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

Richard Butler is the Norwich Diocesan Secretary (Chief Executive). The Diocese of Norwich has an annual budget of £11m+ and assets of over £125m. Formerly he was Finance and Business Director of a Norfolk-based youth charity; former Chief Executive of a national disability charity; and a Director of Operations. He received an MBE for services to young people and is a Deputy Lieutenant for Norfolk.

Fred Corbett is an Education Consultant and formerly Assistant Director of Children's Services, has extensive experience of setting up secondary Academies; and has been on the governing body of two Academies including being the current Chair of Governors of Open Academy. He has been a school governor in eleven schools. He was an Ofsted inspector from 1993 to 2010 and has many years experience of primary and tertiary teaching. He has led several successful school improvement projects in Essex and in Norfolk.

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.

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.

Bishop of Norwich The Rt Revd Bishop Graham James was educated at Northampton Grammar School, the University of Lancaster (reading history) and then did his theological training at Cuddesdon, Oxford.

He was ordained in Peterborough in 1975 and later worked in Welwyn Garden City as a team vicar. He then moved to Church House, Westminster where he had responsibility for overseeing the selection procedures for candidates for ordination in the Church of England. In 1987 he was appointed as Chaplain to the Archbishop of Canterbury (Robert Runcie). (He preached at Robert Runcie's funeral in St. Albans and maintained close links with him until the day of his death.) He continued to work as Archbishop's Chaplain with George Carey during his first two years in office.

He was consecrated Bishop of St. Germans in 1993, returning to his native Cornwall. He moved to Norwich at the end of 1999 and was enthroned as Bishop of Norwich on January 29th 2000.

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.

Andy Mash is the Norwich Diocesan Director of Education, a post that he has held since 2004. Prior to this he spent eight years as Headteacher of a successful infant school in the county and, for five years, was a Deputy Head of an oversubscribed VA school in the Diocese. He is also a licensed Reader.

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.

Maureen Young is a qualified teacher who has worked in a number of mainstream schools as well as teaching in a school for the hearing impaired. Experienced in a number of leadership roles within schools including Deputy and Headteacher, she has also worked abroad in Columbia and worked as an Educational Consultant.

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