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Stephen Chamberlain, Chief Executive


Stephen Chamberlain
MA, BA(Hons), PGCE(Mus), NPQH, MIoD, FCMI, FRSA. Chief Executive

Stephen has extensive experience in the academy sector and prior to joining CMAT was the Director of Education for the East of England in a large multi academy trust. In this role he was responsible for the
work of fifteen primary, secondary and special academies. He was also on the Executive Board of a highly successful Teaching School Alliance. Stephen also has a broad experience of headship in a variety of successful schools and was previously the Executive Principal of the Clacton Coastal Academy as well as undertaking other Executive Principal roles in a number of academies across the East of England. Clacton Coastal Academy was one of the top fifteen most improved academies nationally in 2010 and in the top three in the Eastern Region.

Ofsted commented in 2011: 

Its (the academy) key strength is its executive principal; his determined leadership and vision for the academy has raised the expectations of staff and the aspirations of students. His excellent leadership has accelerated a number of improvements and generated good capacity to make further gains.’

As a result of working with Stephen and his team, two primary academies originally in special measures before joining his previous trust have been now been removed from a category with one moving to ‘good’ in just five terms. One large secondary academy has now been graded ‘outstanding’ and is now a teaching school.

Stephen currently works with a number of other teaching schools on the Improving Teacher and OLEVI Accredited Outstanding Teacher Programmes as a facilitator as well as directing other leadership programmes. Stephen regularly speaks at a number of national and international conferences on a range of issues both in this country and abroad including China, San Diego and Finland.

Prior to joining AET, Stephen was a Headteacher of a large comprehensive school in West Essex which is now ‘outstanding’ and Chair of an Education Improvement Partnership of 45 primary and secondary schools. As Chair, he was responsible for leading the development of a Children’s Centre Network in West Essex, the establishment of sixth form provision in 11-16 schools and the opening of the Jiangsu Centre to promote Chinese language and culture across Essex. During this time he was also a tutor on the NCSL Associate Headteacher Programme, NPQH programmes and currently delivers a number of sessions on PGCE, School Direct and other teaching programmes for the North Essex Teacher Training scheme and a number of university based and teaching school courses.

Stephen is an experienced Ofsted Inspector and trained Lead Inspector and has extensive experience of the inspection framework and the processes of school improvement. He has worked as an Accredited Consultant for the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust for over ten years working in the areas of re-designation, schools in challenging circumstances and the arts nationally. Stephen is also an experienced Advisor working for a local authority on leadership, information and communications technology and music technology, working with a wide range of schools.

Stephen was also the Chancellor of Suffolk Children’s University and is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute.

Outside of the world of education, Stephen originally trained as a cellist as well as a choral and orchestral conductor and has conducted a wide range of orchestras and musical productions in the UK and abroad. He has also led music and composition projects and workshops with the Royal College of Music, the BBC, the Royal Opera House and a number of other arts organisations.

Our Board of Directors

Frank Green, CBE
Frank Green, CBE
Frank has a considerable reputation as one of the country’s leading educational thinkers, innovators and successful leaders.

Most recently he was National Schools Commissioner, 2013-2016, with oversight of all Academies and Free Schools. He established the Regional School Commissioners structure as part of the mechanism to co-ordinate and oversee the development of the academies programme. Prior to that he had been Chief Executive of Leigh Academies Trust from 2008, one of the first MATs, having created it from the original Leigh City Technology College, of which he was Principal from 1997.

From 1992 to 1997 he was the founding Head of The Lincoln School of Science and Technology, which was the very first specialist school and the model for that programme.

In 2013 he was appointed Commander of the British Empire for his services to education.

He is currently Chairman of Shoreline Enterprises, Vice chairman of Leigh Academies Trust, Chairman of King Richard School and a Director of Challenger Trust.

Martin Smout
Martin Smout
Martin retired from industry in 2015 after running national construction business such as the GB Group, McNicholas Construction and Carillion Building. He has spent the latter part of his career driving efficiency and expansion of these organisations through strong leadership and control.

