Centre Team & Trustees

Centre team

Executive Leadership Team

Mark Talbot

Chief Executive Officer

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Beruk Berhane

Deputy CEO
School Improvement

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Stephen Barrett

Chief Operating Officer

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Senior Education Leaders

Jo Djora

Senior Education Leader: West Hub

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Claire O’Donoghue

Senior Education Leader: East Hub

Katharine Hurd

Senior Education Leader (part time)

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Justin Smith

External Consultant – School Improvement (part time)

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Trust Leads

(part-time with Centre Team)

Tom Glenn

Trust Assessment Leader

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Susi Singh

Trust Leader of Maths

Vicky Stevens

Trust Associate Partner

Heads of Area

Jo Saunders

Head of Operations and Governance

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Dominique Lewis

Head of HR

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Hayley Edmondson

Head of Finance

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Andy Meighen

Head of IT and Digital Innovation (interim)

Finance Team

Rachel Bryan

Academies Finance Manager

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Laura Stevens

Academies Business Officer

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Loraine Oarton

Finance Officer

Facilities team

Tom O’Connor

Trust Estates Lead

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Keith Eddy

Regional Estates
Co-ordinator (West)
(Part time)

Dylan Williams

Regional Estates
Co-ordinator (East)
(Part time)

Administrative Team

Danni Gregory

Governance Professional & Senior Administrator

Joanne Hood

Compliance Officer & Senior Administrator

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Leanne Connolly

PA to the CEO 
(Part time)

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Georgia Hunt

Apprentice Business Administrator


Archdeacon Luke Irvine-Capel

Chair of Trustees

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Sharon Phillips

Vice Chair

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Nick Taunt

Chair of Education Strategy and Standards Committee

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Tim Manly

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Trevor Cristin

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Angela Hamill

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William Payne

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Philip Hepburn

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James Stanbridge

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Reg Webb

Chair of Audit and Risk Committee

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Associate Members

Mrs Jan Meyer

Education Strategy and Standards Committee

Mr Keith Pailthorpe

Associate member of the Education Strategy and Standards Committee

Mr John Proctor

Chair of LGB Chairs’ Hub as an associate member of the Trust Board

Accounting Officer

Mark Talbot

Accounting Officer/CEO

Register of interests: Trustees


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

Rt Rev Will Hazlewood

Representative of Bishop of Chichester

Register of interests: Members

Our Performance

Centre Team


  • 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%