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a leader must also have faith in the people she is to lead
to see good in them and raise them to higher achievement
through praise not condemnation, encouragement not criticism

Rt Rev'd Martyn Snow, Bishop of Leicester

Who’s Who


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


Carolyn has worked in a range of primary school settings from small to large, rural and urban, church and community.  Her senior leadership roles have required a significant school improvement focus and she has partnered with a Local Authority to support schools through Executive Headship.  Working as a strategic partner in a successful Teaching School Alliance, Carolyn has devised and delivered a range of training and development programmes for teachers and senior leaders.  Carolyn is a SIAMS Inspector and has inspected with Ofsted.


Email: carolyn.lewis@leccofe.org



Yolanda Morley-McKay 

Assistant Director for 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.


Email: yolanda.morley-mckay@leccofe.org




YMD Boon, Associates for Leicester DBE

Key Contact: Jonathan Warren


In this role, our associates at YMD Boon:


  • 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


Email: jwarren@ymdboon.co.uk



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

Key Contact: Ian Jones


In this role, our associate Ian Jones:


  • 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 


Email: ian.jones@leccofe.org



Administrative Support


Emma Heesom, Office Manager and PA to the Director: emma.heesom@leccofe.org

Anne Rattigan, Part-time Administrator: anne.rattigan@leccofe.org

Claudia Brockbank, Part-time Administrator: claudia.brockbank@leccofe.org



Any general enquiries can be sent to DBEOffice@leccofe.org