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New Diocesan Director of Education
11/03/20

The Bishop of Coventry, the Right Reverend Dr Christopher Cocksworth, is pleased to announce that Mrs April Gold has been appointed as the Diocesan Director of Education. April will take up the post in September following the retirement of our current Diocesan Director of Education, Canon Linda Wainscot.

Bishop Christopher says; 

“The post of Diocesan Director of Education is a key one in helping our church schools to contribute decisively to the calling and mission of the Church in our day. Following a robust discernment and interview process, I am delighted that Mrs April Gold, our current Deputy Director of Education, will be taking on the mantle as Director - a worthy successor to Linda Wainscot. April is a person of great commitment to Christian education and she has deep capacities, wide skills and many gifts. She will take up her new role in September, and I and other colleagues look forward to working with her as together we seek to serve the kingdom of God.” 

April says; 

“I am delighted to be taking up the role of Diocesan Director of Education. I am passionate about Church schools creating a space where children and families can encounter the love of God, and are invited to discover the wonderful, unique, purpose that God has for them in the world.

I look forward to being part of the ‘Growing Faith Adventure’ with the wider diocesan team as we draw together churches, schools and households to form the next generation of disciples who worship God, and transform their communities.”

Biography

April was born and grew up in Sheffield. As a child she was part of a local Methodist Church who through their thriving Sunday school and young people’s ministry provided space for an encounter with Jesus and discipled her early faith journey. 

April left Sheffield to study Psychology at the University of Bradford and then moved to London to begin a career in financial services. In 1990 she was given the opportunity to move back further north to Rugby as she was part of the pre-opening team for a new direct sales office in Birmingham. Rugby became a perfect location to raise a family with her husband Steve and 30 years later they are still there!

Following the birth of her two children, April felt a call into teaching and re-trained on the job in a large secondary school in Rugby. She remained in the school for 17 years in a variety of posts, culminating in a deputy headship. 

In September 2017 April followed a call out of school leadership to the role of Deputy Director of Education for Coventry Diocese, to use her skills and passion for education in the mission of God. At Easter 2018 she moved into a new home with her husband, Steve, onto a large new development, Houlton, in Hillmorton, Rugby . At the same time April worked with the Department of Education, Local Authority and DBE team to open St Gabriel’s Academy to serve the children of Houlton. Steve is priest in charge of the parish of Hillmorton and together they have planted a new Church, St Gabriel’s, who meet in the school building on Sunday afternoons. This has provided a rich experience of the power of the Church and school partnership to help form a new community.

April was part of the Diocesan Mission Team who visited Kapsabet, Kenya in February 2019. This was a profound experience and helped to enrich her understanding of the power of the Church to change lives through education and mission.

April enjoys visiting her two grown up children in their new home cities and spending time with Steve touring the UK and Europe in their caravan. She enjoys walking, both locally around the parish getting to know new families as they move in, and in the countryside. She is a keen crafter and especially enjoys creative Bible journalling.