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New director of schools is needed as Julie retires

The Diocese of East Anglia is looking to appoint a new Director of Schools’ Service to replace existing Director Julie O’Connor who is retiring after 19 years in the role.

Bishop Alan Hopes said: “We see our schools as key to the Mission of the Diocese. Though they are small in number they have an immense impact on the children and young people in our care, the staff, parents and the many parishes they serve.

“We are seeking to appoint a Director who can influence the shape of the team for the future. Our schools  and their estate are in a secure place, but this is a splendid opportunity for someone who is ambitious and clear thinking to lead to the next stage of development and growth, while sustaining our zeal and success.

“The key function of this role is to promote, lead and manage the Catholic educational mission of the Diocese. This is a Senior role within the Diocese and the postholder will work collaboratively with the myself, Commissioners and other senior managers within the Diocese to meet the requirements of the Bishop and Trustees.

“We expect the postholder to become one of East Anglia’s leading educational system leaders. Knowledgeable, enthusiastic communicator with great people skills and a passion for education,” said Bishop Alan.

For a full Candidate pack click here.

If you wish to discuss this exciting post, or need any further information, then please arrange an informal chat with our current Director, Julie O’Connor. To arrange this, please call Jane Delph on 01508 495509 or email her at

Visits to our Diocese, prior to application, are warmly welcomed.

Closing Date: Noon 14th February 2022

Interviews: Friday 25th February 2022