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The Members comprise Chester Diocesan Board of Education (DBE), two individual Members of the DBE, the chair of the Directors and additional Members may be appointed by current Members with the consent of the DBE. The Members set the vision and strategic direction of CDAT and they appoint the Directors, apart from the Chief Executive Officer and co-opted Directors who are appointed by the current Directors with the consent of the DBE.

The Chair of the Directors is John Mason. The Vice Chair is Canon Elizabeth (Betty) Renshaw MBE.

NameDate AppointedDate ResignedBusiness and Pecuniary Interest
Chester Diocesan Board of Education19th March 2013Diocesan Board of Education
John Mason21st September 2021Ex-offico Member as Chair of Directors
Revd Lyndon Bannon9th January 2017Assistant Headteacher of Woodchurch High School Church of England Academy. Assistant Priest: Willaston-in-Wirral. Member (Trustee) and Director of the Chester Diocesan Board of Education; Bishop's Officer for Self-Supporting Ordained Ministry
The Venerable Dr Michael Gilbertson13th December 2018Archdeacon of Chester & Chair of the Diocesan Board of Education
The Rt Revd Mark Tanner26th March 2021Bishop of Chester

The Directors of the Company

The Directors comprise those appointed by the Members, the Chief Executive Officer and co-opted Directors who are appointed by the current Directors with the consent of the DBE. Within the vision and strategic direction established by the Members, the Directors are responsible for the running of CDAT, although they can delegate functions to committees or individual Directors (including the Chief Executive Officer).

Directors are trustees of the charity and must ensure CDAT complies with the requirements of charity law. They are also Directors of the company and must ensure CDAT complies with the company law. The term of office of every Director (except the Chief Executive Officer) is four years. The Chief Executive Officer is always a Director.

The current Directors are:

John Mason (Chair)
Canon Elizabeth Renshaw MBE (Vice Chair)
Neil Dixon, CEO
Philip Eastwood
Revd Canon David Felix
Victoria Dunbar
Michael Holland
Ralph Mainard
Susan Breckell
Chris Penn

Meeting Attendance and Register of Business Interests

For details on the number of meetings Directors have attended and the Register of Business Interests, please scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the relevant file under 'Files to Download'. This will open a pdf document in a separate browser window.

Education Effectiveness CommitteeFinance and General Purposes Committee
Mike Holland (Chair)Ralph Mainard (Chair)
Susan BreckellRevd Canon David Felix
Philip EastwoodVictoria Dunbar
Chris PennJohn Mason
Neil Dixon (CEO)Canon Elizabeth Renshaw MBE
Alison Beasley (co-opted)
Neil Dixon (CEO, in advisory capacity)

Local Governors

The Directors delegate to the Local Governing Body of each school various responsibilities. These are detailed in the Scheme of Delegation.

The term of office of every governor (except the Headteacher) is four years. The Headteacher is always a Governor. Details can be found on the school page.

Chester Diocesan Academies Trust

Chester Diocesan Academies Trust

We believe that the quality of our School Effectiveness Support is a key benefit of CDAT membership.

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