Our Directors

Dr. Duncan Ramsey

During 17 years as a primary headteacher Duncan led two very different schools to outstanding Ofsted judgements. Leading an average-sized village primary and a larger school in London have helped him develop the skills and experience needed to provide high quality support to schools within the Trust. He is a qualified lead inspector and received his Doctorate in 2003 for developing training programmes to support excellent performance in experienced teachers. Duncan joined the Trust in 2014 as Director of Education and became CEO in February 2017.

Duncan Ramsey


Debbie Gates

Debbie is the executive director of central and community services at the Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk with responsibility for a range of functions including communications, personnel, improvement and efficiency, elections and safety and welfare. She has been a governor at King’s Lynn Academy since 2010 and is part of the women’s leadership programme at the local government management board.

Debbie Gates


Wendy Fisher

Wendy has owned a consumer research consultancy company since 2015, after spending 28 years working for Mars UK in European R&D. She was appointed to the EMAT board at its recent formation, following 7 years as  Governor and Chair of Governors at KLA. Both of her children attended KLA, and one attended KES Academy Sixth Form. She is also the membership secretary of the King’s Lynn Players, and volunteers regularly at charity sporting events, being a keen runner herself. Wendy was formerly the Chair of the Institute of Consumer Sciences, and the Sensory and Consumer Panel at Campden Food research.


Derek Stringer

Derek has been Chair of the EMAT Directors Board since the inception of the Trust. He has chaired the Board since its inception as CWA Academy Trust. He was also a director at the College of West Anglia prior to the start of the MAT. Previously business sector director at Mars Inc, Derek set up his own management consultancy firm in 1996 working with multi-national clients such as Unilever West Africa, Nestlé Malasia and Diageo Western Europe. Derek has two daughters and one son all of whom were educated in schools which are now under the Trust family. Both his daughters are teachers; his son has pursued a commercial career in fast-moving consumer goods, thereby following in his father’s footsteps.

“I feel passionately that each and every child is absolutely entitled to a fulfilling education experience which allows them to achieve their full potential, regardless of their starting point. Relentlessly chasing this goal is the reason I remain totally committed to the values we stand for at E-MAT.”

Derek Stringer


Julie Perry