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Core Executive Group (Governance)


Name and Details  

Mr Mark Talbot


Mark Talbot is DCAT’s Chief Executive.  He has been in senior roles in Eastbourne, Hastings and Berkshire for over 15 years. He also has experience of working to support other schools. As former Principal of St Catherine's College in Eastbourne, he has a passion for church school education. He leads a child-centred culture with a belief that every child can achieve his/her God-given potential. This, along with other successes, led to St Catherine's College being judged as outstanding for its Christian leadership and distinctiveness as well as being heavily oversubscribed.
Mr Beruk Berhane

Beruk Berhane is DCAT's Head of Improvement; accountable to the Trust for the educational performance of DCAT academies. As such, he has line management responsibility for the head teachers in their allocated academies and represents the Trust at LGB meetings.

Beruk has worked in schools for over 17 years. He has a proven track record of school improvement as a headteacher and within the Trust. His subject specialism is mathematics and he also has expertise in special educational needs and pastoral care.

Mr Darren Carpenter Darren Carpenter is the Chief Operating Officer of the Diocese of Chichester Academy Trust. He has worked in school finance and business management for a number of years.  He has provided School Business Management consultancy to a number of maintained and independent schools in the UK and further afield and held governor roles in a number of schools and academies over a ten year period.
Ms Jan Gough Academy Improvement Partner (External)
Mr Richard Hall Headteacher

Mr Chris Hawker


(Associate Member)

Chris has worked in IT for over 30 years and is currently employed by a large US multinational company. He has been a school governor for 16 years at Lavant CE Primary School and during that time has supported governors at other primary schools, both locally and elsewhere in West Sussex. He was designated a National Leader of Governance in March 2015 and has been a governor at Central since that time.                                 

Mr John O'Brennan


(Associate Member)

Parent representative           

Rev Martha Weatherill


(Associate Member)

Church representative

Luisa Embleton


(Associate Member)

HR Representative            

To contact the Chair of the Core Executive Group please either write via the Academy Office or email


Diocese of Chichester