Portsmouth & Winchester Education Team

All staff listed below are based at the Portsmouth Diocesan Offices, at the following address:

First Floor, Peninsular House, Wharf Road, Portsmouth PO2 8HB

Diocesan Director of Education

Jeff Williams: 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.

02392 899680                        


Executive PA to Jeff Williams

Julie Stirling: 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.

02392 899680                




Diocesan Education Officer

Gareth Denby

Abigail Eales: Abbie manages and leads the work of the office-based team and coordinates the appropriate DBE representation on committees to which the Board has nominees across the six Local Authorities in our Dioceses. Abbie manages projects connected with schools Federating & oversees the reporting and recording of the efficient delivery of the DBE’s Strategic Plan and the Team’s priorities.

02392 899685


Diocesan Schools Adviser

Chris Pritchard

Richard Wharton: 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 support schools on general pastoral issues.

02392 899679                


School Buildings Officer

John Gorrie

John Gorrie: John 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

John works part time, Monday to Wednesday.

02392 899681


School Buildings Officer

Barbara Millett: 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 part time, Wednesday to Friday.

02392 899688


School Buildings Assistant

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

02392 899653                             




Schools Advisory Officer

Liz Hodson

Liz Hodson: Liz leads on advice and support with regard to School Admissions, Governance, Foundation Governor appointments, and coordinates advice to schools on Appeals. Liz is also responsible for the management of SIAMS Inspections and Inspector Training.

Liz works part time, Monday to Wednesday lunchtime.

02392 899658                             


Academies Officer

Amanda Johnston: Amanda co-ordinates all aspects of the joint Dioceses’ work with academies. On a day-to-day basis, Amanda manages the strategic operations of the existing Multi Academy Trust, Portsmouth and Winchester Diocesan Academies Trust (P&WDAT) and is currently leading the establishment of the new Winchester Diocesan Academies Trust (WDAT), in order to assist these Trusts in achieving their objectives and to facilitate local networks of excellence.

This work includes: working directly with academies and others to recommend and/or commission academy-specific interventions, providing aspects of school improvement support, the full recruitment process for appointing new Principals, pastoral support, affirmation and ‘on-the-spot’ advice or referral as appropriate, negotiating Service Level Agreements, the creation of all strategic plans, policies and the overall co-ordination of the Diocesan Academies Programme and MAT Boards.

Additionally, Amanda assists in the conversion of church schools to academies, the establishment of new multi-academy trusts and supports the Mark 1 'standalone' academies as required or requested, including in the areas of governance, insurance, buildings and some aspects of school improvement and leadership development.

Amanda is also a Director at two academies within the Bournemouth Septenary Umbrella Trust, as well as a Director of the Ocean Learning Multi-Academy Trust, able to provide support and advice in all areas of academy life, but with a particular focus to school improvement and governance. 

02392 899682 or 07789 006018


Academies Finance Manager

Lynne Govus: Lynne coordinates all central financial aspects of the Trust's work with academies.  This includes ensuring a programme of external audit and completion of statutory accounts has been set; ensuring year-end files are collated and submitted to the auditors; submitting returns to the DfE, EFA, Companies House, Charities Commission and Information Commissioner. Lynne supports academies staff in strategic and financial planning, and prepares monthly reports and an annual financial report to the Trust Directors, including financial benchmarking, exchequer services and supporting academies in making capital and other bids in order to enhance their funding streams.

02392 899666 or 01962 737314