Meet our Team

Abbey Willoughby

Abbey Willoughby

awilloughby@cistudio.co.uk

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

akassab@cistudio.co.uk

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

aleekassab@cistudio.co.uk

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

alawrenson@cistudio.co.uk

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.

Carine Royon

Carine Royon

croyon@cistudio.co.uk

Carine is a native French speaker who has been based in Chester for around 20 years. She has recently completed her PGCE at the University of Chester; prior to that she studied Spanish as part of her Modern Languages degree. Carine has extensive experience of teaching French at many levels and has held numerous roles as a Foreign Language Assistant at various schools in the Chester area.
Carine has a real love of her native language and culture, with a specific interest in European cinema, and has a passion for sharing this with her students.
Outside of work Carine enjoys spending time with her family, mountain walking, foreign travel and practicing Yoga.

Daryl Goodwin

Daryl Goodwin

dgoodwin@cistudio.co.uk

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

dhickling@cistudio.co.uk

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.

Francesca McCormick

Francesca McCormick

fmccormick@cistudio.co.uk

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.

Kate Unsworth

Kate Unsworth

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.

ryank@christletoninternationalstudio.co.uk

Kathryn Austin

Kathryn Austin

kaustin@cistudio.co.uk

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

kbrown@cistudio.co.uk

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.

Lindsey Bennett

Lindsey Bennett

lbennett@cistudio.co.uk

Having gained a PGCE at Liverpool John Moore’s University, Lindsey has been teaching art and design with photography for the past six years at various schools in the North West. She completed a Masters degree in Creativity for the Professions in 2014, and sustains her own art practice through her pedagogy and doctoral studies at the University of Chester. Lindsey’s current research involves exploring the relationships that arise through creative practices in informal forums. In her spare time Lindsey enjoys visiting art galleries and pursuing her hobby of roller derby.

Luke Billingham

Luke Billingham

lbillingham@cistudio.co.uk

Luke is the youngest member of the team and has a real passion for IT and in particular, computers. In his role he is responsible for supporting staff and students with any IT related queries and problems. Luke is constantly learning and developing his knowledge in his field and wants to become the best he can be due to his competitive nature. Luke decided he wanted to pursue a career in IT at a young age when he first received his own computer. He has also been running a PC gaming community for multiple years. Aside from his computer, Luke spends a lot of time watching the latest television series’ and movies, and is an avid football fan.

Luke Cassell

Luke Cassell

lcassell@cistudio.co.uk

Luke has lived in Chester for the last four years, having recently completed a degree in geography at the University of Chester. Luke has had a long-standing interest in sustainability, where he helped initiate a successful waste reduction scheme at the university, whilst being involved in a number of academic studies regarding sustainable living.

Originally from Devon, Luke loves to spend time exploring and walking in the countryside whenever he can. He is also a keen pianist, and enjoys meddling with electrical projects in his spare time.

Mark Griffiths

Mark Griffiths

mgriffiths@cistudio.co.uk

Mark studied for a BSc (Hons) in Physics at the University of Liverpool, before completing a PGCE at Liverpool Hope University in 2010. Since then Mark has been teaching Physics in the North West, and is currently also working at Queen’s Park High School with a focus on sixth form Physics as part of the Christleton Trust. Mark is a strong believer in empowering young minds and considers Physics to be uniquely suited to opening the mind to new ideas.

Beyond his work as a teacher Mark is one of the founding directors of Comics Youth CIC, an organisation that uses comic book and zine creation to support and give a voice to marginalized and disadvantaged children and young people across Merseyside.

Montana Hull

Montana Hull

mhull@cistudio.co.uk

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.

Natalie Wright

Natalie Wright

nwright@cistudio.co.uk

Natalie has always had a passion for the performing arts since she began dance and theatre lessons at the age of 3. Since then she trained in Drama & Theatre studies in Liverpool and completed her PGCE in Secondary Drama teaching at The University of Chester. She is now in her fifth year of teaching and is thrilled to be working at CIS.

In her spare time, Natalie is a member of Tip Top productions and Chester Operatic amateur dramatic societies where she performs and directs annual productions. Most recently she performed in and was the assistant director of Bonnie and Clyde and Singin’ in the Rain, both of these productions were performed at Chester’s brand new Storyhouse Theatre.

Rachael Roberts

Rachael Roberts

rroberts@cistudio.co.uk

Rachael is passionate about educating others through creative writing. She holds a degree in Journalism from the University of Chester, specialising in environmental writing and magazine design. Rachael worked in digital advertising and marketing before embarking on a career in education through teaching in Italy and Spain. More recently, Rachael studied to obtain her PGCE at Glyndwr University.

Rachael was brought up in North Wales and has strong connections to Chester. Outside work, Rachael enjoys hiking, cooking and yoga. She also enjoys travelling having spent time in China and Africa. In Ghana, Rachael combined travel with gaining experience in journalism in a challenging new environment. Rachael has a spirit of adventure and always encourages students to bring this out in their learning.

Rachel Morrison

Rachel Morrison

rmorrison@cistudio.co.uk

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

tdavidson@cistudio.co.uk

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

vbentley@cistudio.co.uk

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.