Members and Trustees

The Diocese of Chichester Academy Trust DCAT Members

Bishop of Chichester or his representative:

Rt Revd Richard Jackson

Additional member by consent of Diocesan Board of Education:

Rt Revd Mark Sowerby

Diocese of Chichester Education Trust, authorised representative:

Mr Philip Bowden

One person appointed by DoCET:

Miss Gabrielle Higgins

Chair of Trustees:

Mrs Lyn Surgeon

Board of Trustees

Chair of Trustees

Mrs Lyn Surgeon

Lyn started teaching English in a large comprehensive school in Salford in 1978. Since then she has held a number of positions in schools and colleges including Deputy Principal at Pendleton College, Salford; Principal and Chief Executive at Nelson and Colne College, Lancashire and was Principal and Chief Executive of South Downs College, Hampshire until her retirement in 2015. All these colleges were judged Ofsted Outstanding or retained their Outstanding status during her tenure.

Lyn was an additional Ofsted Inspector for 12 years predominantly looking at Leadership and Management and an 'A' level and GCSE examiner for three Examining Boards.

She is a practising Christian and believes passionately in the importance of ensuring every child and young person receives an excellent and inspiring education. She is a Governor at Chichester University and was a Governor at two secondary schools previously. Lyn was a Sunday school teacher for 14 years and is currently a volunteer for Home Start and Stone Pillow.

Lyn is a member of the Standards Sub Committee.

Trustee appointed by Members:

Mr Trevor Cristin

Mr Trevor Cristin has been appointed the new Diocesan Director of Education. For the past sixteen years he has been a Headteacher in two Voluntary Aided Church of England Schools in Brighton and Hove.

Trevor is a member of the Standards Sub-Committee.

Trustee appointed by Members:

Mrs Angela Hamill

Angela Hamill has been teaching since 1990 following the completion of a PGCE at Brighton University.  She has taught in 4 East Sussex primary schools and became Head Teacher of St Peter and St Paul Church of England Primary School in January 2013.  In July 2015 St Peter and St Paul achieved Ofsted ‘outstanding’ and SIAMs ‘outstanding’ followed in February 2016.  The school became a National Support School in 2017 and Angela a National Leader of Education.

Angela is a member of the Standards Sub Committee.

Trustee appointed by Members:

Mr Tim Manly

Tim Manly became Headmaster of Hurstpierpoint College in January 2005. Tim, who is married with four children, was educated at St Edward’s School, Oxford and read Classics at Oxford University’s Oriel College, graduating in 1987. After gaining an MSc at the London School of Economics, he worked for a number of years in London as a Consultant. He took his PGCE at Cambridge University’s Hughes Hall prior to taking up his first teaching post in 1995 at Sevenoaks School, where, for his last four years, he was both Head of the Classics Department and Housemaster of School House. In 2001, he was appointed Deputy Head of Oakham School which, like Sevenoaks and Hurstpierpoint College, is a fully co-educational boarding and day School.

Tim is a member of the Standards sub-committee.

Trustee appointed by Members:

Mrs Kate Sims

Kate spent the majority of her career in global banking and the reinsurance industry in London as well as in South Africa and Australia.  After years as Head of both Futures and of Capital Markets Cost Control, managing risk, compliance and implementing cost control initiatives, she retired to Rye where she studied Landscape and Amenity Horticulture and subsequently worked at Great Dixter.

A previous member of the Diocesan Board of Finance, Kate is closely involved in her local community where she helped establish and manages a Community Shop to help fund local charities and community projects.  She also acts as an external examiner of accounts for Rye Deanery, Churches Together, Rye Foodbank and Street Pastors.  A former treasurer for both Parish Church and Churches Together, Kate is a foundation governor at two local primary schools where she is Chair of their Finance Committee.

Kate is the Chair of the Audit and Resources sub-committee.

Trustee appointed by Members:

Revd Tim Ward

Tim was educated at Oxford taking degrees in Modern History and Theology as well as a PGCE. He taught History to ‘A’ level before being ordained. He has been involved in church school governing bodies since 1995 serving two secondary and three primary schools. Tim has been involved in the appointment of a number of senior staff.  In his previous diocese he was a member of the Board of Education. Also, for 9 years he was a trustee of Chichester Diocesan Fund and Board of Finance and remains on their Audit Committee. He is presently on the Audit and Resources Committee of DCAT.  Tim is also a voluntary chaplain to Bishop Luffa sixth form and takes regular assemblies both there and in his own parish primary.

Tim is Vice Chair and a member of the Audit and Resources sub-committee.

Trustee appointed by Members:

Dr Catherine Williamson

Catherine is recently retired from the role of senior lecturer at the School of Education, University of Brighton, after twenty three years.  Her role consisted of supporting teacher training across Primary, Secondary and PGCE courses covering both education and religious studies.  She has also been involved in postgraduate supervision for many years up to doctoral level.  For many years she ran an undergraduate programme in Christian Religious Education for part-time students under the aegis of both Dioceses of Chichester and Arundel and Brighton.  Kate was originally secondary trained to teach religious studies.

She is a Catholic and involved with adult formation within her parish and the training of catechists in the diocese.  For many years Kate was diocesan coordinator of the Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies for Arundel and Brighton and continues to work with the Board of Studies for the English Bishops' Conference to support this programme on a national level.  She is currently a chaplain for the YMCA, a host for Nightstop (accommodation for young homeless people) and a member of the Brighton and Hove Interfaith Contact Group.

Catherine is a member of the Standards sub-committee.

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