Meet the Team

The Education Division and the National Society team

Nigel Genders - Chief Education Officer and General Secretary, National Society

Nigel GendersAs the Church's Chief Education Officer, Nigel has responsibility for the development of the Church's policy on lifelong, statutory and voluntary education, and promoting the highest quality of educational practice throughout the Church. Nigel is also the General Secretary of the National Society for the Promotion of Religious Education.
Direct Line: 020 7898 1500

Business Manager - Cheryl Payne 020 7898 1501


Nicola Sylvester - Head of School Effectiveness and Deputy General Secretary, National Society

Nicola SylvesterNicola's work involves promoting the distinctiveness, effectiveness and performance of Church of England schools and academies. The key areas of focus are: Christian character and values, curriculum, school improvement, leadership and responsibility for the Section 48 (SIAMS) inspection system.
Direct Line: 020 7898 1490

Executive Assistant - Jemma Adams 020 7898 1491

Rowan Ferguson- Head of School Policy and Deputy General Secretary, National Society

Rowan FergusonRowan has responsibility for overseeing the development of school policy in collaboration with dioceses around the country. She is the lead contact with the Department for Education and with other national organisations on all matters to do with Church of England school policy, especially their organisation, structures, governance and resources. 
Direct Line: 020 7898 1789

Executive Assistant -
Jemma Adams 020 7898 1491


Cheryl Payne - Business Manager

Cheryl PayneCheryl has responsibility for the financial management of the National Society and the Education Division, including the administration of the Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS). She manages the Business and Support team for the NS and Schools teams and other support staff in the Division, and supervises all recruitment HR matters. She provides personal assistant support for the CEO/General Secretary of the National Society.
Direct Line: 020 7898 1501


Duncan Myers - National Adviser for Higher Education

Duncan Myers

Duncan's work involves advising the Church on developments in Higher Education and on our policies. He works closely with the Anglican Foundation Universities and in support of Chaplains in all English Universities.
Direct Line: 020 7898 1513

Executive Assistant
- Gabriella di Salvo 020 7898 1505


Garry Neave - National Adviser in Further Education

Garry NeaveGarry's role involves dialogue with FE improvement bodies and related agencies and charities, to raise the profile of values, beliefs and faith in the sector by contributing to FE policy at the highest levels, including Government departments. Growing and sustaining a network of colleges, chaplaincies and chaplains.
Direct Line: 020 7898 1517

Executive Assistant -
Julia Eden 020 7898 1512


Mary Hawes - National Going for Growth (Children and Youth) Adviser

Mary HawesMary is advocate for the Church's ministry with, for and by children up to the age of 11 and young people, including implementing 'Going4Growth', the Education Division's strategy document. Resourcing and advising the Church at National and Diocesan level in its ministry with children and young people. The work involves developing creative partnerships with Christian, Government and secular agencies.
Direct Line: 020 7898 1504

Executive Assistant - Julia Eden 020 7898 1512


James Townsend - Research and Policy Officer

James TownsendJames is responsible for co-ordinating the research which underpins our policy development and provides high quality information to support dioceses. He also works closely with diocesan officers, supporting them on admissions and governance matters.
Direct Line: 020 7898 1515



Peter Churchill - SIAMS Information

Peter ChurchillPeter administers Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS). This includes the registration of inspectors, paying for inspections and producing ID badges.
Direct Line: 020 7898 1518



Julia Eden - Executive Assistant

Julia EdenJulia has broad experience as a conference organiser. She is responsible for the administration of both the National Children Advisers' and the Further Education Chaplains' annual conferences. She provides administrative support to Mary Hawes, National Going for Growth (Children & Youth) Adviser, and to Garry Neave, National FE Adviser, as well as assisting with the activities of the Church of England Youth Council. She also updates the Going for Growth website.
Direct Line 020 7898 1512


Jemma Adams -Executive Assistant

Jemma AdamsJemma is an Executive Assistant in the Schools Team, providing administrative support to the Head of School Effectiveness  (Nicola Sylvester) and the Head of School Policy (Rowan Ferguson), as well as occasional support to the Research and Policy Officer (James Townsend).  Part of her role is to also to provide administrative support for the Anglican Association of Directors of Education and any consultant appointed to work on School Projects.
Direct Line: 020 7898 1491


Gabriella Di Salvo - Executive Assistant

Gabriella di SalvoGabriella provides administrative support to the Higher Education Adviser (Duncan Myers). Her role involves conferences planning, updating the education section of the website and digital media.
Direct Line: 020 7898 1505




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