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Trust Advocacy

Washwood Heath Academy is a member of the Washwood Heath Multi Academy Trust.

The MAT governance structure consists of Members and Trustees. The Board of Trustees are responsible for:

  • Agreeing the vision, ethos and strategic direction of the Trust.
  • Holding Trust and academy leaders to account.
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the Trust.

Washwood Heath Multi Academy Trust Trustees are:

Mr Graham Parker – Board Chair

Mr David Hawker – Vice Board Chair

Mr Clive Bailey – Safeguarding Trustee

Mr Roland Vernon – SEND Trustee

Ms Joan Low

Mr Hetal Parmer

Mr Peter Freeth

Mr James Keen

Mrs Frieza Mahmood

Ms Sam Smith


The Board has four Board committees:

Audit Risk and Compliance Committee

  • appoint external and internal auditors
  • review the risks to the Trust
  • securing value for money

Education Standards Committee

  • monitor the progress of all young people
  • monitor the quality of teaching and learning
  • monitor safeguarding and attendance processes

Finance & Wellbeing Committee

  • monitor the Trust budget
  • monitor the academy sites in relation to maintenance and repairs
  • ensure academies have the appropriate IT provision
  • monitor staff recruitment, retention and wellbeing

Pay & Progression Committee

  • monitor the performance of staff

Trust Advocates

The Board have implemented a new model for local academy oversight. These are to be known as advocates (previously known as governors) They will:

  • support the implementation of the Trust’s Strategy
  • provide insight into the experience of young people, their parents/carers, staff and the community
  • provide stakeholder feedback to the Board

Trust Advocates for Brownmead Academy are:

Chair – Sue O’Connor

Community – Vacancy

Parent/carer – Vacancy

Staff – Dawn Murtagh

Young People – Christine Gardner

For more information in relation to Washwood Heath Multi Academy Trust Governance please click here

If you wish to contact the Trust advocate chair, you can email them on:

Or write to the Trust advocate chair c/o Brownmead Academy, Pencroft Road, Birmingham B34 6SS

If you are interested in supporting the academy as an Advocate please complete an Expression of Interest form, which will be received by the Company Secretary who will pass information to the Head of Academy for consideration.

Expression of Interest Form


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Great work Brownmead!
@_Brownmead - 22 Nov
Brownmead have started the WHMAT Virtual Football World Cup! Lets see who wins
@_Brownmead - 18 Nov
Amazing work everyone!
@_Brownmead - 3 Nov
A huge well done to Brownmeads eco council, teachers and pupils for achieving the Eco-Schools Green Flag Award! 🌍
@_Brownmead - 25 Oct
Building paper planes with a launcher.
@_Brownmead - 20 Oct
Good Luck to one of our year 5 students today taking part in the Great British Irish Dancing Championships.
@_Brownmead - 19 Oct
Thank you so much! The children will absolutely love them!
@_Brownmead - 13 Oct
Thank you to Paul and Andrew from Father Hudsons in Coleshill for our kind donation of books. The children at Brownmead will thoroughly enjoy reading them 📚
@_Brownmead - 11 Oct
We had a fantastic time taking part in our circulatory system lesson and dissecting hearts. What a great afternoon year 6 had!
@_Brownmead - 11 Oct
Yesterday Brownmead Yr6 basketball team took on Washwood Heath Primary. Both teams played really well showing great sportsmanship. With a tie after the 4 games a deciding game was played. Which brownmead took the win. Well done all involved
@_Brownmead - 6 Oct
We would like to say a massive well done to our new head boy and girl and our new deputy head boy and girl. Well done to everyone who took part in the process your speeches were all amazing.
@_Brownmead - 4 Oct
A great first match for Brownmead against St Bernadette with the final score being 1-1.
@_Brownmead - 4 Oct
Brownmead children loved the new sport Pickleball yesterday afternoon at the Club link day .
@_Brownmead - 2 Oct
Year 3 had an enjoyable afternoon learning all about human nutrition with Cornerstones science. We sorted out all the cards for different food groups and discussed the meaning of the Eatwell plate.
@_Brownmead - 2 Oct
Year 3 have enjoyed a cosy campfire as part of our experience day using topic: The owl who was afraid of the dark. We enjoyed delicious hot chocolate, gooey marshmallows, singing songs and funny jokes!
@_Brownmead - 26 Sep
Year 4 thoroughly enjoyed their first guitar lesson and can’t wait for the next one…brilliant learning experience
@_Brownmead - 16 Sep
Ash in Year 4 made a fantastic attempt to draw particular objects in the sand as part of their new text “The Magic Paintbrush”
@_Brownmead - 16 Sep
Year 6 thoroughly enjoyed their tennis lesson today whilst the sun was shining
@_Brownmead - 15 Sep
Year 1 have enjoyed the start of their Write Stuff Unit, exploring wild things and what they have in common. Fergus Fantastic then delivered the words and the children explored what sounds they making before having a go at making the sounds!