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 as School Secretary, Office Manager and Clerk to Governors at St Margaret’s CE 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

Schools Finance Partner

In September 2018, Lee took up the position of Schools Finance Partner and recently acted 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.

Michele Fullwood

Acting Schools Finance Partner

Michele was seconded to the BDMAT finance team as an Acting Schools Finance Partner on 01 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.

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.

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. 

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