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.
- Vision, values and ethos
- Trust Strategy
- Trust development and governance
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.
- Finance and operations
- Communication and stakeholder voice
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.
- Quality of education
- Collaborative school improvement
- Trust wide professional development of staff
Trust Senior Education Leaders
(part-time with Centre Team)
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.
External Consultant – School Improvement
Benedict Joy Leadership Services will be supporting the Trust by providing external evaluation and support to the school improvement capacity of DCAT. Their consultant, Justin Smith, 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.
(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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Trust financial compliance
- Academy finance support
Trust Estates Lead (full-time)
Tom O’Connor has an extensive background in facilities management and health and safety, which included being involved in major change management, in restructuring the Estate requirements and reviewing the Site Support team’s performance and the transition for schools from a Local Authority to becoming an Academy. Tom joined the Trust Centre team from St. Columba CE Primary School.
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.
- Compliance and risk assessments
- Health & Safety
- Policy development
- 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 James
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 Michele Fairhall
Academies Business Officer (Part time)
Michele is an Academies Business Officer and will be supporting a number of the Trust’s schools. She has previously worked as an Accounts and HR Manager for a nursery for a number of years. Michele has also been a Governor for the past 12 years at the primary school her children attended, undertaking a number of roles.
She has also been through the process of conversion to an academy and has extensive knowledge of school management.
Mr Neil Carroll
Finance Assistant (full time)
Neil Carroll is a Finance Assistant for the Trust. Neil has worked in Multi Academy Trust finance for the last 4 years. Previously, he gained a wide range of knowledge in the banking and insurance industries during a 22 year period.
Archdeacon Luke Irvine-Capel
Chair of Trustees
Luke is the Archdeacon of Chichester, and also Chair of the Diocesan Board of Education.
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 is the Headmaster of Hurstpierpoint College, an ISI ‘Excellent’ independent all-through school in West Sussex. Tim Chairs the Audit and Resources committee.
A former primary Headteacher, Trevor is now the Director of Education for the Diocese of Chichester.
Angela is the Headteacher of an Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ two-form entry primary school in Bexhill.
William is a retired civil servant who worked in prisons and on criminal justice policy. He is a trustee of two other charities.
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.
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.
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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, 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.