MAT Regional Network: North East - Speakers

Monday 10 Jun 2024
Vision Learning Trust, Sunderland

Claire Smith, CEO, Vision Learning Trust (Chair)

Claire is currently CEO of Vision Learning Trust which consists of two large four form entry schools in Sunderland in the North East region. She thoroughly enjoys this role as it involves working closely with school senior leaders while still maintaining contact with the trust's fabulous pupils to ensure the best possible education and outcomes. Prior to this, Claire had three headships and worked across four local authorities gaining significant leadership experience.She is passionate about early years education and about developing future school and MAT leaders. She sits on the advisory board for Schools North East and is president for the Sunderland NAHT branch. Both of these roles allow Claire to contribute to wider education discussions across the region and to collaborate with other senior leaders.


Anita Bath, Chief Executive, Bishop Bewick Catholic Education Trust

Originally from London, Anita moved to the Northeast in 1988 where she began her career as an English teacher. She was appointed headteacher of Sacred Heart High School for girls in Newcastle which became a sponsor academy in 2017 and a Trust of 3 schools. In October 2019 the MAT began to expand rapidly. By July of 2022, Bishop Bewick Catholic Education Trust was a community of 39 schools. Anita is a fellow of the RSA. She chairs NETSP and currently sits on the Advisory Board for the region.