About Schoolsworks – The Directors

Jo Funnell

Chairman of the Board / Parent Director

Jo has been an active parent governor in Littlehampton for over 10 years and joined the Board of Schoolsworks as a Parent Director in 2013. For over 25 years Jo has been a director of an architectural, surveying and project management consultancy with various offices in the south and much of his work has been involved in educational projects.  Consequently, Jo brings to Schoolsworks a wealth of construction, finance and business experience. He lives with his family in Littlehampton and has four children in full time education.

Chris Seaton

Chief Executive Officer

Chris practised as a solicitor in Chichester before moving to Bognor Regis and working in charity leadership. He went on to establish Peaceworks, which worked in over 100 schools to introduce sustainable peer mediation schemes. A parent at Edward Bryant School from 1993, Chris became chair of its local governing body and helped create Schoolsworks Academy Trust.  As a skilled leader, Chris has lead Schoolsworks through a period of positive growth whist maintaining its ethic of values-based governance with high educational standards and excellent relationships.

Cathy Williams

Director of Teaching and Learning

Cathy has spent all her career in primary teaching starting work in central London. Having taught in several diverse schools Cathy moved to West Sussex and 1991 became headteacher at Edward Bryant School. She also trained and worked as an Ofsted Inspector and saw Edward Bryant attain an ‘outstanding’ rating in 2010. Cathy has also worked in other schools in partnership with the local authority as a strategic headteacher. Cathy is a keen supporter of locality partnerships and is now a strategic partner in a local teaching schools alliance.  

Nick White

Principal Director

Nick has been Headteacher at Rustington since 2007 and was keen to become the first school to join Schoolsworks after its inception. Over his career Nick gained a wide range of experiences in leadership, working in many contexts including rural and suburban settings, middle schools, church schools, junior schools and all-through primaries. In 2005 Nick worked with two Governing Bodies to set up the first formal federation of primary schools in West Sussex. He passionately believes that good leadership lies at the heart of school improvement. 

Schoolsworks Academy Trust is a Private Limited by Guarantee company without Share Capital and exempt from using ‘Limited’.

Company Number: 07962974

Our Registered office is: Schoolsworks Office, 23 Connaught Road, Littlehampton, West Sussex, BN17 6ER

Telephone: 01903 73 99 88

To contact us either use the Contact Us page or email info@schoolsworks.org