Adam Walsh - CEO
Adam has been working in education for over 25 years and is an experienced Headteacher and Executive Headteacher. During the formation of the Arden Forest MAT, Adam completed the MAT CEO Development Programme. Adam supports leaders and governing bodies across Warwickshire in school improvement, policy development and staff development. Adam is currently a member of the Coventry Diocesan Board of Education.
Sophie Carthy - CFO
A qualified Chartered Accountant, Sophie brings a wealth of financial expertise to the Arden Forest MAT from her time in industry to her prior experience working as a Finance Manager with a large group of schools within another MAT. Sophie's breadth of roles and experience has given her a key understanding of both the work needed to support schools with their budgets, as well as a strong strategic vision.
Amanda Dale - Operations Manager
Previously worked in project management and joined the Education sector almost 15 years ago. She has worked across clusters and consortia of local schools helping with procurement, developing professional learning networks, and running cross school enrichment projects. Amanda has enhanced knowledge of HR, Health and Safety, Safeguarding and GDPR.
Matthew Upton - Finance Manager
Matthew is a highly skilled management accountant who has years of experience working as a Finance Manager within the NHS and across the health sector. This background brings with it essential knowledge of budget setting, monitoring and reporting.
Clair Willies - Finance Manager
Clair has a corporate background with experience in banking, mortgage finance and Insurance Broking. Clair is a qualified School Business Manager and has worked across a number of local schools and academies during the last 12 years. Her last role was as Finance Officer for a Single Academy Trust.
Lee Withorn - Facilities Manager
Lee has worked across a portfolio of hotels and has an extensive knowledge of Health & Safety and the management of contractors. His experience combined with his practical knowledge, supports schools with their Estate Management and upskills site teams across the MAT.
Ildi Booth - Finance Administrator
Ildi has years of administration and finance experience in the private sector both in the UK and Canada. Her experience since then has been in education as a Business Manager across a federation where she was responsible for the financial planning of both schools.