Executive Team

Steve Ellis- CEO 




Steve has worked as Principal at Boughton Heath Academy for since 2010 and led the school to an outstanding Ofsted judgement. The school is now a National Support School and Steve acts as a National Leader of Education to support schools in challenging circumstances. He has experience working in four different primary schools (both rural, urban and academy) in two different local authorities. Steve also worked as an additional inspector for CfBT inspection services from 2013 to 2015. His main areas of expertise are leadership and management structures and improving the quality of teaching. He has supported several schools as a school improvement advisor across several authorities and currently acts as an Asscoiate School Improvement Advisor for Cheshire West Local Authority.

Luci Jones - CAT Director of Operations




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                                          l





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.