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
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 is also the Chair of Board for Cheshire College – South & West and therefore 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
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 South Cheshire College
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.
Since retirement Pat has become Deputy Chair of the local hospital Trust Board and, as a Trustee of the AoC’s charity, chairs the AoC Beacon Awards. Pat lives locally and is a Patron of Nantwich Town Football Club.
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.
Rachel Ellis-Jones, started her career in education as an art teacher. Over her career she has worked in schools, General Further Education Colleges, Specialist Colleges and Higher Education Institutions. Previous experience includes, leading through merger, restructure and culture change. She has held a variety of Executive level posts including: Dean, Educational Consultant, Principal and CEO, Director and now Vice Principal at Cheshire College South and West.