Paul Halliwell: Chief Executive Officer

Paul has been appointed as the interim CEO during the launch of the new Multi Academy Trust and is responsible for the conversion of the first schools into academies in the Trust.

Paul started his career in education in 1988, as a Science teacher and has worked in schools in Knowsley, Liverpool and the London Borough of Newham. He has worked in Catholic education since 2004.

In 2009 he was the Deputy Headteacher when his school was judged as Outstanding during a succesful Ofsted visit.

Paul has been a Headteacher since 2010, firstly as a Headteacher of a large, successful and Outstanding boys' Catholic school in East London and latterly in a boys' Catholic school in Liverpool.

He has worked as a School Improvement Partner for both Primary and Secondary schools.

He has worked closely with local authorities most especially an inner London authority representing VA Maintained schools on Schools' Forum, representing schools on a council Overview & Scrutiny Committee and being a member of the Children & Young Person's Trust.

As a Headteacher he applied for and was sucessful in gaining Teaching School status for his school and developed an alliance of Catholic schools across North East London, South London and Essex.

He was involved with St Mary's University in Twickenham, in developing a suite of National Professional Qualifications that were implemented across Catholic schools in the South East Catholic dioceses.

In 2017 he was involved in developing Formatio, an organisation commissioned by the Bishops' Conference of England and Wales to develop Catholic leadership at Headteacher and Governor level. He attended the first course organised by Formatio for Executive Leaders in 2018.

He is a National Leader of Education and has been involved with supporting school improvement in London, Essex and the North West of England.

 

Chris Williams: Chief Financial Officer

Chris has worked in education for over 20 years in a further education college, a local authority, and a large diocese. 

His experience and responsibility has particularly focused on capital, admissions, school finance, pupil place planning, and external funding. 

Most recently he has worked as a senior officer in a diocesan education department working with over 200 schools across eight local authorities, providing support to church schools and working with local and national agencies. 

Chris is a Chair of Governors and has previously served on two governing bodies as the Chair of Resources Committee.