Our Directors

Business Interests

Please see the Declarations of Interests document below for the Register of Business and other Interests of the Directors and Senior Staff.

DBMAC Declarations of Interests 2016-17.pdf


The Directors

Khursh Ahmed (Staff Director)

I am Director of Behaviour at St Gregory the Great Catholic School. I have been a staff academy representative for the past 8 years and was elected as a Staff Director for the DBMAC in December 2015. I have a proven track record as a Director in purchasing and successfully turning around companies that have gone into receivership, my strategic diagnoses and understanding of stakeholders evokes my business acumen alongside my thorough educational understanding. I am fully committed in helping the DBMAC become a successful company through investing my personal time and resources.


Breda Bowles (Principal Director)

I have worked in Catholic education for the past 20 years and as a Headteacher in Oxford for the past 7 years. I started my first headship at St Joseph's in Carterton moving the school from RI to Good. I have worked and supported two schools in the DBMAC and I am currently the Executive Headteacher of St Thomas More in Kidlington and of St Joseph's in Carterton. I became a Principal Director at the time the DBMAC was incorporated in April 2013 and I am dedicated to the development and success of the DBMAC.


Paul Concannon (Foundation Director)

I am Sales Director of a Pharmaceutical company. I have been involved in school governance for over 20 years as governor (Parent and Foundation) of a Catholic primary and secondary school. I was Chair of Governors at Blessed George Napier school in Banbury for 13 years and since we converted to a MAC in August 2014, I have been Chair of the MAC Board and Chair of the BGN Academy Committee.


Gerald Crown (Parent Director)

Gerald is a highly skilled IT manager with a background in business analysis, project leadership and software engineering.


Canon Mervyn Tower (Foundation Director)

Canon Tower is the Parish Priest of Corpus Christi Headington, and a Canon of the Archdiocese of Birmingham. He formerly worked in Banbury, where he was chaplain at the Horton Hospital, vice chair of governors at Blessed George Napier School and chair of governors and a governor at St John's Primary School.


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David Forster (Foundation Director). Chair since December 2014.

I've worked in secondary education for over 20 years, and am now a senior teacher in a Catholic private school in Oxfordshire. I was Chair of the Governors at St Gregory the Great before the formation of the MAC, and of the Academy Reps until December 2014, and also have experience as Trustee of registered charitable trusts.


Fraser Long (Foundation Director)

Fraser is currently Principal of Blessed George Napier Catholic School and Sixth Form Specialist Sports College in Banbury. The school is an academy within The Pope Francis Catholic Multi Academy Company (MAC), of which he is currently Accounting Officer.


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Marcella McCarthy (Principal Director)

I am currently the Principal of St Gregory the Great, the lead school in the DBMAC, and though I have been an educationalist for my entire career, I started in the University sector, teaching at Oxford University for ten years before retraining to work in schools. I believe passionately that all children deserve the very best in education, and that Catholic schools lead the way in promoting social justice in the educational sphere.

Though I have always been based in Oxford, I have been fortunate enough to have had the opportunity to work closely with a wide range of schools across England and Wales to help raise achievement and attainment, through my role initially as an Advanced Skills Teacher in English and Gifted and Talented Education, and later as the Senior Lead Practitioner in English for SSAT (The Schools Network).

I still teach in the classroom, write books, present at conferences, produce regular articles for educational journals, sit on the post-16 committee of NATE, and am on the advisory board of Cambridge University Press. All this helps me in different ways to support the development of the DBMAC as a beacon for all that is good in Catholic education.


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Sue McGarry (Staff Director)

I am Administration Manager and Secretary to the Academy Committee at St Joseph's Catholic Primary School in Thame. My children attended the school and I served as a Parent and then Foundation Governor until 2012, when I took up my current post, having worked part time as a School Administrator at St Joseph's for several years. Before I had my children, I organised courses and conferences for the accountancy profession.

I hope to be able to bring my experience of school management and governance to the Board of Directors and to make a positive contribution to the work of the DBMAC.


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Peter Morrissey FCMA, CGMA (Foundation Director)

Business Consultant providing financial services to Academy schools and Businesses.

CIMA Member in Practice with Project Management and Risk Management qualifications.

After over 20 years in industry has now been working for over 6 years in education.

Practicing Catholic actively involved in supporting finance activities within the Archdiocese of Birmingham.

Wide experience of Financial and Regulatory reporting, Performance improvement, Risk management, Forecasting and Planning, Provision of accounting Systems and Services, and Internal and Pension Audits.



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