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Trust Leadership Team

Our Academy Trust Leadership Team consists of a dedicated team of professionals who deal with the day-to-day management of all of our schools under the guidance of the Executive Headteacher, Michael Johnson.

This results in seamless management across all of the schools in the Trust, and ensures that every child benefits from our unique flexibility to share resources, expertise and best practice across the schools.

Executive Headteacher - Chief Executive Officer 

Michael Johnson
Executive Headteacher
Chief Executive Officer

We are all proud of Chulmleigh Academy Trust and our family of schools.  We are here to work with you so that we, together, promote ambition and inspire all the children in our care.

Deputy Executive Headteacher  

Neil Payne
Deputy Executive Headteacher

I am passionate about raising standards in education and my role centres around Teaching and Learning and the Curriculum.  I am also the Senior Designated Officer for Child Protection at the College.  I have worked in a number of schools and at the College previously, as Head of Religious Education, and bring this wide experience to my role.  

Business Manager 

Tina Harrison
Business Manager

As Academy Business Manager I am responsible for the strategic oversight, operation and delivery of support services within the Trust. 

I am also the Company Secretary and have responsibility for the Trust’s compliance in relation to its legal and statutory obligations.

As you can imagine the role is varied and there is never a dull moment!


Kelly Dighton

As Academy SENDCo I am committed to supporting children with special educational needs and disabilities across all schools within the Trust. My role is to ensure that all necessary considerations are in place to enable our pupils to achieve their very best and enjoy their time with us.  I believe that all children have a right to achieve success and fulfilment of their potential. In addition, I am the Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead.

Estates Manager 

Terry Pullen
Estates Manager

My role within the Trust focuses on the buildings, and health and safety. It is an absolute privilege to be associated with our four schools, ensuring the premises offer the very best possible conditions for learning. Whilst I am based in the College, I can quite often be found at one of the primary schools checking on things and making sure everything is working as it should. My position allows me to get involved in so many aspects of education; not only the facilities management side but teaching and learning, community partnerships, pupil and parent support. It’s never boring, quite often a challenge and always rewarding.

I really do hope that my contribution helps the children benefit from the best possible environment.