New CEO appointed to lead academy trust

A leading education expert has been appointed Chief Executive of an academy trust which oversees 13 schools in the West Midlands and Staffordshire.

Professor Michelle Lowe will become Chief Executive of the University of Wolverhampton’s Education Central Multi Academy Trust (ECMAT) in December.

Professor Lowe is currently the Director of the University’s Institute of Education, and she will combine the two roles to bring them into closer alignment and to establish a unique and sector leading model for school leadership and improvement.

Professor Lowe said: “I am delighted to be the new Chief Executive of ECMAT. I am passionate about creating an education system in which all children can fulfil their potential. The MAT, underpinned by the expertise of the Institute of Education and the wider University, is a powerhouse for educational improvement.

“Our ambition for our pupils is unlimited and I look forward to consolidating and building on our existing partnerships to pioneer innovation and opportunity in our schools.”‌

Professor Geoff Layer, University Vice-Chancellor and Chair of ECMAT, said: “Michelle is a proven leader with a passion for school improvement and we are delighted to have appointed a candidate of her calibre.

“Michelle has the experience and energy to lead our Multi Academy Trust into the future. With an impressive track record of impact on learning outcomes across a range of sectors, Michelle is well placed to take the University’s Multi Academy Trust to the next level.”

Michelle has over 25 years’ experience in education, working across all sectors.  This includes extensive experience of senior leadership and management. Michelle has successfully developed university provision as the current Director of the Institute of Education at the University of Wolverhampton. The Institute is one of Britain's largest and most established providers of teacher education, working with around 275 primary schools and 200 secondary schools from across the West Midlands region.  

The University of Wolverhampton’s ECMAT sponsors 13 academies, ten primary and three secondary schools, in Birmingham, the Black Country and Staffordshire.

For more information about ECMAT and its family of academies, visit:

Further information

For more information please contact the Media Relations Office on 01902 32 2736 or 01902 518647.

Share this release