Centre Team & Trustees

Centre team

Mark Talbot

Chief Executive Officer (full-time)

Mark Talbot is DCAT’s Chief Executive Officer. He has been in senior roles in Eastbourne, Hastings and Berkshire for over 15 years.

He took up the full-time CEO role in June 2018 having been in interim charge from September 2017. He has a passion for Church School education with a belief that every child should achieve their God-given potential.

Key roles:

  • Vision, values and ethos
  • Trust Strategy
  • Trust development and governance

Darren Carpenter

Deputy CEO – Finance and Operations and Company Secretary (full-time)

Darren Carpenter is DCAT’s Deputy CEO – Finance and Operations. He is responsible for the operations of the academies within the Trust and those converting. Darren is also DCAT’s Company Secretary. He has worked in school finance and School Business Management for a number of years in several schools including special, primary and secondary phases.

Key roles:

  • Finance and operations
  • Compliance 
  • Communication and stakeholder voice

Beruk Berhane

Deputy CEO – School Improvement (full-time)

Beruk Berhane is DCAT’s Deputy CEO – School Improvement. He is responsible for the educational performance of DCAT academies. He has worked in schools for over 19 years. Beruk has a proven track record of working in collaboration with leaders to secure significant school improvement.

Key roles:

  • Quality of education 
  • Collaborative school improvement 
  • Trust wide professional development of staff 

Trust Senior Education Leaders

(part-time with Centre Team)

Katharine Hurd

Senior Education Leader: Continued Professional Development (2 days a week)

Katharine is one of the Trust’s Headteachers at All Saints CE Junior Academy in Hastings. Katharine will be working 2 days per week as an SEL supporting St. John’s Meads and Sedlescombe CE Primary school when they join the Trust later this year. Katharine is also responsible for the Trust CPD.

Justin Smith

External Consultant – Senior Education Leader: School Improvement (2 days a week)

Justin Smith will be supporting the Trust by providing external evaluation and support to the school improvement capacity of DCAT. Justin has experience of MAT leadership and developing systemic school improvement processes. He has led two outstanding schools.  He will also be undertaking specific projects in consultation with the Trust leadership team in areas of school improvement, financial modelling and delivering growth as required.

Trust Leads

(part-time with Centre Team)

Mr Tom Glenn

Trust Assessment Leader (1 day a week)

Tom Glenn is DCAT’s Trust Assessment Leader based in Eastbourne. Tom is currently Head of School at St Paul’s CE Academy and has been part of the leadership team who have transformed St Paul’s KS2 outcomes in the last 2 years. 

Key roles:

  • Trust assessment systems
  • Quality assurance 
  • Staff development 

Mrs Katie Ward

Trust Leader of English (1.5 days a week)

Katie Ward is DCAT’s Trust Leader of English and based in Eastbourne. Katie has taught in all key stages, KS1-4. She is also a KS2 Local Authority writing moderator. She is currently Head of Key Stage 3 at St Catherine’s College.

Key roles:

  • English
  • Moderation
  • Staff development

Trust Centre Staff

Mrs Jo Saunders

Head of Operations (4 days a week: Monday-Thursday)

Jo Saunders is DCAT’s Head of Operations. Jo has extensive experience in governance and operations. Prior to this Jo worked in banking at a regional level.

Key roles:

  • Compliance, Health & Safety
  • Human Resources
  • Governance and clerking
  • Induction of new academies
  • Internal communication

Mrs Tania Little

Head of Finance (4 days a week: Monday-Thursday)

Tania Little is DCAT’s Head of Finance. Tania has worked in school finance for 11 years both primary and secondary. Prior to this, she worked in commercial finance for 10 years.

Key roles:

  • Trust financial compliance
  • Academy finance support

Miss Claire Friend

Compliance Manager (3 days a week)

Clare is DCAT’s Compliance Manager. Claire previously worked for the NHS in their fraud department.

Key roles:

  • Compliance and risk assessments
  • Health & Safety
  • Policy development
  • GDPR
  • Data Protection Officer (DPO)

Miss Joanne Hood

Senior Administrator (Full time)

Joanne is the Senior Administrator for DCAT. Prior to this role she worked as a Management Information Assistant for a company that provided an insurance replacement service for multiple insurance companies’ home contents claims.

Ms Tracy Hickman

Academies Business Manager (Full time)

Tracy is the Academies Business Manager. Tracy has worked in school finance for a number of years and provides support to the Cathedral Hub schools.

