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Sir M Aspinall

Chair of Directors

Sir Mark has over 20 years’ experience in Law across banking, financial, media, NHS, Government and FTSE corporate sector. He has extensive HR and change management experience, recently tasked with bringing 3 Local Authority services together. Most recently Sir Mark has a Post Graduate Degree in Law and an LLM in Legal Practice. He is currently a Judge and a Governor of a local authority Primary School.


Mr J Bench


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).


Mr S Smith


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.


Mr S White


Stephen is Walsall born and bred and attended Queen Mary's Grammar School. Aged 18 he moved to London as a trainee accountant in Tesco's head office. He returned to the Black Country and has remained working there ever since. He is currently Managing Director of an engineering firm based in the Black Country. Stephen is part of a trio training to climb Kilimanjaro for charity.


Ms T Goodyere


Mr I Bidmead


Ian is a chartered accountant, specialising in audit, tax and mergers and acquisitions. He lives in Walsall with his wife and was educated at Barr Beacon School, attending between 1972 to 79 (where he also met his wife). Having disposed of his accountancy practice in 2022 he now works as a finance director for an audio production company that specialises in tours an festivals for the entertainment industry. During his time as the senior partner in practice he acted as auditor for trust academies and he has gained invaluable insight in their operations and finance. 
When not lost in spreadsheets, Ian enjoys theatre, concerts, travel, films and literature, and still throws himself around a badminton court with enthusiasm. 


Kate Tranter


Kate has worked in the aviation industry for over thirty years. She has held a managerial role for the past twenty seven years and has been responsible for Operations and Station Management at numerous airports across the United Kingdom. She has also acted as Parent Governor at Barr Beacon for the past two years.