Sue Snowdon - Chair of trustees Chair Provision, Standards and Attainment

Appointed 18/07/2018 Appointed Chair 07/09/2022

About Me

Sue Snowdon – Chair of Provision, Standards and Attainment Committee

Sue has previously been the CEO and Headteacher of Beal Multi-Academy Trust from 1995 to 2016, during which time, the Trust opened an ASD Unit attached to a mainstream school, an Alternative Provision Free School and a Teaching School.  Susan is currently the Sub Postmaster and owner of a General Store and Post Office.

Susan has been a Director of SENDAT since 2018.

Mr Richard Attwell

Appointed 01/09/2019 Chair of Finance and Audit committee

About Me

I am a CIMA qualified accountant with over 25 years’ experience working in financial roles across a number of industries. The last 15 years have been spent working in senior management roles and I am currently Finance Director for Jockey Club Estates, a land and property management company. I work closely with senior managers in the different business units to ensure appropriate financial controls exist and managers are supported to develop their teams and the business in a sustainable and commercial manner.

Away from work I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I am a regular at my local parkrun with my 11 year old son and am also a Run Director at our local Junior Parkrun. My son has a dual diagnosis of Autism and ADHD and this has been the catalyst for our involvement with a number of local community activities such as parkrun. I have tried to use the insight I have gained from living with ASD to positive effect by involvement as a Board member at 2 local schools, Sebert Wood Community Primary School and SENDAT. This provides me with the opportunity to apply business experience to support education settings with a particular focus on SEND and Finance.

Neil Kellett - Vice Chair

Date Appointed: 01/09/2015
Vice Chair of Directors from 7-9-22
sits on the Priory Local Advisory Board

About Me

After a full military career, I worked in estates & property management and then moved into providing training for businesses and workplaces.  Mainly in the health & safety and leadership & management areas. My son attended Priory school and having been a governor at his primary school I had an interest in SEND and joined the Priory governing body. I then moved onto the Board of Trustees when we became a Multi Academy Trust, and I took over as the Chair in 2016. I also Chair the Provision committee and I am a member of the Priory Local Advisory Board. 


I also sit on my village playing fields and sports club committees, having a keen interest in sports,  where I also maintain the grounds in my spare time

Picture of Lawrence Chapman

Lawrence Chapman - CEO

Date Appointed: 01/09/2015

About Me

Pecuniary Interest: Director - Oulton Broad Water Sports Centre; Leader & Member of District Executive of Lowestoft Scouts; Scout Leader for Bury St Edmunds; 

Lawrence Chapman is CEO of SENDAT and executive Headteacher of Priory School and Stone Lodge Academy

Lawrence sits on both resources and provision committees as well as all Local Academy Boards.


Raj Ghatauray

Date Appointed 01/09/2020
Appointed by Members

About Me

Raj is currently Head/Director of NatWest Banking Group/Royal Bank of Scotland Group Head of Financial Crime Risk and Compliance and Conduct Risk Reporting, London (2015-present).  He has been with RBSG in various roles from 1998.

Raj has 32 years of experience in banking, covering several diverse disciplines from Risk Management, Financial Management, Regulatory reporting, Change and Controls Assurance.

Raj was appointed as a SENDAT Director in September 2020.

Susan Embser-Kay

Appointed 01/09/2020
Appointed by Members

About Me

Susan is a consultant in project management, communications, marketing and design.  Her expertise is in marketing, creative direction, digital branding, website, display, copy writing and public relations.  Susan has a particular interest in stakeholder engagement and management.

Susan was appointed as a SENDAT Director in September 2020.

John McCourt

Appointed 01/12/2021
Appointed by Members

About Me

John McCourt is a graduate from Manchester University in Sociology and Anthropology. He has an MA in Education, completing his thesis for the Masters at Keele University. He worked as a Tour and Stage Manager for 10 years before taking up a post as a secondary school teacher. He taught in Secondary Education for 31 years, was a Head of Sixth Form for some of that time and retired as Deputy Head Teacher of Fakenham Academy in 2015

Name Responsibility Committees   
Neil KellettVice Chair of TrusteesPSA, Finance and Audit Resources, Priory LAB 
Lawrence ChapmanCEOFinance and Audit, PSA, All LABs 
 Richard AttwellChair of Finance and AuditFinance and Audit 
Sue Snowdon Chair of Trustees,  Chair of Provision, Standards and AttainmentProvision SA Chair Chair Chalk Hill LAB
 Susan Embser-Kay Provision, Standard & Achievement 
 Raj Ghatauray Finance and Audit 
 John McCourt Duke of Lancaster LAB 
SENDAT Trustee Dates of Resignation
Name of TrusteeAppointment dateAppointed byResignation date
Alan Maltpress01 September 2015Members14 September 2021
Mike Redmond27 April 2016Members03 September 2021

Elizabeth Pearce

Jennifer Baker

01 September 2020

18 November 2021



31 January 2023

17 April 2023