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Senior Leadership Team

The trust’s senior leadership team is the Chief Executive Officer, the Executive Headteacher/Headteacher/Head of School for each school, the Trust’s Business Director, Director of School Improvement and School Improvement Lead.

Liz West (CEO - Wimborne Academy Trust)

Liz is CEO of Wimborne Academy Trust.  She was previously Headteacher at St John’s First School from 2008 (Ofsted Outstanding July 2009, SIAMS Outstanding June 2014).

From it's inception until May 2019, Liz was Strategic Lead for Wimborne Teaching School (WTS) supporting schools requiring improvement, NQTs, those on initial teacher training and teachers requiring specific professional development support across Dorset, Poole and Bournemouth.

Liz sits on the Dorset School Improvement Board consisting of local Teaching Schools, Dorset Local Authority, RSC, Diocese, phase association representatives and MAT CEOs with a focus on leading on outcome based work around school improvement within Dorset.  Linked to this is the key role she plays in collaborative working with colleagues within the South West teaching school arena focusing on increasing standards across the region in the medium term via the Department for Education’s Strategic School Improvement Fund.

Liz was appointed to the Regional Education Partnership Board (previously SRIB) as a sub region MAT CEO Representative. The main role of this group is to oversee, shape, and inform the Team South West Regional Delivery Plan. The Team South West Regional Delivery Plan seeks to provide strategic coherence, through a single South West improvement plan that enables system leaders to collaborate effectively in a self-improving system. The core goal being that of improving outcomes at regional, school and classroom level. 

Liz is a National Leader of Education (NLE) supporting schools in challenging circumstances.

 Katharine Anstey (Associate Director, WAT, Headteacher – Merley First School) 


Katharine has been Headteacher of Merley First School since September 2019, having previously been Headteacher, Head of School and Deputy Headteacher at St John's CE First School, Wimborne since 2015.  She is also a Specialist Leader in Education for Maths and Church school distinctiveness.

Katharine is  the Strategic Lead for the Singapore Approach to Maths in the Jurassic Maths Hub. She helps schools across the county and beyond develop a mastery approach in Maths and has led the implementation of Maths – No Problem! within St John’s and across Wimborne Academy Trust.

St John’s gained an Outstanding SIAMS rating in June 2014. Katharine has subsequently supported other schools with the worship curriculum and church school distinctiveness.

Katharine has been teaching for over 20 years, working in authorities across the country: East London, West Sussex, Southampton and Devon. 

Ross Bowell (Director of Resources - Wimborne Academy Trust) 

Ross is the Director of Resources at Wimborne Academy Trust.
He qualified as a chartered accountant at KPMG in Manchester in 2004, and volunteered as a school governor through the firm's links with SGOSS. Having specialised in housing and further education audit, Ross worked for a large social housing group from 2005, and was Finance Director from 2007 until his relocation to Wimborne in 2011.
Ross is an experienced school business professional, having spent three
years as a member of the senior leadership team at Ringwood School, a large secondary academy and teaching school in Hampshire, before joining Wimborne Academy Trust in 2015.

Brian Boyes (Director of School Improvement - Wimborne Academy Trust) 

Brian is Director of School Improvement at Wimborne Academy Trust. He was previously seconded as Acting Headteacher at All Saints’ Church of England Secondary School when it was placed into special measures in 2018.

Brian is also Strategic Lead for Wimborne Teaching School (WTS) which supports schools requiring improvement, NQTs, those on initial teacher training and teachers requiring specific professional development support across Dorset, Poole and Bournemouth   Together with WTS operational and programme leads, he ensures the Teaching School offers a relevant, bespoke service with the aim of enhancing education across Dorset and beyond.

Brian trained as a Science teacher and has taught Physics in Key stage 3 through to 5. He became an Advanced skills teacher in 2010 and has also worked as a lead practitioner. He has successfully led Science and Mathematics departments and has held a number of senior leadership positions in schools, most recently as Deputy Headteacher at Queen Elizabeth’s School, Wimborne. In 2018 Brian successfully completed the National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH).

