Central staff

Christopher Mansell

CEO and Accounting Officer

Christopher took up post as CEO of the new BDAT on 01 September 2017. Prior to this, he had been Headteacher of 4 schools during a period of 17 years in Derby City, Derbyshire and Warwickshire, having commenced his first headship in 2000.

Samantha Cosgrove

Head of School Improvement

Sam took up the post of Head of School Improvement in September 2018. Prior to this she was Executive Head Teacher of the Barchelai Multi Academy Trust which was based in the south of Birmingham. 

Sheila Benbow

PA to the CEO

Sheila took up her post as Administrator in October 2017 and now with the development of the MAT in its second year, has a new role as PA to the CEO. She began her career in marketing and administration before training and teaching in Birmingham, and later Staffordshire.

Anita Devenport


Anita joined the team as an Administrator in November 2018. Prior to this she worked as School Secretary, Office Manager and Clerk to Governors at St Margaret’s CE Primary School in Solihull. 

Lee Davis

Acting Chief Finance and Operations Officer

In September 2018, Lee took up the position of Schools Finance Partner and is currently Acting as the Chief Finance and Operations Officer. Prior to this Lee worked within the trust at St Clement’s Church of England Academy as a School Business Manager.

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.

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