Reverend Canon Sarah Brown
Sarah was ordained in the Diocese of Peterborough in 2008 following a career in business. After reading German at Nottingham University she worked in corporate sales and marketing before responding to an unexpected call to lead Farming Community Network, a national farming charity, which she did in tandem with studying theology and serving her curacy.
Her Church career has at different times engaged with the agricultural community, rural churches, a market town and a cathedral city, all of which now come excitingly together in the role of Dean of Hereford.
Sarah is married to Richard and they have two children; Alice, who is a musician and Edward, who is training to be a vet.
In her spare time, Sarah enjoys music, television crime-drama, reading, gardening, and making appreciative noises to the men in her life about classic motor cars and Formula One motorsport.
Will Finn - Chair
A modern history graduate from the University of York. In 1989, he began working with The McVitie biscuit company, and in 1991 left to join Johnson & Johnson, manufacturer of baby products, cosmetics and OTC medicines, in their marketing department.
He stayed with Johnson & Johnson for the next 25 years, becoming Marketing Director of their French cosmetics company in 1996, Marketing Director of the UK division in 1999 and International Marketing Director (Beauty Care), in 2003.
In 2006, he was appointed Managing Director of a newly acquired Johnson & Johnson company in France, and in 2009 he became Regional Managing Director for the African region, based in Cape Town. In 2012 he returned to Paris as President of all J&J consumer companies in France and a member of the Europe, Africa and Middle East management board, as well as the Global Beauty Care leadership team.
In 2015, frustrated by limitations of life within a large multinational company, he retired. He and his wife Victoria and their son Stanley, chose to settle in Hereford. Will is an occasional consultant, a trustee of Herefordshire Headway and has worked with the Diocese of Hereford Multi-Academy Trust since May 2019
Gordon was a Headteacher of three 9-13 middle schools, two in challenging circumstances and one with an Area Support Centre for SEND, he also has 16 years’ experience as an Ofsted inspector, 12 being a Lead Inspector of primary school inspections, with particular experience in inspecting small primary schools.
As a Leadership Coach for the National College’s Fast Track Teacher programme, Gordon supported and coached 60 potential senior leaders through an accelerated leadership initiative. He also supported the development of Middle Leaders in a group of Birmingham schools, by preparing them for Curriculum Deep Dives, as part of the Ofsted inspection process.
As an educational consultant Gordon supported schools through an intensive school improvement focus that guided two primary schools to be judged by Ofsted as ‘Good’; both within 3 years, supporting a Special Measures primary school to achieve ‘Outstanding’ within 3 years and, most recently, acting as School Improvement Adviser to a Special High School (11-16) that achieved ‘Outstanding’ within 3 years.
Gordon, and his wife, Sandra, are keen travellers of the UK, Europe and beyond, with a second home in the Lot, France.
Rob is the Bursar of Hereford Cathedral School, a co-educational School for 3 -18 in the centre of Hereford. He has been in post for 5 years having moved to the city to take up the job. Previously he was Bursar at Edgeborough, a preparatory School in Farnham, Surrey.
Rob’s first career was in the British Army, serving as an officer in the Royal Artillery for 22 years. Rob’s roles were predominately in leadership positions, having the honour and privilege of leading soldiers in a wide range of situations, including on operations. Rob also worked in Human Resources and procurement, following his interest in science and technology. During his time in the Army Rob was fortunate enough to act as a Governor to three different primary schools in Germany, South Gloucestershire and West Sussex. This breadth of experience has all been put to good use in his second career in the education sector. Rob is also a Trustee to the Little Princess Trust.
Rob grew up in Taunton, Somerset, before studying for a degree in Geographical Science at Portsmouth Polytechnic. A rigorous stint at Sandhurst was followed by many happy years in the Army, during which time he attended the Advanced Command and Staff Course, and gained an MA in Defence Studies. Rob is married to a teacher, and has three children. His interests include sailing and skiing.
