Current Directors of the BAET


Mr John Clark – Chair of the Board


Ex-Diocesan Secretary: Experience in company law and management. Charity law compliance. Also acted as secretary to the BAET and to the Diocesan Board of Finance.

Susanna Whawell

Susanna Whawell



MANAGING DIRECTOR • AUXILIUM MANAGEMENT • Founding director of Auxilium Management, a division of the Auxilium Group. Shortlisted for SME awards locally and nationally.

SUPPLY CHAIN & CONSULTANCY ROLES Worked for firms such as Gist, Allied Bakeries, and Karndean International in a variety of operational and leadership roles. Suanna has lead teams of up to 80 with 12 direct reports and responsibility for over 1000. Examiner for the CILT on their panel of experts. Past chair of the NW CILT group. Keynote speaker at national events.


Steve Price


Having graduated, Steve says…back when dinosaurs still walked the earth…he began work as a Field Biologist for a nationwide pest control company.

After those early days, Steve qualified as an Environmental Health Officer and worked at various local authorities, principally South Shropshire District Council, with responsibility for public health and housing.

Whilst at South Shropshire, he worked within Countywide, Sub-Regional and Regional level partnerships. He has held the Chair of Shropshire Chief Environmental Health Officers Group, Shropshire Housing Officers Group, the Shropshire Supporting People Core Strategy Group and the West Housing Market Area of the West Midlands Regional Housing Strategy.

Steve has long held a focus on rural housing issues. Along with colleagues at South Shropshire DC, he contributed to and helped to introduce, the innovative “single housing plot for affordable housing” planning policy. This policy was adopted at Shropshire Council when Shropshire County became a unitary authority in 2009.

He was appointed Assistant Director in charge of Housing for the County of Shropshire in 2008.

Now retired, he lives in Ludlow, a town with longstanding family connections.

He volunteers for several organisations and is presently Chair of Shropshire Rural Housing Association, Chair of The Furniture Scheme, board member of Fuse and of Healthwatch Shropshire.

Andrew Smith

Andrew Smith

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Former Headteacher at Mary Webb Secondary School. Chair of Shrewsbury Partnership for Education and Training, Secondary schools, post 16 colleges and training providers. Promoting cooperation and collaboration across the Shrewsbury area.


Alan Soper
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Acting CEO of several multi-million pound businesses, Alan has a background in business, HR and finance and lectures in Business Studies.


Brian Franklin

Over 25 Years of Management experience across a broad spectrum of operational environments.  Responsible for P&L and financial management of £16M budget.  Planned, Executed  and Managed Workforce Planning initiatives to drive efficiencies, and deliver benefit realisation to the customer.  Responsible for the improvement of service delivery efficiencies via improved processes and increased productivity.  Developed and introduced key systems to derive primary international agreement documentation suites and communicate the implications and considerations to demanding stakeholders.


Kym Wilcocks, B.Ed(Hons), LWCMD (Litentiate Welsh College of Music and Drama)

Primary practitioner and held 2 consecutive Headships in Portsmouth. Retired to Hereford and now Chair of Governors at Longtown Primary School, a Member of the DBE and DBEx, currently chairing the DBE Schools Committee.

An NLG for a year supporting several schools in the county and beyond. In May will become Chair of the Hereford branch of the NSPCC and Childline. Also involved in other voluntary work with the Church and a local hospital in Abergavenny.


Canon Andrew Teale – Interim DDE, Interim CEO

Andrew has taught for over twenty years, in primary schools in inner-city Nottingham and across Herefordshire, becoming the headteacher at Pembridge Church of England Primary School in 2003. Andrew has been the headteacher of St Paul’s Church of England Primary School in Hereford since 2010, securing outstanding judgments from OfSTED and in church school inspections. He was the executive headteacher for St Thomas Cantilupe CE Primary from 2012 until 2014, helping the school move from ‘special measures’ to ‘good’ judgments in 11 months. St Paul’s became a National Support School in 2015 and Andrew is now National Leader of Education and a church school (SIAMS) inspector with the Hereford Diocese. Andrew is a governor at Hereford Cathedral School and the three-school federation between Aylestone Business and Enterprise College, Withington Primary and Broadlands Primary School. He is also a director of Activate Education Ltd, a not-for-profit professional development provider and the Interim DDE of the BAET. Andrew has three children.

John Clark

Mr John Clark – Chair of the Board


Ex-Diocesan Secretary: Experience in company law and management. Charity law compliance. Also acted as secretary to the BAET and to the Diocesan Board of Finance.


Sam Pratley

Sam has been the Diocesan Secretary (Chief Executive) for the Diocese of Hereford since July 2016. He is responsible for all aspects associated with running the Diocesan Board of Finance Ltd, employing staff, managing significant assets and setting the strategic direction for the Diocese alongside the Bishop of Hereford. Prior to that Sam spent 14 years in the housing sector, leaving the WM Housing Group as the Managing Director of West Mercia Homes.
In his spare time Sam is a visiting lecturer at the University of Worcester speaking on topics related to Housing and Leadership. He is the chairman of Vennture and a trustee at Close House, both Hereford based charities.

Mike Kneen

Reverend Preb Mike Kneen

Prebendary and the Rural Dean of the Leominster and Governor at Earl Mortimer College Leominster, Member of Diocesan Board of Education.

Stephen Borthwick

Chair of the Diocesan Board of Education