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Our Core Team

Most of our staff are employed by individual schools.  We run a small Shared Services Team to work for all the schools who work from the Trust Offices in Littlehampton.  More information on the team can be found here.  The following are the senior employees of the Trust based in the Shared Services Team.

Chris Seaton, Chief Executive Officer

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 7-school MAT, and in 2014 Chris became its full-time CEO.

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 culturally diverse schools, Cathy moved to West Sussex and in 1990 became headteacher at Edward Bryant School in Bognor Regis.  She trained and worked as an Ofsted Inspector and lead Edward Bryant to attain an ‘outstanding’ rating in 2010. 

Cathy has also worked in other schools in partnership with the local authority as a strategic headteacher before helping establish to Schoolsworks in 2012.

Nick White, Deputy Director of Teaching and Learning

Nick became the Headteacher at Rustington in 2007 and was keen to become the first school to join Schoolsworks after its inception. Over his career Nick has 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 his early headship career, 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.

Paul Knott, Chief Financial Officer

Paul, a qualified Chartered Management Accountant, has over forty years financial management experience at a senior level.  He originally worked in the manufacturing sector for companies producing furniture, automotive components, jewellery, gas boilers, aerospace components and pharmaceuticals. He has also worked for a local authority and an IT company providing both hardware and its own software systems to the NHS and private companies.

Paul joined Schoolsworks in 2015 after working for eleven years for a charity providing care and support for older people


Anita Lamprell, Trust Business Manager

Anita’s career background was in banking and marketing, before she moved to work in schools in 2003. She is a trained and experienced School Business Manager and served as a governor at various schools for approximately 10 years. Anita was the SBM at Rustington Community Primary School and on the governing body of River Beach Primary School when the schools chose to join Schoolsworks Academy trust. In 2015, Anita became an Executive SBM for Schoolsworks and now supports core services and the financial operations of a number of our schools

Louise Pope, Company Secretary & Exec PA

 After working with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestras, studying for a Design Degree in Brighton and being employed as an international conference manager, Louise took time out to raise her family.

Returning to work as a Deputy Clerk at Northbrook College for a couple of years, Louise moved to Schoolsworks in June 2015 as Executive PA to work with the CEO and Director of Teaching and Learning.  She is also Company Secretary and the Trust's senior clerk.