Diocese of Chichester Education

Diocesan Board of Education

The Chichester Diocesan Board of Education's constitution was agreed by the Diocesan Synod in 1994 in accordance with the Diocesan Board of Education Measure 1991. Trustees and Governors of Church Voluntary Schools in the Diocese are bound by law to consult the Board before making any agreement or arrangement with the Secretary of State, the Charity Commission or the local education authority with respect to re-arrangement, amalgamation, discontinuance, sale, letting or other dealings with such schools.

Following The 1991 Measure the Diocesan Board of Education has the following composition:

Ex-officio: Rt Revd Dr Martin Warner
Director: Canon Dr Ann Holt OBE

Bishop’s nominee and Chair: Rt Revd Mark Sowerby
Bishop's nominee: Archdeacon of Chichester, Douglas Mckittrick
Bishop's nominee: Archdeacon of Brighton and Hove, Martin Lloyd-Williams Representatives Chichester Archdeaconry:
Revd Canon Mark Gilbert
Mrs Mary Nagel
Mrs Elizabeth Henderson
Mrs Jane Wilkinson
Representatives, Horsham Archdeaconry:
Revd Canon Paul Seaman
Mrs Judith Howard
Mrs Brenda Large
Representatives, Hastings, Brighton and Lewes Archdeaconries:
Revd David King
Mr Ian Ball
Dr Ian Rothery
Revd Trevor Buxton
Revd Luke Irvine-Capel
Mr Andrew Crighton
Co-opted Members:
Mr Chris Keating (representing secondary Schools)
Mr Trevor Crisitin (representing primary Schools Brighton and Hove)
Mrs Anne Radford (representing primary schools East Sussex)
Mrs Jacqui Cobb (representing primary schools West Sussex)
Ms Claire Roberts (representing Director of Children Services East Sussex)
Mrs Hilary Ferries (representing Director of Children Services Brighton & Hove)
Mr Mark Jenner (representing Director of Children Services West Sussex)

Please click here for the Terms of Reference for the Diocesan Board of Education.

Within this Diocese, the Diocesan Board of Education supports the following responsibilities:

  • Christian Distinctiveness
  • Legal matters
  • School Inspections – Ofsted & SIAMS
  • Personnel including headteacher appointments
  • Finance
  • Buildings
  • Governing Bodies
  • Training
  • Curriculum
  • School Improvement
  • Admission Appeals
  • School Planning
  • Insurance
  • Land Ownership
  • Academisation

There are two sub-committees within the Diocesan Board of Education:

Business Development Committee

School Performance and Christian Distinctiveness Committee

For more information about the work of the Board please contact Lesley Hurst, Tel: 01273 425687 or email lesley.hurst@chichester.anglican.org