Brian is a Specialist Leader of Education (SLE) supporting schools in challenging circumstances.

Caroline Boyes (Headteacher, Hillside First School (from Sep 21) and School Improvement Lead - Wimborne Academy Trust)


Since qualifying in 1994, Caroline has been teaching in Bournemouth and Dorset across the primary age range with experience of all year groups from Reception to Year 6. Throughout her teaching career she has led curriculum subjects including Art, Maths and RE.

In September 2016, Caroline became an SLE for Wimborne Teaching School specialising in English and curriculum leadership and development. She was seconded to Wimborne Academy Trust to lead English and the School Improvement Team in 2017 from her role as Assistant Head Teacher of a large primary school in the centre of Bournemouth, which has over fifty percent of children having English as an additional language.

From July 2018 Caroline's position became permanent and she now supports the Director of School Improvement in leading School Improvement across all subjects and across all age ranges.

Katie Boyes (Headteacher - Queen Elizabeth's School)


Katie is Headteacher of Queen Elizabeth's school. She was previously Head of School and has held a number of other senior leadership positions at QE leading on Curriculum, Teaching and Learning, CPD and Sixth Form. 

Katie trained as a Science teacher and has taught Chemistry at Key stage 3-5. She became an Advanced Skills teacher in 2008 focusing on leadership of Teaching and Learning. Katie has successfully led both Chemistry and Science departments and has held a number of senior leadership positions in schools. In 2019 Katie completed the National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH).

Katie led Queen Elizabeth's School through the process of joining Wimborne Academy Trust. 

Rob Christopher (Headteacher - Emmanuel CE Middle School)

 Rob is Headteacher of Emmanuel CE Middle School. 

Rob began at Emmanuel in September 2009 as Assistant Head with responsibility for PE. This quickly expanded to the Pastoral systems in school. In September 2013 he took on the role of Deputy Head with responsibility for Curriculum. The experiences provided him the platform to take on the role as Head of School and, following a review of responsibilities, Headteacher at Emmanuel.  

Rob began his teaching career in a Bournemouth Secondary school, spending 9 years at Portchester School for Boys. He was Head of PE and responsible for Initial Teacher Training before taking on the role of Advanced Skills Teacher. In this role, he supported schools across Bournemouth and Poole with Assessment for Learning (AfL) techniques and assessment in addition to running teacher training within his setting.

Antonia Dufek (Acting Headteacher - St John's CE First School)

Antonia is Acting Headteacher at St John's CE First School. 

She has been teaching since 2007. In 2008, she joined Allenbourn Middle School teaching a range of year groups and subjects, specialising in PE. In 2012, Antonia was appointed her first head of year role working across key stage 2 and 3. Antonia was also Head of the PE department for 4 years. During her time at Allenbourn she worked mentoring GTP students, gained her Middle Leader qualification and became an Specialist Leader.

In 2018, Antonia was appointed Deputy Headteacher of St John’s CE First School and worked closely with the headteacher to gain an excellent SIAMS rating in June 2019. During her time as deputy headteacher she took on responsibilities for teaching and learning, pupil premium and DSL.   

Jo Hancock (Headteacher, Witchampton CE First School)

Jo has been teaching since 1994 across three different authorities: Dorset, Hampshire and Bournemouth.

She is Headteacher at Witchampton CE School having previously been Interim Executive Headteacher at Witchampton and St John's CE First Schools.

Whilst teaching in Hampshire Jo was a Deputy Headteacher and Acting Headteacher for a short while. During this role she gained her NPQH.  She has been a NQT Mentor/Co-ordinator for most of her career and has also been involved in many ITT programmes including SCITT and PGCEs.

Whilst teaching in Bournemouth Jo was a Lead Teacher for Phonics and had significant experience as a local authority moderator for Early Years, Key Stage One and Key Stage Two.

