Meet our Team
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 is currently teaching Spanish, French and German at an outstanding school in Sussex. She is very excited about moving to Chester to join the CIS team and developing French and Spanish learning at the school.
Zika has recently moved to Chester from Canberra, Australia and brings with him over 20 years' experience teaching English and Drama to Secondary school students. Zika completed his Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature, Philosophy and Theatre Studies at the Australian National University, and holds a Graduate Diploma in Secondary Education from the University of Canberra.
He has worked in International Baccalaureate schools and recently contributed to the development of the Australian National Curriculum, Senior Secondary English course. Zika will bring a fresh perspective and a dynamic approach to the study of English and IB Theory of Knowledge, integrating multi-modal, student-centred learning, promoting creative and analytical thinking, equipping students for life and life-long learning.
Zika is also a singer-songwriter and in his free time enjoys recording and performing music.
With a flair for Art and creativity, Victoria graduated with a BA in 3-Dimensional Design (glass with ceramics) and then set up her own glass studio designing and producing innovative glassware. 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, SEN and Safeguarding.
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 the use of advanced hardware to refine a process, or a business using social media to flourish. The latest trend that he is watching, is how virtual and augmented reality are used in video games and mobile applications.
When he’s not at a computer, Adam enjoys discovering different cultures and travelling to new places.
Katrina is currently Director of IB and leads the whole school technology programme in an IB school in the Netherlands.
She studied a degree in Biological Sciences and then a PGCE in Manchester. She started her career here in the North West and Katrina quickly became an Advanced Skills Teacher and Head of Science in two large 6th form colleges.
In 2012 Katrina moved to Houston, Texas where she was Head of a large Science department. Katrina is currently a STEM ambassador for the UK.
Daryl is currently 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.
Dr. Alex Lawrenson
Having completed a PhD in chemistry in 2012, Alex subsequently worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Liverpool, exploring novel methods to develop therapeutics to treat malaria and HIV.
He then went on to study for his PGCE and was awarded the Academic Achievement prize for highest course average. His interactive approach to Science is to involve students in designing their own practical experiments.
With extensive IT background, Alex developed a 3D online chemical reaction programme and is fluent in many computing languages.
With a degree in Business Administation in Munich and two years of post-grad studies in Washington DC, Kathrin then spent 8 years leading a department for Bosch in Stuttgart and Melbourne.
She then lived in Italy and Austria, where Kathrin designed and produced contemporary jewellery for her own company positioning her perfectly to lead our employer engagement and our own start-ups for CIS students.
As a native speaker of German, Kathrin is passionate about sharing her love of the German language and culture.
Lina grew up in Rekyva, Lithuania. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre Studies (Acting), and a Master’s in Cultural Studies from the University of Siauliai.
In her role as coach at CIS, Lina will help students develop their strengths, and provide the encouragement needed for them to take new risks in their studies. She will lead enrichment activities in dance, physical theatre, performance arts and Russian. Lina also leads our Creativity, Action and Service, ensuring students have access to a number of interesting local and global opportunities.
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 will create a new type of learning experience for students in Chester.
Dr. 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.
Dr. Peter Vint
A native of Colorado Springs, Peter was recently Senior Director of Competitive Analysis, Research & Innovation with the United States Olympic Committee, a role he held for 10 years.
Peter began his work with the USOC in 2005 as Senior Sport Technologist in which he was responsible for developing and implementing sport specific performance measurement systems, helping to make current and emerging technologies more accessible and usable to coaches and athletes. He holds a PhD in Biomechanics, and has completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Motor Control and Learning.
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.
Sue is Chair of Trustees, having been Chair of Governors at Christleton High School for more than five years and a governor for more than 15 years, overseeing school development including move into foundation and then academy status.
Sue has been involved in leadership in many different spheres of community, education and business life, and currently manages a local charity responsible for six foodbank centres and 65 volunteers.
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.
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.