Our Trustees

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


Lady Kay Fisher
Kay Fisher has been a Trustee of E-MAT since the Spring of 2018, & is also currently Chairman of The Thetford Academy, Patron of the Thetford Grammar School, Patron of the YMCA Norfolk, & a Trustee of The Norfolk Community Foundation. She has been involved in Mental Health Issues, being a Mental Health Act Manager on the Norfolk & Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust & similarly on the Hertfordshire NHS Foundation Trust & an erstwhile trustee of Rethink Mental Illness. She is a Director of MacRae Farms Ltd & a Partner in Fisher Farms. She is also a Deputy Lieutenant for Norfolk.


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.


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


Jason Hall



Graham Pearson

Graham is Account General Manager of the DXC Technology’s Post Office account which every year ensures the disbursement of £26Bn of benefits payments to 1.5m of the Post Office’s most vulnerable customers. Following a 27 year career in the RAF, he spent time at Raytheon Systems Ltd and HP’s Defence Business holding a range of account management and executive roles responsible for all HP’s business supporting Joint Forces, Air and Navy Commands, Defence Intelligence and Special Forces.

Graham graduated from the Joint Services Command and Staff College in 2000 as top RAF student, returning in 2004 on selection to the Higher Command and Staff Course. Graham has a degree in Business Studies from Sheffield University, a Masters with Distinction in Defence Studies from KCL and is a graduate of the Manchester Business School.


Julie Perry

Julie has over 25 years experience working in all areas of a general insurance business, most recently with a specialism in risk management with Aviva.

With a passion for lifelong learning, exemplified by studying for a MBA in her thirties and supporting her son through his education, Julie joined EMAT in 2015 and is now Vice Chair and Chair of the Audit Committee.


James Rowney



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.

Derek Stringer


David Wilde

A Fellow of the Institute of Directors with over 30 years in central and local government leadership spanning policy, large scale operations, strategy and whole service transformation, David has a wealth of experience in the public sector specialising in technology, digital and information leadership, communications and commercial development.

David now runs his own consultancy for integrating digital and strategic business plans, transforming services, advising multinational and UK IT companies to reshape and grow their businesses as well as holding 3 Non-Executive Directorships in the NHS and Education. He is currently providing strategic leadership for Worcestershire County, South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse Councils in the UK.  He has also been a senior Policy Advisor in the Department for Education and Employment and Local Government and the Regions.