Bright Tribe

Our Team


Mary McKeeman

Chief Operating Officer

Mary has a proven track record of improving schools. She has a distinctive and highly regarded school improvement background and has a rightly earned reputation for delivering excellent results.

Mary has previously been a successful Executive Principal and Principal within a wide range of schools; secondary and primary, pupil referral units and special schools, and is a qualified teacher.

Mary has a proven track record within our schools of bringing about rapid and sustainable improvements. Since joining the Trust in 2015, the percentage of pupils achieving A* – C grades in GCSE English and Maths across all schools has increased by 8%. More notably, Mary has contributed to the transformational improvements at Alde Valley Academy and Fowey River Academy, both Bright Tribe and ALAT schools, which has seen Alde Valley Academy’s results improve by 30% and Fowey River Academy’s results improve by 10%, in just one year.

Outside of education, Mary also has extensive experience of successfully working within other public sector and multi-agency settings, specifically linked to critical and major incidents, safeguarding, and high risk offenders.  Mary has led on national projects on matters relating to mental health, child sexual exploitation and Prevent. She also leads the Trust’s safeguarding portfolio, is a designated safeguarding officer and has sat on a number of safeguarding boards, youth offending teams and gang boards.

Mary’s experience has given her the understanding of the total educational process that a student encounters and she holds a resolute belief that every child should be able to achieve their full potential and she is committed to supporting all children to do this.

Mary advocates a ‘no excuses’ and ‘high expectations’ culture and aims to ensure schools do absolutely everything possible to remove barriers so that young people can develop self-esteem, good mental health, resilience, make progress and achieve academically and socially, and for them to find a place of belonging within the community and the world.