Mark Davis

(Director of Education)

Mark trained as a teacher in key stage 2/3 with a specialism in science. As well as teaching Mark’s roles included advising schools on health and PSHE, wring publications and delivering training. He has also been a phase leader and deputy head, with 10 years as headteacher in both local authority and Academy Trusts. The last 5 years Mark was headteacher at a CofE school in the Diocese of Lichfield, before taking up role as DDE on 1st September 2023.

email: [email protected]




Matthew Welton

(Deputy Director of Education)

Matthew has twenty yearsā€™ experience working in primary school education. During this time Matthew has been the subject lead for Science, and the RE and collective worship lead in school, successfully leading two outstanding church school inspections. Matthew has also served as a head teacher for over a decade in a three form entry, inner city school of over 46 different languages. During this time he has had the pleasure of leading three good Ofsted inspections, as well as a school building project. Ā Matthew has completed his SIAMS inspector training as is the SIAMS lead for the Diocese.

Email: [email protected]Ā Ā 


Brian Ball

(Schools Estates Officer)

Brian joined the team in June 2022.Ā  He has worked in Education for over 10 years largely in the charitable sector in Estates and Building management.

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Paula Lloyd

(BusinessĀ Manager)

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

Email: [email protected]


Alex Wolvers

(Schools Mission Enabler and Mission lead, CDA)

Alex graduated with BEd (Hons) degree from Westminster College Oxford, her main subject being RE. She has taught in Church of England primary and middle schools in the UK and has also taught internationally both in China and Sri Lanka. She has an MA in Theology – Mission and Evangelism and a diploma in cross cultural studies. Alex managed and edited the RE:quest website as part of her work for Youth for Christ. Her work has also involved her in lecturing at both Cliff College and St John’s, Nottingham. She joined the team in 2017 as a CDA with a focus on Mission.

Email: [email protected]


Vickie Longson

(EYFS, Collective Worship Lead & 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.Ā  Vickie has recent experience as a senior leader and has led her schools through successful SIAMS and Ofsted inspections.Ā  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.

Email: [email protected]


Lynsay Jennings

(Character Education Lead, CDA and Governance Officer)

Lynsay graduated with a BA in Primary Education and has over fifteen years teaching experience across the Primary age range. This includes over eight yearsā€™ experience as a SENCO and as a Designated Safeguarding Officer. She has considerable experience of offering pastoral support and supervision for staff. She has led on Christian Distinctiveness, RE and Collective Worship through successful SIAMs inspections. Lynsay is passionate about promoting positive mental-health and well-being, enabling all to flourish. Lynsay joined the team in 2019 as a CDA with a focus on ā€˜Christian Character Educationā€™.

Email: [email protected]


Louisa Harrop

(Christian Distinctiveness Adviser)

Louisa graduated with a BA (Hons) in Theology from Durham University and went on to complete her PGCE in secondary RE and her Masters in Education at Cambridge University. She is passionate about research led practice and completed a BSC (Hons) in Psychology to support her work in schools with the focus of her thesis exploring childrenā€™s spiritual development and understanding of God. She has taught RE and has been a SENCO and part of the SLT team in a wide variety of different schools and contexts across the country. She has also worked for the Birmingham Diocese at Birmingham Cathedral as Head of Learning. She joined in the team in 2023 as a CDA.

Email: [email protected]


Charmian Gamble

(Christian Distinctiveness Adviser)

Charmian has a degree in Human Biology from the University of Oxford Brookes and a PGCE from Homerton College, Cambridge. She has worked for over 20 years in primary education, mainly in Church schools, in a variety of rural and urban settings. She has been Science lead, Literacy lead and Deputy Head, and has led on Christian Distinctiveness, RE and Collective Worship. She has a certificate in Theology from Trinity College in Bristol, and is passionate about the difference a Christian Vision and ethos can make to a schoolā€™s community and a childā€™s education. She joined the team in 2023 as CDA.

Email: [email protected]


Heather Fawcett

(Administrative Assistant)

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

Email: [email protected]

Adrian Wharmby

(Administrative Assistant)

Ade joined the team in 2019 to add additional administrative support to the team.

Email: [email protected]


The address for Lichfield Board of Education:

St Mary’s House, The Close, Lichfield. WS13 7LD

Telephone number 01543 306040