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Who's Who

DBE Staff

Canon Carolyn Lewis, Diocesan Director of Education

  • Communicates and supports the diocese’s vision for children and young people through a range of partnerships
  • Supports church schools to stand confidently at the heart of the church’s mission to children and families across Derby and Derbyshire
  • Challenges and supports church schools to recruit high quality leaders and deliver highly effective provision for the children and young people they serve
  • Acts as a strategic partner and provider with Local Authorities (LAs), Teaching School Alliances, the Regional Schools Commissioner, the Department for Education and the Church of England Education Office
  • Develops closer working relationships between the DBE and other diocesan boards, committees and agencies
  • Advises the Bishop on educational matters from General Synod, the Church of England Education Office, Department for Education and Local Authorities
  • Deals with all issues regarding academies, including initial advice for governing bodies
  • Works with Regional Schools Commissioner regarding conversion to academy status and conversion through the sponsored route
  • Represents the DBE as a member for all academy trusts

Liz Seymour, Deputy Director of Education 

  • Works with the director in delivering a consistent diocesan message, taking forward our key diocesan objectives and ensuring that headteachers, governors and clergy have a voice into the DBE.
  • Maintains high visibility and regular contact between all schools and academies in the diocese to build relationships and partnership working.
  • Leads the promotion and development of holistic church schools effectiveness including leadership, teaching quality,  standards, RE, collective worship, and the ethos and distinctiveness of church schools.
  • Provides caring, pastoral and professional support for those working in the church school family and other schools when appropriate. 
  • Supports and represents the director as required with a range of stakeholders. 

Lindsey Bowe, Executive Assistant

  • Maintains up to date knowledge of Companies House, Charity Commission and other relevant legislative requirements to ensure the DBE Board remains compliant and is upholding best practice. 
  • Advises schools on governance queries and manages the appointment process for foundation governors.
  • Advises schools with admissions queries and the statutory admissions consultation process.
  • Manages and clerks the independent Appeals Service offered by Derby DBE. 
  • Develops and maintains the DBE’s website and information systems.

Jason Aldridge, Senior Business & Operations Manager

  • Develops and provides a comprehensive business and operations service to the DBE, ensuring resources are managed effectively and in line with probity. 
  • Leads on the day-to-day financial administration of the DBE, overseeing financial processes and controls.
  • Manages the financial planning and analysis cycle, integrating the monthly management accounts, budgets, and forecasts.
  • Responsibility for the management of key contracts and suppliers in all fields of operational support including health and safety provision, property services, legal support, audit, and accounting services.

Jonathan Warren, Associate Buildings Officer

  • Undertakes the role of diocesan surveyors to the DBE for church school buildings
  • Advises schools on land and buildings matters on behalf of the DBE
  • Represents the DDE with a range of stakeholders concerned with maintaining and improving church school buildings
  • Develops and sustains a cohesive building improvement strategy in liaison with the DDE
  • Provides training and briefings for church schools as needs are identified
  • Liaises with LAs on behalf of the DBE and in support of the DDE


Aidan Watson, Strategic Lead for Youth Ministry

Advice, Guidance & Support

Derby Diocesan Board of Education (DBE) provides statutory functions and advice to the governing bodies of our 111 church schools.

We advise governing bodies of schools regarding the planning of their sites, religious education and worship, leadership and management, particularly in relation to school improvement, and the appointment of senior leaders and governors. We advise voluntary aided schools on land and buildings issues.  We also advise governing bodies on our Academisation Policy.

Click the button below to download Derby DBE guidance for headteachers, governors and clergy in church schools and academies.

We hope you find what you are looking for here – if not, please email or telephone 01332 388660 and we will be happy to help with your query.

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