Primary School Northampton.

She can be contacted on

Martin Adamson


Martin has a BA Hons in Theology and National Professional Qualification of Headteacher.  He is a lay preacher at St Botolph's in Barton Seagrave.  He chaired the Kettering Headteachers Group and was a member of the High Needs Funding Panel for Northants.  He is currently Headteacher of Geddington CofE Primary School.

He can be contacted on

Pete Grindrod


Peter has a Teachers Certificate and Advance Diploma in Educational Management.  He has been Headteacher of Peakirk cum Glinton CofE Primary School, Beanfield Junior School in Corby and Higham Ferrers Junior School.

He can be contacted on