Providing the best education for children in a Christian environment

Chief Operating Officer

We are delighted to announce that Mr Andrew Ross has been appointed as Chief Operating Officer. Andrew will take up the post on 8th January 2018. 

A qualified accountant and Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute, Andrew initially trained as a musician. This led to a career in teaching and following a period of teaching instrumental music in both primary and secondary schools he went on to become Head of Arts for a Local Authority in Scotland. During this time, he developed an interest in the business and finance aspects of schools and in 2008 he moved south to take up post as Finance Director for two of the first City Academies in Sheffield. Since then Andrew has been involved in the setting up and converting of a number of Academies as well as undertaking consultancy roles, most recently with a large Multi Academy Trust. His experience covers the whole range of business support services from Finance and HR to Facilities Management and Health and Safety as well as Learning and Teaching where most recently he has taught Accountancy and Economics.

About CDAT

Chester Diocesan Academies Trust (CDAT) has a vision for the growth of thriving learning communities, that provide everyone with the opportunity to achieve to the very best of their gifts and abilities. Christian values and service are at the heart of all we do, as we help young people to develop excitement in learning.


• work in partnership with Chester Diocesan Board of Education, the education authority for the Diocese of Chester;

• are a multi-academy trust established to support schools across the Diocese of Chester;

• welcome interest in joining from all Church of England schools in the Diocese and others who wish to join our Christian organisation.

The Trust has overall responsibility for the education of the children and establishes a local governing body to oversee each school on a 'day to day' basis. Some members of the local governing body are appointed by CDAT and others are elected by parents.

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Chester Diocesan Academies Trust covers the whole Diocese. The Diocese of Chester is responsible for churches and church schools in Cheshire West and Chester, Cheshire East, the Wirral and parts of Derbyshire, Halton, Warrington, Trafford, Stockport, Tameside and Wrexham.