Diocese of York

Andrew Smith

Andrew Smith

Diocesan Director of Education

Andrew is the Diocesan Director of Education and is responsible for managing the work of the Education Department and the lead officer in the development of the Board of Education strategy and policies for working with children and young people in schools, colleges and universities. He works closely with the Department for Education and local authority colleagues on school organisational matters and offers advice and support to schools on academy and collaboration frameworks. He also represents the Board in appropriate contexts at local and national level.

Alison Smith

Alison Smith

School Effectiveness Adviser

Alison’s role is specifically to support the DBE in securing the effectiveness of its schools and academies. She monitors and reports on a range of performance data and liaises with Local Authorities, the DfE and Ofsted, attending feedback meetings and monitoring visits as appropriate. She provides school improvement advice to individual schools and supports collaborative relationships between schools in order to share expertise and build capacity.

Claire Graham-Brown

Claire Graham-Brown

Deputy Director of Education

Claire is responsible for governance in schools and academies including recruitment of governors and improving the effectiveness of governing bodies. She provides advice on governance structures and the roles and responsibilities of governors and deals with admissions in voluntary aided schools. She oversees the development of service under our Service Level Agreement. Claire also provides advice to governors on academy and collaborative frameworks.

Simon Quartermaine

Simon Quartermaine

School Buildings Officer

Simon advises on school development, property and trust matters and is responsible for the financial management of capital projects in voluntary aided schools. His other responsibilities include liaising with local authorities and consultants, and he also handles the Total Property Management scheme in conjunction with DBE Services Ltd. Simon is also involved with the project management of academy conversions.

Olivia Seymour

Olivia Seymour

Education Adviser

Olivia supports schools in strengthening their Christian distinctiveness and on Religious Education and collective worship by producing resources, putting on training events, sharing good practice and developing networks. She co-ordinates the delivery of support for schools through our Service Level Agreement and is the link adviser for many schools. Part of her role is to help schools prepare for SIAMS and to work with them in putting together and implementing their post-inspection action plan. She is also responsible for managing the SIAMS programme and the training and support of SIAMS inspectors. Olivia also offers support and training to clergy and others who work with schools.

Katherine Humpleby

Katherine Humpleby

School Development Adviser

Katherine supports schools in the development, monitoring and evaluation of their Christian distinctiveness, Religious Education and collective worship. Part of her role is to help schools prepare for SIAMS and to work with them in putting together and implementing their post-inspection action plans. She delivers support to schools through our Service Level Agreement and is the link adviser for many schools. She works directly with heads, staff and governors and also supports central diocesan training events across the Diocese.

Helen Wren

Helen Wren

School Development Adviser

Helen works part-time supporting schools in the development, monitoring and evaluation of their Christian distinctiveness, Religious Education and collective worship. Part of her role is to help schools prepare for SIAMS and to work with them in putting together and implementing their post-inspection action plans. She delivers support to schools through our Service Level Agreement and is the link adviser for many schools. She works directly with heads, staff and governors and also supports central diocesan training events across the Diocese.

Chelo Brooks

Chelo Brooks

School Development Adviser

Chelo supports the work of link advisers and helps to deliver the SLA alongside wider diocesan work. Wider work will include Headteacher recruitment and Headteacher appraisal.

Anita Ranyell

Anita Ranyell

PA to the Director of Education and Administrator to the Education Team.

Anita is the first point of contact for the Education Department and, if she cannot deal with queries herself, directs them to the member of the Team who can. She handles communication with schools, bookings for conferences and training events, the administration of SIAMS (Statutory Inspection of Anglican & Methodist Schools) and the appointment of foundation governors.