We’re thrilled to confirm that Shappi Khorsandi will be hosting the inaugural MAT Excellence Awards. Shappi is well known as a comedian, regularly appearing on shows such as Live at the Apollo, Have I Got News For You, Mock the Week and 8 Out of 10 Cats. Her stand-up experience is sure to help in keeping us all on track during the excitement of the awards ceremony!

Shappi is also an advocate for human rights, and a popular speaker on topics surrounding diversity and inclusion and mental health.

There is so much amazing work going on in multi-academy trusts all over the country to improve outcomes for children and young people

We asked Shappi what she's looking forward to about the event. 

I'm very excited to be hosting the first MAT Excellence Awards with Optimus Education. There is so much amazing work going on in multi-academy trusts all over the country to improve outcomes for children and young people and the awards are a fantastic opportunity to highlight and celebrate this. I look forward to hearing some inspirational stories and meeting lots of you at the event!

Remember to keep the ceremony date of 29 June 2023 in your diary, and look out for the shortlist announcements coming in March!