Executive Team

Steve Ellis- CEO and Principal: Boughton Heath Academy




Steve has worked as Principal at Boughton Heath Academy for since 2010 and led the school to an outstanding Ofsted judgement. The school is now a National Support School and Steve acts as a National Leader of Education to support schools in challenging circumstances. He has experience working in four different primary schools (both rural, urban and academy) in two different local authorities. Steve also worked as an additional inspector for CfBT inspection services from 2013 to 2015. His main areas of expertise are leadership and management structures and improving the quality of teaching. He has supported several schools as a school improvement advisor across several authorities and currently acts as an Asscoiate School Improvement Advisor for Cheshire West Local Authority.

Luci Jones - CAT Director of Operations

Luci was appointed in 2014 to support the Board in creating the Trust. She has significant experience of senior financial leadership in both the primary and secondary sectors. Her expertise includes strategic and operational management of finance and HR and extends to the areas of facilities and estate management, governance, legal matters, H&S and data compliance. Luci successfully oversees the Trusts capital development programmes. She fulfils the roles of both Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Data Protection Officer (DPO) for CAT. 

Luci leads on the academy conversion process for the Trust, providing support for schools from pre to post conversion. She provides consultancy services to support governing boards and management teams in ensuring their school's business proceses can meet the demands academy conversion requires. 

Luci has been a member of the Cheshire West and Chester School's Forum since 2015. 


David Wearing- Director of CLTA and Principal: Kelsall Primary and Nursery School



David has worked at Kelsall Primary School for since 2009 where he was integral to the achievement of its outstanding Ofsted judgement. During that time has been successful in securing Teaching School status for the school which was designated in cohort 2. He has  established and directs the growing work of the Teaching School Alliance, working closely with CWAC (Cheshire West and Chester) local authority whilst maintaining and improving Kelsall Primary. He sits on the CWAC Education Improvement Board.


Kate Doyle- Principal: Mill View Primary School 



Emily Armstrong- Principal: Bexton Primary School