Aquila, The Diocese of Canterbury Academies Trust, appoints first Chief Operations Officer

Mrs Annie Wiles has been appointed to AQUILA, The Diocese of Canterbury Academies Trust, as the organisation’s first Chief Operations Officer. 

anniewilesAnnie is currently Headteacher of All Souls’ Church of England Primary School, Cheriton and seconded two days per week to the Diocesan Board of Education as School Improvement Officer.  She will commence the appointment as the lead officer for Aquila on a part-time basis with immediate effect, becoming full-time on September 1 2015.

Aquila was formed in 2014 and currently incorporates Archbishop Courtenay Church of England Primary and Kennington Church of England Junior Academy.

Chair of Aquila, the Reverend John Richardson, commented: “Annie is a very experienced and gifted individual who has gained a great understanding of the world of education through her work leading schools and in her roles at the Diocese and as a director of Shepway Teaching Schools. We are delighted that Annie will become our first Chief Operations Officer and we look forward to working with her as the Trust grows.”

Director of Education for Canterbury Diocese, Mr Quentin Roper, added: “Aquila brings schools into a deeper relationship with the Diocese and is an integral part of our strategy for children and young people.  By providing an enriching, nurturing and aspirational environment we aim to enable children and young people to fulfil their potential and make a worthwhile contribution to our diverse, dynamic society.  Annie joins us at a time of significant development and I am confident that she will provide high quality leadership to ensure outstanding educational provision in our communities.”

Annie commented: “I am thrilled to be appointed to the position with the Diocese and am very much looking forward to working with the staff in the academies to ensure we deliver the best possible education for the children and young people in our care.”



Further information from:

Emily Shepherd, Director of Communications, Canterbury Diocese 01227 459 401, 07876 210 446,


Photo shows, Mrs Annie Wiles.