Meet our Team

Abbey Willoughby

Abbey Willoughby

Abbey is an experienced tutor and has plenty of experience working with students to fulfil their potential. She has a degree in History from the University of Liverpool specialising in Early Modern religious developments, race studies, and crime and punishment through time. Since finishing her degree, Abbey has completed a PGCE in History, and is now studying for a Masters in Educational Practice.

Outside of her studies, Abbey has competed in the European Youth Parliament competitions, co-developed one of the 'Diverse Narratives' workshops, and enjoys spending time in Northern France.

Adam Kassab

Adam Kassab

Adam has a real passion for IT and the world of technology. He has a First-Class BSc (Hons) degree in Information Systems Management and a Secondary PGCE from the University of Chester, specialising in Computer Science and IT. Adam has a keen interest in digital design, and also in how small businesses use social media to flourish. The latest technology trend that he is watching, is that of virtual and augmented reality.

When he’s not at a computer, Adam enjoys discovering different cultures and travelling to new places.

Alee Kassab

Alee Kassab

Alee grew up locally to CIS, and studied BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Chester. Alee has utilised his passion for Sports (Football in particular) and Coaching by working for various local high schools and football clubs.

Taking his experience from the automotive and financial industries, as well as his sporting background, Alee is now looking forward to guiding students in his latest role as a coach at CIS. Alee will support students by developing their strengths and provide encouragement through their journey at CIS.

Alex Lawrenson

Alex Lawrenson

Having completed a PhD in chemistry in 2012, Alex subsequently worked as a postdoctoral researcher at a number of international institutes. Whilst at the University of Liverpool, Alex explored novel methods to develop therapeutics to treat malaria and HIV, before applying these skills at Unilever to design new cleaning products.

Alex then went on to study for his PGCE at Liverpool John Moore’s University, and was awarded the Academic Achievement prize for highest course average. With an extensive IT background, Alex developed an online resource to model 3D chemical reactions, and as such is fluent in a number of computing languages.

His interactive approach to teaching is to involve students in designing their own practical experiments, to encourage a wider engagement in science.

Daryl Goodwin

Daryl Goodwin

Daryl has been a Head of Year and lead teacher for Mathematics having started his teaching career at Christleton High School. He has specific skills to help us grow our coaching and student well-being programme at CIS.

After training to be an accountant, Daryl then went to work for Barclays and Bank of America here in Chester. He returned to study Mathematics at university and is keen to build a strong and successful Maths curriculum which is accessible and inspirational to all students.

Debbie Hickling

Debbie Hickling

Debbie came to CIS as our Work Experience and Outreach Coordinator. Debbie has worked in local High Schools for the past 25 Years and gained a wealth of experience along the way. Her last role was STEM Coordinator which she is truly passionate about and enabled her to make connections with many large companies such as Airbus and Jaguar-Landrover.

Debbie is local to the area and her knowledge helps to provide our students with well-matched placements. To date she has sent students off to local radio stations, The Countess of Chester hospital, Veterinary practices, Nurseries, Schools, Parliamentary Offices and Marketing companies to name but a few and students going as far as Dubai, Spain and China on their summer placements.

Debbie Wagener

Debbie Wagener

Debbie is an enthusiastic linguist and loves speaking different languages and meeting people from other countries. She has 30 years of experience of teaching languages and was Head of German at University of Chester for over 10 years. She is keen to support different learning styles by developing varied and motivating learning tasks and promoting students’ active involvement in acquiring important independent study skills.

She likes to keep active so her hobbies mostly involve being outdoors including walking, running, cycling and snowboarding. She also enjoys reading and runs a German book club as well as being a member of an English one.

Francesca McCormick

Francesca McCormick

At 18 years old Fran moved to Dubai for a year where she worked as an Outdoor Education Instructor and taught a variety of activities including kayaking, rock climbing and sand boarding. Upon returning to the UK Fran went to University where she studied English Literature with Sport and Exercise Science, it was here that her true passion for hockey and netball was born.
She hopes to support students by broadening their life experiences as well as supporting them with any issues they may face outside of their education.

Jeremy Llewellyn

Jeremy Llewellyn

Jez has been teaching for over twenty years. He has been the Head of Psychology and Sociology at Christleton High School since 1999. Having completed a BSc (Econ) at Cardiff University, Jez went on to study for another degree in Sociology and Psychology.

In 2017 Jez was very pleased to complete his MA in Education with Edge Hill University. His final research dissertation was in student learning identity - the connection that learners feel with their own education.

Kate Ryan

Kate Ryan

Kate has a BA (Hons) in French/Hispanic Studies, PGCE in Secondary Education and MA in Educational Leadership. She has developed and been part of leadership teams in outstanding schools, across a range of curricula, all over the world; from UK to US to New Zealand.

Before returning to Chester in 2016, Kate was Director of Academic Enhancement at GEMS Education Americas in New York working with new schools in in the Americas and advising education systems globally with GEMS the Education Partners.

She is a true international citizen, speaking five languages and specialising in the International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum. Kate brings her world spirit back to Chester to provide strong, inspiring leadership for Christleton International Studio which creates a new type of learning experience for students in Chester.

Kathryn Austin

Kathryn Austin

Kathryn studied a degree in Public Relations and Business and then a PGCE at Manchester. Prior to entering the teaching profession Kathryn spent ten years working in Digital Marketing and Public Relations, during this period Kathryn gained two professional diplomas in Marketing Communications and Digital Marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing. Kathryn thoroughly enjoys bringing her own experience and knowledge of business practice to the classroom.

Kathryn has also worked in other outstanding schools within Chester and as a School Direct teacher training tutor.

