Joshua Coleman

Chief Executive & Accounting Officer

As a child of the 70’s Joshua’s experience of school was very different from that of children today. This experience helped to shape a lifelong commitment to facilitating the best outcomes for children. Joshua’s strong moral purpose and its alignment with the aims and values of EMLC Academy Trust is what drew him to the role. Joshua has worked across the education sector at senior level for over 20 years starting his career in the further education sector before moving into working with those for whom education is a challenge. He moved into the multi academy trust sector two years ago with a belief that he could bring his broad experiences to benefit those children in the schools within the trust to ensure they have better life chances than they would otherwise have. Although a common aspiration that underpins many of the people involved within the sector, this important focus can sometimes be far from the forefront of the discussion surrounding the multi academy trust model. A married father of two he also is the chair of trustees for a small community based, service led charity, that is focused on providing communication aids for those who need them and a platform for their voice to be heard.


Paul Wheeler

Finance and Operations Director & Chief Financial Officer

Paul joined EMLC Academy Trust in January 2018. His background is in Finance having previously worked at director level in International Mass Manufacturing; Engineering and Construction and as Finance Director in SME companies in the UK.  Paul has a successful track record of business transformation in the private sector, higher education and central government.  Paul Joined EMLC from a multi academy trust in Birmingham where as CFO and then CEO he oversaw the transition period of the trust and the re-brokerage of schools.

Paul is responsible for the oversight of the head office teams which support our academies with their Finance, Human Resources, IT and Estate Management.


Hena Mahmood

HR Business Partner

Hena is an experienced Project Manager and is an accredited PRINCE2 practitioner.  Hena leads a project team who manage and coordinate all the activities of the Trust, including the conversion for new academy projects. As part of her work she coordinates the Directors of the EMLC Academy Trust Board of Trustees and the Executive Team.  She has played an integral part in the growth of the Trust.  Hena supports the strong relationships between the EMLC Academy Trust academies working together as a family of schools to drive forward the excellent education provided to the pupils and their parents.

Katy Russell

Head of School Development and Effectiveness

Katy leads on school-to-school support for the Trust to spread effective practice and foster strong collaboration. This involves providing evidence-based professional and leadership development for teachers and leaders across their areas of expertise and needs. She is a passionate and experienced teacher and leader with particular expertise in curriculum development, mathematics and data analysis.  Katy is a Specialist Leader of Education having developed and built direct experience of outstanding class teaching. Her teaching career has progressed to the strategic support of our academies, as well as representation on national forum for mathematics teaching as representation on the Joint Association of Teachers of Mathematics /Mathematical Association Primary Group as  Vice Chair

Debbie Woolmer

Executive Assistant

I have in excess of 30 years’ experience working in administrative/secretarial roles, covering industries such as pharmaceuticals, hospitality, building services and latterly working as a medical secretary for three consultants in the NHS.  I pride myself on excellent grammar, accuracy and attention to detail.


Stuart Sams

Estates Manager

Stuart joined EMLC Academy Trust in May 2018 and brings over 25 years experience in risk and facilities management.

His career has taken him all over the world including assignments in the USA, Middle East, Africa and Europe.

Stuart has a strong understanding in H&S and compliance holding consultant status with the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management.

Previous roles include strategic facilities management, head of departments, regional management and managing director.


 Pauline Galliers

Procurement Manager




Carole Kirby

Head of Governance

Carole has worked at Northamptonshire County Council as a Governor Support Advisor supporting local schools on all issues of governance; planning and facilitating workshops for governors; creating a Head teacher recruitment pack for governors; organising an annual governance conference, writing a governance newsletter and strengthening good governance principles across the county.  Carole has also acted as Investigating Officer for a complicated disciplinary process involving a Head teacher and Governing Board, has conducted external Reviews of Governance and has sits on an IEB.

Carole has previously been Chair of Governors of a small, village Primary school in Bedfordshire.  She has worked as a Teaching Assistant (specialising in English as an additional language) in a large secondary school and then trained as a teacher in an FE college teaching English and Law to A Level.  During that employment Carole became Deputy Head of Department for Academic Studies also became a Teaching and Innovation Leader.


 Nattria Dhana

Management Accountant