CMAT established a Board of very experienced Members and Directors to:
- Ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
- Hold the headteacher accountable for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff
- Oversee the financial performance of the school and ensure positive impact.
Our Board Includes:
Chair of CMAT (Trustee)
I have 37 years educational experience at classroom and leadership level in both mainstream primary and secondary schools and special educational needs. The second part of my career has been in Local Authority Services, all in senior and corporate leadership roles. I have also fulfilled a teaching role on Masters level course at the University of Wales. My final role before retiring was as Corporate Manager: Education Strategy. This role included the strategic leadership and management for all educational services in Cheshire East including school improvement services, school organisation and funding, special educational needs and other vulnerable groups.
Simon is retired having worked for 35 years in health care management. Simon has worked or lived in Crewe for 25 years and has also sat as a Councillor on Crewe Town Council since 2013.
Simon brings a wealth of experience to CMAT from both his career and location connections to Crewe.
Andrew took early requirement in August 2015 from a senior manager position in local government and now works as a school governance consultant, and in a voluntary capacity as a Primary School Chair of Governors.
Andrew has substantial experience over many years of supporting and advising headteachers and governors around school improvement, governance, staffing, complaints and other related issues; a good knowledge and understanding of the wider school/academy context around finance, legal, employment law, media relations, school collaborations and the emerging school to school support agenda.
Jasbir S. Dhesi
Principal/CEO Cheshire College - South & West (Trustee)
Dhesi is the Principal of Cheshire College – South & West having previously worked as Principal at Yale College, Wrexham. Dhesi saw Yale College become one of the most successful colleges in the UK and was instrumental in developing the College’s international provision.
Dhesi is passionate about teaching and learning, in particular the use of learning technologies which is rapidly becoming part of the culture of Cheshire College – South & West to engage the ‘digital savvy’ generation of learners today.
Dame Patricia Bacon
Chair of Board for Cheshire College - South & West (Trustee)
Pat spent over 30 years in Further Education following five years in the retail industry after graduation. Pat retired from her role as Principal of St Helens College having also spent 12 months as the elected President of the Association of Colleges.
Pat lives locally and is a Patron of Nantwich Town Football Club.
Sharon qualified as a Chartered Management Accountant in 2008. She started her finance career in the manufacturing industry, working for companies including TetraPak and BASF and moved to the education sector in 2005. She has worked predominately in FE since then but has also spent a short time working in multi-academy trusts. She has held several posts including Financial Controller, Assistant Finance Director and Chief Financial Officer. She joined the Cheshire College – South & West in August 2018 as Assistant Principal – Finance.
Helen is the Deputy Principal and Deputy Chief Executive Officer for Cheshire College South and West with a focus on managing Apprenticeships, Employer Engagement, Partnerships, International Recruitment and Provision, Schools Liaison and Marketing/Communications, Estates and Health and Safety for the College.
Helen is also a Governor at Upton High School and a Director of the West Cheshire and North Wales Chamber. Helen is also on the Board of Directors for Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS where she aims to actively contribute to addressing mental health issues in the benefit of the service users.