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History & Vision

Governance

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 a 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 Rt Revd Mark Tanner 26th March 2021   Bishop of Chester

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 the 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
  • Philip Eastwood
  • Revd Canon David Felix
  • Michael Holland
  • Timothy Leslie
  • Marianne Mowatt
  • Joan Ryan
  • Chris Penn

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
Mike Holland (Chair) Tim Leslie (Chair)
Marianne Mowatt Betty Renshaw
Philip Eastwood Joan Ryan
Neil Dixon (CEO, in advisory capacity) Revd Canon David Felix
Chris Penn Alison Beasley (co-opted)
  Neil Dixon (CEO, in advisory capacity)
Terms of reference Terms of reference

Local Governors

The Director's 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 Headteacher) is four years. The Headteacher is always a Governor. Details can be found on the school page.

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