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Welcome to EMAT

East Midlands Academy Trust currently sponsors five primary academies with two in Milton Keynes and three in Northampton, a secondary school in Oundle and a new Free School in Northampton.
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Chief Executive & Accounting Officer

Joshua Coleman

With a lifelong commitment to facilitating the best outcomes for children, Joshua has worked across the education sector at senior level for over 20 years.

Chief Operating Officer

Paul Wheeler

Paul joined the Trust in January 2018. His background is in finance having previously worked at director level in international mass manufacturing; engineering and construction and as finance director in SME companies in the UK.

Senior Workforce Planning and HR Business Partner

Hena Mahmood

Hena has a background in Human Resources and is a HR Business Partner for the Trust. She is also an experienced project manager and an accredited PRINCE2 practitioner.

Head of Standards and Performance

Katy Russell

Katy leads on school-to-school support for the Trust to spread effective practice and foster strong collaboration.

Executive Assistant

Chloe Nelson

Chloe is our Executive Assistant, supporting the central team and schools to ensure consistency and a strong connection throughout the Trust.

Head of Governance and Compliance

Monica Juan

Monica is responsible for both governance and compliance within the Trust.

Finance Business Partner

Nattria Dhana

Nattria is the Trust's management accountant, responsible for monitoring budgets across the Trust and its schools.

PR and Communications Manager

Joni Ager

As an experienced journalist and award-winning PR professional, Joni brings a wealth of experience in media relations, stakeholder management, social media and crisis communications.

Finance Officer

Liz Swinton

Liz is the finance officer for Northampton International Academy, the Trust's largest academy and an all-through school for 4 to 18-year-olds. Liz also supports the Central finance team.

Head of Inclusion and EMAT Training Hub.

Lorna Beard

After a successful teaching career which included by being part of the local authority SEND team as a Leading SENCo, Lorna became a head teacher leading the school out of special measures. She has now taking on a new role as Head of Inclusion and EMAT’s training hub focusing on developing highly effective practitioners across the family of schools, ensuring the Trust’s vison of ‘Every Child being the best they can be’ is achieved. Lorna is married with two children, one of which has a diagnosis of Autism and finds the education system challenging. She is also a foster parent.

Procurement Manager

Nel Planas

Nel is the Procurement Manager for the Trust, ensuring we are getting the best value for money when procuring contracts and services for our schools.

Payroll and Pensions Officer

Danielle Dutton

Danielle is an experienced payroll, pensions and book-keeping manager and has previously worked in a payroll bureau for more than three years processing payrolls for multiple businesses.

Workforce Planning and Talent Management Officer

Lorna Stockwell

Lorna is an experienced HR professional, with particular experience in the field of teacher recruitment.

IT Business Partner

David Walker

Dave is the Trust’s IT Business Partner and oversees the implementation, management and support of the whole trust IT provision.

Head of Shared Services

Daryl Unitt

As Head of Shared Services, Daryl is responsible for ensuring the technology and infrastructure is of a high and reliable standard.

Finance Business Partner

Dhillan Mistry

Dhillan is one of the Trust's Finance Business Partners, responsible for monitoring budgets across the Trust and its schools.

Headteacher, Shepherdswell Academy

Ruth Ryan

Ruth is the headteacher at Shepherdswell Academy in Milton Keynes. I believe all children and staff should be given the opportunity to grow, and achieve their aspirations within a safe and nurturing environment, where we learn from and value one another.

Executive Headteacher, Hardingstone Academy and Stimpson Avenue Academy

Zoe McIntyre

Executive Headteacher, Castle Academy, Hardingstone Academy and Stimpson Avenue Academy

Headteacher, Prince William School

Elizabeth Dormor

Liz Dormor is the Headteacher of Prince William School. 

Headteacher, Northampton International Academy

Dr Jo Trevenna

Headteacher, Northampton International Academy

Headteacher, Orchard Academy

Callum Brown

Headteacher, Orchard Academy

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