Mr J 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).


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 A Heath

Adam’s broad experience within his sector covers digital transformation, managing service operations, manufacturing quality, safety and legal compliance and data analysis. Adam is now the owner of a consulting business. Adam has a creative problem solving mentality and is confident with helping senior leaders to make sense of challenges at hand and plan for those of the future. Adam has a degree in English Literature and Cultural Criticism.

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.

Sir M Aspinall

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.

Dame Maureen Brennan


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).