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-Kinsley

Chief Operating Officer

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Senior Education Leaders

Claire O’Donoghue

Senior Education Leader

Lisa Hardy

Senior Education Leader

Katharine Hurd

Senior Education Leader (part time)

Vicky Stevens

Senior Education Leader

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Other Trust Leaders

Natalie Alty

Associate Headteacher (Part time)

Phil Matthews

DCAT Headteacher (roaming)

Heads of Area

Jo Saunders

Head of Operations and Governance

Dominique Lewis

Co-Head of HR & Safeguarding Lead

Karen Stant

Co-Head of HR

Hayley Edmondson

Head of Finance

Marc Mulhern

Head of IT and Digital Innovation (interim)

Finance Team

Rachel Bryan

Academies Finance Manager

Laura Stevens

Academies Business Officer

Amanda Smart

Finance Assistant

Judy Brook

Finance Assistant

HR Team

Kelly Marks

HR Advisor

Leanne Connolly

PA to the CEO & HR Coordinator
(Part time)

Facilities team

Tom O’Connor

Trust Estates Lead

Keith Eddy

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

Dylan Williams

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

Administrative Team

Rachael Killey

Education Welfare Officer

Danni Gregory

Governance Professional & Senior Administrator

Joanne Whitmore

Compliance Officer & Senior Administrator

Georgia Hunt



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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Nick Wilkinson

Safeguarding Link Trustee

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Associate Members

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 Philip Bowden

Diocese of Chichester Education Trust Authorised Representative

Archdeacon Luke Irvine-Capel

Chair of Trustees

Mr John Preston

Appointed by Diocese of Chichester Education Trust

Rt Rev Will Hazlewood

Representative of Bishop of Chichester

Register of interests: Members

Terms of Office: Members

Our Performance

Centre Team (FTE)


  • 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%