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Staff Team

The St Christopher's Multi Academy Trust senior management team take responsibility for the day to day running of the Trust and each member academy in partnership with the Head Teacher. The senior management team implement the policies laid down by the Trustees and report back to them on performance.



Jo Evans

Jo Evans is CEO of St Christopher’s Multi Academy Trust, currently 16 primary schools across Plymouth, Torbay and Devon Local Authorities. Although established some years ago, the Trust has recently been through a period of rapid growth alongside a complete change of leadership and governance.

Jo has been re-energising the organisation to work collaboratively, operate effectively and continue to grow in a sustainable way. Jo has a very strong research informed background, being part of the Cambridge Primary Review Board of Directors. She has been a leader in a range of rural and city schools, in the last seven years taking one school from Special Measures to Outstanding and the most recent from Good to Outstanding. This has been achieved through her resolve to provide a principled approach to education.

Jo has recently written a book chapter for Routledge, “Aims into Practice” and has been involved in the creation of the Church of England Professional Qualification for Headship.




Julia Croughton

Julia qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1994; having worked in practice for many years, specialising in the not for profit sector, Julia escaped to the other side in 2013 to work for a charitable trust in the leisure industry, before deciding to move the St Christopher's to work as part of the central team supporting the strategic aims of the MAT and individual academies. As part of a previous role in practice Julia supported a number of academies in their earlier days of conversion. In her spare time, Julia is happiest in her garden or body boarding in Cornwall!



Rachel Martin

Rachel qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2006 and has a background in the charitable sector before moving to education in 2012.   Rachel's role is to develop, implement and uphold the financial strategic vision of the MAT whilst also coming alongside the individuals academies to support them.



Sean Millar

Sean is one of the School Improvement Leaders for St Christopher’s multi academy trust. Having over 15 years experience in school leadership, Sean has been the Headteacher of two schools, leading one from Satisfactory to Outstanding. Sean has worked in a range of contexts from rural to urban and was also seconded to work within Initial Teacher Training, teaching the core English element of the P.G.C.E. Programme. Sean’s work, both as a teacher and leader, has featured in several publications, most recently in ‘Talk for Teaching’. Sean’s particular interest and passion lies within curriculum design and development, as well as the leadership and teaching of English. In his spare time Sean enjoys travel, the beach and attempting to get fit!



Catherine Rees

Catherine has been an educator for over twenty years, mainly in London, but also abroad. She has taught all ages from 3 to 18, and has held a wide range of posts, including Inclusion Coordinator and lead for the Visual and Performing Arts. She was a Deputy Head in South London, before moving to Devon in 2007. She was a Head Teacher of both a rural and city school, achieving improved Ofsted outcomes in both. Trained in mediation, coaching and mentoring, she is particularly passionate about finding creative ways to engage all children in a rich, exciting and varied curriculum, that enables every child to flourish. Catherine has always worked in close collaboration with other partners, including health and social care and recently helped shape the Emotional Wellbeing Service for children and young people across Devon. Before becoming a Headteacher, Catherine ran a charity called Face2Face, providing emotional support for families of children with disabilities. Out of work she enjoys playing the piano, wild swimming, dancing and photography.




Iain Randall

In creating a baseline of modes working within key areas, Iain supports the CEO in developing the school improvement strategy for the Trust. Until July 2017, Iain worked as the Deputy Head at St Michael's school in Exeter. He is passionate about Data and Assessment. He has four children and is a great baker!



Kirsty Forbes

Kirsty is very experienced in local Governance and her advisor skills are wide ranging. She is the first point of contact for the Board and works closely with the Chair and the CEO to prepare focussed, strategic director meetings and is invaluable in helping the board understand it's role, functions and legal duties. Kirsty is highly regarded by Babcock and has supported many schools in getting their Governance back on track.



Jo Wilkey








God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love that you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.” Hebrews 6:10