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Our Committee Members are the driving force behind AASSH

Elisabeth Gilpin - Chair
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 Day - Conference Organiser




Richard Cranmer - Vice Chair

Archbishop Sancroft CE High School

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
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 - Secretary and Treasurer
St Christopher's CE High School, Accrington

Richard Jones is the headmaster of St Christopher'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.



Fr Richard Peers
Diocese of Liverpool's Director of Education

Father Richard Peers has worked for over 30 years in all phases of schooling, he has taught every age of pupils beginning his career as a Reception teacher. Richard has worked as chaplain in two inner city secondary schools; as a Primary and Secondary Deputy Head and inspected church schools. He is currently Director of Education in the Diocese of Liverpool where he is leading the formation of a Diocesan led Multi-Academy Trust. Richard’s previous post was as Head of a south London school. Richard led the school through a total re-build, opening a Primary school, re-branding and achieved the school’s highest ever academic results, all leading to the school being significantly over-subscribed.

Richard was ordained as an Anglican priest in 1994 he has served as a school Governor, Chair of Governors and chair of the management committee of a Pupil Referral Unit. Richard was borough Chair of Secondary Heads, served on the national Council of the Secondary Heads Association (now ASCL) and sits on the national committee of the Association of Anglican Academy and Secondary Heads.

Nick Taunt - Editor of Angles

Bishop Luffa C.E. School

Nick's first 20 years of teaching, from 1980, were in large community comprehensives. In 2000 he became Head of Bishop Luffa C.E. School in Chichester and National Leader of Education in 2010. Three grown-up children now in primary teaching, health and post-grad biochemistry. He has no idea where the science came from: he enjoys music, walking and the allotment.


Chrissie Millwood

Holy Trinity C of E 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. 

Linda Culling  

The Deanery CE Academy

Linda is the founding Principal of a free school in Swindon, Wiltshire.  She has been a teacher for over 20 years, having trained originally at Bedford College of Higher Education as a PE teacher.  She has worked in the South West all of her career, teaching a wide range of subjects other than PE.  She has studied for a number of years at the University of West of England and is currently studying for a Professional Doctorate, completing and autoethnography in leadership in a faith setting.  She is a licensed lay minister in the Church of England and enjoys the odd game of golf in her spare time when is not walking her dogs. 








Andrew Wilcock

Bishop Ramsay C.E. High School

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

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