Meet our Team

Abbey Peers

Abbey Peers

Teacher and IB Co-ordinator

Abbey is a passionate historian with a degree in History from the University of Liverpool where she specialised in race studies, Early Modern religion, and deviance. Since finishing her degree, she completed a PGCE in History, and is now studying for a Masters in Educational Leadership.

As our Careers Leader, Abbey is Level 6 trained in Supporting Career Development and loves inspiring students to investigate the world of Higher Education. She is also keen to ensure students experience life outside the classroom and loves running trips to cities such as Paris, Geneva and London.


apeers@chesterinternational.co.uk

Alee Kassab

Alee Kassab

Pastoral Team and Teacher

Alee grew up locally to CIS, and studied BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Chester. Alee has utilised his passion for Sports (Football in particular) and Coaching by working for various local high schools and football clubs.

Taking his experience from the automotive and financial industries, as well as his sporting background, Alee supports students in his coaching role by developing their strengths and providing encouragement through their journey at CIS.

aleekassab@chesterinternational.co.uk

Alexandre Lawrenson

Alexandre Lawrenson

Assistant Principal
Director of Academic Technology & Data

Having completed a PhD in chemistry in 2012, Alex subsequently worked as a postdoctoral researcher at a number of international institutes. Whilst at the University of Liverpool, Alex explored novel methods to develop therapeutics to treat malaria and HIV, before applying these skills at Unilever to design new cleaning products.

Alex then went on to study for his PGCE at Liverpool John Moore’s University, and was awarded the Academic Achievement prize for highest course average. With an extensive IT background, Alex developed an online resource to model 3D chemical reactions, and as such is fluent in a number of computing languages.

His interactive approach to teaching is to involve students in designing their own practical experiments, to encourage a wider engagement in science.

alawrenson@chesterinternational.co.uk

Brendan Quinn

Brendan Quinn

Teacher

Brendan has a real passion for creative writing and The Arts. He has an MA and a First-Class BA (Hons) degree in Creative Writing from Edge Hill University and a PGDE from Liverpool Hope University, specialising in English. Brendan is also a poet and a writer with a wide focus of form, content and styles. He has had success publishing poetry and working collaboratively with artists of a variety of disciplines. In addition to this he has worked in editorial roles, events organisation and publicity within the literary world. His most recent publication combined poetry with photography.

When he is not immersed in writing, Brendan enjoys music, films and football.

bquinn@chesterinternational.co.uk

Chloe Tatlock

Chloe Tatlock

Teacher and Coach

Chloe graduated from the University of Chester with a First Class BA (Hons) in English Literature with Creative Writing and recently completed her PGCE specialising in Secondary English.

Her two loves are Film and Literature, and Chloe was lucky enough to study both throughout her degree and she hopes to pass on her passion for the subjects through her teaching.

In her spare time Chloe enjoys going to the cinema, attempting to learn to cook (her best dishes are spaghetti carbonara and paella so far) and travelling. She loves getting lost (literally) in new cities and immersing herself in new cultures.

Chloe is so excited to be part of the diverse CIS community.

Daryl Goodwin

Daryl Goodwin

Acting Senior Assistant Principal
Teacher

Daryl has been a Head of Year and lead teacher for Mathematics having started his teaching career at Christleton High School. He has specific skills to help us grow our coaching and student well-being programme at CIS.

After training to be an accountant, Daryl then went to work for Barclays and Bank of America here in Chester. He returned to study Mathematics at university and is keen to build a strong and successful Maths curriculum which is accessible and inspirational to all students.

dgoodwin@chesterinternational.co.uk

Dena Ryness

Dena Ryness

Teacher

Dena is an enthusiastic linguist, who enjoys sharing her love for languages. She holds a BA (Hons) in English and French and an MA in European Literature, Culture, and Thought, both from Queen Mary, University of London.

Dena spent several years working in the luxury jewellery industry and later for a contemporary art auction house, where she travelled the world and indulged her passion for learning about other cultures.

A fitness fanatic, Dena practises martial arts, weightlifting and spinning, and when she’s not at the gym or teaching, she also enjoys reading, and crocheting amigurumi figures.


dryness@chesterinternational.co.uk

Francesca McCormick

Francesca McCormick

Assistant Principal
Teacher and Leader of Culture & Wellbeing

When Fran initially left school she spent a year teaching outdoor education in the UAE desert and eventually decided to pursue a career in teaching and undertook a degree at the University of Chester in English Literature and Sports Science.

Fran quickly realised her love for everything pastoral and spent three years working as a Deputy Head of Year in London. Returning to Chester meant a slightly slower pace of life, as well as spending a little more time outdoors and re-kindling her love of the countryside.

In her spare time, Fran enjoys reading and travelling and is hoping to share this with her students.

fmccormick@chesterinternational.co.uk

Hannah Thomas

Hannah Thomas

Teacher

Hannah has always had a passion for Geography and loves to travel with the aim of experiencing the case studies she teaches in real life, developing a better understanding of culture and perspectives and how our global society interacts to solve global issues that impact our societies in different ways. Having completed a BSc Geography at Bangor University she took a gap year to Australia. This was followed by PGCE in Secondary Geography at Edge Hill University and a Masters in Education (MA) at Liverpool.

