mats summit 2019

10 - 11 October 2019
Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel 


As a former teacher and editor of Schools Week, Laura has spent over 12 years on the frontline of education policy and interviewed over 60 top education names – from Dylan Wiliam to Carol Dweck to Amanda Spielman. Last year she co-founded Teacher Tapp, the daily survey tool with over 5,000 users. Each day it reveals new insights into teachers’ lives and their needs, wants and desires. She regularly appear on radio and television, including BBC Radio 4, News 24, Sky News, and Newsnight.

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Jane is the CEO of South Pennine Academies. She has considerable experience as a highly successful Headteacher and Principal. Jane has been a National Leader of Education since 2009, and effectively supported and built capacity in a wide range of schools, locally and regionally. Jane has won national awards for her commitment to excellence in the professional development of teachers, and has been awarded a Teaching Award, as Headteacher of the Year. She has a wealth of experience working for the DfE on the Head teacher Board for West Yorkshire and Lancashire and as a Teaching and Leadership Adviser for NCTL.

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Tiffany is co-founder of Maritime Academy Trust and a National Leader of Governance. She is now Senior Consultant at PLMR, supporting organisations across the education sector and beyond in all areas of communications including public relations, crisis support, public affairs, strategic advice, stakeholder engagement, research & insight, and more. She was previously the governance advisor for REAch2, the largest primary only trust in the country.  

Karen is an experienced Headteacher with a proven track record of school improvement. Since joining the Trust Karen has continued to work for Tameside supporting schools as a Schools Performance and Standards Officer and also sits on Tameside’s School’s Forum. Karen has recently had an active role in all party parliamentary group discussions. She is a member of a multi academy trust advisory body for Prospects Education and her schools have been used as an example of best practice by Ofsted.

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Mark heads up the Education team at Browne Jacobson and has more than twenty years’ experience as an education lawyer. He has previously served as a member of the Regional Council of the Learning and Skills Council, as a Director of the National Governance' Association and on the Board of a 157 Group FE College. Mark is currently the Chair of the L.E.A.D Academy Trust, a large multi-academy trust in the Midlands and is also a long-standing Teach First mentor.

Adam is the Chief Executive for nasen with responsibility for strategic direction and operational delivery across the full breadth of nasen’s activity. Prior to this, Adam held a number of senior education roles including Director of the Centre for Professional Education at the University of Warwick, Academic Principal for IGGY (an educational social network for gifted teenagers) and West Midlands Area Coordinator for the Further Mathematics Support Programme. In addition to a range of teaching and leadership posts in both primary and secondary schools, Adam has a portfolio of education research and international education projects. 

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After a career in Customer Service management, Janet began her teaching career in 2002. A degree in english literature and a genuine passion for developing all aspects of literacy within primary settings led to her being a literacy lead for 10 years whilst also being a primary deputy headteacher in London Boroughs of Sutton and Merton. Janet began working with Cornerstones in 2011 and has been working for them in a full-time capacity since 2016. Her role involves working strategically with Senior Leadership teams to design and implement whole school curriculum approaches and training staff to deliver them effectively.    

Stephen has extensive experience in the academy sector and prior to joining CMAT was the Director of Education for the East of England in a large multi academy trust. In this role he was responsible for the work of fifteen primary, secondary and special academies. He was also on the Executive Board of a highly successful Teaching School Alliance. Stephen also has a broad experience of headship in a variety of successful schools and was previously the Executive Principal of the Clacton Coastal Academy as well as undertaking other Executive Principal roles in a number of academies across the East of England. Clacton Coastal Academy was one of the top fifteen most improved academies nationally in 2010 and in the top three in the Eastern Region.

Matthew is a Chief Executive of Embark Federation which is a trust of seven schools across Derbyshire. One of the core beliefs at Embark Federation is Family and Matthew is very keen to protect staff workload and their wellbeing. He is very proud that Embark was selected for a National Case Study about how the trust has created a positive culture for staff which has affected the recruitment and retention of staff making them an employer of choice. 


Leora is the CEO of the Confederation of School Trusts (CST).  She was recently Director of Policy and Public Relations for the Association of School and College Leaders. She has six years of experience as a Chief Education Officer in two London Local Authorities. Leora has a wide range of experiences that reflect her passion for making a difference in the lives of children and young people. She is a committed educationalist who has extensive experience at senior executive level of working with schools to improve quality of provision and standards.

