Meet our Multi Academy Trust Team


Our academies are working closely together with a shared vision based on:

  • High expectations and standards for all
  • A clear code of behaviour based on respect for all
  • Equal opportunity
  • A strong partnership with parents and the wider community

The Trust has a common set of policies and is governed by a Board of Trustees. Each academy has a Local Board of Governors which has delegated responsibility.

Associate Partners

This scheme allows academies or schools considering conversion to ‘test the SLT water’ before fully committing. There are a number of benefits of being an associate academy for one academic year.

The Central MAT Team

Jonathan Morris : CEO

Jonathan Morris


Experience, Skills Set and Expertise

Jonathan entered the teaching profession after successful careers in Business and Social Work. He was appointed to his first Headship in January 2007 at St Wilfrid’s Catholic School, Crawley, having worked in leadership roles in two of the most successful schools in the country. During his 7 years at St. Wilfrid’s, the school was transformed from being ‘at risk’ of a poor OFSTED judgement to being in the top 5% of schools nationally for value added and was the highest performing school in West Sussex for exceeding student progress against FFTD targets. In 2012, OFSTED judged the school’s leadership as “outstanding” as was student behaviour and safety. Since coming to post at Warden Park Secondary Academy (WPSA) as joint Headteacher and CEO, standards at GCSE have improved from their already strong position by 14%. In 2017 OFSTED judged leadership at WPSA as ‘outstanding’. In April 2016, Jonathan was selected as a National Leader of Education and, in this role, he works alongside academy staff to support schools in challenging circumstances. He has a track record of working collegiately with other leaders to add significant value to their own school improvement initiatives.

Steve Davis : Deputy CEO and Headteacher Warden Park Primary

Steve Davis

Deputy CEO and Headteacher Warden Park Primary

Experience, Skills Set and Expertise

Steve and his team have transformed WPPA. The positive impact that it has had on the surrounding community is outstanding. For the first time, ever, they have a ‘good’ school to proudly send their children to. OFSTED said this of Steve and his leadership:This is a school which has improved considerably under the leadership of the well - respected Headteacher and the directors of the multi- academy trust. The Headteacher is an inspiring leader. He has garnered the support of those around him and he has led the improvement of teaching well. As a result, middle leaders all understand exactly what they need to do to improve their areas further and all can point to the improvements already made. Leaders have created a very positive culture within the academy. Staff are overwhelmingly supportive of the improvements in the school and the plans for future. There is a tangible sense of purpose throughout the school. Staff work hard because they understand what they are working to achieve. Leaders have taken the right actions so that teaching has improved significantly and many pupils are making rapid progress.

Jenny Howard : Chief Financial Officer

Jenny Howard

Chief Financial Officer

Jenny joined the trust in 2012 having previously worked for a "big four" accountancy firm within the audit practice. She is a Chartered Accountant who also holds the ICAEW's Diploma in Charity Accounting. She is responsible for preparing internal and external reporting, management and oversight of the trust's finance team and is involved in supporting key trust projects and initiatives from a financial perspective.

Jenny was closely involved in the successful integration of Northlands Wood Primary Academy into the trust and continues to work in partnership with staff based at that academy. She has managed the selection and implementation of new systems including payroll and accounting systems to improve both the efficiency of trust processes and the quality of reporting data available to stakeholders. Her sector experience combined with her audit practice background is invaluable when designing appropriate internal control processes and ensuring compliance with regulatory requirements.

Anthony Drury : Operations & Commercial Director

Anthony Drury

Operations & Commercial Director

Anthony joined the trust in 2022, continuing a career in education that began with 11 years working in FE settings followed by 16 years in international education institutions in the private sector. Anthony holds responsibility for managing the trust’s estates and the buildings and facilities function, our catering operations, and our IT infrastructure and services. He is also responsible for the commercial activities of the trust. Anthony also leads on Health and Safety and many compliance matters for the trust.

Julie Keylock : HR Director

Julie Keylock

HR Director

Julie joined the trust in 2023 having had previous experience in both private and public sectors. She is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development and holds a Masters Degree in Strategic Human Resource Management. Julie has particular expertise in employee relations and HR strategies for organisational development. She is responsible for the management and oversight of the trust's HR team and the continuous development of our people policies and practices. Julie leads on our strategic workforce planning and development, diversity and inclusion, employee engagement, wellbeing and our organisational culture.

She is closely involved in the successful integration of new academies into our family of schools and works in close partnership with their local leadership teams. Julie has already made significant inroads into further developing how we recruit, retain and develop our talented workforce to support the delivery and promotion of our vision and ethos.