Trustees oversee the performance of our academies and report to the Members. They hold overall responsibility for governance across all academies. This includes:
- Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the school
- Overseeing the financial performance and making sure money is well spent
- Setting the strategic direction of the Trust
Our trustees are:
Kevin Crompton - Chair
Kevin is a former teacher in London, having worked in various roles in local authorities, been adviser to the Teacher Training Agency on Teacher Standards, held senior roles in Birmingham Education Department, was Director of Children’s Services in Solihull and Bedford, and Chief Executive for Luton and Haringey local authorities.
Martin, until his recent retirement, was Vice President, Internal Audit Services at Delphi Technologies PLC. During a 42-year career in the automotive/auto components manufacturing sector, he held other Finance leadership positions at Delphi Automotive Systems, General Motors, and Vauxhall Motors. This included expatriate assignments in Germany, United States, Thailand, Japan & Singapore. He has previously served on the Board and Audit Committee of West Herts College in Watford. Martin has no direct link with the East Midlands Academy Trust schools, as his own children are now starting out on their own careers, but he is motivated by the knowledge that access to excellent quality education is critical to every child fulfilling their potential.
Leigh is Head of HR Operations for a national social justice charity working with disadvantaged children and adults. Leigh is experienced in project/change management, finance and HR and has worked across both private and charitable sectors. Prior to her appointment to EMAT, Leigh served as a Local Authority School Governor for a number of years.
Stephen’s career experience spans 30 years leading operations and change management in the public and private sector, including international roles. Currently, Stephen holds the position of CEO at the Institute of School Business Leadership. His responsibilities include advocating on behalf of the profession, creating the conditions for continuous improvement, providing confidence in the SBP workforce and contributing to discussions related to system-wide education policy reforms and implementation. In 2009, Stephen was awarded National School Business Manager of the Year. In 2015 and 2017 respectively, Stephen was invited to the Queen’s Garden Party and then the Queen’s 90th Birthday celebrations in recognition of services to education.
A former parent governor at Northampton International Academy, Fiona worked as a solicitor in Northampton for more than ten years. She has been involved in school governance at a number of schools in Northampton for the past eight years.
Kate is an Independent Education Consultant specialising in SEND and Whole School Improvement and Director at The SEND Advisory Team.
Kate has experience of working across all age ranges of education – from birth through to post 16. She has vast experience including SEND leadership working with MATs across the UK and directing regional SEND provision, large SEND strategic roles, local authority SEND advisory roles, regulatory board, SENCo and MAT trustee.
Throughout her experience Kate has developed a positive reputation in driving sustainable positive change, having successfully worked with schools from those in need of rapid improvement through to Outstanding. Kate carries out whole MAT/ school SEND reviews, coaching and mentoring, SEND training, and strategic SEND lead consultation work across the UK.
Trustees appointments, attendance and interests