He has had a long term involvement with education through his role as a Governor and Chairman of the Development Committee of Wells Cathedral School and Chairman of Contour Education Services.

Martin is also Commodore of Salcombe Yacht Club.

Peter Knell
Peter Knell
Peter is currently the Director of Finances and Resources at Wells Cathedral School in Somerset, an Independent Schools Inspectorate compliance inspector and a governor of Broadmayne School in Dorset.  He was previously in the Army, specialising in finance, IT, HR and project/programme appointments, and also has board level experience in the NHS as a non-executive director and chair of the finance committee of Dorset County Hospital. His current personal challenge is attempting to obtain a microlight pilot’s licence.
Diana Osagie
Diana OsagieHead of Standards/Ofsted Inspector/Leadership Coach
Diana Osagie was head teacher at Islington Arts and Media College from 2010 until 2016, Since leaving the college she has pursued a new career path as an Ofsted inspector and a mentor to head teachers in challenging schools. Ms Osagie joined the school in 2001 as deputy head teacher, and under her leadership the school has benefited from a multi-million pound refurbishment, a significant improvement in exam results and an expansion in the academic core curriculum enriched with the creative arts. Diana is responsible for standards across the trust and is Chair of the CMAT Standards Committee
Julie Brasier
Julie BrasierHead of Governor Training / Director of Clerking Services / Clerk to CMAT Board
Julie Brasier qualified as a solicitor in 1983 and was in practice in local authorities and Abbey National. Following a career break to have children, Julie joined the Governor Services Team at Milton Keynes Council as a clerk in 1999. Now no longer in practice, Julie worked in Governor Services for 8 years clerking a wide range of schools covering the full age range from 4 to 19. She then joined the School Organisation and Planning team at the Council. In 2013 Julie became clerk to the Sharnbrook Academy Federation Multi Academy Trust and worked in a wide range of areas in addition to governance until September 2015. She set up her own company and now clerks a range of educational providers including Northampton College and the Challenger Multi Academy Trust Board and some of its Local Governing Bodies.

Finance, Operations, Executive Support & HR

Jo Carr
Jo CarrOperations Manager & EA to CEO
Originally hailing from St Albans, Hertfordshire before relocating to Bedford where Jo attended a local upper school. After completing her A-Levels, Jo began her career at the Bank of England, working in the International Division. Moving then to an Executive Assistant position at Charles Wells Brewery in Bedford supporting the Production Director for nearly 15 years. A change in direction followed to the role of Assistant Practice Manager at a regional Law Firm (Woodfines Solicitors). Jo moved to the Education sector in 2013, originally as PA to the Headteacher at Kempston Challenger Academy under the Challenger Multi Academy Trust umbrella. The change to Acadmisation has now seem Jo’s role change to Head of the CEO’s office.
Helen Dowsett
Helen DowsettCMAT Finance and Systems Manager
Mark McLeanGroup Accountant

Self Evaluation, Leadership & Improvement Team

Martin Fletcher
Martin FletcherCMAT Headteacher - Special Projects/Standards/Safeguarding
Kate Holland
Kate HollandCMAT Director of Education
Lisa Stroud
Lisa StroudCMAT SEND, Inclusion and Pupil Premium Leader
David JonesFormer Her Majesty’s Inspector (HMI)
Caroline PardyLead Inspector and School Improvement Advisor
Bruno ReddyFounder member of King Solomon School, Maths Specialist and Teach First Ambassador
Major General Andrew Cumming CBERoyal Military Academy Sandhurst
Lynn FabesExecutive Leadership Coach, Former DfE Director
Jacquie SmithAssociate Headteacher, Lampton School - Challenger Partners Project Manager
David BartramDirector of SEND, London Leadership Strategy, Expert Advisor GLA, Challenge Partners
Sir George BerwickChallenge Partner
Dame Sue JohnChallenge Partner

National & Local Leaders of Education Team

Janet Hilary
Madeleine Vigar
Malcolm Reeve
Diana Owen CBE
John Szynal

Student Leadership

Jim Roberson