Kathryn is a keen traveller and outdoor enthusiast who enjoys ski-ing and hiking with conquests including Mount Kilimanjaro and 15 trips up Mount Snowdon.

Katrina Brown

Katrina Brown

Katrina has a serious passion for the Biological Sciences completing a BSc Biomolecular Science at The University of Manchester followed by a PGCE Science. Her teaching career began in the North West teaching in large sixth form colleges, having roles such as Advanced Skills Teacher, STEM ambassador for the UK and Head of Science.

Katrina moved with her family to Houston, Texas leading Science and STEM in the IB and AP American curriculum. This was followed by a move to the Netherlands directing the IB Diploma Programme and Academic Technology at a Dutch international school. Katrina is currently studying for her masters in Educational Leadership and Management at the University of Chester.

Montana Hull

Montana Hull

Montana has a passion for the environment, conservation and the living world. After completing her BSc in Zoology, she took her MSc in Environmental Management, at Aberystwyth University. Before teaching, she worked abroad with Orang-utan Foundation International both in Indonesia and the USA. She has lots of experience working with people from around the world and loves to travel.

Outside of science Montana enjoys being outdoors, climbing (or running) up the Welsh mountains, she also competes in climbing competitions. She strives to bring her love of life to her classes.

Rachel Morrison

Rachel Morrison

An experienced aircraft mechanic, Rachel completed a degree in Maths with the Open University while working around the UK and abroad. After finishing this, she studied for a PGCert in Computational Fluid Dynamics at Cranfield Universtiy, followed by a PGCE with the University of Chester. Later this year, she'll be continuing her maths studies with the OU, studying for an MSc in Maths.

Outside of work, in summer, Rachel enjoys camping, cycling and making kids toys. In winter, she enjoys learning new skills - from using foreign language Harry Potter books and movies to improve her fluency, to learning new coding languages online.

Tamara Davidson

Tamara Davidson

After studying for a degree in Modern European languages at Durham University, Tamara spent two years leading tours across South America and living in Rio de Janeiro. On her return to the UK, Tamara was then part of a founding team at a digital media start-up, where she oversaw corporate video production.

Tamara’s lifelong passion for languages led her to train as a language teacher, and she was teaching Spanish, French and German at an outstanding school in Sussex prior to joining the CIS team.

Victoria Bentley

Victoria Bentley

With a flair for Art and creativity, Vicky graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 3-Dimensional Design (glass with ceramics) and then set up her own glass studio designing and producing innovative glassware. She continues her love of glass by leading a Glass Enrichment Elective with CIS students. Vicky is now a Safeguarding Lead. She comes to the role of Coach with a deep and varied experience in working with students to support them, especially in the areas of literacy, Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) and attendance.

Meet the Governing Body

Euan Imrie

Euan Imrie

As Chair of Trustees, Euan is currently Chief Operating Officer at The Charities Trust, and was formerly Bursar at Sandbach School for eight years. Before this, he was Group Finance Director at Littlewoods Retail, responsible for the entire finance function for this £2b turnover organisation. Euan has a mixture of financial and commercial/business experience which he has also put into practice in an educational setting at Christleton High School.

Euan has a degree in Business Studies, and is a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants (FCCA).

Louise Mayers

Louise Mayers

Louise is an International Student Host and has been since 2010, when she returned to Chester from living in Andalucia, Spain.

She previously worked in a Repertory Theatre’s wardrobe department, making costumes/props and also as Assistant Scenic Artist. Her favourite production for scenic art was "Anna Karenina". Through her work in the theatre Louise have been very privileged to work and meet many actors - her favourites being David Suchet, Honor Blackman.

Her interests include: music, reading and the great outdoors!

Mike Rodden

Mike Rodden

Mike is a Software Systems Architect, and solves complex computing problems by using cutting edge developments in software design, mathematics and general science.

With an MSc (Distinction) in Information Systems, Mike applies his knowledge to help clients in Europe, America, Australia and Japan, and works across a range of industries including Banking, Manufacturing, Media & Advertising and Pharmaceuticals.

Neil Jones

Neil Jones

Neil’s background is in scientific research, laboratory management and business incubation in the life sciences, materials and academic sectors. He holds a Masters in Analytical Chemistry and a PhD from the University of Leeds.

With experience of managing open-access research and development facilities and running collaborative interdisciplinary projects, he is currently Science Service Manager for Manchester Science Partnerships and is based at Alderley Park in Cheshire.

Nigel Follos

Nigel Follos

With almost 30 years’ experience in the private sector with blue chip companies including Shell and Vimto, Nigel brings strong financial, marketing, management and commercial skills to the Trust. He has a proven track record of implementing successful turnaround plans and organisational growth strategies.

Stephen Miller

Stephen Miller

Stephen joined Bank of America Merrill Lynch in July 2015 as Head of BAML Chester and Global Head of FX Operations. Prior to that he spent 7 years with Standard Chartered Bank in Singapore as Global Head of Derivative and Securities Operations & Middle Office. After 5 years in Asia, in 2012 he returned to the UK to assume the position of Chief Information Officer UK and Europe.

Stephen has also spent time outside of the banking sector, including serving in the Royal Navy. He is also a Council member of the Business Disability Forum and a keen advocate of technology and skills enablement in the workplace. He has a degree in Ancient History from the University of Bristol and lives in the North West with his family.

Tony Lamberton

Tony Lamberton

After 14 years as headteacher at Christleton High School, Tony was appointed CEO of Christleton Learning Trust in 2016. He is a leading expert in LEAN methodology in education, an international speaker on school improvement, and a leadership coach for ASCL and SSAT. From 2014-2017 he was an Education Adviser to the DfE.