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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.

Finance and Operations Director & Chief Financial 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.

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 School Development

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.

Management Accountant

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 Apprentice

Simran Briah

Simran is the Trust's finance apprentice, working alongside the finance team while studying at college.

IT and Infrastructure Manager

Nigel Starkey

Nigel is responsible for the Trust’s IT and buildings, making sure the IT works effectively and the academies are safe places for pupils and staff.

HR Business Partner

Serena Henriques

Serena is a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. She has experience of working within several industries mainly within the private sector.

Lead Academy Improvement Partner

Giles Osborne

Giles Osborne is one of the Lead Academy Improvement Partners. A specialist in all areas of school data/performance from primary to secondary including special and all types of alternative provisions.

Lead Academy Improvement Partner

Lorna Beard

As well as being headteacher at the Trust's Castle Academy, Lorna is one of the two Lead Academy Improvement Partners for the Trust central team.

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.

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