Deal Education Alliance for Learning Trust

Deal Education Alliance for Learning Trust

Board of Trustees

Roger Walton (Chair of Trustees)




Correspondence Address:


DEALT Central Services Team

Northbourne Church Of England Primary School,

Coldharbour Lane, Northbourne CT14 0LP


  • Chartered civil engineer with experience gained within both private and public sector.
  • Director with Dover District Council.
  • Trustee of Martha Trust, a provider of homes for adults with profound disabilities.
  • Served as Chair of Governors with Kingsdown & Ringwould CEP School for almost 20 years.

Joanne Hygate (Accounting Officer)



  • CEO of Deal Education Alliance for Learning Trust.
  • Headteacher of Kingsdown & Ringwould Primary School.
  • Formally Executive Head of Worth Primary School.
Leisha McKechnie
  • Qualified accountant (FCCA) with many years of experience at senior level in various sectors.
  • Most recently employed as Deputy Bursar (Finance & HR) in a leading multi-site independent school. The role included responsibility for all non-academic areas excluding premises and catering.
  • Local school governor.

Sheila Wilding

  • Former Headteacher of two successful primary schools.
  • A trained Ofsted inspector.
  • Considerable experience as a Senior School Improvement Advisor with impact on improved pupil achievement.
  • Experience in mentoring teachers to ensure they deliver good and outstanding learning and with Head teachers through the Head teacher appraisal process.
  • Now an independent consultant

Simon Weatherley

  • Head of IT at a London based company.
  • Managed IT and IT support.
  • Skills in procurement, marketing, GDPR, resource management, IT strategy and contract negotiation
  • Parent at Kingsdown & Ringwould Primary School

Pete Talbot

  • A successful Headteacher of a large urban Primary School in Folkestone

Alex Farbrace

  • A Qualified solicitor and has worked as an in-house lawyer for the Financial Conduct Authority, focusing on investigations into breaches of the FCA rules and civil/ criminal law offences.

Ann Campling

  • Retired Outstanding Headteacher.
  • Qualified as an NLE (National Leader of Education with two consecutive Outstanding Ofsted inspections and three Outstanding Church Inspections.)
  • A member of the design team for the NPQH qualification.
  • Worked as a School Improvement Officer, helping leadership and governance improve in LA schools.
  • First elected Chair of Canterbury City Cluster.
  • Qualified headteacher mentor.
  • Ofsted trained.
  • Brought two schools out of special measures.

Terri Davies


Retired Headteacher, University Assessor and Mentor for Early Years and Ofsted Inspector