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Diocesan Board of Education

The Guildford Diocesan Board of Education's constitution was agreed by the Diocesan Synod in 1991 in accordance with the Diocesan Board of Education Measure 1991. Trustees and Governors of Church Voluntary Schools in the Diocese are bound by law to consult the Board before making any agreement or arrangement with the Secretary of State, the Charity Commission or the local education authority with respect to re-arrangement, amalgamation, discontinuance, sale, letting or other dealings with such schools.

The 1991 Measure has given the Board a composition significantly different from that of the Education Council which it replaced.

Chair: Rt Revd Jo Bailey-Wells
Director: ​Mr Alex Tear
Bishop's nominee: Vacancy
Bishop's nominee:  Ven Paul Bryer
Bishop's nominee:  Canon Peter Bruinvels
Bishop's nominee: Mr Peter Coles
Diocesan Synod Clergy: Rev Simon Taylor
Diocesan Synod Lay: Mr Edwin Catt
Aldershot Deanery:  Mrs Debi Rawlings
Cranleigh Deanery: Rev Vicki Burrows
Dorking Deanery: Mr David Draper
Emly Deanery: Mrs Lynne Watson
Epsom Deanery: Mr John Roll-Pickering
Farnham Deanery: ​​Mrs Sarah Dunning
Godalming Deanery: ​Vacancy
Guildford Deanery: Revd Dermot Verschoyle
Leatherhead Deanery: Mr Michael Elson
Runnymede Deanery: Mr Conrad Benefield
Surrey Heath Deanery: Mrs Susan Ferro
Woking Deanery: Mr Jon Hills
Co-opted:  Mrs Sue Potter

Within this Diocese, the Diocesan Board of Education supports the following responsibilities:

  • Law
  • School Inspections
  • Personnel
  • Finance
  • Buildings
  • Governing Bodies
  • Training
  • Curriculum
  • Admission Appeals
  • School Planning
  • Insurance
  • Land Ownership

DBE Executive Committee

This is a new committee formed in September 2017.  The members are:

Chair: Rt Revd Jo Bailey-Wells
Director: ​Mr Alex Tear
Bishop's nominee: ​Rev Simon Taylor 
Bishop's nominee:  ​Mrs Sarah Dunning 
Bishop's nominee:  Mr Peter Coles
DBE appointed: ​Dr Clare Brunet 
​DBE appointed: Mr Michael Elson
Co-opted by Exec:  Rev Debbie Sellin
Co-opted by Exec: Mr Stephen Crabtree

Please click here for the Terms of Reference for this committee. 

For more information about the work of the Board please contact Sarah Tickner, Tel: 01483 484900 or email