Central staff

David Benbow

IT Assistant

David joined BDMAT as a part-time IT assistant in August 2020 and since February 2021, is now a full time member of the BDMAT IT team. Before joining BDMAT he attended Hull University where he combined his twin passions for music and IT, graduating with a degree in music technology. David is now enjoying the challenge of learning on the job and problem solving, and is keen for the chance to improve his IT knowledge and skills during his training. Outside of work, he spends much of his time writing and performing music; he also enjoys running, playing badminton and walking.

Khadija Bibi

PA to CSEO/CFOO

Khadija joined the BDMAT Central Team in July 2020 as a PA to the CSEO & CFOO. Before joining BDMAT, Khadija was a HR administrative officer, and is looking forward to supporting all our schools. She has a lot of skills that she has picked up throughout her career and is ready to support us in all the ways that she can.

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.  She believes that the children should be at the heart of everything schools do and that learning should be proactive and centred around the child’s needs.  Louise endeavours to celebrate children’s academic achievements as well as developing their moral and spiritual awareness.

Louise has been curriculum lead for various subjects during her teaching career however her passion and main expertise is within mathematics.  She has led and managed maths for most of her career in two different schools and more recently also took on the role of pupil premium champion.

Gurpreet Dhariwal

School Finance Partner

Gurpreet joined BDMAT in October 2020 as a Schools Finance Partner for the Central Schools Hub. For the last two years she’s worked as a Management Accountant for an athletics governing body and prior to this she worked in a commercial environment where she trained to become a ACCA qualified accountant.

Georgia Fisher

Finance Apprentice

Georgia joined BDMAT Central Team as a Finance Apprentice in September 2020. She is studying for her AAT qualification and aspires to gain chartered accountant status.

Marc Humphries

Senior IT Technician

Marc has worked in IT for 12 years and have enjoyed the variety it brings in working in various different sectors from education, to law, to the oil and gas industry. Outside of work he enjoy doing Tough Mudder runs, hiking up the Peak District, and baking very sugary snacks.

Amy Kiely

Payroll Officer

Amy joined BDMAT Central Team in August 2020 as payroll officer, she had previously worked for 10 years in accountancy practices and more recently spent nearly 3 in the finance department of a steel manufacturing firm.

Amy lives in Stourbridge with her partner Jamie, two dogs, two cats and two rabbits. When she is not looking after the mini zoo she loves to travel.

Lisa McIntosh

School Improvement Partner

Lisa joined BDMAT as a School Improvement Partner in January 2021. She is passionate about inspiring and motivating others to provide children with excellent, positive learning opportunities. She has a wealth of experience of working across a range of schools to improve standards for the children. This has included modelling and demonstrating teaching; writing and delivering tailored professional development as well as completing school reviews to analyse school performance. She has led a number of areas in different school settings with dedication and enthusiasm, including: English, Maths, Art, DT, History, Geography and overseeing the spend and provision for disadvantaged pupils. Lisa has worked as a visiting lecturer for Birmingham City University. She has experience as an end of KS2 writing moderator, working with Birmingham Local Authority to ensure consistency and accuracy of judgements for Year 6 pupils across the city.

Kayleigh Powers

Teaching and Learning Consultant

Kayleigh will be joining BDMAT as a KS1 Teaching and Learning Consultant and Literacy support in April 2021. She has spent the majority of her career so far teaching and leading KS1 in different settings. She strongly believes that all children should be ambitious and encouraged to have dreams and high aspirations for themselves which can be achieved through a good standard of teaching that is broad, inspirational and that can be accessed by every child. She holds the children at the forefront of everything that she does and encourages others to do the same. During her career, Kayleigh has led different areas in school such as the wider curriculum, phonics and is currently a member of the Literacy team. In 2017, she completed her Master of Arts in Educational Innovation with Warwick University and enjoys researching important topics in education. She has been involved in official KS1 moderations from the local authority including a phonics moderation. Kayleigh is looking forward to joining the team at BDMAT and working alongside the families and children that we serve.

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.

Tammy believes that quality early education is vital as it is forms the foundations for all future learning. As EYFS and KS1 Teaching and Learning Consultant, she encourages an atmosphere of curiosity and engagement in learning where children are encouraged to take ownership of their thoughts and ideas; where their voices are listened to and respected but also challenged. Tammy believes children early in EYFS should be recognised as competent learners who can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured whilst also being aware that they develop in individual ways and varying rates . Supporting staff across the BDMAT promote these skills in our youngest pupils is her aim as she takes up post with the Central Team.