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University of Chester Academies Trust

University CE Academy Ellesmere Port

Welcome to University Church of England Academy

List of Governors at University CE Academy, Ellesmere Port

An overview of governance for UCAT and all of it's academies can be found on the UCAT website.

Governors have three key roles;

  • Setting strategic direction
  • Ensuring accountability
  • Monitoring and evaluating school performance

All Governors are expected to demonstrate a high level of involvement and engagement within the Academy through regular attendance at meetings, events and through the use of ICT.


UCAT is a multi-academy trust (MAT) and its Board of Directors have overall control and are responsible for all UCAT academies.

The Board have set up a structure that has tight lines of accountability through two main committees and Statement of Action Committees (SOACs) in each academy.

In addition there are Community Development Groups at each academy to ensure that important links with parents and the wider school community are maintained.

Statement of Action Committee (SOAC)

The SOAC, on behalf of UCAT Trustees, has the responsibility of improving the quality of provision so that the academy moves to ‘Good’ or better. 
The SOAC meets regularly, monthly or fortnightly depending on the academy, and holds the Principal and senior leaders to account for student progress and achievement; ensures effective use of resources; ensures continuous improvement and maintains consistency of UCAT practice and procedures. 

Our Statement of Action Committee (SOAC)

Rev. Charles Nevin:  Chair of the Statement of Action Committee

Rev. Charles Nevin spent the first thirty years of his working life in IT mainly in the Banking sector where he was Head of Computer Operations and Support for the TSB.  In 1995 he took early retirement and was ordained as a Methodist minister.  As an ordained minister he was appointed to the Chaplaincy of Greater Manchester Police and is now senior chaplain to the Police. He also served in the Methodist church in Heald Green where he set up a community café which has just celebrated its 10th anniversary.

Charles has been involved in governance for over thirty years, fifteen of which has been in the secondary sector. He is currently Chair of the Laurus Education Trust in Cheadle Hulme and Chair of the UCAT academy in Kidsgrove.  He is a  National Leader of Governance.

Garfield Southall


Stephen Whatmore

Stephen Whatmore has been a National Leader of Governance (NLG) for over 4 years and in that time has completed over 25 deployments in a wide range of schools including primaries, secondaries, academies, special schools and independent schools. He is currently working closely with a number of MATs and SATs as well as being Chair of Governors at Bridgewater High School Academy which is a founder member of The Challenge Academy Trust where Stephen is both a Member and on the Trust Board. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales having qualified in 1976.

After a brief spell in private practice he then spent 35 years in a variety of industries mostly at board level. He is now retired, married and has two daughters.

Iain Robinson - Principal

Iain has been working in education for 22 years. He was director of the sport specialism at Cheshire Oaks High School leading a very successful team. In 2009 he joined UCEA academy as Vice Principal with responsibility for standards and the senior teacher in charge of the new academy build design. In November 2012 he successfully moved both communities into the current UCEA site.

It is Iain’s belief that in the pursuit of excellence, we must have the highest expectations and aspirations for all, facilitate outstanding teaching and provide innovative opportunities to learn, while diligently removing any barriers to learning, so that progress can flourish in an inclusive values-based learning environment.

Iain is married and a loving father with two school aged children.  

Community Development Group (CDG)

The CDG ensures that parental and community views are included in decision making and forms and maintains links with the wider school community.

The CDG meets termly to gather the views of the wider school community to provide the SOAC with a clear view of that community’s perspective; ensures that the academy meets the needs of the community; uses the expertise within the community to support the development of the academy; works closely with the SOAC to ensure that the community dimension is taken into consideration when planning for future improvements; reports progress on a regular basis to the SOAC ; and undertakes parent and wider community surveys to report back to the SOAC.