Simon Foulkes qualified in Planning Studies, and then completed post-graduate study in Marketing before moving into Service Management and Internal Audit with the British Railways Board based in Marylebone and Swindon. Having taken a second Degree in Theological and Pastoral Studies, he was ordained in Truro and served in Cornwall, Dorset, Hampshire, and Huddersfield and was appointed to an advisory role to parishes in the then Missionary Diocese of Wakefield.
From 2011 he was Assistant Diocesan Director of Education in the Diocese of Canterbury covering School Organisation matters, involved with academies, new schools, school expansions, property, site trust and other charity issues. In these roles he has substantial experience of liaison with the DfE, local authorities, Governing Bodies, Trusts, Church Councils, Diocesan Senior Staff and Synods. Simon brings a wealth of professional and practical experience combined with a pragmatic approach seeking to ensure schools and the children in them are able to flourish in their distinctive context.
He has chaired and/or served as trustee in a number of charities including the St Petroc's Society, the St Denys Community HELP project, and the Romney Hythe and Dymchurch Railway Association, as well as numerous PCCs and Synods.
He aims to ensure that the expertise of LBMW is ever more widely available to our client network through the development of ‘Education Answers’ and 'Charity Answers', and efficient retainer schemes offering specialist legal advice. In his ordained role he serves in a local benefice. And, having learned the ‘art’ in his gap years long ago, he drives steam trains some weekends.