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The Diocese of
Westminster Academy Trust

Executive Leaders and Board of Directors

Welcome to The Diocese of Westminster Academy Trust please find details below of the Trust's Executive Leaders and Directors.

The charitable objectives of The Diocese of Westminster Academy Trust are:

'Extract from the Memorandum and Articles of Association which all Directors and Local Governing Boards have given an undertaking to uphold:'

The Company’s objects (“the Objects”) are specifically restricted to the following: 

  1. The advancement of the Catholic religion in the Diocese by such means as the Diocesan Bishop may think fit and proper by, but without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing, the establishing, maintaining, carrying on, managing and developing of Catholic schools in the United Kingdom conducted in accordance with the principles, and subject to the regulations and discipline of the Catholic Church. 
  2. Subject to the approval of the Diocesan Bishop, during the period that the objects in 4(a) are being fulfilled and form the majority of the activities of the Company, the advancement of education by the establishing, maintaining, carrying on, managing and developing of schools which are not Catholic in the United Kingdom.
Mr Raymond Friel - Interim CEO 

Raymond Friel has worked in Catholic education for thirty years. From 2002-2016 he was the headteacher of two Catholic secondary schools as well as being a National Leader of Education and an Ofsted inspector. Prior to joining DOWAT he was the CEO of Plymouth CAST, a multi academy trust of thirty-six schools in Plymouth Diocese. He is the author of a number of books on Catholic education, including How to Survive in Leadership in a Catholic School and Gospel Values for Catholic Schools, both available from Redemptorist Publications.

Mr Patrick Leeson - Chair 

Patrick Leeson was Corporate Director for Children, Young People and Education for Kent County Council between 2011 and 2018. 

Previously he was National Director, Education and Care, for Ofsted where he was responsible for policy on inspection of schools, initial teacher education, children’s centres, early years and childcare, as well as the annual assessments of Local Authority Children’s Services.

Prior to joining Ofsted he was Strategic Director of Learning and Children’s Services for the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames, between 2002 and 2009, where we was responsible for education, children’s social services as well as arts, libraries and adult education. 

Patrick has worked as a teacher and headteacher in secondary schools, and as an adviser and inspector before taking up senior officer roles in local government education and children’s services.  

Patrick is a past Chair of the Association of London Directors of Children’s Services (ALDCS) and was also on the national council for the Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS).  He has been a member of the Advisory Groups for reviews of the National Curriculum, and was on the steering group for the Tickell Review of the Early Years Foundation Stage.

Patrick is Chair of the Standards Committee.

Ms Micon Metcalfe - CFO

Micon Metcalfe is an experienced School Business Professional and Multi-Academy Trust executive leader. She has worked in finance and operations in a range of schools and academy trusts and before joining DOWAT was the Chief Operating Officer for Inspiration Trust. Micon was a member of the DfE Expert Group which authored the Standard for Teachers’ Professional Development and contributed to the new specification for the National Professional Qualifications.

Micon holds the Advanced Professional Certificate in School Financial and Operational Leadership, is a DfE accredited School Resource Management Adviser and a Fellow of the Institute of School Business Leadership. 

Mr Raymond Anderson - Vice Chair

Raymond (Ray) Anderson OBE (Foundation Director).

Ray retired in 2007 after a career in the Civil Service. He was appointed as a Foundation Director of DOWAT in February 2016 and reappointed in February 2020. He stepped down as a Governor of Nicholas Breakspear Catholic School on 31 August 2020 after 12 years of service, including 3 years as Chair of the Local Governing Body. He retired as Chair of the Board of Trustees of Mediation Hertfordshire in October 2016, having completed a five year term.

He chaired a Natural England Stakeholder Working Group on rights of way between 2008 and 2018. He has interests in health issues and is currently a member of the Patient Advisory Board which reports to the Strategic Board of the East of England Cancer Alliance and was appointed Co-Chair of the PAB and a member of the Strategic Board of the Alliance (South) in August 2020. He also joined the Alliance’s Primary Care Group in 2018 and has been a member of the Hertfordshire and West Essex Cancer Locality Group since 2017.

Ray is Chair of the Trust’s Audit and Risk Committee.

Dr Veronica Fulton - Director

Having qualified as a Chartered Accountant,  Veronica spent her first career as a partner in a top 20 firm and then as a professional trustee for final salary pension schemes. Having taken early retirement, she completed an MA and then a PhD in canon law. She has been a governor at St Mary’s University, Strawberry Hill and is currently a trustee of the students’ union. She has also been a governor of a Westminster Diocesan junior school and of a private school. She is currently a governor at the Westminster Diocesan seminary Allen Hall, and a director of the pension scheme for the Institute of Chartered Accountants. She has recently been awarded a damehood of the Order of St Gregory the Great.

Veronica is a married with two adult children and four grandchildren and they all congregate at their house in Normandy. She also enjoys travelling and going to art exhibitions and opera. 

Mr Marlon Motha - Director 

Marlon Motha is a qualified Chartered Accountant with extensive experience advising and supporting businesses with their financial decision making and planning.  

Having studied Economics at Selwyn College, Cambridge University, he trained as an auditor for PwC and subsequently worked for a series of medium and large companies across a range of different industries, including Waitrose, British Gas and O2.