Following progression through promotion of the previous Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Finance Director (FD) to new roles outside of DEMAT, a new and expanded senior leadership team has been announced at the Diocese of Ely Multi-Academy Trust.

The growing trust, which currently manages 33 schools across Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Peterborough and Suffolk, is led by Chief Executive Andrew Read.

The senior leadership team report to the Chief Executive. From the 2018/19 academic year it will comprise Owen Rhodes, Alex Rutterford-Duffety, Amy Weaver, Jacqueline McCamphill and Simon Cobby.

Owen Rhodes is Director of School Improvement. He is a very experienced former headteacher who has worked in primary schools in Cambridgeshire and Surrey over the last 20 years. He has a strong track record of improving schools in challenging circumstances.

Alex Rutterford-Duffety is Finance Director, with extensive experience in large organisations. Having qualified as a Chartered Accountant in the Audit department at Deloitte in Cambridge, she subsequently gained post-qualification experience at businesses in the Cambridge area. Her role includes overall responsibility for HR.

Amy Weaver is Director of Inclusion and Safeguarding. Her extensive education experience has ranged from primary through to Key Stage 5, across mainstream & specialist settings in three countries. She has 15 years of experience in being responsible for the leadership of SEND, achievement of vulnerable groups, and Child Protection.

Jacqueline McCamphill is Director of Trust Development, where she is responsible for trust governance, conversions, estates and business development opportunities including stakeholder management. Before joining DEMAT Jacqueline was Chief Executive of the Eastern Leadership Centre (ELC). This executive role has followed 16 years of senior management experience across the charity, education and private sectors.

Simon Cobby is Communications Director. A qualified journalist, Simon held senior editorial positions at newspapers in Hampshire and Cambridge before joining ITN and the Press Association. He then joined Cambridgeshire County Council as Communications and Media Manager, where he was responsible for public relations, media management and crisis management for the authority’s 165 maintained schools. He also manages the trust’s social media accounts.

Chief Executive Andrew Read said: “As DEMAT expands and takes on more schools – particularly those that the DfE have asked us to take on in challenging circumstances – it is essential that we continue to have strong, stable and effective central leadership supporting the wider leadership and management teams working in our academies. I am confident that each member of the trust’s senior leadership team has the experience and commitment to continue our work to ensure that our children receive the best possible education and achieve to the very best of their ability, thus building on a legacy of quality of the departing COO and FD.”