Our People

Martin Murphy

As the Chief Executive Officer for Arden Multi Academy Trust (AMAT) Martin provides strategic leadership to the trust to enable it to deliver its charitable objectives while being accountable for the performance of all the academies within the trust. He has extensive senior leadership experience over 20 years. He was the Principal at Arden since 2011. He sits on the Solihull Young Peoples Trust Board, the LEP skills board/committee, the Executive Committee of the Solihull Chamber of Commerce for which he is a Patron.  He is also an Educational consultant/advisor for the new UTC in North Solihull.  Martin has an intensive focus on Teaching and Learning, student progress and curriculum development and major estate strategy experience.

As a Head teacher in Cumbria for 11 years he led a major expansion from 450 to 1500 students in a decade. Ofsted judged ‘the quality of leadership provided by the Headteacher as “outstanding”.  The PE, sports curriculum and Sports Coordinator provision was judged by HMI as “outstanding” and one of the best in England.  Martin opened the first private Day Nursery nationally in a secondary school with HSBC sponsorship and was Chair of Trustees. The Nursery was judged to provide “outstanding childcare and learning”, (Ofsted 2008, 2010 and 2013).


Damian Burgess

As the Executive Headteacher of Arden Multi Academy Trust Damian is responsible for the educational outcomes and operational efficiency of all the schools within the Trust. He was the Headteacher at Park Hall Academy from 2015 and prior to that Vice-Principal at Arden.  The areas he has led have been outstanding in four successive Ofsted’s with an SEN value added score the highest in the County. He sits on the Strategic Board for SEN, is Vice-Chair of the Authority Admissions Committee and sits on the LA Safeguarding Board.

Damian has contributed to SSAT training as well as leading training on Teaching and Learning and Inclusion in Park Hall Academy.  He is a Lead trainer for ASCL on staff appraisal.