Meet The Team


Helen Williams - Chief Executive Officer

Helen has worked in education for over 20 years. Starting her career as a primary school teacher, she progressed to becoming a headteacher and executive headteacher in Northamptonshire.  As a local leader of education, Helen worked with teaching schools and local authorities, providing support for school leaders. Before joining INMAT, Helen was one of Her Majesty's Inspectors of schools in the East Midlands region.


Kathrine Eames - Chief Finance Officer

Kathrine’s finance experience spans over 30+ years, beginning her career in the corporate sector moving to education after having a family.  Her career in education started as a business manager covering three schools, during this time she gained a certificate in school business management before moving to be the finance manager of a large nationally based multi academy trust. Kathrine has qualifications from the professional body for accounting technicians (AAT) and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. 


Dawn Chapman - Chief Operations Officer 

Dawn has over 30 years of experience in the business and education sector, with a wealth of expertise in management, procurement, sales, distribution, marketing and finance.  Dawn started her career in social work, then diversified into the corporate world. She obtained a post-graduate diploma in management studies, with De Monfort University and completed an accreditation with AAT. Dawn has been with INMAT since 2017.


Renuka Popat - School Improvement Lead

Renuka's experience in primary education spans 33 years. She has worked in a range of roles including as a classroom practitioner, deputy headteacher and headteacher leading the school from ‘notice to improve’ to ‘good.’ She has also been an additional inspector conducting school inspections. In her role as school improvement leader for INMAT, she supports the development of education within the trust. 



Simon Blight - School Improvement Lead

Simon has worked in education for over 27 years. During this time he has been a teacher, worked as a literacy consultant for the national literacy strategy, and a deputy head and the headteacher. He has also worked as a local leader of education for the Northamptonshire local authority. His experience includes working with and in challenging schools, including moving a school from 'notice to improve' to 'good' and sustained this over a number of years.  


Rachel Edkins - Trust Inclusion Lead

Rachel is passionate about supporting children to develop the confidence and belief in themselves to achieve their dreams. She has an English literature and performing arts degree, a postgraduate qualification in education, a master’s degree in education and special educational needs, as well as the NPQH. She is a specialist leader for education, focusing on special education needs and/or disabilities.  


Carole Kirby - Trust Governance Lead 

Carole has two decades of governance experience including as a clerk, governor, and as a governor advisor for a local authority. She oversees governance, including compliance with the articles, memorandum, scheme of delegation, government guidance and company law. Carole has also worked in education, teaching A-levels, GCSEs and access to higher education as deputy head of academic studies in a further education college.  


Hollie Matthews - Communications Assistant

Hollie has a BSc in Business Management and has worked in the education sector for 8 years. She currently works at KPJA as their Academy Administrator and supports comms at the central team 1 day per week. She looks after the website, social media, newsletters, and marketing.



David Cadman - Finance Manager

David is a qualified accountant with over 25 years of finance experience within a wide range of industries.  Prior to working for INMAT, David worked as a school business manager and as the management accountant to a large multi academy trust. He has previously worked as a financial consultant to the NHS and central and local government.