“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

Louise Wilson

Louise Wilson, Chief Executive Officer & Accounting Officer

Louise Wilson is the Chief Executive Officer for the St Thérèse of Lisieux Catholic Multi-Academy Trust and has overall strategic responsibility for the sixteen Catholic schools in Lincolnshire and Rutland and is accountable for ensuring the highest quality of provision for the Catholic Life and Standards in the CMAT academies. She is a qualified teacher with over twenty-five years’ experience in schools across a range of contexts including inner-city and rural areas, and has held a number of senior leadership positions, including 8 successful years as a Headteacher, in two contrasting secondary schools. She has substantial experience of leading school improvement with particular expertise in bringing about rapid and sustained improvement in schools causing concern. Louise is passionate about fulfilling the mission of the Catholic Church for its schools and is committed to ensuring that all children and young people educated within the CMAT academies have boundless opportunities to encounter Christ and grow in faith and discipleship. Louise is studying for a MA in Catholic School Leadership with St Mary’s Catholic University, Twickenham, holds the CCRS qualification and is a Diocesan Canonical Inspector for the Diocese of Nottingham. Louise is a parishioner at St Augustine Webster RC Church in Barton-upon-Humber where she is Chair of the Parish Pastoral Council.

Paul Ainsworth

Paul Ainsworth, Director of Performance and Standards

As Director of Performance and Standards my aim is to support our Headteachers so that we can achieve our vision of being a communion of high achieving Catholic schools.

Career History

Over the last four academic years Paul has worked for a large national Multi-Academy Trust across both primary and secondary sectors as a Regional Director, Head of Professional Development and the Chair of a number of Academy Improvement Boards. Prior to this Paul spent 14 years as a senior leader in both the state and Independent sector including as a Secondary School Head. Paul has written widely on education issues for a variety of publications and has written seven books; Developing a self-evaluating school, Get that teaching job, and Middle Leadership (Bloomsbury), School Partnerships Handbook, The Senior Leader’s Yearbook and Tackling in-school variation (Optimus Education) and ‘Trophies, Tears and Line-Calls’ (Amazon). He has spoken at many national conferences including delivering a TEDx speech.

Lucie Walmsley

Lucie Walmsley, Human Resources Manager

As Human Resources Manager for the St Thérèse of Lisieux Catholic Multi academy Trust, Lucie’s role within the Central Team is to lead on the provision of a forward thinking, responsive and progressive HR service, ensuring that all academies in the CMAT are compliant with policies, procedures and best practice.

Lucie holds a MSc in Human Resources Management and an LLm in Employment Law.   She has achieved Chartered Status with the CIPD and is qualified to occupationally test at Level A/B, as well as being an ACAS certified mediator.  Over the last seven years Lucie has worked for one of England’s largest providers of further and higher education, covering both academic and commercial provisions, as Human Resources Manager and Work Based Trainer assessing CIPD Level 3 and Level 5 apprenticeships.

Tamer Hodgson

Tamer Hodgson, Executive Assistant & Company Secretary

As Executive Assistant and Company Secretary for the St Thérèse of Lisieux Catholic Multi academy Trust, Tamer’s role within the central team is to co-ordinate meetings and issue documentation between the NRCDES, the Board, Executive Team and the Academies within the CMAT. As Complaints Co-Ordinator, Governance Lead, Admissions Lead and Data Protection Controller, Tamer ensures compliance within the CMAT and provides advice and assistance as the first point of contact for these areas. As Company Secretary Tamer also ensures legal and regulatory compliance within the Trust. Tamer has an MBA, 1st Class BA (Hons) Business Management Degree and a background in Accounts and Office Management.

Paul Kiernan

Paul Kiernan, Chief Financial Officer & Senior Finance Manager

As Senior 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.

The Central Team

Sandra Tunnard,

Finance Assistant

E: finance@stl-cmat.org.uk

Daniel Wagstaff,

Finance Assistant

E: finance@stl-cmat.org.uk

Frances Brown,


E: dpo@laat.co.uk

Emily Harman,

CMAT Estates, Facilities and Health & Safety Advisor

E: Emily.Harman@stl-cmat.org.uk

Mackenzie Bennett,

HR Assistant

E: Mackenzie.Bennett@stl-cmat.org.uk

Our Academies