Nikki Edwards has been appointed as the new CEO of the Bath and Wells Multi-Academy Trust (BWMAT), which supports 33 schools across the Diocese of Bath and Wells. She will join the trust on 1 September 2020.
Currently Director of People (including education, adult and children’s social care) at Bracknell Forest Council (a unitary authority), Nikki brings a range of experience to the role having worked in local authorities and the private sector, with executive roles in two MATs and she has been a Head Teacher in two schools, including a Church Primary School. Nikki is also a Department for Education Leadership Improvement Partner.
Nigel Daniel, Chair of the Bath and Wells MAT said: “Nikki impressed with her passion, knowledge, experience and ambition. It is clear she is a true educationalist at heart and the ideal person to build on the excellent base that Philip Bowditch, our outgoing CEO, has established and take the Trust on the next stage of its development.”
Philip was CEO of the MAT for four years during which time the Trust grew from 11 primary schools to 33 across the areas of Somerset County Council, Bath and North East Somerset and North Somerset. The growth has been accompanied by a major improvement in standards with trust-wide Key Stage Two results moving from below to above the national average.
Director of Education for the Diocese of Bath and Wells, Ed Gregory, who leads the Diocesan Education Department which supports all church schools throughout the diocese and works closely with the BWMAT said: “Schools have faced unprecedented change in 2020 and are about to embark on an extremely challenging academic year. I have no doubt that in Nikki we have found someone with the skills and personal qualities who will help lead the Bath and Wells MAT and provide all their schools with the support and resources they need to face those challenges.
“The Diocesan Education Department is privileged to work with 18 different mixed MATs and we have a special relationship with our own Diocesan MAT. Our joint aim is that each school wishing to academise finds the best MAT for their school at that particular point in their school journey. We look forward to developing this relationship under Nikki’s leadership.”
The Bath & Wells Multi Academy Trust works within the parameters of the Diocese of Bath & Wells, which is nearly coterminous with the traditional county of Somerset. Starting in April 2013 with four sponsored Primary Schools, the Trust now has 33 schools, including 30 primary, two junior and one infant school. The Trust’s mission is to provide an education which is life-enhancing and inclusive for every child.