Exploring what excellence means and looks like in trusts across the country is a central part of the MAT Excellence Awards process. We want to share effective, high quality and innovative practice, in order to provide examples which trusts across the country can consider and adapt for their own context.

It's a privilege to be asked to judge nominations... it's going to be a wonderful celebration of practice

The accumulative knowledge, experience and expertise of the judging panel will help in achieving this goal. We are grateful to the trust CEOs and leaders and practitioners from a range of organisations who are supporting us by giving their time and scrutinising every submission.

Who are our judges?

The collage above features seven members of our panel of 20+ judges. Starting top left and moving around clockwise, they are:

  • Shonagh Reid – Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Consultant

  • Lee Miller – Deputy Chief Executive of the Thinking Schools Academy Trust

  • Tim McCarthy – School Improvement and Leadership Consultant

  • John Murphy – CEO of Oasis Community Learning

  • Nav Sanghara – CEO of Woodland Academy Trust

  • Leora Cruddas – Chief Executive of CST

  • Cath Kitchen – Senior Adviser to the Skylark Partnership.

Check out the full panel of judges.

Why be a judge?

‘It’s great to be part of awards that celebrate the wonderful work trusts do to support their community of learners,’ says Stephen Morales, CEO of ISBL and lead judge for the MAT Excellence Awards. ‘It’s going to be a wonderful celebration of practice.’

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