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April Gold

April is Deputy Director of Education for Coventry CofE Diocese. Her role includes liaison with local authority, MAT and DFE stakeholders for 75 Church schools. April leads the team responsible for the Diocesan Service Agreement which is a traded support service for CofE schools. This includes governance, admissions and Christian distinctiveness.

April is resident on the Houlton Development in Rugby and married to the CofE vicar. Together they are leading a Church plant in St Gabriel’s school and are involved in the intentional formation of community in Houlton working with developers, the school and the local residents association.

April retrained to teach after a successful early career in financial services specialising in the leadership of change and the human resources implications. After gaining QTS April had extensive experience in middle and senior leadership within a large bi-lateral secondary school. April was awarded advanced skills teacher status for Psychology and line managed a number of subject areas including Maths and English. As an Assistant Head April was responsible for CPD and quality assurance of Teaching and Learning, alongside the whole school skills and enrichment programme. April led the successful bid for Teaching School and set up the teaching school allicance and a successful school direct teacher training programme. As a Deputy Head April led on partnerships. She led the transition from single academy trust to multi-academy trust and the recruitment of a new board of directors based upon skill set. April led a successful Free School bid for an 11-16 Secondary School.

Eileen Leech

  • Eileen worked in Education for over 40 years. She qualified as a teacher (Cert Ed.) in 1964 completing a three year course at Avery Hill College, University of London.
  • After teaching in primary schools in Coventry and Warwickshire, Eileen became deputy head teacher at Brookhurst Primary School, Leamington Spa in 1968.
  • In 1971, Eileen was appointed as an Advisory Teacher for Primary mathematics.
  • Eileen took up the up the position of Head teacher of Milby County First School, Nuneaton in 1982.
  • After 8+ years of successful headship, Eileen was appointed as a Local Authority Adviser/Inspector for Coventry City Council where she worked with head teachers to manage and develop schools across the city until her retirement.
  • During the 14 years she was with the City Council she trained as an Ofsted Inspector undertaking inspections in both the primary and secondary schools.
  • She was promoted to the position of Principal Adviser for School Improvement in 2001, leading and managing the Coventry team of advisers in their work with schools.
  • Since her retirement Eileen has worked as an independent Associate Education Consultant on a part-time basis. She has been an elected member of the Coventry Diocesan Board of Education since September 2004 and chairs their School Effectiveness Committee.
  • She has also previously had experience as Chair of Governors in another primary school.

Malcolm Tyler

Malcolm is the Vicar of St Mary’s, Walsgrave having been there since 1991.
A long term Governor of Walsgrave School, he was Chair at its first ever OFSTED and has seen the school go from strength to strength over the years. He is keen for all people to be comfortable in their own skin, valued both by themselves and the society around them and sees schooling as an important and integral part of the learning process to become an adult. He values the creativity and openness of children and often marvels at their ability to accept the complexity of the world around them. Before ordination Malcolm used his Maths and Economics degree to work as a government statistician and then studied theology at Cambridge University. He came to Coventry in 1991.
Outside of his role as Governor Malcolm is a Spiritual Director and has a significant role in the diocese and nationally in the selection of ordination candidates

Paul Smith

Paul was a governor and then Chair of Walsgrave CE Primary school governing body for 13 years, to 2010, a period that saw school numbers increase from 315 to over 400, the addition of the Nursery, and the integration of out-of-school care provider, KidCo.

Paul drove the transformation of the school site, planning the joining of the lower and upper schools to create new offices and a main entrance. He worked closely with two head Teachers before chairing the recruitment panel responsible for appointing Mrs Kim Docking.

Paul is a marketing project-manager who spent 20 years marketing and promoting artists for Universal Music and then went on to work with a range of companies including Vodafone, Nokia, Yankee Candle, Miller & Carter, All Bar One, Ember Inns, Toby Carvery, Stonehouse and more. Projects that he now manages include video production, retail communications, events, launches and social media marketing. He has put this experience and knowledge to use as the Event Director of TEDx Leamington Spa, an event that requires detailed planning, budgeting, organisation, and communication with a wide group of agencies, speakers, technicians, musicians and volunteers.

The Bishop of Coventry

Christopher Cocksworth, Bishop of Coventry, read Theology at the University of Manchester. After teaching in secondary education, he trained for ordination and pursued doctoral studies. Bishop Christopher has served in parochial and chaplaincy ministry and in theological education, latterly as Principal of Ridley Hall, Cambridge. In 2010 he was awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Divinity by the University of London for his services to education. He has written a number of books and articles in the area of Christian theology and worship with his last book, Holding Together: Gospel, Church and Spirit being shortlisted for the 2011 Michael Ramsey Prize.
Bishop Christopher is Co-Chair of the Joint Implementation Commission of the Anglican-Methodist Covenant, and is Chair of the Faith and Order Commission of the Church of England. He entered the House of Lords in January 2013.
He is married to Charlotte and they have a large family. Among Christopher’s hobbies, is organic fruit and vegetable gardening, and although a latecomer growing fruit and vegetables is increasingly becoming quite a passion.