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Committee Members

 Our Committee Members are the driving force behind AASSH

 See who makes up our Committee and read a little bit about what they do below.


Richard Cranmer - Chair

CEO St Benet's Multi Academy Trust

 Richard Cranmer has enjoyed an interesting and thoroughly enjoyable time working in church schools starting with St Augustine's RC/CE Upper School in Oxford and then onto Notre Dame RC High School in Norwich. He is currently Headteacher of Archbishop Sancroft CE High School in Harleston which is the only CE High School in Norfolk. Richard is married with two daughters currently at Durham and Essex Universities. When given the chance he likes nothing more than sailing his boat on the beautiful Norfolk Broads.



Kathy Griffiths - Vice Chair

CEO - Aquinas Church of England Education Trust

 Kathy was the founding headteacher at Bishop Justus CofE Secondary School in Bromley, before taking up the role of CEO for the Aquinas Church of England Education Trust. The Aquinas Trust consists one secondary and eight primary Church of England academies. She has spent all of her teaching and leadership career in London schools.

Kathy is married with a son and daughter and in her spare time likes walking, eating out and travel.

 Richard Jones - Treasurer

St Christopher's CE High School, Accrington

 Richard Jones is the headmaster of St Christophe

r's CE High School in Accrington, Lancashire, a successful and high-achieving 11-18 academy. His teaching career of over twenty-five years has seen him work in a wide variety of secondary schools, as a classroom teacher, head of faculty, head of year and for the last decade in senior management.

Married with three children, Richard enjoys the cut and thrust of political debate and, loyal to his Lancashire roots, is an avid supporter of Preston North End.



Chrissie Millwood - Secretary

 Headteacher  Holy Trinity CofE Secondary School, Crawley

 Chrissie began her working life within the construction and then print industry before entering the Methodist ministry as an itinerant minister with pastoral care of four churches on the Isle of Wight. During a short ‘break’ from full time ministry she found herself working in a High School and has not left the world of education since! She spent 10 years in Cowes, and then went to work at a Church of England Academy in Ashford Kent. In 2016 she moved to Crawley as Headteacher of a multi-faith multi-cultural school of 1250 students. Chrissie is married with 3 grown up boys, all of whom are working within education. She has a passion for travelling and for football, spending many happy hours with two of her sons at Stamford Bridge.


Andrew Day - Conference Organiser

 Executive Director: Northumberland Church of England Academy

 Leads the NCEA, an all-through, 2 - 19 academy, currently educating 2500 children on five campuses on the Northumberland coast. The academy is jointly sponsored by the Diocese of Newcastle and the Duke of Northumberland. Previously a teacher of English and History in both the independent and state sectors; Principal of an academy in London prior to taking up current post. His wife, Yvette, is the Headmistress of The Chorister School at Durham Cathedral.


Elisabeth Gilpin

 St Mary Redcliffe and Temple School at the Heart of Bristol

 Elisabeth Gilpin is Headteacher at St Mary Redcliffe and Temple School at the Heart of Bristol. She was Headteacher of St Augustine of Canterbury Joint Roman Catholic and Church of England school in Oxford. She has taught Science in six other schools in Oxford, Bath and West Sussex. She worked for Oxfordshire Local Authority between Headships as leader of the ‘Unlocking Potential’ project jointly supported by a Farmington Fellowship at Harris Manchester College, Oxford. She loves salsa dancing.

Andrew Wilcock

Bishop Ramsay C.E. High School

 My career in teaching has taken me round the M25, starting in Croydon, then Crawley, Leatherhead, Guildford and now Ruislip, North West London where I have been the Headteacher of Bishop Ramsey School in Ruislip since 2002. I became a National Leader of Education in 2010 and Bishop Ramsey became a Teaching School in 2013. I have a wife who writes about food and nutrition, two teenage children and two dogs.



Linda Culling




 Until recently I was the founding Principal of a Church of England flagship secondary academy which opened in Wichelstowe, Swindon in 2019. Prior to that I was Raising Standards Leader at Nova Hreod Academy when we became the most improved secondary school in the South West region. A member of the Senior Leadership Team who set up the Cabot Learning Federation with Sir David Carter, I have a wide range of experiences in various different settings. I have a Master's degree focused on Mathematics teaching - maths anxiety and the effects on performance from University of the West of England. I am currently studying for Professional Doctorate at UWE.


Robert Cottrell

Headteacher Archbishop Sancroft High School

Rob is Headteacher at Archbishop Sancroft High School (ASHS) which is part of St. Benet's MAT in the Diocese of Norwich. ASHS is the only Church of England Secondary School in Norfolk. Rob joined the school in 2011 having previously worked at Notre Dame RC High School in Norwich. A keen sportsman, Rob studied at Loughborough University before beginning a career in industry working in Foreign Exchange within the City of London. However, his passion and experiences of sports coaching and sports leadership soon led him to pursue a career in education. Rob is married with a son and a daughter and when not coaching his son's football team, enjoys running, cycling and the occasional glass of red wine!


 Phil Randall


Headteacher St Peter's C of E VA, Exeter

 Phil is passionate about education for the ‘whole child’, creating a school where everyone is valued and belongs; empowering the entire community to be safe and humble, whilst also taking responsibility to be the best versions of themselves.

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