meet the team



About Jerry

Managing Director at The Little Safety Training Company, and Best Training (Lincs) Ltd 1998 – 2018;  Chair of Governors at Lisle Marsden CofE Primary Academy; Director at Franklin 6th Form College; Director at St James School, Grimsby 2015 – 2021; Governor at Ulceby CofE Primary School and Weston St Mary CofE Primary.

Jerry is a local businessman and professional management consultant, working particularly with national and international organisations in the disciplines of business governance and logistics. A former senior executive of multi-national food organisations, he was Managing Director for over 20 years of 3 long-established companies providing educational and career development services across the Humber counties and Lincolnshire.

Jerry has been a school governor for 25 years, across all age groups from primary to 6th form college, spanning standalone academies, academy trusts, Local Authority schools, and a private fee-paying school. He is currently Chair of Governors at Lisle Marsden Church of England Primary Academy; Director of Corporation at Franklin 6th Form College; and Director of Council at St James School, Grimsby. Jerry was appointed a National Leader of Governance in 2016 and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the LAAT Board.

Reverend Canon Andrew Dodd

About Andrew

Member appointment. Canon Treasurer Canterbury Cathedral.


After training for ordination, Revd Canon Andrew Dodd served a curacy in New Addington, a housing estate on the outskirts of Croydon; followed by an incumbency at the Elephant and Castle in South London. After serving nine years as Team Rector at Grimsby Minster and Area Dean of North East Lincolnshire, he is now Canon Treasurer of Canterbury Cathedral.

Revd Canon Andrew Dodd has always had a keen interest in education and training, having served as a school governor in primary and secondary schools in South London, North East Lincolnshire and Canterbury. He was also a member of Southwark Diocesan Board of Education, and a fellow of the Woodard Corporation.
His professional background and project management experience as a Civil Engineer working in local government has been a useful support to schools and in assessing progress, monitoring standards and developing curriculum.

An important role Revd Canon Andrew Dodd undertakes is establishing community links and developing local church community relationships with schools, particularly in urban and socially deprived areas. He enjoys leading collective worship and has run school engineering clubs in the past, particularly supporting the WISE campaign (Women into Science and Engineering).

Ms Jacqueline Waters-Dewhurst

About Jackie

Ex-officio (CEO). Current employment – LAAT CEO. Company directorships: Lincoln Anglican Academy Trust, St Lawrence Academy Trust. Director at St Lawrence Academy since 2012.

Jackie Waters-Dewhurst came to the diocese of Lincoln 8 years ago as Diocesan Director of Education. As part of this role she set up and developed the diocesan Multi Academy Trust (LAAT) to meet the needs of church schools within Greater Lincolnshire. This drew on her experience working as the Diocesan Director of Education for Bristol where she set up their diocesan MAT.

Jackie has worked for 3 dioceses (Lincoln, Bristol and Bath and Wells) and in each job has worked closely with partners in education forming effective relationships with, in total, 11 Local Authorities, a number of Universities and colleges, National church bodies, local charities, partner academy trusts and government agencies. Her passion is the vision for inclusive, vibrant and highly effective places of education where children are enabled to learn to be the people that God intended; to learn about their world and their place in it in the context of the complex and exciting diversity that makes up a 21st century community.

Mr Gregory Marsden

About Gregory

Member appointment. Director of Lincoln Diocesan Board of Education; governor at Franklin 6th Form College.

Gregory is a retired former executive headteacher with thirty-five years’ experience in the teaching profession, over twenty-five of which were in headship. All of Greg’s service was in the church school sector, both in Church of England and Catholic schools.

For ten years, Gregory also worked as a head-consultant for the local authority, specialising in data analysis and the mentoring of newly-appointed headteachers. More recently he has worked as a Local Leader of Education (LLE); in recent times deployed through a local teaching school. Gregory’s LLE work consisted of two main strands; continuing headteacher mentoring and overseeing the management of a school in challenging circumstances in an executive role. For ten years he was a Section 48 inspector for the Church of England National Society and has recently retired from his role as an Associate Advisor for schools in the Lincoln Diocese.

In addition to his work as a director of the Lincoln Diocesan Multi-Academy Trust, Gregory is also a member of the Lincoln Diocesan Board of Education, where he chairs the Learning and Development Committee. He is a member of the Corporation of Franklin Sixth Form College in Grimsby, where he chairs the Standards Committee.

Outside of education Gregory is Vice Chair of the Grimsby Cleethorpes Model Engineering Society, and a member of the traffic staff at the National Tramway Museum.



Charlotte has worked with young people for over 35 years in special school, semi-secure provision and church schools. She is currently the executive headteacher of Holly Hill church school in an area of high deprivation in Birmingham. As an executive leader in the Methodist schools’ central team, her responsibilities include the pastoral care of headteachers, continuous professional development nationally and the development of a new Methodist Trust. Charlotte is a SIAMS inspector and passionate about church school education where pupils and adults are enabled to flourish. 

ms helen doyle: vice chair

About Helen

Member Appointment. Governance and Compliance Officer, Lincoln Diocesan Trust and Board of Finance.

Helen is a chartered governance professional and associate member of the CGI working in the charity sector, currently as the Assistant Diocesan Secretary for the Diocese of Lincoln. Helen’s background prior to governance has been in administration, university housing and hospitality. She has particular experience and skills in Risk Management, Board behaviours and structures, policy creation and implementation and people management. Along-side her governance role, Helen has also project managed strategic IT projects including Cloud transformation and website redesign.

Helen is excited to bring her governance background to LAAT and is keen to immerse herself more into the education environment and multi academy trusts. She has worked extensively on risk and control in her day job, and hopes these skills will be beneficial to the board. Helen believes passionately that good governance can set an organisation free, to focus on the key values of excellence, exploration and encouragement in the love of God, in a way that keeps everyone safe and achieves the best outcomes.

MR richard nigel eaton

About Richard

Member Appointment

A Senior Manager working in Financial Services Regulation, Risk & Compliance; previously a Chair of Governors, Governor and Local Board Member of a number of Schools across Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire, most recently working with the Local Boards at Coningsby St Michaels and Chestnut Street Primary Schools.

About Richard

Richard has worked in Financial Services for over 30 years, working across all aspects of Financial Services in the UK and Internationally. As a Senior Manager for the last 16 years he has developed a specialism as a leader in Regulation, Risk and Compliance. He is also an active volunteer in the Judicial Sector, including as an appraiser, mentor and as Vice Chair of the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Lord Chancellors Advisory Committee.

Prior to joining the LAAT Directors, Richard had been a school governor for over 15 years, across a number of Primary Schools. He is also active in supporting sporting opportunities for young people both as participants and as officials.


About Hannah

Hannah Wells works as a Programme Leader for the PGCE primary and EYs programme, at Bishop Grosseteste University in Lincoln. In her current role, she works with students training on the PGCE Primary programme, in addition to contributing to the BA (Hons) in Education programmes.

Prior to working at BGU, Hannah worked in a Multi-Academy Trust as a Deputy Head of School and Interim Head of School. She established an NQT programme of support whilst also establishing and co-ordinating School Direct Teacher Training.

Hannah was recently awarded a Masters (MA) in Education (with distinction), undertaking research around pertinent themes in education, such as mental health, wellbeing and trainee perceptions of managing classroom behaviour.

Mr Dominic Barnes-Browne

About Dominic

Member Appointment