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Multi-Academy Trust (MAT) & Contact Details

Lee Chapel Multi-Academy Trust


Ryedene Primary and Nursery School is part of the Lee Chapel Multi-Academy Trust,  working with five other schools in the Basildon area.


Board of Trustees
The Members have appointed a Board of Trustees with responsibility for managing the business of the Trust. The Board meet regularly to review the progress of all the Trust’s schools, to ensure that they are receiving the support they need and to set direction for the future.



Mr Craig O’Callaghan 

Member & Chair of Board

Mr O’Callaghan is Chief Operating Officer at the University of London.  His role involves leading an operational service delivery to 54,000 students across the world.  He has been working in education for the past 27 years and has operational, technological, legal and financial experience.  Craig holds a BA in Humanities and has an MSc in Politics and Administration from Birkbeck College.

Mrs Joyce Waylett 

Local Governing Body Lee Chapel Primary School & Nursery

Prior to her retirement she worked at Essex County Council in Education Services and has considerable experience in asset management and capital procurement. Joyce currently sits on the Local Authority admissions appeal panel.

Mrs Megan Jenkins 

Chair of Governors Ryedene Primary School & Nursery

Megan currently works for Essex Governors Services following her retirement in 2013 as Headteacher of a local Primary School.  Megan has experience as an Associate School Development Adviser for Essex Local Authority which complements her current role supporting Governing Bodies and Chairs of Governors across the county and beyond. Megan has a MEd degree from the University of Cambridge. 

Mr Mike Smith 

Chair of Governors Northlands Primary School & Nursery

Mike is currently in his second term of office as the Chair of Governors which commenced in 2010, he is committed to making a difference and believes that the pupils should be at the centre of all planning and decision making. Mike supports strong leadership and management as he feels they underpin successful teaching and learning and he is proud to have led a skilled and highly motivated governing body through the transition to becoming a Primary school.  The excellent team work forged with the Headteacher and Senior Leaders provides a sound basis for academy status and the exciting opportunities that lay ahead for pupils, staff and parents.

Prior to retirement, Mike had two successful careers, one in psychiatry and a second more recently in human resources, having worked for the NHS in a London borough and in Essex.  His core skills therefore, lie in personnel management, facilitation and human behaviour.  When not attending to school business, Mike spends much of his time with his family, playing golf, and league table tennis.


Susan (Sue) Jackson

Chief Executive Officer 

Sue is the overall lead for the academies within the Trust.  Working closely with the DfE, Regional Schools Commissioner and the Heads of Academies, her specific focus is to ensure that the Trust's strategies are realised.

Sue is a National Leader of Education and a trained Ofsted Inspector. Headteacher of Lee Chapel Primary (a National Support and Teaching School) for the past 19 years during which time she has, together with her ‘team’, supported schools across the Local Authority in her capacity as a school based Development Adviser, executive Headteacher of OFSTED category schools and a Leadership coach and new Headteacher mentor.

Michael Betteridge 

Now retired but previously a Director of a Theatre Company.

Mike’s strengths are in business management and PR. He is analytical and is able to identify, assess and review key performance indicators. He is a local resident with a long-standing relationship with Lee Chapel as his children attended the school and now his Grandchildren currently attend. Since retiring Mr Betteridge has become heavily involved in devising and organising school drama performances and theatre workshops for Primary pupils across Essex.

Dermot Kavanagh 

Vice Chair of Board and Chair of Lee Chapel Primary School & Nursery

Dermot is a qualified Financial Manager, experienced in building relationships in the commercial sector, who manages the office at a local firm of Solicitors dealing with the financial aspects of the firm. Experience gained from working for and with a range of companies and providing bespoke advice for a variety of organisations has proved useful to the board. has. Mr Kavanagh is customer focused, analytical and an effective communicator who prioritises the customer experience to ensure a world class service.

Steve Robson 

Over 30 years’ experience of working within the retail trade as a Company Director. 

He has proven financial, marketing and personnel experience and an understanding in business principles.  Steve is currently working as a sport Groundsman and is actively involved in all aspects of school premises management, Health, Safety and Safeguarding at Greensted Junior School.

Julie Bird 

Appointed to the Trust in August 2011.

Julie worked for many years in journalism and has a strong connection with the local community. Her key strength is people management and she has extensive HR knowledge and experience which is utilised by the board. Julie is actively involved in the recruitment of Initial Teacher Training Students for the MAT’s School Direct Initial Teacher Training Programme.

Alison Fiala 

Lead Commissioner and Education Advisor

Appointed to the Trust in July 2015. Mrs Fiala is the Lead Commissioner and Education Advisor for Primary Mid Essex Standards and Excellence Team.  Alison’s role within the Local Authority means that she has an extensive knowledge of education. Her long association with Basildon and her personal ethos resonates with that of the Lee Chapel MAT. 

Roderick Pollington 

Chair of Governors Greensted Infant School & Nursery

Appointed to the Trust in October 2018.


Grace Olugbodi

Chair of Governors Phoenix Primary School & Nursery

Appointed as Phoenix Chair of Governors October 2018 


Mrs Vicky Carter (Company Secretary)  

Mrs Ann Burrows Chief Financial Officer 

For more information on the trust please visit the Lee Chapel Muli-Academy Website.  See link below.


If you would like to contact the trust the contact details are:


Mrs Victoria Carter (Personnel Manager)



Telephone: 01268 474177


Lee Chapel Primary School

Knares, Basildon


SS16 5RU

Lee Chapel Multi-Academy Trust Scheme of Delegation