History and Vision
CDAT was formed in 2014 by the Chester Diocesan Board of Education (DBE), and has worked in very close partnership with the DBE ever since its inception. The Trust has a distinctive ethos that is clearly rooted in the Gospel. Christian values impact on every area of our work and are communicated and shared in such a way that all member schools can understand them. Although the Trust was initially set up by the DBE, it is fully inclusive and we are happy to welcome both church and community schools into the CDAT family.
Rooted in Christian values, CDAT is committed to:
- Valuing the uniqueness of every child
- Aspiring to excellence
- Being a nurturing learning community for all
Jesus said, ‘I have come in order that you might have life—life in all its fullness’ (John 10:10). As a Trust, our aim is to ensure that all of our pupils are able to benefit from and enjoy ‘life in all its fullness.’
The Members of the Company
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 Canon Elizabeth (Betty) Renshaw MBE. The vice-chair is Joan Ryan.
|Business and Pecuniary Interest|
|Chester Diocesan Board of Education||19th March 2013||Diocesan Board of Education|
|Canon Elizabeth Renshaw MBE||23rd March 2016||Former Local Government Education Officer (incl 20 yr as School Business Manager); Worked with DfE to develop national training programme for School Business Managers; Coordinator for BSF £25m New School building project, Governor of Woodchurch High School.|
|Revd Lyndon Bannon||9th January 2017||Assistant 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|
|The Venerable Dr Michael Gilbertson||13th December 2018||Archdeacon of Chester & Chair of the Diocesan Board of Education.|
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 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:
- - Canon Elizabeth Renshaw MBE
- - Neil Dixon, CEO
- - Philip Eastwood
- - Revd Cannon David Felix
- - Michael Holland
- - Timothy Leslie
- - Marianne Mowatt
- - Edward Owen
- - Joan Ryan
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 Committee||Finance and General Purposes Committee|
Mike Holland (Chair)
Neil Dixon (in an advisory capacity)
Timothy Leslie (resigned 16/3/2020)
Dr Harry Ziman (resigned 12/12/2019)
Canon Elizabeth Renshaw (Chair)
Revd Cannon David Felix
Neil Dixon (in an advisory capacity)
Janet Carr (resigned 1/11/2019)
Andrew Morris (resigned 30/8/2019)
The Directors delegate to the Local Governing Body of each school various responsibilities which vary from school to school.
The term of office of every governor (except the Headteacher) is four years. The Headteacher is always a Governor.
Contact Details for CDAT
Chester Diocesan Academies Trust - CEO Neil Dixon
5500 Daresbury Park
Tel: 01928 718834 For any enquiries please ask for Mel Aspinall
A useful link to the Trust is https://cdat.co.uk/data-protection.php
A link to the Trustee attendance records can be found below:
Governance - Chester Diocesan Academies Trust (cdat.co.uk)