Portsmouth and Winchester Diocesan Academies Trust

Members and Directors


What do Members and Directors (Trustees) do?

The Portsmouth and Winchester Diocesan Academies Trust (P&WDAT) is accountable to the Secretary of State for Education and Portsmouth and Winchester Diocesan Board of Education for the performance of those academies which form part of the Trust. This is with with regards to standards of education, financial performance and fulfilment of other legal requirements, including the employment of staff and health and safety.


The 3 Members are akin to the shareholders of a company. They have ultimate control over the academy trust, with the ability to appoint the directors (trustees) and the right to amend the Trust’s Articles of Association.

Operational accountability is discharged by the Trust’s Directors who are also accountable for ensuring that the Trust meets its obligations under both the Companies Act and relevant Charity Commission frameworks.


The Members appoint the Directors. The term of office for all Trust Directors (excluding the Chief Executive Officer), is 4 years. One further term of 4 years can also be agreed by Members.

This useful document provides further information about governance in multi-academy trusts:


A Scheme of Delegation is in place with each individual academy in order to discharge some duties and responsibilities to Local Governing Boards, their respective sub-committees and individual academy Principals.


Further details about our governance arrangements can also be found on Get Information About Schools. 

Trust Members and Directors (Trustees)


The  Directors named below are appointed by the Members.

The term of office for all Trust Directors (excluding the Chief Executive Officer), is 4 years. One further term of 4 years can also be agreed by Members.

Members' and Directors' interests can be found in the information section:

Members' and Directors' attendance at meetings can be found on the information section:


The Very Rev'd Dr Anthony Cane - Director and Member

Anthony is Dean of Portsmouth, with oversight of the spiritual and administrative life of Portsmouth Cathedral. His wide ranging ministry includes a variety of educational experience, including  chairing a diocesan academy trust for four years, being  a governor at several schools, working as a university chaplain and lecturer. He has substantial trustee experience and in  his previous post was responsible for the learning and engagement work of another cathedral, including its work  with schools.


Mr Andrew Ronald Robinson: Member

Andrew Robinson was appointed Chief Executive of the Diocese of Winchester in 2008. Working alongside the Bishop of Winchester, Andrew shares in the policy formation and leadership of the Diocese. He has a key role advising on strategy, policy and resources. He is responsible for the leadership and oversight of the staff employed by the Board across all of its business areas.

Since 2000 Andrew has been a commissioned officer in the Royal Naval Reserve (RNR) and has undertaken a variety of roles and operational deployments; between 2013 and 2017 he was the Naval Equerry to HRH Prince Michael of Kent, GCVO. In 2017 Andrew was appointed to head-up leadership strategy and development within the RNR.

Andrew is a Governor of Winchester University, an elected member of the Diocesan Secretaries Liaison Group, a Director of Winchester Social Enterprise, a member of the Hampshire Safeguarding Children Board, and Chairs the Local Authority funded Hampshire Good Neighbour Network. Andrew was appointed a lay Canon of Winchester Cathedral in 2012. Andrew has previously been a Director of an academy trust.

Date of appointment: 24/05/2018. Date term of office ends: N/A - Member



Mrs Victoria James - Member

Victoria has worked for the Diocesan board of Finance, serving the parishes and communities since 2014. Most recently this has been as Diocesan Secretary since October 2018 which requires her to lead the team working from Peninsular House and manage budget and governance, seeking a growth in depth, impact and number. Prior to this she was the Diocesan Stewardship Adviser encouraging generosity as part of her discipleship. 

Victoria qualified as a solicitor and worked in private practice for a decade before joining the diocese. Her passion during that time was working  in the field of matrimonial law with a particular specialism in domestic abuse and children cases. 

Date of appointment: July 2019. Date of term of office ends: N/A Member


Mr Graham Arthur Exon - Director

With some 20 years experience in school governance, Graham has had significant involvement in both the maintained and independent sectors and is a designated National Leader of Governance (NLG). He is Chair of the Diocese of Salisbury Academy Trust and Bournemouth Septenary Trust. He chairs admissions appeals panels and is a member of the BCP Learning Partnership Board. He is also a Director of Portsmouth and Winchester Diocesan Academy Trust. 

Graham previously served as Chair of Governors at St Michael's Primary CE (VC) School, Talbot Heath Independent Girls School and Bournemouth Schools Forum. 

As an NLG, Graham frequently works with chairs of other schools, academies and MATs on a mentoring or advisory capacity and undertakes External Reviews of Governance. He has also chaired Interim Academy Boards and worked with schools through academy conversion and sponsorship.. 

Following a successful career in banking, Graham was appointed Chair of  Bournemouth Churches Housing Association and has severed as  a non-executive director of a number of local companies. He has significant experience within senior management and of corporate governance. Graham has also acted as a  consultant to boards and trustees on dispute resolution and business planning. 

He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts

Date of appointment: 25/08/2016. Date term of office ends: 24/08/2024


Mrs Fiona Perkins : Chief Executive and Director

Fiona has had  a varied and successful  career in education, working across three local authorities and on the Isle of Wight. She has held the post of Headteaher in Infant, Lower and Primary Schools as well as that of Associate Lecturer in Education at her local University. Her Headteacher roles have been in Catholic and Church of England Schools as well as in Community Schools. Fiona has been the  Principal of both of the Trust's Academies  on the Isle of Wight.


Mr Clifford Gerald Taylor - Director

Cliff was a secondary school teacher early in his career - 3 years at a large comprehensive school in Hove, and 2 years in a small international school in Kenya, where he was appointed Acting Head during his second year. Since that time he has spent more than 25 years in multinational companies, mostly in Human Resources living  and working in several countries in Asia and Europe as well as the USA. He is now working in his own business as an Executive Coach. Cliff has spent a lot of his career coaching and developing people to help them with become successful leaders, and he has experience with governance organisations in many countries and different cultural settings.  

Vice Chair of the PWDAT

Date of appointment: 04/06/2018. Date term of office ends: 03/06/2022