Canon Linda Wainscot, formerly Director of Education for the Diocese of Coventry, will take up the position as Interim Diocesan Director of Education for two days a week during the Spring term 2021.
Also, Dr Alison Brown will continue to support headteachers and schools, offering one and two days a week as required, ensuring their Christian Distinctiveness within the diocese.
Both roles will be on a consultancy basis, starting in January 2021.
Linda wainscot writes:
Having had a long career in education, I retired in August 2020 from my most recent role as Diocesan Director of Education (DDE) for the Diocese of Coventry (a post I held for almost 20 years).
Prior to this, I was a teacher and senior leader in maintained and independent schools and an FE College as well as being involved in teacher training.
In addition to worshipping in Rugby, I am privileged to be an Honorary Canon of Coventry Cathedral.
As DDE I was responsible for leading a team that provided statutory and non-statutory services for Church of England Schools, established Multi-Academy Trusts, successfully bid to open St Gabriel’s CofE Academy and, as a member of the Bishop’s Core Staff Team, played a wider role across the parishes, cathedral and chaplaincies, ensuring that the place of CofE Schools remained at the heart of strategic planning.
For two years I was the chair of the Anglican Association of Directors of Education.
At the heart of my philosophy for education is my passion that every young person and adult connected with Church of England schools might experience the love of God in a tangible and life-giving way.
I am honoured to have been asked to support the Diocese of Derby, the DBE and its family of schools and academies for the Spring Term and look forward to 'meeting' and working with you.
Clearly, in this difficult season of COVID19, our interactions will largely be limited to ZOOM etc. However, I am confident that will not prevent meaningful and positive working relationships.