Trustees

The very essence of leadership is that you have to have a vision. You can’t blow an uncertain trumpet.

- Theodore Hesburgh

Mark Allbrook is Chairman of the Norwich Diocesan Board of Education; and has recently taken up his post from January 2015. Mark has spent a number of years working in the independent sector as a Deputy Head for eight years and a Head for a further eleven years. His hope is that academy status will bring about great leaps in school improvement for the benefit of young people in the Diocese

Jane Bourne began her career as a technician in the pharmaceutical industry, she retrained as a science teacher in her mid-20s. Apart from teaching science she held posts of responsibility in secondary schools. In 1990 Jane joined Suffolk LA's advisory service as an advisory teacher for science and environmental education (cross phase). In the mid 90's she became an Ofsted inspector, inspecting middle and upper/high schools and also became the counties science adviser. In 2001 she joined the Secondary National Strategy as a Science Regional Director covering the East and East Midlands. As the 'Strategy' progressed she became a Regional Advisor with responsibility for monitoring local authorities and vulnerable schools within them.

In 2008 she joined Suffolk LA as a senior adviser. This role involved the monitoring of school performance, providing advice and support to Headteachers and school staff. Inevitably this role meant that she worked very closely with schools facing difficult circumstances.


Pamela Wells has had wide experience in primary education. She was formerly in headships in Essex and Suffolk, two of which were Church of England schools. Her extensive work in local authority school improvement roles has taken her into schools in several local authorities, and in small rural and large urban communities. She has been involved in a number of national initiatives such NQT Induction Consultancy, CPD Advisory work, Succession Planning, Values Education, HLTA assessment and the Graduate Teacher Programme. Pamela lives in Suffolk and enjoys walking, cycling and bird watching locally and further afield. She has recently joined the CAB as a volunteer. Simon Cox has a degree in Computer Science (UEA) as well as an MBA, and started his career on the graduate scheme at Norwich Union.

During his career Simon has led IT organisations that run major insurance and banking operations, helped to transform under-performing divisions, led mergers and acquisitions and their subsequent integrations, and supported individuals and teams through their on-going personal and professional development.

Willie Crawshay after leaving the Army worked with a number of the larger brewing corporations including Bulmers and Newcastle Breweries Ltd as Managing Director. He now provides consultancy services to a number of small to medium enterprises in the brewing and publican trade, as well as working as a business coach plus. Willie also has close links with Old Buckenham Hall Preparatory School where he is the Appeals Chairman and has worked with the school fund raising for new sports facilities for the pupils. Willie is the Chair of the Board of Trustees.


Chris Hedges started his career in engineering and project management working for a number of organisations including Pall Europe Ltd and DERA. He then went on the graduate teacher training programme and taught in a number of schools and was Deputy Head (Pastoral Care) in a preparatory school before moving to Norfolk.

Linda Parker has had a long career in Education having held a number of teaching and senior management roles including Head teacher and senior School Improvement roles within two local authorities. She has also undertaken a range of consultancy activities largely working in interim management in schools that were either placed in Ofsted categories or were approaching amalgamation and/or closure.

Linda has led Ofsted inspection teams in the primary phase, been a team member in secondary phase inspections and as an Ofsted trainer worked in both nursery and primary phases.

Linda is a Member and Vice Chair of Wardle Academy Trust based in Rochdale.

Daphne King has 36 years' experience in the education sector, across a range of schools and colleges in the county of Norfolk. A graduate of King's College, London, she completed her teacher training in Norfolk and in addition to specialist degrees she holds an MBA in Educational Management. Daphne began her career teaching in a Grammar School and went on to teach in a variety of 11-16 and 11-18 high schools before working in further education. She has over 18 years of senior management experience in FE and Sixth Form Colleges and has recently retired as Principal at East Norfolk Sixth Form College.
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Paul Dunning was Chief Executive Officer for the Diocese of Norwich Education and Academies Trust (DNEAT) between October 2014 and September 2017. He was instrumental in establishing the Trust and leading it successfully through a period of significant growth. This included developing systems and procedures for governance, finance and school improvement. He has 10 years' experience in the Further Education sector working in two Ofsted 'good' colleges up to Deputy Principal level. Two short spells working for Norfolk County Council included leading countywide initiatives for vocational education and long term school sustainability. His first career was in the agriculture industry whereby finance, business and communication skills were well honed. Paul is now the Director of Education for the Diocese of Norwich.

Neil Loveday is a qualified accountant with over 25 years' experience at operating at finance director level within both large and smaller organisations. Neil currently specializes in developing 'outsourced' finance functions within the SME sector for PwC.

Neil has extensive experience of both school governance, having been a school governor at various schools for over 15 years and an understanding of school and academy finance having operated as a finance and operations director within two MATs previously.

David Wright was a Foundation Partner of a Mid-Tier Accountancy and Business Services firm , and has 40 years' business experience. David has extensive experience within the Education Sector in Australia, having served on Anglican School Councils (Governors) and on Audit and Finance Committees, and Risk and Compliance Committees, as well as a Director and Chairman of a number of Company Boards. David has held a Registered Taxation Agent's Certificate and his Accountancy practice still acts as Accountants and Advisors to The Presbyterian and Methodist Schools Association of Queensland. David now lives in North Norfolk and is an active church member in his local parish.








Diocese of Norwich Education and Academies Trust. Company no: 8737435.