MAT Structure

Our Members

The Members of the Multi Academy Trust are the conscience of the organisation. They appoint the board of directors and ensure that the aims of the trust are upheld. They include:

  • The Diocesan Bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich, Rt Revd Martin Seeley
  • The Chair of the Board of Education
  • Mr Neil Watts BA (Hons)  MA (Cantab)  PGCE

Our Board of Directors

We bring together a core group of people with a proven track record of school improvement and experience that is relevant to making the trust a success. They are responsible for its strategic direction and are accountable for the academies to the Secretary of State and therefore determine the level of delegation to local governing bodies so that these can be as effective as possible.

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Jane Sheat


Jane has been Diocesan Director of Education since August 2010.

Jane has an important strategic role in relation to academies, school place planning and small schools.

She regularly brokers school to school support, supports underperforming schools and has arranged acting headships in church schools. She has 23 years of HR experience in local government, 17 of which working directly with schools.

Jane is Chair of Governors at Northgate High School in Ipswich and Vice Chair of the Association of Anglican Directors of Education. Jane is the CEO of the MAT initially.


Fiona Hotston Moore

Fiona is a partner at the East Anglian based firm of Ensors Chartered Accountants since 2014 working in Ipswich, Cambridge and London.

She has had a successful career over 20 years as a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Tax Adviser in London working for a number of international accountancy practices.

Fiona has worked with a variety of international groups, listed companies, not-for-profit organisations and entrepreneurs providing audit, corporate governance, consultancy and tax services and has acted as an accredited expert witness and forensic accountant on a variety of tax, commercial and criminal matters.

Fiona is a member of the ICAEW Practice Committee. She was overall winner of the 2012 Woman Leader in Finance award and has twice featured in the Top 50 in the Accountancy Age Financial Power List.

Fiona is also Non Executive Director and member of the Audit Committee at University Campus Suffolk and Debenham High School.

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Tom Brooke

Tom joined Stone King Solicitors in October 2012.

From 2003 to 2012 Tom was Head of Law for The Learning Trust, the not-for-profit company which took over all of Hackney’s education functions and led the transformation of education standards in the Borough.

From 1990 - 2003 he was Principal Solicitor for education and employment for Wandsworth Council and Chair of Governors at a primary school in Hackney from 2000 to 2003. Tom has been an LA governor, additional governor and Chair of an Interim Executive Board at several schools in Suffolk.


Alister Gourlay

Alister held Headships in Church schools for 30 years until 2008, leading a school rated as Outstanding, in both its OfSted and SIAMS inspections, in the year he retired.

In semi-retirement Alister took up the post of Deputy Diocesan Director of Education until August 2017, in which his experience was shared across all Church schools in the Diocese, to assist Governors in the appointment of new Headteachers and to support schools pre and post OfSTED and SIAMS.  Alister played a key role in co-ordinating Aided Schools and Academy admission policies and appeals, working also at a regional and national level with particular reference to Admissions, Succession Planning and Governance.

Alister remains an active member of the Diocesan MAT Board of Directors.


The Revd Robert Hinsley

Robert is Team Rector in the South West Ipswich Ministry Team, serving three parishes. He is Chair of Governors at Langer Academy in Felixstowe, Tudor C of E Academy in Sudbury and a governor at Chantry Academy in Ipswich. Robert has also been involved with supporting RE and the delivering of personal, social and health education in a variety of schools. Robert worked with the lay chaplain to establish a permanent presence in Felixstowe Academy.

Prior to his ordination in 2005 Robert worked as a civil servant with an executive agency of the Department for Work and Pensions and prior to this with the Anglican Church in Jerusalem.

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Caroline Robinson

Cert Ed M.A. FRSA

The Board of MAT Directors is chaired by Caroline Robinson who has many years experience in education.  She trained as a teacher in the early 1960s at the Froebel Institute Roehampton and the University of London.

In the 1990s Caroline completed a Masters Degree in Educational Studies at the University of Surrey and during this period she was also awarded a Fellowship of the RSA.

Professional experience has been primarily in the London Boroughs of Merton, Croydon, Camden and Greenwich.

Caroline's experience includes teaching from Nursery to Further Education, with Headships of two primary schools. She trained as an Ofsted Inspector in 1996 and subsequently became a Local Authority School Inspector in 1998. She joined Suffolk County Council as a General Adviser in January 2003.

Since retiring Caroline has taken an interest in school governance and has been a Governor in a number of Suffolk Schools. Most recently Chair of Governors at Crawford’s CEVC Primary School in Haughley and Trinity CEVA Primary School in Combs Stowmarket.

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