Members and Trustees

The Diocese of Chichester Academy Trust DCAT Members

Diocese of Chichester Education Trust, authorised representative:

Mr Philip Bowden

One person appointed by DoCET:

Miss Gabrielle Higgins

Bishop of Chichester or his representative:

Rt Revd Richard Jackson

Chair of Directors:

Revd Canon Dr Anthony Cane

Board of Trustees

Chair of Trustees and Accounting Officer

Revd Canon Dr Anthony Cane

Anthony is Chancellor and Canon Librarian of Chichester Cathedral.  This role includes management of the Learning and Education Department, which includes a substantial work with schools and academies.   He was a governor of Bishop Luffa Secondary School during its move to academy status in 2013, and continues as a member of the Bishop Luffa Academy Trust.   He is Governor and Trustee of a number of bodies, including the University of Chichester and the Prebendal School.  His previous posts include Adult Education Officer for the diocese of Chichester (which involved much travel across the whole of Sussex) and Senior Chaplain, University of Brighton.   He is a keen walker and filmgoer, and counts completing the South Downs Way as one of his best achievements!

Vice Chair:

Mrs Hilary Loder

Hilary Loder’s teaching career has spanned a range of phases and sectors. She has been a senior leader for over 15 years working as a school based LA inclusion consultant and as an Associate for the National College of Teaching and Leadership alongside headship. Her school based career culminated in the role of primary Executive Head Teacher and System Leader.

Hilary has recently been working as a Teaching and Leadership Advisor with the National College supporting education reform and with the Teaching School Council as an Expert Adviser. She is currently the independent chair of the Portsmouth Education Partnership and works with Guildford Diocese as an adviser/consultant.

As a practising Christian she believes that church schools and academies have a unique role to play in preparing children for life through education and this drives her interest in and commitment to the work of DCAT.

Director appointed by Members:

Revd Mike Coe

Revd Mike Coe is the Rural Dean of Hastings, Rector of St Matthew, St. Leonards-on-Sea, and interim Priest-in-Charge of St. Leonard and St. Ethelburga. In addition, he is a member of the Local Governing Body at St Paul’s Primary Academy.

Before the priesthood, he worked in business sales and marketing executive roles. He was a Christian youth worker, evangelist and a part-time college lecturer. He trained to be a vicar in Oxford, followed by a 3-year ‘apprenticeship’ in Northampton before coming to St. Matthews in 2003.

Director appointed by Members:

Revd Martin Harper

Revd Martin Harper is Rector of Brede with Udimore and Beckley and Peasmarsh, just west of Rye.  A Chartered Quantity Surveyor, he was a partner in private practice from 1983-95. He then qualified in 1995 as a Secondary Teacher specialising in Religious Education, became Head of Department, and was later appointed director of Vocational Education.  He was a houseparent in a childrens’ home from 1970-80, then from 1983 on the Board of Trustees, and is currently Chair.  He was ordained in 1985 and was an NSM until 2008. He is a member of Diocesan Synod, the Parsonages Board and the Council for the promotion of the Common Good. He was previously a governor of a secondary school, is a governor of two federated Church primary schools, and acting chair of an LA primary school.  He is a founder member and treasurer of Timu Rafiki, a Scout-based charity working in Kenya.

Martin is a member of the Safeguarding sub-committee.

Director appointed by Members:

Canon Dr Ann Holt, OBE

Canon Dr Ann Holt is the Diocesan Director of Education for Chichester Diocese. Previously, she was Executive Director of Programmes  at the Bible Society. She was also Chair of the DBE for Bristol Diocese, a MAT Director and a governor of Bristol Cathedral School Academy which she helped to transition from the independent sector. Ann was also a governor of Malmesbury Primary School Academy. Currently, she is a trustee of Oasis Community Learning and is a Director of The Tenax Trust.

Prior to this, Ann ran the Education Development Centre in Cambridge where she pioneered governor development. She went on to be the Director of Action for Governors’ Information and Training, now the NGA. She was a special adviser at the DFE working on governor recruitment and training.

She has been part of the group that has developed the CofE Vision for Education.

Ann was awarded the OBE for services to education in June 2004.

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.

Trustee appointed by Members:

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.

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.

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.

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