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Dame Maureen Brennan

CEO

Mo has worked in schools in the Midlands for over 40 years. She has served on national working group and committees and is a speaker at regional, national and international conferences. Following 17 years of headship she was appointed Chief Executive in May 2017. She is an elected member of the West Midlands Headteacher Board. Mo is a National Leader of Education (NLE).

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Mr Jeremy Bench

Chair of Directors

Jeremy has lived in Walsall for the last 45 years with is wife and children who have all been educated locally. Jeremy has been involved with Matrix Academy Trust since it was established following the request of sponsorship by Etone College in Nuneaton. He currently sits on the Board of Directors for Matrix and is also chair for the Governing bodies of both Barr Beacon School and Etone College. Jeremy works as a consultant within the development and construction industry and runs his own business. He has a practical and commercial understanding of finance and has a common sense approach when making decisions. His Hobbies include Theatre, Golf, Fine Dining and Walking. Jeremy is a National Leader of Governance (NLG).

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Mr S Smith

Director

Stephen has worked in the electrical industry for over forty years in management roles ranging from Production, HR, Marketing, Logistics, Commercial, and General Management. Most recently, he has spent ten years in Project Management, controlling a team which worked on a number of prestigious projects both in the U.K. and overseas. He has also acted as a Parent Governor at Barr Beacon School.

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Mr K Hoey

Director

Keith is Managing Director and owner of a Walsall based business consultancy, Keith Hoey and Associates Limited. Having previously spent thirty four years with a global metals manufacturing organisation, he specialises in helping organisations improve their operational performance through the application of change management and employee participation strategies. Keith has worked with businesses in North America, Australia, Russia and throughout mainland Europe helping them to improve, grow and prosper. He has over 12 years experience as a school governor.

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Dr D Parkes

Director

Deborah is a qualified teacher with over 25 years’ experience of teaching in a wide range of schools and has a degree in Economics and Modern Languages, a Master’s Degree in Educational Management and a Doctorate in Education. She also holds the National Professional Qualification for Headteachers. Her specialist area is working with children with behavioural, emotional and social difficulties and she has been involved in school governance for over 20 years firstly as a school staff governor and for ten years as a parent governor of Barr Beacon School. Deborah is delighted to be a director of the Matrix Academy Trust and, through it, to see the difference that outstanding governance and leadership can make to the education of young people. Aside from education, her main interests are property renovation and motorbikes. She rides a road bike and is part of a classic bike race team.