Trustees

Trustee Profiles


Linda Brooks

Chair of the Board.  Linda Brooks is a senior leader in education with over 20 years of experience at principal and executive principal / CEO level. She has successfully led and managed two large secondary schools and a growing multi-academy educational trust, encompassing both secondary and primary schools. During her senior leadership tenures, she led her schools to six Ofsted Inspections graded as ‘good’ or ‘good with outstanding features’.

Sheila Bryan (pupil premium trustee)

Vice Chair of the Board.  Recently retired from Nationwide Building Society where she managed multi-million pound share-save schemes for FTSE 100 companies and led teams in the corporate market, and the remortgage legal centre. Her final position was as risk management consultant to their new mortgage teams across the bank. Sheila brings sound financial understanding and risk management expertise.  

Graham Althorpe 

Graham is a retired UK & Ireland CEO of one of the premier European semi-conductor companies. A director of SEMTA (the Skills Council for Engineering and Manufacturing) and chair of their investment committee, Graham was also the industrial chair of electronics in schools. Graham was a member of government’s electronic innovations team and chair of the electronics leadership council. Graham brings knowledge of schools, ICT, business development and leadership.

Peter Banks

Peter is an accountant who worked in the city and latterly for 30 years as the internal control supervisor of Ford Motor’s European parts operations.  Peter also sits on the board of the INNOVATE MAT based in the Daventry area was a trustee of the Inspire Teaching School Alliance

Cei Davies Linn (SEND trustee)

Cei has been a school governor since 2007, initially a parent governor, becoming chair of governors in 2009. In 2010 she set up an equally managed cluster chairs forum. The forum meets each term for best practice and school to school support. In 2012 the local authority invited her to become a support governor for governing bodies that were struggling or requiring additional support. She has supported a variety of schools and is a national leader in governance. She has experience of converting to academy status and chairing an interim executive board for a school in 'special measures'.

Monica Juan (safeguarding trustee)

With more than 12 years of experience serving as a governor, mainly as a chair, Monica has served on an interim executive board at a primary school in Northamptonshire. As a national leader of governance she offers robust expertise supporting school governance and school leaders through mentoring and coaching. She was a local authority governance support adviser for many years and designed, developed and facilitated the governance training programme at the local authority for all layers of governance in multi-academy trusts. Monica currently works as head of governance and compliance for a local multi-academy trust.

Helen Williams

Helen is CEO of INMAT and is appointed as a trustee by members under the articles of association.  Helen has worked in education for over 25 years. Starting her career as a primary school teacher, she progressed to becoming a headteacher and executive headteacher of several schools 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 for schools in the East Midlands.

Richard Monk

Richard is a retired civil engineer. His career has spanned the private, public and not-for-profit sectors, largely in the property and facilities management fields. He has experience in, estate and facilities management, programme and project management, stakeholder management, and strategic change management. Richard was recently also chair of trustees at a local secondary academy.

 

Committees of the Trust Board 2021-22

Finance, Risk and Audit
Chair: Pete Banks

The overall purpose of this committee is to assist the trust board in its duty to supervise the broad direction of the trust’s financial affairs, ensure regulatory compliance and to oversee the risk and audit management process.

Standards and Performance
Chair: Cei Davies Linn

The overall purpose of this committee is to assist the trust board in its duty to review and evaluate the quality of education; pupils’ standards and progress, and teachers’ continuing professional development.  In doing so, the committee should take account of the performance of the full range of different groups represented in the trust’s academies, including disadvantaged pupils, pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities, looked after children and pupils in different ethnic, social and ability groups.

Estates, HR and IT
Chair: Sheila Bryan

The overall purpose of this committee is to assist the trust board in its duty to establish, maintain and properly repair the trust’s estate and its ICT facilities and to establish and maintain HR systems in order to ensure regulatory compliance.  The committee also oversees capital and maintenance programmes having regard to health and safety and well-being matters.

Pay and Performance

Chair: elected at each meeting

The overall purpose of this committee is to assist the trust board in its duty to consider an increase in salary for senior leaders and the executive team; ensure appropriate levels of pay are set for different roles; ensure compliance with policy and government direction and to ensure there is an appropriate link between pay and appraisal.