Board of Governance

InMAT is governed by a Board of Trustees and drawn up in line with the model provided by the Department for Education.

The Board is made up of Members and Trustees all of whom work together to enhance the education of the children in our care.  


Composition: The Trust has appointed five members of whom only one is also a trustee.

Function of Members

The Members meet annually and their key roles are to:

  • act as custodians of the visions and values of the Trust; and fulfil the duties of charitable trustees in terms of compliance, prudence and care.
  • receive the annual report and accounts
  • appoint directors
  • ensure that the Board is fulfilling its responsibilities.

Board of Trustees

Composition: Members have appointed five Trustees, along with the CEO as a Trustee. There are vacancies for two further Trustees.  One of the Trustees chairs Local Academy Committees (Shelia Bryan). 

Function of Trustees

The Trustees meet every month as a full Board.  The Board's focus is on the high level performance of the Trust and its strategic development. The key roles of directors is to:

  • account to Members for the performance of the Trust
  • hold Local Academy Committees to account for the performance of schools in each InMAT cluster
  • hold the Financial Controller to account for the financial performance of the Trust and the effective use of resources
  • hold the CEO and Directors for School Improvement to account for the effectiveness of school improvement strategies, the overall performance of schools, and the attainment and progress of children across the Trust
  • be responsible for the ‘operation’ of the Trust and its strategic development
  • oversee the Trust’s strategic risk register and ensure that key risks are addressed or mitigated
  • ensure that the Trust complies with its statutory responsibilities

Trust Member Profiles

Graham Althorpe

Recently retired UK & Ireland CEO of one of the premier European semi-conductor companies. A Director of SEMTA (the Skills Council for Engineering and Manufacturing), 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 of the Electronics Leadership Council. Graham brings knowledge of schools, ICT, business development and leadership.

Beverley Haywood

Beverley trained as a solicitor and, on leaving the legal profession subsequently assumed a number of HR roles over a 20 year period across both the public and private sectors, including the Education sector.

In her current role, Beverley advises and represent members on a wide range of employment matters and have regular dealings with local and national MAT’s and Governing Bodies. This role includes negotiating employment policies with MAT representatives at various consultative and negotiating fora.  She represents members in employment matters within maintained schools,  stand-alone Academies and MAT’s.  She has a sound understanding of employment law including that pertaining to Governance.

Bill Dearns

Bill is an accountant and served as a senior manager with Price Waterhouse in London and Sydney, Australia. He worked as a Partner in Cottons Accountancy from which he retired in 2012. Bill was a founder Trustee of InMAT and retired as a Trustee in July 2019.  He is delighted to be continuing his involvement with InMAT as a Member.  Bill is also a Trustee of the Inspire Teaching School Alliance.

Michael Thompson

Michael Thompson is an experienced teacher, headteacher, education adviser and university lecturer, now retired and operating as a sole trader (education consultant).  Michael has specialist knowledge of SEND and Inclusion, having been headteacher of an Ofsted outstanding special school in Leicester City and a school improvement adviser (Inclusion) for Leicester City LA and Northamptonshire LA.  Michael has a degree in English Language and Literature and a Masters Degree in Education.  Michael completed the National Leadership Programme for Serving Headteachers in 2003. Most recently, from 2014 -2017, Michael was Teaching School Lead at Fairfields Teaching School Alliance (102 member schools across Northamptonshire).

Board of Trustees Profiles

Linda Brooks

Chair of the Board.  Linda Brooks is a senior leader in education with over twenty 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’.

Linda’s strategic skills set includes: leading and managing people; implementing successful organisational development and change; finance and budgetary management, including securing extensive capital bids; site and premises management, including health and safety; implementing curriculum development and change; securing school effectiveness through implementation of high-quality teaching and learning strategies, effective and robust performance management processes and rigorous school policy frameworks.

Sheila Bryan

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.

Peter Banks

Peter is on the Board of the INNOVATE MAT based in the Daventry area and a Trustee of the Inspire Teaching School Alliance. 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.

Cei Davis Linn

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 termly for best practice and school to school support. In 2012 the LA invited her to become a support governor for GB’s 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 a school converting to an academy status and chairing an IEB for a school in special measures.

Monica Juan

With more than twelve years of experience serving as a governor, mainly as a Chair, Monica has been serving until recently in an Interim Executive Board in a primary academy 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 her recent roles are to design, develop and facilitate the governance training programme for all layers of governance in multi academy trusts.

Committees of the Trust Board 2020-21

ARC (Audit, Risk and Compliance)

Chair: Pete Banks

The ARC committee ensures that the Board gains the assurance they need on governance, risk management, finance, HR, and operations and scrutinises the integrity of the financial statements, as well as the Annual Report and Accounts.

TLO (Teaching, Learning and Outcomes)

Chair: Cei Davies Linn

The TLO committee examines outcomes for pupils and staff including academic outcomes, well-being and CPD.  The committee ensures the Board gains the assurance it needs on pupil progress, staff development, the well-being of the organisation and the quality of teaching and learning.  It analyses data presented by the CEO and DSI on particular pupil cohorts, such as disadvantaged pupils or SEND, and sets targets for the academic year.

Lead Trustee roles

SEND – Cei Davies Linn

Safeguarding – Monica Juan

Pupil Premium – Sheila Bryan

Local Academy Committees (LACs)

All Local Academy Committees are constituted as a committee of the Trust Board in order to provide Trustees with local knowledge and understanding of each academy.  Local Academy Committees for the year 2020-21 are constituted as follows:

Elected parents x2

Elected staff x2

Head Teacher

Co-opted governors up to 5

Any other governors appointed by the Trust Board, including Trustees, to support the LAC as necessary

Trust Documentation

Wollaston - "Progress is Good"

Our last Ofted showed that teaching is consistently good in our school. Typically, progress is good for each year group and a higher proportion than nationally achieve as expected by the end of both key stages.

Contact Us

Wollaston Primary School
College Street
NN29 7SF

Tel: 01933 664291