The Board

Derby Diocesan Board of Education (DDBE)

The Derby Diocesan Board of Education is a Charitable Company and is the Statutory Board of Education for the Diocese.

From 1949 until the end of 2018, there were a large number of members (up to 29) the majority of whom were elected from the deaneries. 

Changes in the educational environment meant that we needed a smaller more responsive board with more technical skills, so the decision was taken to reconstitute the Board and move from a representational model to a skills based model.

Since January 2019, the composition of the Board has been

(1)     The Bishop of Derby (President of the Board)

(2)     Two people nominated by the Bishop

(3)     Between seven and nine people appointed by the Diocesan Synod

(4)     Between one and four people co-opted by the board.

Members of the board are also its trustees and directors.

The chairman of the board is either the Bishop of Derby or someone appointed by the board in consultation with the bishop. 

The company secretary is the diocesan director of education, who (rather confusingly) isn’t a director or trustee of the board.


Board trustees:

carol coslett

The Venerable Carol Coslett (Archdeacon of Chesterfield) – Chair


jane burrows

Mrs Jane Burrows


dr david martin

Dr David Martin


carol fearria

Mrs Carole Fearria


nicky fenton

Revd Nicky Fenton


simon white

Revd Simon White

Mrs Marion Goddard (Observer)


jack cooper

Canon Jack Cooper


canon christine holmes elener

Canon Christine Holmes-Elener

Mrs Fiona Swain

Sarah Barley McMullen

Revd Neil Roberts

The Diocese of Derby

For SatNav directions, please use DE1 3DR. However, please note that the car park behind Derby Church House (Derby Cathedral Car Park) is contract only Monday-Friday and so unavailable to visitors. Paid parking is available at Chapel Street Multistorey Car Park (DE1 3GU), Park Safe (Bold Lane) DE1 3NT and the Assembly Rooms Car Park (DE1 3AF). Derby Cathedral Car Park is available as paid parking on Saturdays and Sundays.

Contact and Find Us

Derby Church House

Full Street, Derby DE1 3DR

01332 388650


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