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.


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 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 and has led a number of CPD’s both locally and nationally. Most recently he was an Assistant Principal of an inner city CE school with a focus on SIAMS, PSHE, SMSC and Worship. He has fourteen years’ experience as a SIAS/SIAMS inspector.


Alex Wolvers

(Leading on Mission & CDA)

Alex has worked in CE primary and middle schools in the UK and 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 substantial experience in EYFS. Vickie has recent experience as a senior leader and has led her schools through successful SIAMS and Ofsted inspections.


Huw Bishop

(Assistant to the Director of Education & Diocesan Improvement Adviser)

Huw has extensive experience of leadership, having been Principal and Executive Principal of three successful Church of England secondary schools. Huw is Assistant to the Diocesan Director of Education and SIAMS Manager.  Huw has extensive experience as a SIAS/SIAMS and Ofsted inspector.


Paula LLoyd

(PA to the Diocesan Director of Education & Administrative Officer)

Joining the Diocesan team in 2002 my primary function is to assist the Director of Education in carrying out his duties. The administrative role in appointing and supporting foundation governors and those of the Cathedral and Abbey Door Projects are just a few of her other responsibilities.


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.