Leadership Team

Leadership Team

Steve Ellis CEO

Steve worked as Principal at Boughton Heath Academy from 2010 to 2021 and led the school to an outstanding Ofsted judgement. He is a National Leader of Education and continues to support a wide variety of schools in challenging circumstances. He has experience working in four different primary schools (both rural, urban and academy) in three different local authorities. Between 2013 and 2015, he worked as an additional Ofsted inspector for CfBT inspection services.

He is the proud full time CEO for the Trust but continues to support schools as a school improvement advisor as well acting as an Associate School Improvement Advisor for Cheshire West Local Authority.

Luci Jones Chief Finance and Operations Officer

Luci was appointed in 2014 to support the Board in creating the Trust. She has significant experience of senior financial leadership in both the primary and secondary sectors. Her expertise includes strategic and operational management of finance and HR and extends to the areas of facilities and estate management, governance, legal matters, H&S and data compliance. Luci successfully oversees the Trusts capital development programmes. She fulfils the roles of both Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Data Protection Officer (DPO) for CAT.

Luci leads on the academy conversion process for the Trust, providing support for schools from pre to post conversion. She provides consultancy services to support governing boards and management teams in ensuring their school's business proceses can meet the demands academy conversion requires.

Luci has been a member of the Cheshire West and Chester School's Forum since 2015.

David Wearing Director of CLTA and Principal: Kelsall Primary and Nursery School

David has worked at Kelsall Primary School for since 2009 where he was integral to the achievement of its outstanding Ofsted judgement. During that time has been successful in securing Teaching School status for the school which was designated in cohort 2. He has established and directs the growing work of the Teaching School Alliance, working closely with CWAC (Cheshire West and Chester) local authority whilst maintaining and improving Kelsall Primary. He sits on the CWAC Education Improvement Board.

Kate Doyle Principal: Mill View Primary School

Kate Doyle started her time working within Cheshire Academies Trust schools at Kelsall Primary School. where she worked for 11 years as a Class Teacher, Assistant Head and then non - teaching Deputy. Kate was appointed as Principal of Mill View Primary School in 2019. She feels extremely privileged to be in the position to serve the children and community of her school and is proud of the ambitious journey their school has started and their vast acheivements to date. Kate is a creative & strategic thinker, committed to providing an ambitious, equal and diverse education for all. Kate has a long history of school improvement, staff training and school to school support, at a local and national level. She has worked on national strategies as well as having held a supportive school improvement role within the Local Authority for many years. Kate has witnessed first-hand the strength of collaboration, the positive relationships and support that working within and across and group of schools brings to children, staff and wider communities and looks forward to developing further initiatives to further strengthen links across the Trust.

Emily Armstrong Principal: Bexton Primary School

Emily started her teaching career in 2004 and throughout that time has worked in leadership positions in three very different schools. She has experience of working with children and staff in all Primary Key Stages as well as Leading KS3 English in a British School in Bahrain. Emily worked as Assistant Head at Bexton Primary School for 7 years before becoming Headteacher in 2016.

Simon Cotterill Principal: Manor Park Primary School

Simon has been the Head Teacher of Manor Park School and Nursery since September 2016. Previous to working in education, he worked for 14 years in the Insurance and Finance industry. He began teaching in 2006 and after completing my year as a graduate teacher in Stoke-on-Trent; he moved to teach in Newcastle, Staffordshire. During that time, he worked as maths and assessment lead and assistant head teacher for four years and then moved to Cheshire East authority as a Deputy Head Teacher. He is experienced in supporting schools to further improve their provision with particular focus on: maths, assessment, leadership and teaching and learning.

He is passionate about education, helping all children to achieve their full potential. He believes that we have a responsibility to ensure that children have the best education possible, as they will only get one chance. He also feels strongly about developing the whole child, preparing them for the wider world by providing them with the skills and attributes they will need to prosper.

Jon Lenton Headteacher: Boughton Heath Academy

Jon joined Cheshire Academies Trust as Vice Principal of Boughton Heath Academy at the start of 2019. Following this he was made Acting Head of School and was successfully appointed as Principal from September 2021, being sponsored by CAT to undertake the National Professional Qualification for Headship throughout this time.

