Chief Operating Officer, BSc (hons) Law, PGCE
Mary McKeeman, Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the Bright Tribe Trust and the Adventure Learning Academy Trust, brings considerable strategic and operational expertise gained working in senior leadership roles across a wide range of organisations within and outside of education. She has successfully worked on several national and local boards advising on policies and strategies relating to education and safeguarding
In her role as COO for Bright Tribe Mary is responsible for the operational and strategic running of the Trust’s 14 schools – the majority of which joined the Trust in challenging circumstances and are in areas of high deprivation. Each of the schools has its own distinctive character, reflecting the local community. The Trust’s staff are connected by the belief that, even in the most challenging circumstances, every child has the right to a high-quality education.
Mary is a qualified teacher with considerable experience working in schools in a range of roles from teacher to Executive Headteacher in primary, secondary and SEN schools. She believes passionately that all children should be given the best possible life chances through quality education.
Since joining the Bright Tribe Trust as Director of School Improvement in 2015, and her promotion to COO in February 2017, the number of pupils achieving A*- C grades in GCSE English and maths across the Trust’s secondary schools has increased by 8%. All the Trust primary schools can demonstrate tangible improvements in terms of data and Ofsted judgements. Gulval School in Cornwall moved from a position of ‘Inadequate’ prior to Trust conversion, to a June 2017 Ofsted judgement of Good with Outstanding behaviour, personal development and welfare. These transformational results align with Mary’s passion for improving the life chances of all children within all the Trust’s schools.
Mary is a dedicated and loving mother of two young boys.