Anne was Head of Bristol Cathedral School from 2004 to 2007, then School Development Adviser and later Deputy Director of Education in Salisbury Diocese. She became Diocesan Director of Education for the Oxford Diocese in 2011. When ODST was formed in 2012, Anne undertook the role of CEO on a part-time basis, becoming full-time CEO in 2017.


Richard is a National Leader of Education, Lead inspector and Chair of the Teaching Schools Council. He is a former Vice Chair of the Birmingham Education Partnership working alongside Estelle Morris and Steve Munby and currently is the proud Chief Executive of a respected multi-academy trust, the Arthur Terry Learning Partnership. The ATLP runs a learning family of eight primary schools, five secondary schools, a SCITT and one teaching school serving more than 8,000 students and 1,000 staff and governors. The ATLP is currently celebrating ‘a decade of difference’ having successfully provided school-to-school support since 2008.

Hugh is an award-winning international business leader with over 20 years’ experience enabling education and learning organisations. Over the last five years he has built the Elliot Foundation from concept to one of the most successful primary academy sponsors in the country. Over the same period he has helped other academy trusts with their organisational design and has contributed to the Bloodhound SSC project which aims to inspire a generation to study STEM subjects with an attempt on the world land speed record.

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Emma is Chief Executive of the National Governance Association (NGA) - the leading charity for guidance, advice, research, and professional development for school governors, trustees, governing boards and their clerks. Prior to her appointment in 2010 she was joint CEO of the Daycare Trust. Before that, she worked in a number of roles primarily in the voluntary sector, including Child Poverty Action Group and Citizens Advice, but also at the Legal Services Commission and the Local Government Association.

Rosie is very excited to work for Embark as the four core beliefs mirror what she stands for. She has a passion for providing children with opportunities they may never have experienced. Family is very important to Rosie and she aims to provide the same for Embark children that she would want for her own and looks forward to work with the team to achieve this. Rosie will play a key part in helping the trust and schools achieve their vision and will add to what is already a rich curriculum. 

Lee is the Deputy Chief Executive of Thinking Schools Academy Trust, a 16 school strong trust operating in Portsmouth, Medway and Kent. Lee has introduced a number of innovations to drive efficiency while raising standards. This has included a new teacher pay framework designed to recruit and retain the most talented teaching, and motivate them to stay in the classroom, and a curriculum led financial planning model which has cut costs at one academy by £2m while making it the top non-selective secondary school in the local authority.


Nick leads the education team on corporate and governance matters and also heads up the firm's Birmingham education team. He has extensive experience of advising education charities, academies, schools, further education and sixth form colleges, local authorities and not-for-profit organisations on governance issues, joint ventures, collaborations and establishing trading companies. He has particular expertise in developing innovative approaches to academy groups, collaborations in the education sector.

Stephen was recently appointed as the new executive director of the Institute of School Business Management.  Stephen has a 20 year career history in operations and finance and has worked at a senior level in both the public and private sectors. Stephen is committed to ensuring ISBL remains relevant and at the forefront of the profession by leading the association in a direction that will provide better services and offerings.


Androulla has been the Deputy CEO of the Enfield Learning Trust (ELT) since it was first established in September 2016 and also oversees operations across the trust as well as being CFO. In the past 29 years Androulla has gained extensive experience in school and system leadership through senior leadership roles. At the heart of Androulla's work is ensuring that she continues to support the opportunity to improve the life chances for all pupils across the trust.

Prior to founding Maritime, Nick was the Executive Head Teacher of Millennium, Brooklands, and Timbercroft Primary Schools. He is a National Leader of Education. Under Nick’s leadership, Brooklands went from a ‘Satisfactory’ Ofsted rating to ‘Outstanding’ and became a London Gold School, and Millennium went from ‘Requires Improvement’ to ‘Outstanding’. All three schools' attainment and progress have accelerated rapidly, with the progress at Millennium and Timbercroft being in the top 3% nationally.  During the most recent Ofsted inspection his leadership was described as exceptional.

