Diocese of Portsmouth

Portsmouth & Winchester Education Team

All staff listed below are based at the Portsmouth Diocesan Offices, at the following address: First Floor, Peninsular House, Wharf Road, Portsmouth PO2 8HB

Diocesan Director of Education

Jeff Williams
Jeff leads the Education team and oversees all of its work with schools, academies and Further & Higher education. He works alongside and advises the Bishop of Winchester and the Bishop of Portsmouth, and the Diocesan Board of Education in the formation of strategy and all aspects of education policy. Jeff represents the Diocese at regional and national level in any aspect of education. He represents the Diocese at our Anglican Foundation University in Winchester on its Foundation Committee and is a Trustee at the University’s Multi Academies trust.

T: 02392 899680 
E: jeff.williams@portsmouth.anglican.org

Deputy Diocesan Director of Education

Rob Sanders
Rob’s key responsibilities include deputising for and representing the Director at a regional and local level, and managing the day to day organisation and related work of the office-based Education Team. He supports the Director in monitoring and ensuring efficiency across the team’s work and with advising on diocesan vision and strategy for education. Rob takes an active role in supporting and promoting a distinctively Christian, community focused vision for education that serves The Common Good.

T: 02392 899658
E: rob.sanders@portsmouth.anglican.org


Executive PA to Jeff Williams

Julie Stirling
Julie provides all aspects of administrative support to the Director of Education, manages his diary and is clerk to the Board of Education and all sub-committees of the Board and the Diocesan Trust. In addition, she is clerk to the Portsmouth & Winchester Diocesan Academies Trust Board and it’s sub-committees and supports the work of the Education Team.

T: 02392 899680
E: julie.stirling@portsmouth.anglican.org

Schools Adviser

Richard Wharton
Richard leads on support for schools and parishes on the development of Church school distinctiveness and values, collective worship, spirituality, RE, SIAMS and school standards. The Schools Advisers offer training for Governors on headteacher appointments and support schools in the process, and supports schools on general pastoral issues.

T: 02392 899662
E: richard.wharton@portsmouth.anglican.org

Schools Advisor

Sue Bowen
Sue leads on support for schools and parishes on the development of Church school distinctiveness and values, collective worship, spirituality, RE, SIAMS and school standards. The Schools Advisers offer training for Governors on headteacher appointments and support schools in the process, and support schools on general pastoral issues.

T: 02392 899662
E: sue.bowen@portsmouth.anglican.org

RE Consultant and SIAMS Coordinator

Jane Kelly
Jane takes the lead on all aspects of Religious Education (RE) and the Statutory Inspection of Anglican & Methodist Schools (SIAMS), providing personal and professional support and challenge to schools and academies (particularly senior leaders and governors).

T: 02392 899679
E: jane.kelly@portsmouth.anglican.org

Governance Coordinator

Sharon Brueton
Sharon looks after all areas to do with School Governance and admissions. Her role includes supporting schools with vacancies providing and delivering effective training for Foundation Governors and working closely with schools to develop their Governance board and ensure that it is supporting the vision and ethos suggested by the church. Sharon also works with the various local authorities and schools to support the schools admissions process.

T: 02392 899651
E: sharon.brueton@portsmouth.anglican.org

Sharon works part time, Mondays-Thursdays (Term-Time only)

School Buildings Officers

The school buildings officers support Voluntary Aided schools in relation to building issues and government-funded building projects. The School Buildings officers are also central to advising on the building of new Church Schools.

Barbara Millett

T: 02392 899688
E: schoolbuildings@portsmouth.anglican.org

Barbara works part time, Wednesday to Friday.


Tracy Dawkins

T: 02392 899681
E: schoolbuildings@portsmouth.anglican.org

Tracy works part time, Monday to Wednesday.


School Buildings Assistant

Emily Brewster
Emily provides support to the School Buildings Officers and projects.

T: 02392 899653
E: emily.brewster@portsmouth.anglican.org

Academies Officer

Amanda Johnston

Amanda coordinates all strategic aspects of the dioceses’ work with academies, ensuring that relevant documentation and policies are implemented on behalf of the Portsmouth and Winchester Diocesan Academies Trust Board. Amanda works with academies on school improvement priorities and in supporting academies’ local governing bodies on a range of important matters.

T: 02392 899682
E: amanda.johnston@portsmouth.anglican.org

Education and Operations Officer

Sandra's role is to work as directed by the Chief Executive Officer of the P&WDAT to deliver the vision of the Portsmouth and Winchester Diocesan Academies Trust and the Diocesan vision for education. She provides strategic educational leadership to support and assist in managing the Trust's strategic operations.

The 'day job' includes: Supporting local governance, coaching Middle Leaders, responding to day to day queries, writing and revising statutory policies and deputising for the CEO.

E: Sandra.miller@portsmouth.anglican.org  

Academies Finance Manager

Martin Race
Martin coordinates all central financial aspects for the Trust's academies. 

This includes: overseeing a programme of external audit and completion of statutory accounts; year-end files are collated & submitted to auditors; submitting returns to the numerous statutory bodies. Lynne supports academies in strategic financial planning;in making capital & other bids.; and provides reports to the Trust Directors.

T: 02392 899666 or 01962 737314
E: martin.race@portsmouth.anglican.org


Academies Finance Assistant

Neil Carroll
Neil supports the Academies Finance Manager with the central financial aspects of the PWDAT's work with academies.

This includes: closure of month end accounts and supporting production of Management accounts, collation of VAT returns. Assisting with annual budget process and submitting returns to DfE. Undertaking supplier payments, maintaining accounting records, including payroll journals, submissions to TPS, and supporting academies staff on finance related matters.

T: 02392 899689
E: neil.carroll@portsmouth.anglican.org