Meet the Team

Claire Shaw

(Deputy Director of Education LDBE

Currently Acting Director of Education)

Claire has twenty years teaching experience. This includes two headships and twelve years’ experience as SENCO. She has worked in both inner city and rural schools. Claire was a Consultant Leader for Bristol City Council and has extensive experience of coaching in a range of school settings. Claire is completing her training as a SIAMS inspector this year and is the SIAMS manager and critical reader for the diocese.


Mark Cooper

(Head of RE, CDA & SIAMS Inspector)

Mark joined the team in 2017. He brings with him a wealth of experience. This includes seven years in business commerce and twenty-five years teaching experience. Mark has been Head of RE in an inner city 11-16 school in Handsworth, Birmingham and an 11-18 school in Wolverhampton. He was a PGCE mentor for Birmingham University; RE lead for a SCITT (School Centred Initial Teacher Training) and has led a number of CPD’s both locally and nationally. He is an AST (Advanced Skills Teacher) in RE. Most recently he was an Assistant Principal of a large CE school with a focus on SIAMS, PSHE, SMSC and Worship. He has fifteen years’ experience as a SIAS/SIAMS inspector. He has a BA (Hons) degree in theology from Hull University and PGCE secondary education RE from Birmingham University.


Alex Wolvers

(Leading on Mission & CDA)

Alex graduated with BEd (Hons) degree, her main subject being RE. She has taught in Church of England primary and middle schools in the UK and has also taught internationally. She has an MA in Mission and Evangelism and a diploma in cross cultural studies. Alex managed the RE Quest website as part of her work for Youth for Christ. She joined the team in 2017 as a CDA with a focus on Mission.


Vickie Longson

(Leading on EYFS, Collective Worship & CDA)

Vickie has worked in Church of England primary schools in Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire for almost twenty years. She has a BA in Theology and Religious Studies.  Vickie has recent experience as a senior leader and has led her schools through successful SIAMS and Ofsted inspections.  Vickie has significant experience in leading EYFS and, as well as being the lead CDA for EYFS and Collective Worship, she will be developing links with other Christian denominations and other faiths.


Paula Lloyd

(Business Manager)

Joining the Diocesan team in 2002 Paula co-ordinates the administrative support to the Board of Education. Including  SIAMS inspections, Governing Body Constitutions and the appointment of Trustees and Governors along with the oversight of the Diocesan Service Agreements.


Steve Rayner

(Property Adviser)

Steve is a qualified architect. He is able to provide advice to headteachers and principals and governing bodies on school buildings and land and in particular for those schools that bear responsibility for the premises. He advises site trustees on land and charity matters. Prior to joining the team in 2007, Steve worked as an architect in both the private and public sector.


Heather Fawcett

(Administrative Assistant)

Joining the Education Department in 2004 Heather provides administrative support to the team.