|Name||Term of Office||Date of Appointment||End of Appointment|
|Matthew Clements-Wheeler||Chair||4 Years||25.6.2020|
|Richard Hales||Vice Chair||4 Years||01.01.2019|
|Hayden Abbott||Accounting Officer / KMAT Executive Head||Ongoing||01.01.2019|
|Shirley Whiting||4 Years||01.01.2019|
|Richard Ward||4 Years||01.01.2019|
|Paul Harris||4 Years||01.01.2019|
|Alistair Milne||4 Year||06.07.2020|
|Paul Shaw||4 Year||06.07.2020|
|Lee Miller||1 Year||06.07.2020|
Hayden Abbott, Executive Head/Accounting Officer of KMAT
I chose to devote my life to education because I am passionate about what schools can do to change the lives of young people and I have never stopped believing in the potential of every young person. I am inspired every day by what young people say and do and how teachers can create a culture in which students feel supported, valued, safe and happy. Former students and teachers have gone on to make a difference to the lives of others on a wider scale and what inspires me most is the ‘pay it forward’ effect of your actions with young people and the impact on others. I enjoy my role as Executive Head of the Kenilworth Multi Academy Trust and, as a National Leader of Education, creating networks of teachers and leaders who can make things happen for young people and inspire them to be the best they can be.
Matthew Clements-Wheeler - Chair of KMAT
Matthew Clements-Wheeler has almost 2 decades’ experience as an education leader in both operational and strategic roles. He started his SBM career in a high-performing grammar school before working in a ‘special measures’ school where he led his team to ‘Outstanding’ in a strand-inspection of the wider workforce. In addition to a 3 year spell working as a job-share Deputy Head, he has served on and advised governing boards convened to help secure rapid school improvement for medium and large academy trusts
He is fellow and the current chair of the Institute of School Business Leadership where he is also a member of the Fellowship Assessment Panel responsible for appointing practitioners to the highest grade of professional membership
Prior to working in education, Matthew worked in the accountants team at the UK’s second largest wholesale stationery firm and worked at board level for a number of charities involved in the construction of schools, orphanages and clinics in sub-Saharan Africa.
After a childhood in Exmoor, he considers the West Midlands his adopted home but wishes it had a coastline.
Richard Hales - Vice Chair of KMAT
I have been a governor of Kenilworth School for 8 years, before becoming Deputy Chair of Trustees in January 2019. I have lived in Kenilworth for over 30 years and run my own business in the town. I am also a District Councillor for Kenilworth Abbey & Arden ward.
I have lived with my family in Kenilworth for over 20 years. Our three children all attended Kenilworth School & Sixth form. I initially joined the Governing Body of Kenilworth School over ten years ago as a Parent Governor. I stayed on as a Trust Governor until the school converted to Academy status in January 2019 when I became a Trustee of the Multi Academy Trust. My degree in Economics & Accountancy from Manchester University led me into finance and communications in the London and Leeds before moving down to Warwickshire.
I became a parent governor at The Westwood Academy over 13 years ago, and then appointed as Chair of the Governing Body approximately 10 years ago. With both my children going through the school and prospering in life, The Westwood Academy has strong emotional links to me. I have been instrumental in the team who selected Kenilworth as a partner to help us grow and expand. Now as a member of the Trust Board, I look forward to helping put plans into action and making the MAT prosper significantly to benefit the wider Coventry and Warwickshire Community.
My Name is Richard Ward, I have lived in Kenilworth for 30 years and I run a business based in Warwick . I have had 3 children go through the Kenilworth School system, and all have progressed to University.
I have been a school Governor at Kenilworth for 4 years and have recently moved on to the Academy Trust Board .
I have worked in Education since 2009 after qualifying as a Chartered Accountant. I joined a large secondary school in Portsmouth as their Business manager and in 2013 this school joined a Multi Academy Trust. I was successfully appointed to the role of Finance Director and oversaw the growth of the Trust from 2 schools to 18 now across the South East with all schools now ‘Good’ or better as graded by OFSTED. As Deputy CEO of this Trust I oversee Finance, HR, Estates, Legal, Governance and ICT across the Trust and have successfully led on innovative practices across all these areas. Over the past few years I have been asked by the Department of Education to support other Multi Academy Trusts either through periods of difficulties or growth and am experienced at working at distance to deliver this work.