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Joint Education Team

The Education team exercises the functions of the Diocese as a statutory partner in the state maintained education sector in England. The work is overseen by a Diocesan Board of Education which serves both the Portsmouth and the Winchester Dioceses. It is the first such agreement between two dioceses in the Church of England.



Director of Education

Jeff Williams

023 9289 9657 / jeff.williams@portsmouth.anglican.org

Jeff leads the Education team and oversees all of its work with schools, academies and Further & Higher education. He works alongside and advises the Bishop of Winchester and the Bishop of Portsmouth, and the Diocesan Board of Education in the formation of strategy and all aspects of education policy. Jeff represents the Diocese at regional and national level in any aspect of education. He represents the Diocese at our Anglican Foundation University in Winchester on its Foundation Committee and is a Trustee at the University’s Multi Academies trust.


Executive PA to the Director

Julie Stirling

02392 899680/ julie.stirling@portsmouth.anglican.org

Julie provides all aspects of administrative support to the Director of Education, manages his diary and is clerk to the Board of Education and all sub-committees of the Board and the Diocesan Trust.



 Schools Advisers



Sue Bowen

023 9289 9658 / sue.bowen@winchester.anglican.org

Sue leads on support for schools and parishes on the development of Church school distinctiveness and values, collective worship, spirituality, RE, SIAMS and school standards. The Schools Advisers offer training for Governors on headteacher appointments and support schools in the process, and support schools on general pastoral issues.


Richard Wharton

023 9289 9658 / richard.wharton@winchester.anglican.org

Education – Diocese of Portsmouth

Richard leads on support for schools and parishes on the development of Church school distinctiveness and values, collective worship, spirituality, RE, SIAMS and school standards. The Schools Advisers offer training for Governors on headteacher appointments and support schools in the process, and supports schools on general pastoral issues.

The DDE, ADDE and two Schools Advisers support Church Schools in the interviewing and appointment process for headteachers and deputy headteachers.


Schools Buildings Officers

The school buildings officers support Voluntary Aided schools in relation to building issues and government-funded building projects. The School Buildings officers are also central to advising on the building of new Church Schools.


Tracy Dawkins (part-time)

023 9289 681 / tracy.dawkins@winchester.anglican.org

Tracy works part-time Monday – Wednesday.

Barbara Millett (part-time)

02392 899688 / barbara.millett@portsmouth.anglican.org

Barbara supports Voluntary Aided schools in relation to building issues and government-funded building projects. The School Buildings officers are also central to advising on the building of new Church Schools.

Barbara works Wednesday – Friday.


Schools Buildings Assistant

Natalia Papuga

023 9289 9653 / natalia.papuga@portsmouth.anglican.org

Schools Buildings Admin Officer (part-time)

graeme.stewart@portsmouth.anglican.org

Education – Diocese of Portsmouth

Graeme provides support to the School Buildings Officers and projects and administrative support to other members of the Education team.



Academies Officer

Amanda Johnston

02392 899682 / 07789 006018 / amanda.johnston@portsmouth.anglican.org

Amanda coordinates all strategic aspects of the dioceses’ work with academies, ensuring that relevant documentation and policies are implemented on behalf of the Portsmouth and Winchester Diocesan Academies Trust Board. Amanda works with academies on school improvement priorities and in supporting academies’ local governing bodies on a range of important matters.


Academies Transition Officer

Rupert Sheard

02392 899685 / rupert.sheard@portsmouth.anglican.org

Rupert liaises with schools across our dioceses that are considering conversion to academy status or who are seeking to establish a local multi-academy trust. He also acts as operating officer for the emergent Winchester Diocese’s King Alfred Academy Trust.


Academies Finance Officer

Lynne Govus

02392 899666 / 01962 737314 / lynne.govus@portsmouth.anglican.org

Lynne coordinates all central financial aspects for the Trust’s academies. This includes overseeing a programme of external audit and completion of statutory accounts; year-end files are collated & submitted to auditors; submitting returns to the numerous statutory bodies. Lynne supports academies in strategic financial planning;in making capital & other bids.; and provides reports to the Trust Directors.


Please visit our Diocesan Vacancies section for information on Education posts being advertised.



In addition to the Education Team members employed by the Board of Finance there are consultants who provide support for:

  • Religious Education – Judith Lowndes– HIAS (Hampshire Inspection & Advisory Services)
  • Academy projects – Andy Martin – Acumen Associates
  • Headteacher interviews – Cecelia Galloway (also a Schools Adjudicator)

Education Department
Portsmouth Diocesan Office
1st Floor
Peninsular House
Wharf Road
Portsmouth
PO2 8HB