Our inaugural MAT Excellence Awards took place last week, recognising the wonderful work of multi-academy trusts up and down the country. 

The awards ceremony and gala dinner were an opportunity to highlight achievements and demonstrate the impact trusts have had on pupils, staff, and community. We had more than 300 guests in attendance which ensured plenty of celebrations!

Shaparak Khorsandi did an excellent job of hosting the event and guiding us through the 13 categories including MAT of the year, wellbeing trust of the year, employer of the year and the lifetime achievement award.

A huge thank you to everyone who made the event possible; our partners, judges, sponsors, guests, Shaparak, and, of course, our shortlisted trusts and winners. We can’t wait to see you again next year!

Congratulations to our 2023 winners!

 For comments from the judges, check out the winners page

  • CEO of the year: Mark Wilson, Wellspring Academy Trust
  • CFO of the year: Benedicte Yue, River Learning Trust
  • Community trust of the year: Ormiston Academies Trust
  • Digital innovation award: Shaw Education Trust
  • Employer of the year: New Collaborative Learning Trust
  • Environmental trust of the year: Windsor Academy Trust; Highly commended: Abbey Multi Academy Trust 
  • Governance professional of the year: Rebecca Rafferty, Changing Lives in Collaboration (CLIC) Trust
  • Growth and impact award: Bishop Bewick Catholic Education Trust
  • Inclusivity award: Lionheart Educational Trust
  • Lifetime achievement award: Gillian Hindle and Joy Clark, Oak Trust
  • MAT of the year: E-ACT
  • Trust executive team of the year: The Priestley Academy Trust
  • Wellbeing trust of the year: The Park Academies Trust

Get ready for the 2024 awards

Nominations for the MAT Excellence Awards 2024 are open! Categories now include options for organisations that work with trusts, providing products or services to meet their needs.Which category will you enter?