Portsmouth and Winchester Diocesan Academies Trust

The Central MAT Team


Chief Executive Officer and Accounting Officer: Amanda Johnston


Amanda's role is to take the strategic lead and overall responsibility for the delivery of the vision for academy work in the Portsmouth and Winchester dioceses, through the Portsmouth and Winchester Diocesan Academies Trust. In her role as CEO, she articulates the vision, values and ethos for the P&WDAT and inspires and empowers others to share in achieving it. She is accountable and takes responsibility for the performance of all academies within the Trust and is committed to creating the optimum opportunities and potential for all children and staff across the Trust.

The 'day job' includes: supporting Principals to focus on teaching and learning, working directly with academies and others to recommend and/or commission academy-specific interventions, providing aspects of school improvement support and training, the full recruitment process for appointing new Principals and Trust officers, dealing with LADO issues, Admissions appeals, pastoral support, affirmation and ‘on-the-spot’ advice or referral as appropriate, negotiating Service Level Agreements and the creation of all strategic plans and policies for the Trust Board.

Telephone: 02392 899682

Mobile: 07789006018


Education and Operations Officer: Sandra Miller


Sandra's role is to work as directed by the Chief Executive Officer of the P&WDAT to deliver the vision of the Portsmouth and Winchester Diocesan Academies Trust and the Diocesan vision for education. She provides strategic educational leadership to support and assist in managing the Trust's strategic operations.

The 'day job' includes: Supporting local governance, coaching Middle Leaders, responding to day to day queries, writing and revising statutory policies and deputising for the CEO.

Telephone: 02392 899669

Mobile: 07990039880


Academies Finance Manager and Chief Financial Officer: Martin Race


Martin co-ordinates all central financial aspects of the P&WDAT's work with academies. 

This includes: Ensuring a programme of external audit and completion of statutory accounts has been set, ensuring year end files are collated and submitted to the auditors, submitting returns to the DfE, EFA, Companies House, Charities Commission and Information Commissioner, strategic and financial planning such as preparing monthly reports and an annual financial report to Directors, financial benchmarking, exchequer services and supporting academies in making capital (CIF) and other bids in order to enhance their funding streams.

Martin undertakes regular internal audits in the areas of HR, finance and personnel and is the main point of liaison between the academies and Trust HR provider.

Telephone: 02392 899666

Mobile: 07827925328


Academies Finance Assistant: Neil Carroll


Neil supports the Academies Finance Manager with the central financial aspects of the P&WDAT's work with academies.

This includes: Closure of month end accounts and supporting production of Management accounts, collation of VAT returns. Assisting with annual budget process and submitting returns to DfE. Undertaking supplier payments, maintaining accounting records, including payroll journals, submissions to TPS, and supporting academies staff on finance related matters.


Telephone: 02392 899689


Company Secretary: Julie Stirling


Julie is responsible for developing agendas for full P&WDAT Trust Board meetings (in liaison with the Chief Executive Officer and Chair), notifying members and auditors of agendas and related documents for Board meetings, coordinating board meetings, taking minutes of full board meetings, circulating the minutes, maintaining statutory registers (including the single central register) and notifying changes, providing copies of resolutions and agreements and supplying copies of company accounts as requested.

Telephone: 02392 899680


The Trust employs the services of consultants to support the school improvement agenda and Principal performance management process.

School improvement services are currently provided by IMPS ED: in conjunction with work undertaken by the Chief Executive Officer.


Service Level agreements are in place for a number of services and are detailed more fully in the centrally retained partnership agreement. A copy of this document can be made available upon request and is available to all existing Trust academies in the Resources section of the website.


All other members of the central Diocesan Education Team support key aspects of the Trust's work, including Admissions, Buildings, Land and Governance and can be contacted by following this link: