Colin Hopkins has been the Director of Education for the Diocese of Lichfield since September 2006, and in this role has strategic responsibility for 205 Church of England schools and academies in the Diocese. After teaching English at Wellington College and Stamford School (where he was also a resident house tutor), he changed career and was appointed to the staff of the Church Commissioners for England (where he worked initially in asset management and then in financial policy) before transferring to the Archbishops’ Council. From 1999-2001 he was Secretary to Lord Dearing’s Church Schools Review Group which published its report, The Way Ahead: Church of England schools in the new millennium, in June 2001. After a further two years as National Schools Development Officer for the Church of England, he moved to work for Southwark Diocesan Board of Education (2003-06), where he was responsible for new projects including diocesan-sponsored Academies, before his appointment to his current role.
He has been a governor of a number of Church of England schools, and Chair of Governors of an Adult Education College (the Mary Ward Centre in Bloomsbury, with which he still keeps a link as a member of the Centre’s Audit Committee). He is also Governor of St Peter’s Academy, Stoke-on-Trent and a Trustee of the Woodard Academies Trust. He is married to Rachel and they have twins (Lucy and Oliver) in primary school, who occupy most of his spare time. He is a member of the PCC of Barton under Needwood St James. He is interested in literature, music and theatre and enjoys cooking.