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!’
Bishop Olivia became the Diocese of Oxford’s first female bishop when she was consecrated in November 2019. She began her career in teaching and international development, including a period working for Oxfam in Somalia. Ordained in 1997, she has since served in the Diocese of Oxford, in Garsington, Princes Risborough, and Burnham before she became the Archdeacon of Berkshire in 2013.
Bishop Olivia is passionate about social justice and the interface the Church has with the wider world. In June 2019 she accompanied other faith leaders calling for Government action on climate change and took part in a Mass Lobby of Parliament. She has also led the work on Flourishing in Ministry, a set of resources and a leadership approach that supports clergy to develop a healthy rhythm of prayer, work and rest.
She was welcomed as Bishop of Reading in a special service at Reading Minster in 2019.
Deputy Director of Education, Oxford Diocesan Board of Education