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.
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.
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.