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Who's Who

Meet our team

Carolyn Lewis, Diocesan Director of Education

Yolanda Morley-McKay, Assistant Diocesan Director of Education

Jonathan Warren, Associate Buildings Officer

Ian Jones, Appeals Clerk 

Emma Heesom, Office Manager

Anne Rattigan, Administration Support

Carolyn Lewis, Diocesan Director of Education​

In her role, Carolyn:

  • Communicates and supports the Diocese’s vision for children and young people through a range of partnerships
  • Supports Church Schools to stand confidently at the heart of the church’s mission to children and families across Leicester and Leicestershire
  • Challenges and supports church schools to recruit high quality leaders and deliver highly effective provision for the children and young people they serve
  • Acts as a strategic partner and provider with Local Authorities, Teaching School Alliances, the Regional Schools Commissioner, the Department for Education and the Church of England Education Office
  • Develops closer working relationships between the DBE and other Diocesan Boards, committees and agencies
  • Advises the Bishop on educational matters from General Synod, the Church of England Education Office, Department for Education and Local Authorities
  • Deals with all issues regarding academies, including initial advice for governing bodies
  • Works with Regional Schools Commissioner regarding conversion to academy status and conversion through the sponsored route
  • Represents the DBE as a member for all Academy trusts

Yolanda Morley-McKay, Assistant Diocesan Director of Education

In her role, Yolanda:

  • Leads the promotion and development of RE, Collective Worship and ethos and distinctiveness of church schools
  • Works with the Director in taking forward the diocesan objectives ensuring that headteachers, governors and clergy have a voice into the Board
  • Coordinates and enhances the programme of support, advice and training for schools and where appropriate clergy
  • Represents the DBE at SACRE meetings
  • Analyses church schools’ performance to aid support and development across the diocese
  • Manages the SIAMS inspection process. 

YMD Boon, Associates for Leicester DBE. 

Key Contact: Jonathan Warren

  • Undertake the role of Diocesan Surveyors to the DBE for Church School Buildings
  •  Advise schools on land and buildings matters on behalf of the DBE
  •  Represent the DDE with a range of stakeholders concerned with maintaining and improving Church school buildings
  •  Develop and sustain a cohesive building improvement strategy in liaison with the DDE
  •  Provide training and briefings for Church schools as needs are identified
  •  Liaise with LAs on behalf of the DBE and in support of the DDE

Ian Jones, Independent Clerk for Appeals, Associate for Leicester DBE. 

Key Contact: Ian Jones

In this role, Ian:

  • Oversees the appeals process operated by the DBE
  • Undertakes the role of Independent Clerk for Appeals to the DBE
  • Trains and advises appeal panel members
  • Advises schools and appellants on the appeals process

Administrative Support

Emma Heesom, Office Manager and PA to the Director:

Anne Rattigan, Part-time Administrator:

Latest Events.

Governor Support

There are several ways the DBE supports governors in our schools; 2 Part Training Programmes; Monthly Huddles for Chairs and online sharing events


There is a full programme of RE support. If you're new to the subject lead role or an experienced hand there is something for you.

Collective Worship.

We are keen to here from you about how you are structuring your Collective Worship and want you to share your ideas with other schools.

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Admissions Briefing

Carolyn Lewis is hosting an online briefing for any CofE School regarding admissions arrangements in your school On 12th October at 1.30pm. Sign up HERE

2020-2021 Training

Our complete programme of training for RE, Collective Worship; Church School Leadership & Governance is now available.  Training & Events.