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Our Staff and Directors combine humility with determination. We see this in the example of Jesus. They are the nurturing leaders, who do not want credit, but want success to sustain over a longer period of time, long after they are gone. Staff and Directors will identify and include people who share the vision and can contribute to the direction of the Trust as well as having the skills and knowledge needed to meet the objectives. They will not shy away from facing and accepting brutal truths and realities of data, numbers and situations but at the same time they won’t lose hope of a better future. All Staff and Directors share the same values regarding education provision.
Educating for Dignity and Respect
Educating for Wisdom, Knowledge and Skills
Educating for Hope and Aspiration
Educating for Community and Living Well Together

BDMAT Company Structure

Michele Fullwood

Head of Compliance

Michele is now Head of Compliance for BDMAT.  She was previously one of our School Finance Partners, having been seconded to the BDMAT finance team in January 2019 and prior to this, she was the full time School Business Manager at St George’s Church of England Academy, Newtown.

Stacey Sheldon

School Finance Partner

Stacey joined the BDMAT Team in September 2019 as the School Finance Partner for schools in our South Hub.  She has previously worked as an Accountant for five years, having completed AAT and most recently CIMA to gain Charted Management Accountant status.  

Luke Smith

Finance Apprentice

Luke joined the BDMAT Central Team as a Finance Apprentice in December 2018. Prior to joining the team, he worked in sales, administration and finance.

Jane Martin

Christian Distinctiveness Advisor

Jane Martin is a Christian Distinctiveness Advisor for BDMAT.  She began her teaching career in a Church of England VA school in 1985.
Before taking early retirement in summer 2018, Jane was a head teacher at a CE (VA) School for thirteen years. During her headship the school was judged by SIAS/SIAMS to be outstanding in all areas in 2008, 2013 and 2018. The school was judged to be outstanding in all areas by Ofsted in 2013. 

Jill Stolberg

Christian Distinctiveness Advisor

Jill is a Christian Distinctiveness Advisor for BDMAT, in addition to her role as a Church School Distinctiveness Adviser for The Church of England Birmingham Education Team. 

Vicki Sumner

Executive Leader

Vicki Sumner is Executive Leader at St Michael’s CE Primary, Handsworth and Hawkesley Church Primary Academy.

Louise Darby

Teaching & Learning Consultant

Louise took up the post of Key Stage 2 Teaching and Learning Consultant in September 2019.  Prior to this she was a senior teacher at St Michael’s Primary School, Bartley Green, where she taught for 15 years. 

Over the course of her career she has taught children of all ages and abilities although her main experience lies within Key Stage 2 with a particular focus on Year 6. 

Tammy Smith

Teaching & Learning Consultant

Tammy took up post as EYFS and KS1 Teaching and Learning Consultant in September 2019.  Prior to this, for the past 15 years Tammy has worked in Early Years and Key Stage One in Sandwell and Birmingham schools. She was the Early Years Leader for the schools in the Barchelai Trust and more recently became a Lead Practitioner for EYFS where her passion for EYFS is evident.

Mark Pryce

The Revd Canon Dr Mark Pryce

The Revd Canon Dr Mark Pryce is Director of Ministry, Church of England  – Birmingham and Chaplain to the Queen.  
Originally from Wales, Mark moved to the West Midlands in 1987 to serve as Curate of All Saints Church, West Bromwich, where he was also part-time Chaplain at Sandwell District General Hospital, Governor of two Church Primary Schools, and Community Governor of a large Secondary School.
He was elected as a Fellow of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge in 1990, and served there as Dean of Chapel and Tutor for twelve years before returning to the Black Country as Vicar of Smethwick Old Church, where he led the development of the Dorothy Parkes Community Centre.

Sarah Smith

Diocesan Director of Education

Sarah came to the Diocese in February 2015 from her post as Executive Head Teacher of St John’s CE Primary School in Sparkbrook, which she led for 11 years.

Matt Thompson

The Very Revd Matt Thompson, Dean of Birmingham

Dean Matt is Dean of Birmingham. He was installed as Dean of Birmingham on 30 September 2017.
Throughout his ministry, he has been particularly involved in schools, urban regeneration, interfaith ministry and community cohesion. He is interested in public theology and Ignatian spirituality.

Jenny Tomlinson

The Venerable Jenny Tomlinson

On 12 May 2019 at Birmingham Cathedral, the Bishop of Birmingham collated Jenny Tomlinson as the new Archdeacon of Birmingham, and the Dean of Birmingham installed her as an Honorary Canon of The Cathedral Church of St Philip, Birmingham.

Christine Arrowsmith


Since 2012, Christine has worked as a ‘Hotline’ officer with the Association of School and College Leaders, offering telephone advice to all ASCL members, which requires up to date expertise and knowledge of curriculum, data for accountability, inspections, pay, performance management, employment law, management of staff and students and Governance and Trusts, as well as strong people skills. Christine has also worked since 2011 as a self-employed education consultant, supporting schools in the primary, secondary, special and pupil referral unit sectors. Her specialisms include supporting Senior teams and Governors on school improvement, particularly involving leadership and management, subject and pastoral leader training, pre and post inspection support, school evaluation and school improvement planning.

