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Meet the team

Rob Merchant

Director of Education (Interim)

Rob Merchant is Dean of Mission, Ministry and Education, a role that links together different aspects of our life as a diocese. This includes the work of our education team and the Mustard Seed team supporting 139 church schools, Early Years settings, and working with children, young people and families. Rob’s portfolio also includes learning and development programmes for ordinands, clergy…

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Advisers & Consultants

Carrie Prior

Deputy Director of Education (Interim)

Ruth Everett

Schools Adviser – RE Lead

Heather Tetchner

Schools Adviser – School Improvement

Helen Craig

Schools Adviser & Collective Worship Lead

Richard Hopkins

Schools Adviser

Ann Sharp

Early Years Adviser

Mike Simmonds

Governance Consultant

Support team

Peter Palmer

Schools Buildings and Organisation Officer

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Michelle Cottis

Education Support Officer

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Jill Smylie

Education Support Officer

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Education Business Manager

Day-to-day financial and business activities

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