Meet the Directors

Martin Farrell - Chair of Board of Directors

Martin is a senior manager in local government specialising in performance management, data insights and communications. With a background in finance and accountancy he is motivated by making a difference and has a reputation for leading teams that deliver impactful projects. He has a determination to succeed and enjoys working at pace and exploiting the latest technology to get things done. Martin has served as both a primary and secondary school governor, most recently as Vice Chair at SPH.

Patrick Burgess, OBE – Legal & Governance Director

Currently Chairman of Intu Properties plc. a large company, listed on the London Stock Exchange and part of the FTSE100. Patrick trained as a lawyer and became Partner of a City firm of solicitors. Experience in constitutional or corporate governance, corporate charity and trust law, and financial experience which goes with all those involvements. Patrick has been Chancellor of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre and is currently acting as the senior person in the Venerable Order of St John, reorganising the governance of that entity, which is an Order of the Crown. Patrick has also been High Sheriff of West Sussex.

Kathie Hallam – HR Director

Kathie is a senior HR professional with 20 years’ human resources experience and currently heads up the HR team at a national law firm. She is responsible for advising the firm on all aspects of its people strategy and enjoys working with a diverse range of stakeholders to motivate them to achieve their maximum potential. With a pragmatic yet creative approach, she is driven to find commercial workable solutions whilst retaining her open “down to earth” style. Kathie spent eight years as a governor at a local primary school, four as Chair, before joining the governing body at SPH in November 2015.

Fr Daryl George

During 28 years of ordained priesthood, Fr Daryl has a great deal of experience of Catholic schools in the role of either chaplain or governor. Fr Daryl was part of the steering group, charged with the responsibility of forming the Bosco Catholic Education Trust. He has a licentiate degree in Canon Law and has a very good grasp of the Catholic Church’s law concerning Catholic Education. Fr Daryl has been involved in school appeals, appointing headtechers and other senior leaders, commissioning school support and bringing additional funding into schools.

Fergus Brotherton – Finance and Premises Director

Fergus has considerable experience of strategic level working for the Diocese in his former role as Financial Secretary (1986-2015). He has experience of charity accounts and was originally a civil/structural engineer, enabling him to contribute to building works and property management. His responsibilities as Financial Secretary for the Diocese included administering the Diocesan and parish accounts, trusts, investments, banking, payroll, personnel, insurances, some school and parish projects, property management and transactions, legal matters, tax reclaims, parish assessments, parish administration manual, civil law compliance and health & safety.

Kate Crees – Director of School Improvement

Kate has worked in education for 21 years and is Headteacher at St Peter’s Catholic Primary School in Shoreham. She has overseen its progress to becoming an Ofsted ‘Good’ school. Kate has a particular passion for professional development and has provided school to school support to raise standards in primary education, primary maths and science as well as developing and leading.

Dave Carter – Chief Executive Officer, Head of School Improvement

Dave has been Headteacher of St Philip Howard Catholic School (SPH) for 5 years, taking the school from a position where it was placed in the bottom 25% nationally for progress to the position of top 5% nationally within 2 years. Recently graded as ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted (April 2016) and designated as a National Support School (October 2016), SPH has helped a number of schools locally improve outcomes. Dave is a National Leader in Education, undertakes pupil premium reviews as well as providing the leadership capacity to enable SPH to second staff to support other schools in need. At present Dave is also Executive Headteacher at St Mary’s Primary School, Worthing.

Jill Alcorn – Chief Finance Officer

Jill is currently School Business Manager at St Philip Howard School. Her career began in banking before then taking a role in school, working as a Business Manager, initially in Primary phase and subsequently as a Secondary SBM. Jill has been SBM at SPH for 6 years. She has set balanced budgets and used limited resources well to significantly improve learning and teaching in school, having a direct impact on student outcomes.