Board of Directors

To contact the Directors, please email the Clerk to Directors, Sally Coulter -

To download the current full governance structure, click here

Mr Jeremy Woolner


 (term of office 7 February 2020)

Company Director at Best Training (Lincs) Ltd; The Little Safety Training Company; Chair of Governors at Lisle Marsden CofE Primary Academy; Director at Franklin 6th Form College; Director at St James School, Grimsby; Governor at Ulceby CofE Primary School and Weston St Mary CofE Primary.

About Jeremy Woolner a local businessman and professional management consultant, working particularly with national and international organisations in the food industry. Managing Director of 3 long-established companies providing educational and career development services across the Humber counties and Lincolnshire.

..has been a school governor for 20 years, across all age groups from primary to 6th form college, spanning standalone academies, academy chains, Local Authority schools, and a private fee-paying school. currently Chair of Governors, Lisle Marsden Church of England Primary Academy; Director of Corporation, Franklin 6th Form College; and Director of Council, St James School, Grimsby.

..was appointed a National Leader of Governance in 2016

Reverend Canon Andrew Dodd

 (term of office 16 October 2021)

Member appointment. Team Rector, Great Grimsby Team Ministry. Charity trusteeships: Lincoln Diocese Board of Education. Foundation Governor at Lisle Marsden C of E Primary (appointed 2011)

About Revd Canon Andrew Dodd

After training for ordination, Revd Canon Andrew Dodd served a curacy in New Addington, a housing estate on the outskirts of Croydon; followed by an incumbency in Newington. His present post is Team Rector at Grimsby Minster and Area Dean of North East Lincolnshire.

Revd Canon Andrew Dodd has always had a keen interest in education and training, having served as a school governor in primary and secondary schools in South London. He was also a member of Southwark Diocesan Board of Education, and a fellow of the Woodard Corporation.

Currently, Revd Canon Andrew Dodd is governor at Lisle Marsden Church of England Primary academy, Board of Education member for Lincoln Diocese and a director of the Lincoln Anglican Academy Trust, as well as SACRE member for North East Lincolnshire.

His professional background and project management experience has been a useful support to schools and in assessing progress, monitoring standards and developing curriculum. An important role Revd Canon Andrew Dodd undertakes is establishing community links and developing local church community relationships with schools, particularly in urban and socially deprived areas. He enjoy leading collective worship and has run school engineering clubs in the past, particularly supporting the WISE campaign (Women into Science and Engineering).

Ms Jacqueline Waters-Dewhurst

(Chief Executive Officer)

Ex-officio (CEO). Current employment - Diocesan Director of Education. Company directorships: Lincoln Anglican Academy Trust, St Lawrence Academy Trust. Director at St Lawrence Academy since 2012.

About Ms Jackie Waters-Dewhurst

Jackie Waters-Dewhurst came to the diocese of Lincoln 4 years ago as Diocesan Director of education. As part of this role she set up and developed the diocesan Multi Academy Trust (LAAT) to meet the needs of church schools within Greater Lincolnshire. This drew on her experience working as the Diocesan Director of education for Bristol where she set up their diocesan MAT. Jackie has worked for 3 dioceses (Lincoln, Bristol and Bath and Wells) and in each job has worked closely with partners in education forming effective relationships with, in total, 11 Local Authorities, a number of Universities and colleges, National church bodies, local charities, partner academy trusts and government agencies. Her passion is the vision for inclusive, vibrant and highly effective places of education where children are enabled to learn to be the people that God intended; to learn about their world and their place in it in the context of the complex and exciting diversity that makes up a 21st century community.

Mr Greg Marsden

(Vice Chair) (term of office 15 January 2019)

Member appointment. Director of Lincoln Diocesan Board of Education; governor at Franklin 6th Form College.

About Mr Greg Marsden

I am a retired former executive headteacher. I spent thirty-five years in the teaching profession, over twenty-five of which were in headship. All my service was in the church school sector, both in Church of England and Catholic schools.

For ten years I also worked as a head-consultant for my local authority, specialising in data analysis and the mentoring of newly-appointed headteachers. More recently I worked as a Local Leader of Education (LLE); in recent times deployed through a local teaching school. My LLE work consisted of two main strands; continuing headteacher mentoring, and overseeing the management of a school in challenging circumstances in an executive role. For ten years I was a Section 48 inspector for the Church of England National Society . I continue to do some part-time work as an Associate Advisor for schools in the Lincoln Diocese.

In addition to my work as a director of the Lincoln Diocesan Multi-Academy Trust, I am also a member of the Lincoln Diocesan Board of Education, where I chair the Learning and Development Committee. I am a member of the Corporation of Franklin Sixth Form College in Grimsby, where I chair the Standards Committee.

