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Our Trustees

The Chatsworth Multi Academy Trust is governed by an experienced and highly skilled group of Trustees who each have a long-standing and deep commitment to people with special educational needs and disabilities.

Mr. Jon Ashley – Chair of Trustees 

Jon has been the headteacher of several special schools in the region serving a broad range of learning needs and leading schools from difficult circumstances to become outstanding organisations. Jon’s vast experience of strategic leadership in the special needs sector supports his current work as a consultant for a cluster of special schools.

Jon inspects in a variety of educational settings and has acted as an adviser to local authorities on developing their inclusion strategy. He has published several reports for the Department for Education.

Dr. Elaine Burfitt 

Elaine is a consultant community paediatrician who has been in practice since 1988, working in adult medicine and general practice before paediatrics, becoming a consultant community paediatrician in 1999. Elaine has worked in Salford's special schools for many years and continues to meet a range of children with neuro disability in her community paediatric clinics.

Elaine is also the Named Doctor for Safeguarding Children at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust and is deeply committed to safeguarding all children and young people.

Mr. John Corker 

John is an experienced business consultant who has recently established his own consultancy after over thirty years in corporate banking. John has a deep knowledge of financial regulation and processes and a proven acumen for successful business practice.

John is the Chair of Trustees of Leisure for Autism a local charity which provides leisure and recreation opportunities for children and young people for autism.



Dr. Martin Hanbury 

Martin has been involved in the strategic leadership of special schools for over twenty years having served previously as a teaching assistant and teacher. He is currently the Executive Headteacher of the Trust and serves as the Principal of Chatsworth Futures.

Martin acts as an educational consultant and has published a number of books in the field of special education. Martin regularly lectures on the subject of SEND both nationally and internationally.

Mrs. Louise Hutchinson 

Louise has been the Chair of Governors at Chatsworth High School and Community College since December 2015. Louise trained as a Registered Sick Children's Nurse and worked at the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital for nine years. She left her nursing career in 2004 in order to run a full-time, home-based Son-Rise Program for her son, who has autism. 

Louise has also been very actively involved in establishing and running a local support group for families with children with autism.