The Directors of the Board of Education
All members are elected for three years from January 2019 to December 2022


Each Diocese has a Diocesan Board of Education (DBE) which is served by a Diocesan Director of Education (DDE). 

Members of the Board are either appointed by the Bishop, elected by Diocesan Synod or co-opted by the Board of Education. 

The current Constitution of the DBE is made up as follows :

Diocesan Bishop

2 persons (minimum – up to 4)  nominated by the Diocesan Bishop


Not less than 14 or more than 18 elected by Diocesan Synod to include:

  • 2 clerks in Holy Orders beneficed or licensed in the Diocese
  • 6 lay persons
  • 6 members of the Diocesan Synod
  • 4  co-opted (no more than 8 –  4 shall have experience of Church Schools)

Diocesan Bishop

Rt Rev Julian Henderson

Bishop's Representatives

Ven Mark Ireland


Archdeacon of Lancaster

Two Licensed Clergy

Rev Stephen Haskett

Rev Philip Venables

Diocesan Synod Members

Canon Andrew Holliday

Rev David Arnold

Acting Chair

Elizabeth Radford

Tim Cox

Natalie Cox

Gerald Burrows

Lay Members

Anne Abernethy

Heather Henderson

Lyndsey Simpson

Julie Woolford

Jo Snape

Deborah Metcalfe

Co-opted Members

Richard Jones

Jonathan Hewitt

Natasha Corrigan