Central staff

Christopher Mansell

CEO and Accounting Officer

Christopher took up post as CEO of the new BDMAT 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

Chief School Effectiveness Officer

Sam took up the post of Chief School Effectiveness Officer 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 for 12 years as the School Secretary and Clerk to Governors for a Church Of England Primary School in Solihull.

Christopher Manning

Chief Finance and Operations Officer

Chris joined BDMAT as Chief Finance and Operations Officer in March 2019, having spent 10 years working for Landau Forte Charitable Trust, a multi academy trust based in the midlands, as Group Financial Controller, and then Executive Director of Finance & Administration. Prior to this Chris trained to be a Chartered Accountant within KPMG working across the public sector.

Lee Davis

Head of Finance

Lee is now Head of Finance at BDMAT.  Prior to this, Lee was School Finance Partner at BDMAT and had recently acted as the Chief Finance and Operations Officer.  Lee also worked within the trust at St Clement’s Church of England Academy as a School Business Manager before taking up post as a School Finance Partner in September 2018. 

Michele Fullwood

Schools Finance Partner

Michele is a Schools Finance Partner for BDMAT, having been seconded to the BDMAT finance team in January 2019. Previously, she was the full time School Business Manager at St George’s Church of England Academy, Newtown. Prior to this, she had 10 years’ experience as a Bursar at a Local Authority School.

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.