Members and Trustees



Right Reverend Dr Steven Croft

The Rt. Revd. Dr. Steven Croft became Bishop of Oxford in 2016. He was previously the Bishop of Sheffield, team leader of Fresh Expressions, Warden of Cranmer Hall and Vicar of Ovenden in Halifax. He is a co-author of the Emmaus and Pilgrim Resources.  His latest book is The Gift of Leadership (Canterbury Press, 2016). 

Oxford Diocesan Board of Education

Oxford Diocesan Board of Education acting corporately (current named officer: Gordon Joyner)

The Oxford Diocesan Board of Education is a member acting corporately by hand of one of its directors

Peter Norman

Peter was head of The Warriner School, Oxfordshire (2001 - 2007) and Waddesdon Church of England School, Buckinghamshire (2007 - 2017).

He has served as an ex-officio governor at both The Warriner and Waddesdon Cof E School and as a parent governor and chair of governors at Waddesdon Village Primary School, Buckinghamshire. Peter is a member of the Diocese of Oxford Board of Education and currently chairs the School Effectiveness Committee and serves on the Executive Committee.


Our Trustees relentlessly focus on improvement. Trustees are tasked to embody these values in their contacts with our schools; to celebrate success and agree to build partnerships to develop the schools we serve.

Confirmation of Trustee term of office renewals- verbal update

The GSO reported that Members had been consulted and were happy to agree the renewal of the terms of office until 31/08/2025 for Rt Revd Dr Alan Wilson, Michael Phipps and Rosie Harper. Members have noted the resignation of Steve Edgar (effective from 16/07/2021) and Kirsteen Roberts.

Rt Revd Dr Alan Wilson

The Bishop of Buckingham (Rt Revd Dr Alan Wilson) has served in the Diocese of Oxford since 1979, at Balliol College 1979-81 and NSM at Eynsham, then Curate of Caversham & Mapledurham (1982-89), and first incumbent of St John the Baptist Caversham from 1989-92. Moving to Sandhurst as Rector in 1992, he contributed to continuing ministerial education by developing residential training workshops in supervision skills for training incumbents, and as a Diocesan Work Consultant.

He led the planning group for the Diocesan Convention at High Wycombe in 2002. He was Area Dean of Sonning from 1998-2003, and honorary Canon of Christ Church, Oxford 2002-3. In October 2003 he became Area Bishop of Buckingham.

Tony Wilson

Currently the Director of Education for the Diocese of Oxford, Tony possesses extensive headship experience including providing intervention for schools in challenging circumstances as well as leading a school designated as outstanding. Tony has led two different schools towards good and in another was able to raise the school’s Progress 8 performance from being well below average to above the national average at the same time as eradicating a budget deficit of -£2 million.  He oversees all aspects of the Oxford Diocesan Board of Education’s work across 283 schools, 19 MATs and 9 local authorities.          

In addition, Tony has international school improvement and system leadership experience gained from his role as Principal Education Consultant in The Kingdom of Bahrain and is the director of an educational consultancy.  

Sulina Piesse

Sulina is the CEO of ODBST. She was previously an Executive Headteacher. Over the last 15 years she has held several senior leadership roles in London Schools, including another Headship. She is a former Ofsted Inspector. She worked as an Inspector for 4 years.

As a passionate French and Spanish teacher, she has had the opportunity to work in various settings, both in the UK and abroad.

Nat Wakely

Nat has been a Managing Director of four John Lewis branches with full P&L and site responsibility. Additionally, he was the Director responsible for JL health and safety and for the Occupational Health Service when running the southern half of John Lewis. 

Subsequently he acted as the Retail Director on the JL board, then the Director responsible for redesigning the company’s pension provision and gaining agreement from Partners for that change, and was the Personnel Director on the Partnership Services (shared service for JL and Waitrose) Board, running the John Lewis Partnership’s Personnel operation. Latterly, he has led the transformation of Personnel function and is now in charge of replacing the company’s biggest IT system. Additionally, he led the sponsorship deal with LOCOG to support and sponsor the London Olympic Games from 2009 to 2012.

From 2007 to 2013, Nat was on the board of the New West End Company (the not for profit Business Improvement District for Oxford Street, Regent Street and Bond Street).

Rosie Harper

Rosie runs a three church Parish with a large turnover. Rosie is a member of the Archdeaconry senior staff with oversight of 270 churches, a member of Bishop’s Council: the Governing body of the Diocese of Oxford, and a trustee of the Oxford Diocesan Board of Finance. She is an elected member of The General Synod of the Church of England.

She is the chair of the Oxford Nandyal Education Foundation -an education charity in India. All these roles give her experience of Trusteeship, strategic planning, financial planning and compliance, change management, values based judgement, safeguarding matters and relationship and team building.

Michael Phipps

Michael is a retired Department for Education senior civil servant, who had responsible for policy advice to Ministers on school sector, managing passage of education legislation through Parliament, delivering various school standards programmes, and directing various major public expenditure programmes amounting to several hundred £million.