Mrs Laura Stevens

Academies Business Officer (Part time)

Laura is an Academies Business Officer. Laura has previously worked in banking and provides support to St. Paul’s, Christchurch and St. Leonards academies.

Mrs Katie Campbell

Academies Business Officer (Part time)

Katie is Academies Business Officer based at the Hove office. Katie has worked in a resource and finance role in higher education for over 8 years and previously worked in other support roles in secondary and further education.

Trustees

Archdeacon Luke Irvine-Capel

Chair of Trustees

Luke is the Archdeacon of Chichester, and also Chair of the Diocesan Board of Education.

Nick Taunt

Vice Chair

Nick is the former CEO and Headteacher of an ‘Outstanding’ secondary school (including sixth form) in Chichester, and is the Trust’s nominated link Safeguarding Trustee.

Tim Manly

Tim is the Headmaster of Hurstpierpoint College, an ISI ‘Excellent’ independent all-through school in West Sussex. Tim Chairs the Audit and Resources committee.

Trevor Cristin

A former primary Headteacher, Trevor is now the Director of Education for the Diocese of Chichester.

Angela Hamill

Angela is the Headteacher of an Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ two-form entry primary school in Bexhill.

William Payne

William is a retired civil servant who worked in prisons and on criminal justice policy. He is a trustee of two other charities.

Fiona Chalk

National Head of Governance Development at the Education and Training Foundation and Founder of Governance4FE.

As an award-winning alumnus of the Governance Leadership Program through The Chartered Governance Institute and a certified trainer and governance consultant, Fiona works as a dynamic influencer and supporter of educational governance. She is the founder of Governance4fe, a published author for the Further Education Trust for Leadership, and a member of the British Educational Leadership, Management, and Administration Society.

Fiona has previously been a primary school governor and parish councillor.

Philip Hepburn

Phil is a retired Senior Manager with 30+ years experience in Operations and Facilities management of business and properties services for an international blue chip fmcg company and then latterly in a private health care. He has led and developed teams of in-house and contract staff to deliver a wide range of support services. He has been responsible for project managing building refurbishments and delivering new plant and infrastructure services.

Sharon Phillips

Member of the Chichester Diocesan Synod

Sharon is an HR specialist with 35 years experience at Board level, in facilitating organisations to support innovation, development, growth and change. This is within the context of a variety of sectors, having held leadership roles in Commercial, Higher Education, Further Education and Charity environments.

Sharon has previously been a Trustee of the Sussex Community Foundation for 9 years, was a Director of the Sussex Chamber of Commerce for 6 years and is a Trustee on the Enterprise Board at Salisbury Cathedral, a Trustee of Family Support Work (established in 1890) and a lay member of the Chichester Diocesan Synod.

James Stanbridge

Fortune 100 Technical Leader, Consultant & Coach

With 20+ years of experience in hiring some of the most successful diverse and inclusive teams in multiple countries, developing and hiring back returnees to the workplace.

The ‘Go To IT Guy’ having led engineering, technical and operational teams across Asia & Europe, for 14 yrs as General Manager with Microsoft’s cloud business and a further 2 years as Vice President of Cloud Infrastructure with Oracle, James runs his consulting and coaching business from his office in Tangmere

James has served on the Tangmere Parish Council since 2016, is the Election Agent for the Chichester and Bognor Green Party and coordinates the Tangmere Community Speedwatch team

Reg Webb

Reg, a chartered accountant, retired as a partner of PwC having served on the management board and as chairman of the supervisory board in Central and Eastern Europe since when he has served as a non-executive director of a listed company and is a trustee of another charity.

Members

Mr Bernard Adkins

Additional member by consent of Diocesan Board of Education

Mr Philip Bowden

Diocese of Chichester Education Trust Authorised Representative

Archdeacon Luke Irvine-Capel

Chair of Trustees

Miss Gabrielle Higgins

Appointed by Diocese of Chichester Education Trust

Bishop Will Hazlewood

Appointed by the Diocese of Chichester Education Trust

Our Performance

Children
Staff
Centre Team
Governors
Trustees
Schools

Progress

  • Average
  • Above Average
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Maths

DCAT’s KS2 progress scores are above average in all areas. They put DCAT in the top 20% of all Trusts nationally and 2nd out of all Church of England Trusts.

Reading Writing and Maths at expected standard
National Average = 65%

Reading Writing and Maths at higher standard
National Average = 10.5%