About Schoolsworks – The Directors

Schoolsworks is primarily governed by a Board of Directors that bring together a range of skills and experience from within and around the education sector. A full organisational chart including the Board, committees and local governance structures can be viewed within the Trust Documents on this website.

Jo Funnell

Jo Funnell

Chair of the Board

Jo is Chartered Builder and, as well as being the Chairman of the Board of Schoolsworks, is also a Director of Nash and Partners, Alphega and Funnell Design. All are multi‐disciplinary construction consultancies and all are involved in the design, procurement, project management and cost control of predominantly commercial and education construction projects.

Jo has worked in the Education sector for over 25 years providing both design and management services to schools and local authorities directly. He was a school Governor at Elm Grove School for over 10 years, then joined the temporary Governing Body that oversaw the birth of River Beach Primary School in 2010. Jo became a Director of Schoolsworks once River Beach joined the Trust, becoming Chairman of the Board in September 2014.

Sue Hawthorn

Sue Hawthorn

Co-Chair of the Board

Sue became a Governor of Downview Primary School in December 2003, Chair of Governors in September 2008 and still holds that position today. Following an Ofsted rating of Outstanding in 2011 Sue helped with the conversion of the school to a stand alone Academy in September 2013. She is a founder member of the Chairs Information Exchange Group, a member of the Governance Group for the FAB locality MOU and work as an Associate Tutor in Governance support for WSCC. Schoolsworks invited Sue to join as a Co-opted Director in September 2014.

Chris Seaton

Chris Seaton

Chief Executive Officer

Chris Seaton
Chris trained as a lawyer, beginning his career as a general-practice solicitor, before moving to the voluntary sector where he worked in community projects. He helped to establish and lead a social enterprise, Peaceworks, which developed gold-standard peer mediation in schools.

In 2012, whilst Chair of Governors, Chris helped guide Edward Bryant School’s conversion to academy status. The experience led to the formation of Schoolsworks, now a 6 school MAT, and in 2014 Chris became its full-time CEO.

Cathy Williams

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

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.

Adam Hackett

Adam Hackett

Director

Adam is a Director of Schoolsworks Academy Trust, having been appointed in December 2016. Adam has founded three successful sales and service businesses, has forty five years’ experience of managing capable and creative people and has a record of driving outstanding results. He is a passionate supporter of young people of all ages.

Adam has held board responsibilities in large businesses, is a business mentor and is Deputy Chairman of P3 Social Inclusion Charity which improves lives and communities by delivering services for socially excluded and vulnerable people to unlock their potential and open new possibilities.

Linda Dale

Linda Dale

Director

Linda trained as a primary school teacher. She was a deputy headteacher for many years, occasionally working for the local authority as an advisory teacher, particularly for reading and writing before taking on the headship of a local junior school. In 2012, after 26 years in primary school education, in West Sussex, Linda retired. As well as being a Director of the Trust, Linda is also Chair of the School Community Council of Edward Bryant School, one of the Trust’s schools.

Lindsey Parslow

Lindsey Parslow

Director

Lindsey Parslow
Since 2008 Lindsey has been the Managing Director and joint-owner of Mayfair Quarters Limited, an outsource procurement and travel business which works predominantly within the financial services industry. Prior to this she was at Glenview Capital, a US based Hedge Fund and Bates Worldwide Advertising Agency.

Lindsey is also a member of the SCC at Rose Green Junior school, and regularly supports local secondary schools by being involved with Young Enterprise, STEM days, student mentoring and careers advice.

Norman Rose

Norman Rose

Director

Norman Rose is an experienced solicitor with a particular interest in corporate governance in not-profit organisations.

One of Norman’s personal interests is vocational education and training where, from 1998 to 2010, he was an active participant in developing and implementing government policy.

In December 2016 he was appointed a non-executive director of Schoolsworks.

Stuart Collins

Stuart Collins

Director

Stuart Collins works as the Transport Provision Manager at West Sussex County Council, where he has been employed since 2005. Stuart was a parent at Rose Green Junior School, where he also serves as a community member of the School Community Council there.

The Board appointed Stuart as a Director and his management experience in the public sector is a welcome addition.