Outside of education I am Vice Chair of the Grimsby Cleethorpes Model Engineering Society, and a member of the traffic staff at the National Tramway Museum

Mrs Joanne Kerry

(term of office 7th July 2019)

Member appointment. Employment - Clinical Scientist, Nuclear Medicine, ULHT. Foundation Governor and Chair of Governors at Bardney Church of England and Methodist Primary School (appointed February 2008)

About Mrs Joanne Kerry

Joanne Kerry has been a Foundation Governor at Bardney Church of England and Methodist Primary school for the past 8 years, and Chair of Governors for the last 3. Joanne also works part time as a Clinical Scientist in the Nuclear Medicine Department at Lincoln County Hospital. She really enjoys applying her scientific skills, and interacting with patients.

From Joanne’s time as a governor she has grown to believe that church schools have an important role to play in educating children in the county.  By ensuring that a strong Christian ethos exists within a school, every member of that community, whether member of staff, parent or child is valued and because of this can learn with awe and wonder and achieve their potential.

Mr Trevor Hughes

RESIGNED - July 2018

Member appointment. Employment - Business Manager at William Farr Church of England Comprehensive School.

Mr Oliver Tasker

(term of office 7th February 2020)

Member appointment.  Employment - Senior Solicitor, Wilkin Chapman LLP.

About Mr Oliver Tasker

Oliver Tasker is a senior solicitor specialising employment law at the Lincoln office of Wilkin Chapman LLP, the largest law firm in Lincolnshire and East Yorkshire and the 104th largest in the UK.

Oliver has solely specialised in employment law since qualifying as a solicitor in 2009 and predominantly acts for employers across a wide range of sectors including education. With his experience of providing strategic and commercial advice to academies, Oliver will support the Board particularly with the legal issues involved with the significant growth plans of the LAAT.

Dr Michael Smalley

(term of office 17th November 2020)

Member appointment.  Trustee - Hospice Care, Kenya and Nettleham All Saints PCC.

About Mr Michael Smalley

Michael Smalley has experience of research, education, health development and senior management. After malaria research in The Gambia, he taught in Nairobi University, Kenya followed by senior management positions in international research centres in Ethiopia and Kenya responsible for training, education and networking. Latterly he was Director General of the AMREF Health Africa (AMREF) based in Kenya; Africa’s largest health development charity committed to testing new approaches for community-based health care. During his 8-year period as DG, AMREF’s budget and international impact expanded considerably. In addition he has been a Trustee of international schools, and the chair of the Board of Trustees of an international school in Ethiopia.

Mr Barrie Shipley

RESIGNED - July 2018

Member appointment.  Head of Finance, Bishop Grosseteste University.

About Mr Barrie Shipley

Barrie Shipley is a qualified accountant and a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. Barrie has extensive experience in Governance & Compliance sitting on Audit Committees and Financial Planning Committees.

Barrie has over 18 years’ experience in the public sector, previously holding senior roles with Humberside Probation Trust. As Head of Finance for Humberside Probation Trust, Barrie oversaw the merger of 3 Probation Trusts and transfer to the private sector.

Barrie was appointed Head of Finance for Bishop Grosseteste University in June 2015.


Mr Keith Wilkinson

(term of office 3rd October 2020)

Member appointment.  Steward of the College Livings, Eton College; Trustee Sherbourne School; Governor/trustee at Magdalen College and Cheltenham College.

About Mr Keith Wilkinson

After graduating from Hull University, KW taught at a senior high school in the city and saw its transition from a technical grammar school to a co-educational comprehensive. Then after post-graduate study and preparation for ordination at Cambridge, he was ordained at Peterborough and served in a new town parish in the rapidly developing city. He then went to Eton College to teach English and to join the chaplaincy team, leaving to become senior chaplain at Malvern College where he was also senior tutor. In 1989 he was appointed Head Master of Berkhamsted School in Hertfordshire -  a boarding and day school for boys (5 - 18); in 1996 he became Headmaster of The King's School, Canterbury (one of the leading co-educational boarding schools in the country) and was also appointed a canon of the cathedral. Whilst at King's he co-sponsored the creation of the Folkestone Academy in Kent and was an adviser on academies to other  sponsoring organizations and individuals.  In 2008 he took up the post of Conduct and senior Chaplain of Eton College and in January 2017, taking semi-retirement, he became Steward of the College Livings (as representative of the Provost and Fellows of Eton) dealing with appointments and issues relating to those parishes where the College is patron.

Since 1989 he has been a governor of 12 schools and currently is on the governing bodies of Magdalen College School, Oxford, and Sherborne School.

He has a love of theatre, music and other expressive arts. He has also been a supporter of environmental campaigns, prison reform and  Save the Children.  His addiction to 'the Archers' has troubled him for over 50 years.


Mr Richard Wilson

(resigned 8th December 2017)

Member appointment.  Employed by Simcyp Limited, and company director.

Dr Emma Clarke

(term of office 14 November 2021)

Date of appointment 15 November 2017. Member appointment. Employment – Senior Lecturer at Bishop Grosseteste University. Parent governor at Long Marston CE Primary School.


Mr John Visser

(Appointed 1 September 2014, stepped down as Chair 31 December 2017)