Developing Church of England Education

Paul Forrest

Buildings and Capital Projects Manager




Paul joined the SDBE team in December 2016, after eight years with Richmond Council's education service. While at Richmond he worked on the Borough's school expansion programme, with a focus on creating extra primary school places. He also managed Richmond's annual school maintenance programme and worked on a variety of other building projects, including special schools, mainstream SEN provision, Children's Centres, and looked after children.

Before that, Paul was a qualified Librarian for fifteen years. His introduction to building projects was at Brent Council, where he worked on a series of library refurbishment projects.

In his current post, Paul coordinates funding on school buildings across the Diocese and advises schools and Governors on the maintenance and capital requirements for their buildings.  He negotiates with local authorities and the DfE to plan funding for extra school places and represents the SDBE on Local Authority and national forums.