Tony Wilson is the Director of Education for The Diocese of Oxford overseeing 283 schools across Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Buckinghamshire. This is a post he took up in January 2019. The Oxford Diocesan Board of Education is the largest DBE in the country and works in partnership with 9 local authorities and 19 multi academy trusts.
Tony was the Headteacher at Whitstone Academy, Shepton Mallet for four years, during which time he was approached to go and work in the Kingdom of Bahrain. There he led school improvement, for the Economic Development Board, delivering education reform and gaining experience that would see him coming back to the UK to, among other things, take on interim headships leading schools out of special measures.
Tony and his family live in Axbridge, Somerset. During his time Tony has been town mayor and served on three different councils whilst previously living in Bristol and Cambridgeshire. Tony and his wife, Jo, have two children, Chloe, 20 who is studying history at Manchester University and Jude, 18 who works in hospitality.
Acting with his local community theatre group, global travel and playing cricket take up most of Tony’s spare time. Having turned 50 this year Tony rejoices in the maxim, ‘The older I get the better I was!’