CAT Executive Team
|Mr David Wearing (Director of Cheshire Academies Trust, Principal Kelsall Primary School, Director Cheshire Leadership & Teaching Alliance, CAT Accounting Officer)
David has worked at Kelsall Primary School for 8 years where he was integral to 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. Now Principal of Kelsall Primary, he 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 and is a member of the Learn and Lead Executive Group (a grouping of all Teaching School Alliances in the area). His main areas of expertise lie in developing leadership at all levels and he is passionate about developing Teaching & Learning in all curriculum areas.
|Mr Steve Ellis (Director of Cheshire Academies Trust and Principal at Boughton Heath Academy)
Steve has worked as Principal at Boughton Heath Academy for 5 years and has led the school to an outstanding Ofsted judgement. The school is now a National Support School and Steve acts as a National Leader of Edcuation 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 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. Steve is also vice chair of governors at an all through school in Runcorn. He has proven experience in English moderation, having lead teams for Edexcel in SATs marking. Throughout his teaching career he has been a leading mathematics and ICT teacher.
|Mr Robert Ford (Director of Cheshire Academies Trust and Principal at Mill View Primary School)
Rob was appointed as Principal at Mill View Primary School in September 2016. He has over 15 years of experience in key leadership positions in the UK and British international schools overseas, including Pakistan, Thailand and Romania. He helped to bring a school out of Special Measures and was also seconded to support a school in challenging circumstances. He is currently studying for a Masters in Educational Leadership and has a particular interest in developing the student voice and collaborative approaches to subject leadership. Alongside his role as a school leader, he has maintained a regular teaching commitment.
|Ms Luci Jones (Director of Operations, Cheshire Academies Trust)
Luci is the Director of Operations for Cheshire Academies Trust and has ten years’ experience in school business management at both primary and secondary phases. She has a variety of professional qualifications that support her in fulfilling the role. These include AAT (Technician), CSBM, DSBM and a BA (Hons) in School Business Management. Luci’s areas of expertise include strategic and operational management of finances, human resources and facilities; the professional development of support staff; fundraising, marketing and communications and external fundraising. She has significant experience in supporting in improving school office structures and procedures to help schools make the best possible use of their resources and facilities. Luci has now managed three schools through the academy conversion process and is an active member of Cheshire West and Chester School’s Forum and NASBM, sitting on the advisory panel for their transition to an insititute.