The Members of South Essex Academy Trust


Darren Stoner – (Independent Member):

Former banker with RBS for 25 years and currently employed by a locally based medical company leading on finance and compliance matters was also Finance Governor of Westwood Academy for six years.

Keith Pullen - (Independent Member):

School improvement adviser and managing director of KIS (Education). Works with 4 LAs and provides support for Ofsted category schools and RI schools. 8yrs experience of leading LA reviews. Current OFSTED Inspector.

Howard Sellick - (Independent Member):

Founder/ Owner of Action for Living Ltd. Founder/ Managing Director of Staffing Solutions (UK) Ltd. 7yrs experience as Parent Governor then CoG at a primary school. 5yrs experience as a Director for the BATIC Trust.


The Directors (trustees) of South Essex Academy Trust

Julie Mulchay
Julie Mulchay
Simon Harbrow
Simon Harbrow
Dominic Carver
Dominic Carver
Chris Jones
Chris Jones
Catherine Burnside
Catherine Burnside

Julie Mulchay - Chair of Directors

Julie has held leadership roles in Media Entertainment, Financial Services & Non-Profit. Currently, she holds a number of Non-Executive Director/Trustee roles namely; Chair, United Glasgow FC, VP Programming & Events Harvard Business School Club of London; Director of Governance & HR Suffolk County FA; Director, Association of Physical Education; Director, Change Partnerships Multi-Academy Trust.  More click here



Simon Harbrow - CEO and Executive Headteacher.

Served in three primary school headships since 2002, taking all to a Good Ofsted rating. Governor for 20 years. Previously seconded to Essex CC at 0.5 FTE to support schools causing concern.  National Leader of Education.      

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Dominic Carver - Education and Standards Director

Headteacher of South Benfleet Primary Academy. 20 years' governance experience. Governor of a local secondary academy. Former Ofsted Inspector.




Chris Jones - Finance Director

Founder and Chief Executive of CJ Learning Ltd and CJ Learning Technologies Ltd, supporting schools for over 10 years in curriculum development, staffing, budgeting and timetabling and is a DFE approved provider of Integrated Curriculum and Finance planning methodology. Before that he was a teacher and senior school leader for 24 years. Chris brings his education and business expertise as a Governor and Director to a number of school and charity boards, having served as a CoG, Parent and Teacher Governor and also Trustee, CEO and Board Chair in a number of charitable organisations.



Catherine Burnside - Vice-Chair

Catherine is an experienced governance professional, being Director of Governance & Compliance at SEAX Multi-Academy Trust of special schools based in Chelmsford. Catherine had previously been a clerk to governors for Essex County Council and is also a governor of a maintained primary school. Catherine is  a fully qualified teacher who has taught across all Key Stages.

Governance Documents

Use the links to locate information regarding governance of the Trust academies.  Specific key documents can be found quickly by clicking the links below: 

SEAT Members and Directors Register of Business Interests

SEAT Attendance Register 2019-2020

SEAT Members, Trustees & Committee Membership

Minutes from Directors meetings - if you would like a copy of the Board minutes, then please contact

Finance & Statutory Documents including: Funding Agreements; Articles of Association; Annual Reports & Financial Statements (containing information of the Governance Board roles & responsibilities

Our Academies

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