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Schoolsworks Academy Trust

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 below The following are the senior employees of the Trust based in the Shared Services Team.

Cathy Williams, Chief Executive Officer

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.







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 Operations Officer

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






Dave Ayers, Director of School Improvement

I have had the pleasure of working in education for nearly 30 years and during this time, I have worked across several schools, often in areas of significant deprivation.

Alongside my teaching degree, I was also fortunate to have the opportunity to complete a Master's degree in School Improvement, which I have found invaluable in supporting my own school's journey of improvement, as well as other schools within our academy trust



Philip Craig, Director of School Improvement

Philip has been Headteacher at Rose Green Junior since September 2013 and was appointed onto the Board as Principal Director in February 2020.

He has over 15 years of school leadership experience, which has included successfully improving schools from Special Measures and Requires Improvement to Good. Philip led Rose Green Junior School to Academy Conversion with Schoolsworks in December 2014 and is now part of the Trust’s Teaching & Learning Executive Team. Philip is also currently the Chair of the Felpham & Bognor Regis locality Headteachers’ group and has been a member of West Sussex Primary Heads’ Executive Committee since 2016.



Louise Pope, Company Secretary & Governance Professional

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 Management Team.  






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