Jon has extensive teaching experience and has held senior leadership roles throughout the primary phase. He has been both a local authority advisory teacher for Computing and a Specialist Leader of Education for Writing with CLTA.

Susan Gell Assistant Headteacher: Boughton Heath Academy

After achieving a Scholarship of Excellence in a career working in architectural glass, conservation and teaching art to adults, Sue retrained to teach in primary schools and joined Boughton Heath Academy in 2014. Although initially KS1 trained, she has since spent her time teaching in upper KS2. Sue is currently the leader of Key Stage two and is passionate about reading and art which are subjects she currently leads. She has also achieved the NASENCo award and is the SENCo for Boughton Heath alongside her role as the Assistant Head.

Sally Sumnall Assistant Headteacher: Boughton Heath Academy

Sally has worked at Boughton Heath Academy since 2001. During this time, she has taught across both key stages. She currently leads the Infant team and teaches in Year One. In 2019, Sally successfully completed her NPQSL and put the knowledge and skills into practise as a Senior Leader and most recently as Assistant Head teacher. Sally is passionate about Mathematics and has trained as a Mastery Specialist with the Maths Hub. She currently supports schools to adopt the Maths Mastery approach. Sally also leads history and phonics in her school. She has recently implemented Floppy’s Phonics successfully across the infant classes.

Alison Gibbons Deputy Head: Mill View Primary School

Ali has worked at Mill View Primary School since 2008. She has had a wide range of roles, from teaching to middle leadership to senior leadership. With a passion for ensuring disadvantaged pupils’ needs are prioritised and met, she has developed an Inclusion Team model that allows these children to be well considered by all staff on all layers of school life. She has a particular interest in ensuring settings understand and provide well for children with attachment needs and the needs of those who have experienced early childhood trauma.

She has supported other CAT and CWAC schools in revitalising their approaches to behaviour management, ensuring trauma informed practise is in place using the Conscious Discipline model as a basis for a shift in adult thinking.

Ali enjoys taking on new responsibilities which require rapid change and that directly improve the day to day lived experience and outcomes for children. She has also worked with the CWAC School Improvement Team in supporting senior leadership in other settings through significant change.

Jill Sach Deputy Headteacher: Bexton Primary School

Jill Sach has worked at Bexton Primary School since 2000 and has been the Deputy Head since 2016. She has teaching experience in all year groups from nursery to Year 6 and has a special interest in developing the curriculum and assessment models to improve pupil outcomes, whilst reducing teacher workload. Whilst teaching at Bexton, Jill has introduced whole class feedback and a curriculum model called ‘Ethical Enterprise.’ Jill also has experience as a lead-facilitator on the Middle Leader Development qualification and is passionate about supporting teachers to be reflective practitioners.

Chloe Hook Vice Principal: Kelsall Primary School

Chloe joined Kelsall Primary School in 2014 as an outstanding Associate Teacher with CLTA. After successfully completing her training, she secured a full-time position at the school. During her time at Kelsall, Chloe has had great success in driving standards and whole school change. She has successfully led a number of subjects and whole school projects while also supporting colleagues both in her own school and across Cheshire Academies Trust.

Chloe is now Vice Principal at Kelsall Primary School with specific responsibility for leading English and data. In 2019, Chloe successfully completed her NPQML qualification and is currently completing her NPQSL.

Sarah Jeffery Deputy Headteacher: Manor Park Primary School

Sarah has been the Deputy Head Teacher of Manor Park since September 2016. Previously she was Assistant Head at Rudheath Primary Academy in Northwich for 6 years, starting the role as the school was placed in Special Measures. This enabled her to really focus on intensive school improvement and enabled me to develop my leadership skills in somewhat challenging circumstances as there was a clear need to establish rapid improvements in teaching and learning.

Previously she has worked in primary schools in both Crewe and Winsford and have always been drawn towards those schools which serve families and children who face challenging circumstances. She is passionate about doing all she can to equip children with life chances and choices which make a positive difference to their lives as well as providing opportunities to equip them to succeed in what is an ever-changing world.

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