Who we are

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 Dr Harry Ziman.

Name Date appointed Date resigned Business and pecuniary interest
Chester Diocesan Board of Education 19 March 2013   Diocesan Board of Education
Rt Revd Libby Lane 28 January 2016   Bishop of Stockport, Chair of Chester Diocesan Board of Education,
Canon Elizabeth Renshaw MBE 23 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 and The Bishops' Blue Coat C of E High School
Revd Lyndon Bannon 9 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 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).

The term of office of every Director (except the Chief Executive Officer) is four years. The Chief Executive Officer is always a Director.

Directors are:

  • Trustees of the charity and must ensure CDAT complies with the requirements of charity law;

  • Directors of the company and must ensure CDAT complies with company law.

Name Date appointed Date resigned Business and pecuniary interest Attendance
2016/17

Mr Edward Owen 

30 March 2017   Former Head of Informatics & Technology Systems Science and Engineering Research Council; Currently chair of governors of Victoria Road Primary School, Runcorn 2/3
Canon Elizabeth Renshaw MBE 30 March 2017   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 and The Bishops' Blue Coat C of E High School 3/3
Canon Jeffrey Turnbull 19 March 2013 30 April 2017 Director of Education for the Diocese of Chester, Member of the University of Chester Academies Trust, Member of the Real Life Learning Academy Trust, Deputy President of the Council of the University of Chester, Director of DBE Services Ltd 2/2
Dr Harry Ziman 21 October 2015   Director (chair) and member, Cheshire Academies Trust (includes the Cheshire Leadership and Teaching Alliance), Chair, Kelsall Primary School local governing body, Director and Member, Tarporley High School and Sixth Form College, Chair, Upton Heath C of E Primary School, Chair, Meadow Primary School, Director, Ormiston Bolingbroke Academy Trust, Governor, Wade Deacon High School, Director (chair) and member, GEMS Learning Trust, Chair, IEB, Oakfield Lodge School, Chair, statement of Action Committee, University Primary Academy Kidsgrove (resigned November 2015), Vice Chair and Academy member, Cheshire West and Chester Schools Forum, Vice Chair, Cheshire West and Chester Association of Governing Bodies, Owner, director, PHS Consulting Ltd (Consultancy active in education and other fields of business), National Leader of Governance 3/3
Mr Michael Holland 21 October 2015   Headteacher of Hartford C of High School, Governor of St Chad's C of E School, Winsford 2/3
Andrew David Morris 28 January 2016   Chartered Accountant, partner in Bramwell Morris 3/3
Joan Ryan 3 October 2016   Former CEO of environmental charity, governor of Tameside College, governor of St George's C of E School, Hyde, former non-executive director in social housing sector 3/3
Sue Noakes 1 May 2017 29 August 2017 Acting CEO of CDAT, previously deputy CEO; Deputy Director of Education for Chester Diocesan Board of Education. 1/1
Chris Penn 30 August 2017   CEO of CDAT, Diocesan Director of Education, former headteacher of Heswall St Peter's C of E Primary School 0/0

Education Effectiveness Committee

Dr Harry Ziman (Chair)

Mr Edward Owen

Mr Mike Holland

Mr Chris Penn

Terms of reference

Finance and General Purposes Committee

Canon Elizabeth Renshaw (Chair)

Mr Andrew Morris

Mrs Joan Ryan

Mr Chris Penn

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.

 

The Chair of the Directors is Canon Betty Renshaw, MBE

The CEO is Mr Chris Penn

The Deputy Chief Executive Officer is Mrs Sue Noakes

 

The Company Secretary is Mr Anthony Parker

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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.