Jo is strategic lead for Early Years across the Trust providing support for schools with a particular focus on Early Years and English.    

Ron Jenkinson (Headteacher – St Michael’s CE Middle School) 

Ron is Headteacher at St Michael’s CE Middle School, Colehill.

Ron has been in education since 1991 and a Headteacher since 1999, taking one school from satisfactory to good and another from good through to two consecutive outstanding inspections. 

Ron completed his Masters in Education covering the topics of Learning and Leadership. He is a Local Leader in Education who has previously worked as a School Improvement Partner in Dorset.

Between 2009-11 Ron was Director of the Dorchester Area Schools Partnership, an innovative and pioneering partnership of 19 schools in the Dorchester area. 

Recently, Ron has developed considerable experience in the Academy sector. As well as leading St Michael’s to become a founder school of Wimborne Academy Trust, he had previously led a school to become a standalone convertor academy and has been a Director in the Diocese of Salisbury Academy Trust since its inception in August 2013.

Mark Legge (Headteacher - Lockyer's Middle School)

Mark has been Headteacher at Lockyer’s Middle School since 2011.

Mark began his career in education in 1997 teaching in a successful Primary School setting leading subject areas and worked as an assessment co-ordinator. After moving to a large Middle School to work as a Head of Year, Mark was appointed Assistant Headteacher with responsibility for Key Stage 2 and Assessment. Whilst working as an Assistant Headteacher the school achieved an ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted grade.

Mark completed his NPQH prior to taking his first Headship at Lockyer’s Middle School. Having led the School from ‘Requiring Improvement’ to ‘Good’ in 2015, Mark became a School Improvement Partner in Dorset.

In 2017-2018 Mark led Lockyer’s Middle School through the academy conversion process with the school joining Wimborne Academy Trust in July 2018.    Biography pending

Adam Parsons (Headteacher - Verwood CE First School) 

Adam has been a Headteacher since 2002.  He has been the Headteacher of a primary school in North Dorset and is currently the Headteacher of Verwood CE First School.  Ofsted judged Verwood CE First School as Outstanding in May 2009 and SIAMS judged the school to be Outstanding in May 2014.

Adam has held a range of roles such as a director of the Diocese of Salisbury Academy Trust (DSAT), a School Self-Evaluation Partner (SEP), a Professional Partner for new Headteachers and is a Local Leader of Education (LLE).  Adam is passionate about leadership, personal and professional development of self and his staff and ensuring that the children get a great educational opportunity.  Adam has taught in a wide range of settings across six Dorset schools and is excited about the partnership working opportunities that the WAT will bring.

 Cindy Pritchard (Headteacher – Allenbourn Middle School) 

Cindy has been Headteacher at Allenbourn Middle School since September 2015. Before joining Allenbourn, Cindy was Head at West Moors Middle School from 2013, leading the school from ‘Requires Improvement’ to ‘Good’ in April 2015. 

At the start of her career, Cindy worked for the Local Authority in Hertfordshire as a Special Educational Needs Officer. She then trained as a secondary History Teacher and worked in secondary schools for nearly ten years in a range of roles including Class Teacher, Head of Year, Head of Department, Assistant Headteacher with responsibility for Pastoral Care and Designated Safeguarding lead.

 Andrew Turrall (Associate Director-WAT and Executive Headteacher -Colehill First School and Hayeswood First School) 

Since 2005, Andrew has been Headteacher at Colehill First School, Wimborne which has twice been rated outstanding by Ofsted and from January 2019 Executive Headteacher at Colehill First and Hayeswood First School. Prior to joining Colehill First he held Deputy Headships in schools in Bournemouth and Winchester.

Andrew has taught for 29 years in five very diverse school settings across Devon, Hampshire, Bournemouth and Dorset. He has experience of first, primary and middle schools, teaching all year groups from year 1 to year 7 inclusive.

Mike Wheeler (Headteacher - Pamphill CE First School) from Sep 21 

    Biography pending