He has been chair of governors of Seer Green CE Primary Academy for the last 5 years steering its academy conversion in 2013 and preparation for successful Ofsted and SIAMS inspections in 2017; initiating development of the new vision, values and strategic 5-year plan; introducing new school and governing board self-evaluation programmes; he led the headteacher recruitment process in 2015/16; is chair of its admissions and performance management committees, and of various working groups.

Michael is an experienced trustee of several charities both large and small. He chaired two Quaker church boards of trustees: one local for Buckinghamshire (annual turnover up to £100k), one national for whole of UK (100+ staff, annual turnover £10m).

Malcolm Peckham   Safeguarding Trustee

Malcolm served on the Council of Keele University 2004 – 2014 having graduated from the University in 1969 in Economics and History with the Certificate of Education. He was appointed as Deputy Pro – Chancellor in 2008 and Pro – Chancellor/ Chair of Council in 2012. He is a member of the University’s College of Fellows and received an Honorary Doctorate in 2015.

After a period of training as an accountant with the Milk Marketing Board he taught in secondary modern, technical, comprehensive, grammar schools and an FE college before entering education administration. Malcolm held senior posts in Buckinghamshire and Croydon before being invited to establish a new LEA as the Director of Education in the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, a post he held for nine successful years until retirement. Since that time he has provided consultancy across both England and Wales and retains numerous interests in local educational matters,  most recently chairing the Wycombe and Marlow Teaching Schools Alliance, a past director and trustee of the Wycombe High School MAT and a past Treasurer and tutor at the London School of Theology. He is also a trustee of the Wycombe Child Contact Centre. He has recently retired as a Magistrate after twenty two years service, latterly sitting in West London Magistrates Courts and the Crown Court at Isleworth. He is a Fellow of the Howard League for Penal Reform. Malcolm and his wife are active members of Union Baptist Church and have been in membership since 1979. They have been blessed with four daughters, four sons - in - law and twelve grandchildren.

Andrew Jeffrey

Andrew is currently a Manager in the ‘Not for Profit’ team at Cooper Parry which has a significant Not for Profit and Academy presence in the Midlands. Andrew joined Cooper Parry in August 2019 when the Education team at Whitley Stimpson Limited transferred their Academy and Not for profit portfolio to facilitate the team’s growth and knowledge base. He has over 12 years’ experience with audit and accounting. In 2014 he joined the Whitley Stimpson newly created Education team, having previously completed his training as a Chartered Accountant there.

Andrew specialises in the education and charity sector and has worked with, and advised, a diverse range of educational organisations, including Academies, Free Schools, Independent Schools, Further Education colleges, Catholic Education offices and systemic schools as well as a wide range of local, regional and national charities. Andrew’s role in particular within the education team has been to work closely with Academy Trusts, not only through the audit and production of year end accounts, but also providing financial advice and support to schools and assisting them in undertaking and completing the relevant reporting requirements of the ESFA.

He has also been a church warden within his local community since 2012.

Aman Aujla

Aman is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries. Since graduating with a Mathematics degree from Loughborough University in 2002, Aman has built up extensive experience in the pensions industry, with a good understanding of economics and financial risk management.

Aman has 2 primary school aged children at a Church of England school and recognises the importance of an engaged parent and staff community. She is committed to using her skills and experience to support the Trustee board in creating school environments where children can thrive and be the best that they can be

Denise Shepherd

A highly successful senior educational leader with over 30 years of experience. A Headteacher of an outstanding Grammar School, National Teaching School and National Support School. The founding CEO of the Thinking Schools Academy Trust (TSAT) -a high performing Multi-Academy Trust in the South East.

A designated National Leader of Education since 2010 and an elected member of SESL Headteacher Board advising the RSC. As CEO, Denise has successfully sponsored and turned around several high-profile failing schools. After leaving TSAT at the end of 2016 Denise supported a small MAT of Free Schools to improve their educational standards, develop and undertake their first Ofsted inspections. All schools were rated as good or outstanding by Ofsted 2017-2019.

Pragasen Morgan

Prior to joining the OBDST, Pragasen has been the Chair of Governors for Christ the Sower primary. He then supported the transition of the school to the ODBST family. He is also a partner with EY and is a specialist in Technology Risk and Governance. He has a strong understanding of Board risk and has worked closely with a number of organisations to manage risk and create value. He is passionate about education and also has a role with EY in Diversity and Inclusion. He also works with a number of organisations and charities which support minority ethnics or previously disadvantaged access education.

Michael Mill

Michael has over forty years’ experience in education. He was, most recently, Diocesan Director of Education for Carlisle Diocese for nine years working with 105 church schools, many of them small and rural. In this role, he was also instrumental in establishing the diocesan Multi Academy Trust as its first CEO, which included supporting sponsored schools to good outcomes. He worked for three years as an education consultant mainly working on the ‘Building Schools of the Future’ programme.

He spent nearly twenty years working for Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire local authorities in a variety of senior education roles, working closely with designated local primary and secondary schools. This included supporting and developing SEN provision. Michael was, for some time, in charge of the large school’s capital programme in Oxfordshire.

He began his career as a secondary RE teacher in Bucks and then Essex.

Michael is married and has two daughters, who like him live in High Wycombe. He is an active member of St Andrew’s Church in the town.