Melanie Crooks


Mel is Director of Finance across a number of church related entities – the Diocesan Board of Finance, Cathedral, Thrive Together Birmingham, and previously with the Diocese of Birmingham Education Trust (DBET), the umbrella trust for sponsored diocesan school academies prior to Sept 2017. She was a member of the DBET Academy Finance and Scrutiny Committee, with oversight for school financial management and audit effectiveness. She also provides financial governance and management training to governing bodies/accounting officers and school business managers.

Geoff Harley-Mason


Geoff works both as a mentor to church youth workers supporting them in their ministry to young people and as a learning mentor to year 6 young people at school in Sparkhill. He has qualifications in both youth work and theology and has worked for several churches in the West Midlands. Currently he is chair of Governors at Arden Academy in Knowle and is also a director of the Arden Multi Academy Trust. As part of these roles he sits on the Solihull LEA Schools Forum.

Olivia Jenkins


Olivia is a solicitor in the dispute and resolution team (DART) at Trowers and Hamlins LLP currently specialising in litigious construction matters. She is well versed in providing advice to corporate bodies / exec boards on the commercial running of their business.

Kabir Khan


Kabir has worked in senior business roles for multi-national engineering, construction and manufacturing companies prior to joining BDMAT. With his academic background in Management & Law, he has a good understanding of corporate governance, compliance and education sectors.

Heidi Leung


Heidi currently works as a Senior Education Advisor for FFT Education Ltd, a leading non-profit independent provider of education data for schools in the UK. In this nationwide role, she supports local authorities, Dioceses and Multi-Academy Trusts in the use of insightful data and analysis to improve outcomes for children and young people. A key part of her advisor role is to ensure she keeps abreast of changes in the national education landscape and their impact on school improvement strategies.

Nigel Oram


Nigel is currently the head teacher of Harper Bell Seventh day-Adventist Primary, a unique one form entry school, serving children and the community in the heart on Birmingham.
Nigel has worked in education for 19 years and has a continued desire to ensure all children are given the guidance, love and inspiration leading them to a fulfilled and purposeful life.

Nick Pilditch


Nick joined the team in June 2017 and comes from a business background; his expertise in that world is in business transformation and culture change. Nick is commercial trained and gained his MBA from Edinburgh Napier University in 2016.

Revd Barrie Scott


Barrie has been Vicar of St John the Evangelist, Perry Barr since January 2015 and was previously Honorary Assistant Priest (SSM) at St Michael’s Handsworth for sixteen years. Between 2004 and 2015, Barrie was Headteacher of two different schools in the Midlands, having previously served as Deputy Headteacher, Head of Modern Languages and Advisory Teacher for Languages in schools across the Midlands. Barrie was headteacher of Granville Community School in Swadlincote, an 11-16 comprehensive school, which moved over 3 years from Serious Weaknesses to becoming the best school in the area, the rise in KS3 SATS and GCSE results making it one of the top ten most improved schools in the country. Following this, Barrie became Headteacher of Cannock Chase High School, a large 11-19 comprehensive school in Staffordshire and oversaw its successful conversion to a free-standing academy and a rise in results of 18% on GCSE headline measures and a comparable increase in A Level/sixth form results. The school also saw a rise from 4% to 20% of sixth-formers obtaining places at Russell Group universities. Barrie was elected to the Association of School and College Leaders National Council in 2011, and was a member of the Ofsted monitoring and the Curriculum and Standards committees. He also served on the Academies and Direct Employers Group.

Steven Skakel

Steven is an Independent Director and Trustee with a portfolio of roles. He is currently Chair of Shirley Deanery and Birmingham Diocesan Synods. In addition to joining the Birmingham MAT, Steven is a member of Bishop’s Council for The Church of England Birmingham, a member of the national Church of England Peer Review team, a trustee of the Barrow Cadbury Trust and a school governor.

Dr Jan Smart


Jan is the Diocesan Secretary for Church of England – Birmingham. She is the senior non-clerical executive in the diocese, leading its projects and administrative structures and is responsible for staffing and allocation of resources. She acts as Company Secretary for finance, investments, property and office services across the 184 churches.  Prior to this, Jan was the HR Director of the Church of England, Birmingham. She was also CEO of the Renewal Christian Centre in Solihull for seven years and from 1989 to 2008 she held various senior management roles at Cadbury Limited, including: Sales Analyst, Market Research, Strategic Planning, Business Development, Finance, Training & Development, HR and Employment Law . Her specialist HR experience will support the BDMAT in developing high quality people practices and ensuring compliance with statutory requirements relating to HR policies and procedures, while her general business experience will support strategic planning and development.

Sarah Smith

Sarah came to the Diocese in February 2015 from her post as Executive Head Teacher of St John’s CE Primary School in Sparkbrook, rated ‘outstanding‘ by Ofsted, which she led successfully for eleven years. A National Leader of Education, she has been involved in supporting schools on their journey of school improvement and has served as Chair of Birmingham Local Authority Primary Forum.

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