Hannah moved to Shanghai, China in 2014 to teach Geography in an international school and then in 2017 moved to Vietnam where she took on the role of Individuals and Societies team leader in an IB continuum school. In this role she taught both the IBDP Geography and Psychology courses, as well as developing a vertically aligned curriculum for the MYP and has run multiple workshops and job-a-likes for IB teachers across the South East Asia Region. In her spare time she loves to travel, and also has an interest in circus skills and fire performance.

hthomas@chesterinternational.co.uk

Ian Johnson

Ian Johnson

Teacher

Having graduated from Bangor with a BA in French, Spanish and German, Ian spent time in France before completing his PGCE and starting work as a modern languages teacher. He took a sabbatical in 2014 to complete an MA in Interpreting and Translation before returning to teaching.

An outdoor enthusiast, he has led various school groups on expeditions in the UK and across four continents. In his own time Ian is a keen hiker and even keener climber, though limited to bouldering due to a perfectly healthy and natural fear of heights. He also spends time playing board and card games, or attempting to design his own.

ijohnson@chesterinternational.co.uk

Jonathan Hoey

Jonathan Hoey

Leader of Media

Jonathan has a real passion for Film and the world of Media. After graduating with a B.A. Hons in Media & Cultural Studies at Lancaster University, he then completed his PGCE at the University of Exeter. Before teaching, Jonathan spent his university summers at a performing arts summer camp in New York State. His teaching career began at an Outer London school, where he later became the Head of Department. Moving to Dubai with his wife, he spent three years at an International School becoming familiar with the International Baccalaureate Diploma and Career-related programmes.

In his own time, Jonathan enjoys being involved with film, running, football, travel and learning about different cultures.


jhoey@chesterinternational.co.uk

Katrina Brown

Katrina Brown

Principal

Katrina has a serious passion for the Biological Sciences completing a BSc Biomolecular Science at The University of Manchester followed by a PGCE Science. Her teaching career began in the North West teaching in large sixth form colleges, having roles such as Advanced Skills Teacher, STEM ambassador for the UK and Head of Science.

Katrina moved with her family to Houston, Texas leading Science and STEM in the IB and AP American curriculum. This was followed by a move to the Netherlands directing the IB Diploma Programme and Academic Technology at a Dutch international school. Katrina is currently studying for her masters in Educational Leadership and Management at the University of Chester.

kbrown@chesterinternational.co.uk

Lindsey Bennett

Lindsey Bennett

Teacher
Professional Teaching and Learning Coach

Having recently completed a Doctorate in Education at the University of Chester, Lindsey has been focusing on implementing her research in teaching and learning within the art curriculum. Lindsey is particularly interested in fostering positive relationships within the school environment and has recently taken on the role of teaching coach within the school.

Lindsey has a passion for the visual arts and has been teaching at schools across the North West for the past 10 years. Lindsey sustains her own creative practice through making art, writing and visiting museums and art galleries. In her spare time Lindsey loves walks in the countryside exploring the great outdoor with her dog!


lbennett@chesterinternational.co.uk

Matt Whitton

Matt Whitton

SENCO, MYP Science and IB Physics Teacher

After graduating with a B.Sc. Hons in Geology from Southampton and a M.Sc. in Hydrogeology from Birmingham, Matt moved to Barcelona to teach ESL in Spain, Poland and Mexico. Moving to Washington State in the U.S. with his wife, he gained his science teaching credential and then become involved in leading the transition to new Next Generation Science Standards within his school district, as well as developing and leading initiatives in Project-Based Learning, STEM and inquiry-based learning as a State Science Fellow.

He has a passion for enabling students to develop 21st century skills and international mindedness and strives to ensure that all students thrive and grow as learners. Matt also loves rock-climbing, cycling and enjoying the great outdoors with family.

mwhitton@chesterinternational.co.uk

Montana Hull

Montana Hull

Teacher and MYP Co-ordinator

Montana has a passion for the environment, conservation and the living world. After completing her BSc in Zoology, she took her MSc in Environmental Management, at Aberystwyth University. Before teaching, she worked abroad with Orang-utan Foundation International both in Indonesia and the USA. She has lots of experience working with people from around the world and loves to travel.

Outside of science Montana enjoys being outdoors, climbing (or running) up the Welsh mountains, she also competes in climbing competitions. She strives to bring her love of life to her classes.

mhull@chesterinternational.co.uk

Natalie Wright

Natalie Wright

Teacher and Pastoral Team Member

Natalie has always had a passion for the performing arts since she began dance and theatre lessons at the age of 3. Natalie trained in Drama & Theatre studies in Liverpool and completed her PGCE in Secondary Drama at The University of Chester and has taught in a number of schools across the North West.