Mike began his career teaching English and running youth training programmes in colleges before moving to work on policy, planning and operations in government education funding bodies. Mike has been Director of Academies and Maintained Schools in the ESFA since August 2016.


Matthew is Ofsted’s Deputy Director for Schools. He has led the development of major inspection frameworks and was responsible for inspector training and the effective administration of Ofsted’s quality assurance and complaints work. He also led Ofsted’s work to introduce short inspections and the common inspection framework. This ambitious package of reforms was implemented in September 2015. He oversaw the work to bring all early years inspectors back in-house within Ofsted. This change took place in April 2017.

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Claire moved into the education field in 2003. Claire was at the forefront of the academy conversion process in 2009 and again in 2014. Her role covered the majority of non-teaching functions within education with a particular focus on finance, HR and facilities. Claire successfully managed two build programmes, the latest being a £23.5million new build/refurbishment, to their conclusion and, as a senior manager played an active part in Trust Board meetings and influenced policy direction for her academy. Claire’s role involves supporting academies in ensuring they manage their human resources and estates effectively and actively operate group policies and procedures to ensure the best educational outcomes for pupils across The Trust.

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Jeffery is the Regional Chief Executive Officer with overall responsibility for the educational and operational performance of schools within out South-Central region. He is a senior leader with extensive leadership experience of school improvement. Working also as the Trust Director of Standards and Effectiveness, Jeffery supports and works closely with principals and senior leadership teams to improve the quality of education provided and standards achieved. Before joining the Trust, he was the Headteacher at the City of London Academy which he led with a dedication to academic rigour and commitment for every student to achieve his/her best potential. Additionally, Jeffery is an Ofsted Lead Inspector for primary and secondary schools and a member of the Department for Education Expert Advisory Groups for reviewing behaviours and school exclusions in England and developing the Teacher Recruitment Strategy. 

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Jenni has been teaching since 1996 and has been working for Aquinas Church of England Multi Academy Trust as a head teacher and leader since 2016. Her role has developed and she is now in the role of trust improvement partner leading a hub of schools and securing school improvement across the trust as part of a central education team. She passionately believes in providing the best opportunities for children and staff to flourish and succeed and supports this through coaching and mentoring and leading on school improvement strategies.

Dan has an extensive career in the education sector both in the UK and internationally. Dan sets the strategic direction for Sparx. Passionate about education and the impact that we can make to the lives of learners, Dan has been involved in leading and guiding numerous education teams. Dan has been a regular author in Education publications.

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Sam is the Director of Sheffield Institute of Education at Sheffield Hallam University - a national of education research and practice, for its excellence and innovation in teaching and learning. In this role she uses her research and practice in the development of teacher expertise to develop a range of innovative workplace embedded approaches to Initial and Continuing Teacher development. With experience in teacher education, curriculum development and language and literacy, Sam has been heavily Behaviour

Andrew is the Regional Schools Commissioner for the West Midlands, a senior civil servant post within the Department for Education. He has responsibility for over a thousand academies and their trusts across sixteen local authorities and several dioceses. Previously he was the Chair of the Teaching Schools Council, the organisation which plays a key role in helping to shape national policy, working with policy makers and teaching schools across the country to ensure every child, in every part of the country, has access to a great school.


Peter is the Chief Finance Officer of Academy Transformation Trust since July 2018; and prior to this he spent 10 years as the UK and Ireland Head of Corporate Finance and Tax for XPO Logistics. Prior to his appointment as Chief Finance Officer, he spent 12 months as a trustee of ATT. Peter is a chartered accountant with over 18 years experience in finance; having worked in both practice, at Deloitte and a smaller practice in the North West, and within industry. Peter is commercially focused, who aims to maximise revenue opportunities and implement cost reduction initiatives. He is also a strong influencer of change, who enthusiastically seeks opportunities to streamline processes, increase control and reduce risk.


Daniel is Deputy Director with responsibility for Ofsted’s research and evaluation programme. This includes oversight of Amanda Spielman’s new multi-year research programme into the curriculum across all phases of education, and ensuring the 2019 Education Inspection Framework is informed by the best possible evidence from research and academia. Previously Daniel was Professor of Education at the University of Southampton. You can follow him on twitter @ProfDanielMuijs

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