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Chair’s Report

Chair’s Report 2017


Crewe Multi Academy Trust has established a Board with the following Members, Directors and Trustees:

Members Trustees / Directors
South Cheshire College Corporation Fintan Bradley (Chair)
Gillian Taylor Simon Yates (Vice Chair)
Andrew Kent Gill Bremner
Jasbir Dhesi
Emma Hooley (Headteacher)
Andrea Herron
Dame Patricia Bacon

CMAT Attendance Register 2017

There are currently no committees or advisory bodies at present. A review of the governance arrangements is currently ongoing. It is anticipated that elections for two parent governors to sit at a local board level will be held in January 2017.

The Board has three core functions:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

As such the Board are the accountable body responsible for making key strategic decisions and ensuring all statutory duties are met.



The Oaks Academy Board

More information about some of our board members, trustees and directors.

Fintan Bradley (Chair)

Fintan Bradley- webI have 37 years educational experience at classroom and leadership level in both mainstream secondary school and in special education. The second part of my career has been Local Authority Services all in senior and corporate leadership roles.  My final role before retiring was as Corporate Manager: Education Strategy. This role had the strategic leadership and management for all educational services in the borough including school improvement, special educational needs, school organisation.

Fintan J Bradley    MSc., B.Ed Hons, PGDip, DipPSE, Cert Ed.



Simon Yates (Vice Chair)

Originally from Eccles in the City of Salford, 1 of 4 children who all experienced an excellent primary and secondary education. Graduated from Warwick University in 1976 with a BA (Hons.) in History and Politics. Worked in the NHS in senior management roles in Warwickshire, Birmingham, Halton and Crewe for 27 years with the last 6 years of employment working in the independent health sector in Lancashire and Shropshire. Lived and/or worked in Crewe since 1993.

Married with 3 daughters who are employed as a Children’s Social Worker, NHS Doctor in training and Company Manager in Sydney Australia.

Interested and involved in education for 25 years as a School Governor in Winsford, Governor at South Cheshire College and latterly as a Trustee of Crewe Multi Academy Trust. Involved in local civics being a Town Councillor and currently Leader of  Crewe Town Council. A Rotarian for 26 years and a Manchester City supporter for 60.


Dame Patricia Bacon DBE

Dame Pat BaconPat, a qualified teacher, spent over 30 years in Further Education following 5 years in Retail Management. During her time as Principal of St Helens College, Merseyside, she was a school governor, a Director of the Connexions Service, a Director of St Helens Chamber and lead sponsor and Chair of Governors of The Sutton Academy and other regional organisations including The Prince’s Trust in Merseyside.  A number of regional and national roles, including a year as the elected President of The Association of Colleges, were recognised when Pat was awarded a DBE & made a Dame for services to local & National education in the 2011 New Year’s Honours list.  In the same year she was presented with an Honorary Doctorate from Edge Hill University.

In November 2014 Pat was also honoured by The University of Chester with an Honorary Doctor of Letters, recognising her achievements in the world of further Education.

Since retirement Pat has become Chair of the AoC Beacon Awards Committee & a trustee of the AoC Charity as well as a Non-Executive Director and Deputy Chair of an NHS Foundation Hospital Trust in her home town of Crewe.  In 2015 Pat became Chair of governors of South Cheshire College, a Director of The Crewe Multi Academy Trust, a member of The Interim Executive Board for Oakfield Lodge School and a member of the Employer Skills Board for the Cheshire Local Enterprise Partnership representing the health sector.


Gillian Taylor

Gillian Taylor

Following a varied corporate career in senior leadership roles with Kellogg Company and Muller UK, Gillian now works as a Change Management and Leadership Development Consultant. She specialises in helping businesses and individuals manage and lead successfully through periods of significant change. A qualified accountant, she has extensive experience in people and operational management across Finance, Supply Chain and Human Resource functions.




Jasbir Dhesi

Dhesi - webJasbir Dhesi, has been Principal and Chief Executive of South Cheshire College since January 2014, having worked in Further Education since graduating from University.  His experience has included a variety of senior management positions since 1996, including Assistant Principal, Vice Principal and between 2011-13 Principal of Yale College, Wrexham.

During his time at Yale College he oversaw the considerable strengthening of the College finances, culminating in sector leading results for 3 consecutive years as well as actively delivering on the Welsh Government’s Transformation Agenda.  Under his leadership, the College was awarded the ColegauCymru Prize for Excellence in Teaching and Learning and was nominated for Times Educational Supplement (TES) FE Awards for Outstanding Innovation in Teaching, Training or Learning Provision and also Outstanding Finance Team.

As Principal at South Cheshire College, Dhesi has overseen a considerable strengthening of partnerships with local schools and employers.  During this time the College’s financial health categorisation has improved to outstanding and in March 2016 Ofsted judged the College as good.

Dhesi is passionate about teaching and learning, in particular the use of digital learning technologies which is rapidly becoming part of the culture of South Cheshire College to engage the ‘digitally savvy’ generation of learners of today. He is keen to further develop collaborative links with local schools and employers, both locally as well as internationally.

He is a member of the Association of Colleges (AoC) 14-19 Portfolio Group, the Pearson FE Advisory Board, Glyndŵr University Court, Cheshire East Education Partnership Strategy Board, Cheshire East Schools Forum, Cheshire East 0-25 SEND Partnership Board meeting and Cheshire and Warrington LEP Provider Board.


Andrew Kent

Andrew took early requirement in August 2015 from a senior manager position in local government and now works as a school governance consultant, and in a voluntary capacity as a Primary School Chair of Governors.

Andrew has substantial experience over many years of supporting and advising headteachers and governors around school improvement, governance, staffing, complaints and other related issues; a good knowledge and understanding of the wider school/academy context around finance, legal, employment law, media relations, school collaborations and the emerging school to school support agenda.





Andrea Herron

DSCF0489I have lived all of my life in Crewe and above else am proud of the town that I grew up in. From leaving school, like many Crewe people my career began on the Railway working for British Railway where I qualified as a Safety Manager. I changed my career pathway after having my two sons and began supporting reception pupils in my local primary school on a voluntary basis. In 2004 I became a full time Learning Support Assistant and from there on qualified as a Learning Mentor / Family Support Worker becoming a specialist TA in Behaviour Support and SEND provision.

During my career in education that has now spanned over 13 years, I have played a key part in supporting a school journey from Special Measures to Outstanding, improving the lives of children and families alike, promoting inclusion and ensuring that every child matters and most importantly supported pupils in the most challenging of circumstances to achieve their potential and experience success.
My previous school was a local feeder Primary School and I consider myself fortunate to have been a part of many of our pupils school careers from early years to GCSE.


Gill Bremner

With over 35 years of educational experience Gill is now an educational consultant supporting schools and teachers across the North West; she was until 2014 a Headteacher in a large mixed comprehensive, sports specialist school in Cheshire East. Always passionate about education and fully committed to making a difference for students and staff Gill believes in both a strategic and operational approach to leadership and management with a focus on values and expectations, culture and ethos, raising standards for all students and ensuring we create schools fit for purpose for the 21st century. Gill has also gained invaluable experience and insight through her previous role as an Ofsted Inspector and currently as a training provider for staff in schools.

Gill Bremner BA: MA: MBA: NPQH: LLE