In her spare time, Natalie treads the boards herself in local amateur theatre by performing and directing productions annually. Most recently she performed the role of Little Red Riding Hood in Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods and was the assistant director and performed in Singin’ in the Rain which took place in Chester’s very own Storyhouse Theatre.

nwright@chesterinternational.co.uk

Rebecca Graham

Rebecca Graham

Teacher

Having graduated with Bed Hons in Technology from Manchester Metropolitan University followed by a postgraduate diploma in the management of change, Rebecca has extensive experience of teaching Business at many levels both in the comprehensive and grammar school systems. With a view to increasing employer engagement within her subject and the school, Rebecca has recently taken on the role of work experience coordinator, utilising her keen interest in business and her local knowledge of Chester and the surrounding area.

When she is not teaching Business, Rebecca enjoys singing in a local choir, reading and spending time with her family. Most recently, she challenged herself to learn to run as part of the couch to 5K programme.

rgraham@chesterinternational.co.uk

Richard Jones

Richard Jones

Teacher

Richard is an experienced GCSE Maths teacher with a real desire to support all students to achieve in this fundamental subject. Richard’s keen interest in science, mathematics and how things work led him to complete a degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Liverpool. His focus was in exploring sustainable energy sources, specifically the use of turbines within wind farming. Richard completed his PCGE at Liverpool Hope University and went on to teach secondary Mathematics close to home on the Wirral.

In his own time Richard enjoys pushing himself at the gym where he regularly challenges himself through gruelling weight based and HIIT sessions. He is an avid football fan, enjoys playing the guitar and exploring new cultures through travel. Richard hopes to enthuse and support students during their journey at CIS.

rjones@chesterinternational.co.uk

Rob Jones

Rob Jones

Learning Support Assistant

Coming from a family of accountants, Rob has always had Maths at the forefront of his life, and has chased this passion into education, where he loves inspiring this same passion in students.

He attended the University of York where he studied Linguistics and Philosophy, with a particular focus on logic and epistemology, and completed his PGCE in Secondary Maths at the University of Chester.

In his spare time, he loves reading, learning new things and films, and he is very excited to be a part of the CIS team!

Victoria Bentley

Victoria Bentley

Coach, Pastoral Team and Safeguarding Lead

With a flair for Art and creativity, Vicky graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 3-Dimensional Design (glass with ceramics) and then returned to the heart of Chester to set up her own glass studio designing and producing innovative glassware. Vicky’s passion is now leading the Coaching Team, working with the Pastoral Team and Safeguarding all students and staff. She comes to the role of Coach with a deep and varied experience in working with students to support them in the areas of Mental Health, Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) and Attendance. Vicky is trained in Level 7 Specialist Assessor in Assessing for Access Arrangements and is a First Aider.

Vicky enjoys walking the family dog but not so much having her children's tarantulas, snakes, and rainbow crab!



vbentley@chesterinternational.co.uk

Meet the Governing Body

Euan Imrie

Euan Imrie

As Chair of Trustees, Euan is currently Chief Operating Officer at The Charities Trust, and was formerly Bursar at Sandbach School for eight years. Before this, he was Group Finance Director at Littlewoods Retail, responsible for the entire finance function for this £2b turnover organisation. Euan has a mixture of financial and commercial/business experience which he has also put into practice in an educational setting at Christleton High School.

Euan has a degree in Business Studies, and is a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants (FCCA).

Mike Rodden

Mike Rodden

Mike is a Software Systems Architect, and solves complex computing problems by using cutting edge developments in software design, mathematics and general science.

With an MSc (Distinction) in Information Systems, Mike applies his knowledge to help clients in Europe, America, Australia and Japan, and works across a range of industries including Banking, Manufacturing, Media & Advertising and Pharmaceuticals.

Neil Jones

Neil Jones

Neil’s background is in scientific research, laboratory management and business incubation in the life sciences, materials and academic sectors. He holds a Masters in Analytical Chemistry and a PhD from the University of Leeds.

With experience of managing open-access research and development facilities and running collaborative interdisciplinary projects, he is currently Science Service Manager for Manchester Science Partnerships and is based at Alderley Park in Cheshire.

Nigel Follos

Nigel Follos

With almost 30 years’ experience in the private sector with blue chip companies including Shell and Vimto, Nigel brings strong financial, marketing, management and commercial skills to the Trust. He has a proven track record of implementing successful turnaround plans and organisational growth strategies.

Stephen Miller

Stephen Miller

Stephen joined Bank of America Merrill Lynch in July 2015 as Head of BAML Chester and Global Head of FX Operations. Prior to that he spent 7 years with Standard Chartered Bank in Singapore as Global Head of Derivative and Securities Operations & Middle Office. After 5 years in Asia, in 2012 he returned to the UK to assume the position of Chief Information Officer UK and Europe.

Stephen has also spent time outside of the banking sector, including serving in the Royal Navy. He is also a Council member of the Business Disability Forum and a keen advocate of technology and skills enablement in the workplace. He has a degree in Ancient History from the University of Bristol and lives in the North West with his family.