“A communion of high achieving Catholic schools where every person meets Jesus and grows uniquely in God’s love.”

About us

The St Thérèse of Lisieux Catholic Multi Academy Trust will enable clear working relationships to be established between its schools to assist with catholic life, school improvement, leadership recruitment and formation, governance and collaboration to achieve their common purpose and shared mission. Furthermore, it will ensure that in a national context of relative change and uncertainty no school is left isolated and unsupported. Our support for schools aims to be comprehensive, inclusive and responsive to the individual and collective needs of our schools that will ensure they both deliver the mission of the Church and meet the challenges of the national accountability agenda through mutually supportive intervention and training.

We take responsibility for the financial and resource management of schools, thus freeing school leaders to concentrate on what matters: the spiritual formation and education of the young people in our schools. The foundation stone of our CMAT is the person of Jesus Christ and we are committed to safeguarding the distinctive Catholic ethos of our schools by placing Him and the teachings of the Catholic Church at the centre of all we do. The character of the St Thérèse of Lisieux Catholic Multi Academy Trust is collaborative and participative. Each school is of equal value. We respect the unique identity of each school and value the diversity of experience and perspective they bring. Each school is given a voice, though the arrangements for local governance and their relationship with the CMAT Board of Directors.

Meet the Executive Team

James McGeachie

James McGeachie, Chief Executive Officer & Accounting Officer

Mr James McGeachie is the interim CEO for the St Thérèse of Lisieux Catholic Multi-Academy Trust. He will be carrying out this role alongside his substantive role of CEO at the Our Lady of Lourdes CMAT, which serves the Catholic community of Nottingham and Nottinghamshire. This partnership work between the two Trusts is likely to continue until September 2022. James will provide strategic leadership for the sixteen Catholic schools in Lincolnshire and Rutland and work to ensure that all children and young adults receive the very best Catholic education. A key priority for James is to ensure that pupils and staff across the CMAT have opportunities to encounter Christ and grow in faith and discipleship.  Prior to taking up his position as CEO at OLoL, James worked for 6 years as the Headteacher at The Becket School in Nottingham.

Robert della-Spina

Robert della-Spina, Director of Performance & Standards

As Director of Performance & Standards, Robert’s role is to support the 16 Academies and provide strategic leadership. As a member of the executive team, he also plays an important system leadership role enabling the vision of St Thérèse of Lisieux Catholic Multi Academy Trust to improve the provision of Catholic education and provide outstanding outcomes for all pupils across Lincolnshire and Rutland. He has had 10 years Headship experience and has been a Local Leader of Education (LLE), supporting a number of other schools in Nottinghamshire. Robert is keen to ensure that all our schools have a strong Catholic ethos in which the value of each person is celebrated and affirmed. Ensuring that our schools are helping to develop young people with ideas and dreams, who have a personal love for and a commitment to Christ and his Church, and with a vision of what they want to achieve in life and how they wish to serve Him; that young people have a strong sense of service to the wider community, care and compassion for those in need, and who have, above all, a love of life, a zest for living life to the full.

Matt Turton

Matt Turton, Director of Performance & Standards / Acting Headteacher

As Director of Performance & Standards, Matt works as an Acting Headteacher at one of the Trust’s secondary schools, whilst overseeing strategic responsibility for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) of all teaching staff within the CMAT, using his experience from his previous roles as well as from his Masters in Teaching and Learning. Previously a Deputy Headteacher in Lincolnshire and an Assistant Headteacher in Nottingham, Matt also spent four years working in one of the Diocesan Teaching Schools, latterly as the Director of Teaching School working across three of the Catholic MATs to support with Initial Teacher Training (ITT), CPD and school improvement work. In this role, Matt also took responsibility for the Diocesan Leadership Academy, an accelerated leadership programme across all four of the CMATs, a role which he continues to undertake as Director of Performance & Standards. Matt is passionate about sustainable school improvement, using his experience as an SLE of 6 years, and supporting all young people to achieve to the best of their ability academically, emotionally and spiritually.

