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Learn@ MAT

Learn@ MAT

Learn@ MAT Central Team

Peter Evans

Chief Executive Officer 

Experienced Leader in Education with over 22 years as a Head Teacher of a range of Special Schools covering specialisms in Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN), Social and Emotional Mental Health (SEMH), Severe Learning Difficulties (SLD) and Deaf children.

Peter represents local Special Schools on the Bristol Schools Forum and is a member of the South West network of CEOs representing a voice for SEND. Included within his many professional achievements is the realisation of Knowle DGE Academy as an inspirational provision for young people with SEMH or SLCN in Bristol, and the ongoing partnership with a Primary and Special School in Nakuru, Kenya with whom he has lead and supported professional visits and exchanges of staff and students.

He is committed to ensure specialist education has a strong voice locally, regionally and nationally, especially vulnerable young people who experience social, emotional and behavioural difficulties.


Rebecca Watkin

Chief Financial Officer

Becky is a Chartered Accountant and before joining Learn@ MAT in April 2018 was an audit manager with Bishop Fleming. She has over 10 years of experience of working with Academies and Charities. Becky runs a Brownie unit in north Bristol and loves nothing more than dreaming up activities to run. She also undertakes a couple of voluntary Treasurer roles for Girlguiding organisations.


Clare Perrett

Finance Manager

Clare has been the Finance Manager for Learn@ MAT since November 2017, prior to this started work at Knowle DGE as the Finance Assistant in Sept 2012. Clare is married with 2 children and 3 cats, she has lived locally in Bristol all her life.  Hobbies are a very large collection of Lego Models, she enjoys winter weather and loves it when it snows.


Louise Shepherd

Clerk to the Governing Body, Company Secretary & Administrator to the Central Team

Louise is married with two children.  Previously she has worked in a mainstream secondary school with her administration post mainly focussed on behaviour management. 

Before joining the Learn@ Central Team she was a Business Support Administrator for a pupil referral unit based in North Somerset.

Louise and her family share their home with Tornjaks, one of which, Rupert, is training as a therapy dog to work with students within the MAT.