Mark is Dean’s Advisor for Reconciliation Ministry at Coventry Cathedral and CEO of the Friends of Ibba Girls’ School. He was previously CEO of the peacebuilding charity, Cord, and of an international development agency, Fellowship for African Relief.
Mark has recently been appointed as trustee of the Hereford Diocesan Board of Finance, and of Reconciliation Initiatives, and chairs the UK & Ireland board of the Community of the Cross of Nails. An experienced mediator and negotiator, he has worked mostly in peacebuilding, international development, human rights, and educational leadership, notably in youth leadership programmes in North Africa, the Middle East and Europe, and currently with a number of governing bodies of Herefordshire schools.
Mark has four children, aged between 10 and 16, and is currently training for licensed lay ministry in the diocese.
Katy Skerrett graduated from Oxford, and was later called to the Bar in 1999. She was a tenant at 2-3 Gray’s Inn Square and a scholar of Middle Temple. She practised in all areas of law, specialising in public, housing and local authority law. She was appointed a Judge in 2006, presiding over family and civil law cases in the Midlands and South Western region. She was later appointed as an Assistant Coroner in Berkshire, and later Gloucester. In 2014 she was appointed as full time Coroner for Gloucestershire, which now takes up most of her time. She is a mum of three children, and lives with her husband in Herefordshire with two very lively spaniels, having returned to her home county when her children began to run too fast to keep up with them in Battersea park.
Andrew Smith - Vice Chair
Former Headteacher at Mary Webb Secondary School. Chair of Shrewsbury Partnership for Education and Training, Secondary schools, post 16 colleges and training providers. Promoting cooperation and collaboration across the Shrewsbury area.
Canon Andrew Teale – DDE, CEO
Andrew has worked in education for 25 years.
He has taught in primary schools in inner-city Nottingham and across Herefordshire, becoming the Headteacher of a small rural school, Pembridge Church of England Primary School in 2003. After 6 successful years as Headteacher at Pembridge, Andrew moved to become the Headteacher of a larger urban school, St Paul's Church of England Primary School, in Hereford.
Andrew became a SIAMs inspector in 2011 and has conducted church school inspections in the Hereford and Worcester Dioceses.
Andrew has been a governor of a federation of a secondary and two primaries and an all through independent school in Hereford.
In 2014 St Paul's achieved an outstanding inspection from Ofsted and became a National Support School and Andrew became a National Leader of Education in 2015.
Andrew was the Executive Headteacher for St Thomas Cantilupe CE Primary School from 2012 until 2014, helping the school move from 'Special Measures' to a 'Good' overall judgement in 11 months.
In May 2018, Andrew was installed as a Lay Canon at Hereford Cathedral in recognition of his service to education in Hereford.
In 2019, St Paul's was awarded an overall judgement of 'excellent' under the new SIAMS inspection framework.
Since September 2018, Andrew has been the Director of Education for the Hereford Diocese. He remained as Executive Headteacher at St Paul's until Easter 2019.
In January 2019 he became Chief Executive Officer for the Diocesan Trust, overseeing a transformation to its new identity, culture and ethos, as the Diocese of Hereford Multi-Academy Trust.
Craig works as a consultant to the Department for Education, currently with the National Apprenticeship Service, where he advises both large and small companies around the country on government policy and the development of Apprenticeship provision.
Having held several senior management positions within the Leisure and Hospitality sector, he was a Director for both FE Colleges and Private Training Providers. During this time, he was responsible for the procurement & management of multiple funding streams, recruitment & selection of staff and the development commercial strategies.
Craig is passionate about education, both in and out of work; he is a Director & Vice Chair of Ledbury Amateur Dramatic Society Ltd. As part of this, he is the Designated Safeguarding Lead and runs a ‘Youth Theatre Company’ with his wife, where he nurtures and supports children and young adults through positive engagement with drama to become more confident and overcome barriers to success. He was also previously Chair of Governors at Eastnor Primary School for several years, which is rated 'outstanding' by Ofsted and in their latest 'SIAMS' inspection.