Rachel Abbott

Rachel Abbott, Senior Finance Manager & Chief Financial Officer

Rachel joined the Trust as Senior Finance Manager in January 2020. She is responsible for developing and managing the processes delivered by the central finance team to all 16 Academies as well as managing the central Trust budget. She provides support and guidance to Headteachers around financial matters, working closely with them in budget setting and financial monitoring. Rachel has a financial qualification with the Association of Accounting Technicians and is a Chartered Internal Auditor. Prior to joining the St Thérèse of Lisieux CMAT she worked as an Internal Audit Manager for a Local Authority where she gained an in depth knowledge of audit in education settings as well as expertise in Governance, Risk and Internal Control.

Paul Kiernan

Paul Kiernan, Finance Manager

As Finance Manager, Paul’s role is to lead the central finance team in providing an efficient service to all sixteen Academies under our control and provide support and guidance to the Headteachers and teams within each academy. For the past two years, Paul had the role of Chief Financial Officer in the former Northern Lincolnshire Catholic Academy Trust which became the St Thérèse of Lisieux CMAT in September 2018. Prior to joining NOLCAT, Paul worked for Lloyds Bank for 32 years performing a variety of roles both within the branch network and Head Office.

Tamer Hodgson

Tamer Hodgson, Governance & Compliance Manager, DPO

Tamer joined the Trust in September 2018 when the St Thérèse of Lisieux Catholic Multi academy Trust was formed. As Governance and Compliance Manager, Tamer’s role within the Executive Team is to ensure legal and regulatory compliance across the Trust. Tamer is the Company Secretary, Data Protection Officer, Complaints Co-Ordinator, PA to the CEO and ensures good governance across the CMAT working closely with all stakeholders including the Board of Directors, Local Governing Bodies and Headteachers.

Tamer has an MBA, 1st Class BA (Hons) Business Management Degree, CIPD Level 5 Diploma and a background in Accounts and Office Management.

Emily Harman

Emily Harman, CMAT Estates, Facilities, Health & Safety Advisor

Emily joined the Central Team as the Estates, Facilities and Health & Safety Advisor in June 2019.  She came to us with a wealth of knowledge in Health and Safety having worked in manufacturing, construction, engineering and agriculture.  She has over 19 years’ experience in this field holding many qualifications and accreditations  within occupational health and safety, environmental awareness, managing safety, NEBOSHH and IOSHH and risk assessing.  Emily leads on capital and improvement projects and funding throughout the schools along with Health and Safety compliance in the Trust providing professional support and guidance.

Hannah Leech

Hannah Leech, Lead Lay Chaplain

Hannah was appointed as Lead Lay Chaplain for the CMAT in September 2021.  With 20 years experience in Youth Ministry working at Alton Castle and The Briars youth retreat centres and spending the past 10 years as Chaplaincy Co-ordinator at a large secondary school in the Middlesbrough Diocese.  Hannah is thrilled to be working for the Nottingham Diocese again and sharing in faith with our young people.  Her role as Lead Lay Chaplain plays a vital part in fulfilling the Trust’s mission to provide opportunities for all students to explore their faith, come to a deeper friendship and commitment with Christ and live life in the fulness of God’s love to fulfil their unique God-given potential. 

The Central Team

Daniel Wagstaff,

Finance Assistant

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Tamer Hodgson,

Data Protection Officer. Tamer deals with enquiries from the public.

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Charlotte Findlay,

HR Adviser

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Sue Whitham,

HR Manager

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Rob Smith,

Finance Assistant

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Daniel Moore,

COO

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Moira Dales,

Senior DPS (Primary)

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Chris Maher,

Senior DPS (Secondary)

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Jo Balchin,

Clerk to the Board

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Kimberley Young,

HR Officer

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Brandon Mountcastle,

Finance Apprentice

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Our Academies