Our People

Our CDAT Central Team consists of Hélèna Parker-Clark, CDAT Operations Manager, who joined September 2019; Alexandra Harris, CDAT Trust Administrator, who joined August 2018; Sue Riley, Education Effectiveness Officer, who joined August 2018; and Neil Dixon, Trust CEO, who joined May 2019 (pictured above, running left to right). Maxine Green is our Trust Finance Manager, who is not pictured but joined CDAT in September 2019.

 

Chester Diocesan Academies Trust (CDAT) is a company limited by guarantee in England (no. 8451787) and is also a charity.

The Members of the Company

The Members comprise Chester Diocesan Board of Education (DBE), two individual Members of the DBE, the chair of the Directors and additional Members may be appointed by current Members with the consent of the DBE. The Members set the vision and strategic direction of CDAT and they appoint the Directors, apart from the Chief Executive Officer and co-opted Directors who are appointed by the current Directors with the consent of the DBE.

The chair of the Directors is Canon Elizabeth (Betty) Renshaw MBE. The vice-chair is Joan Ryan.

 
Name

Date

Appointed

Date

Resigned

Business and Pecuniary Interest
Chester Diocesan Board of Education 19th March 2013   Diocesan Board of Education
Canon Elizabeth Renshaw MBE 23rd March 2016   Former Local Government Education Officer (incl 20 yr as School Business Manager); Worked with DfE to develop national training programme for School Business Managers; Coordinator for BSF £25m New School building project, Governor of Woodchurch High School.
Revd Lyndon Bannon 9th January 2017   Assistant Headteacher of Woodchurch High School Church of England Academy. Assistant Priest: Willaston-in-Wirral. Member (Trustee) and Director of the Chester Diocesan Board of Education
The Venerable Dr Michael Gilbertson 13th December 2018   Archdeacon of Chester & Chair of the Diocesan Board of Education.
 
The Directors of the Company

The Directors comprise those appointed by the Members, the Chief Executive Officer and co-opted Directors who are appointed by the current Directors with the consent of the DBE. Within the vision and strategic direction established by the Members, the Directors are responsible for the running of CDAT, although they can delegate functions to committees or individual Directors (including the Chief Executive Officer).

Directors are Trustees of the charity and must ensure CDAT complies with the requirements of charity law. They are also Directors of the company and must ensure CDAT complies with company law. The term of office of every Director (except the Chief Executive Officer) is four years. The Chief Executive Officer is always a Director.

The current Directors are:

  • - Canon Elizabeth Renshaw MBE
  • - Neil Dixon, CEO
  • - Michael Holland
  • - Timothy Leslie
  • - Edward Owen
  • - Joan Ryan
  • - Dr. Harry Ziman

 

Meeting Attendance and Register of Business Interests

For details on the number of meetings Directors have attended and the Register of Business Interests, please scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the relevant file under 'Files to Download'. This will open a pdf document in a separate browser window.

 

Education Effectiveness Committee Finance and General Purposes Committee

Dr Harry Ziman (Chair)

Mr Edward Owen

Mr Mike Holland

Mr Neil Dixon (in an advisory capacity)

Mr Timothy Leslie

Terms of reference

Canon Elizabeth Renshaw (Chair)

Mr Andrew Morris (resigned 30/8/2019)

Mrs Joan Ryan

Mr Neil Dixon (in an advisory capacity)

Terms of reference

 

Local Governors

The Directors delegate to the Local Governing Body of each school various responsibilities which vary from school to school.

The term of office of every governor (except the Principal) is four years. The Principal is always a Governor. Details can be found on the school page.

 

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