Who are we?

Members and Directors

iMAT Key Contacts

Name & Position




Andrew Kerr

Chair of Directors

Andrew is head of the Company and Commercial Law Team at Wilson Browne.

He advises commercial clients on a wide range of company and commercial matters , including acquisitions and disposals, mergers and corporate reorganisations, management buy-outs, corporate finance and legal formations, commercial agreements and shareholder disputes.

Andrew is a great communicator and has a no-nonsense approach. He joined as an academy ambassador in September 2016 to assist iMAT with its growth journey and to give something back to the community.

Karen Falvey

Academy Ambassador (Director)

Karen has been a Trustee of IMAT since September 2016, and is currently Chair of The Hawksmoor Learning Trust in Towcester and Brackley. Karen was also made a National Leader of Governance in 2016, and has carried out several External Reviews of Governance for local schools either at their request, or when required by Ofsted.

Karen is from a scientific background, with a degree in Pharmacology. She worked for several years for Esso Petroleum in a variety of roles including marketing, airport operations, refinery planning and as section head of the laboratory where all products going to market were tested. Whilst in this role, Karen worked with schools in the Southampton area to encourage girls to get more involved in science.

Company Secretary

Mike Falvey Associates Ltd

Peter Cantley



MSc in Educational Leadership and Management, NPQH and BA Hons QTS. Director of Education for The Diocese of Peterborough. Directorships also with Peterborough Diocese Education Trust and Peterborough Diocese Church Schools Trust. PDCST Corporate Board Member for: Nene Education Trust, Montsaye Community Learning Partnership, Guilsborough Multi-Academy Trust, Innovate Multi-Academy Trust, Evolve Church Academy Trust and The Rutland Learning Trust. Rutland County Council Education Performance Board Member, Peterborough City Council Children & Education Scrutiny Committee Member, and Northamptonshire County Council Children, Learning & Communities Scrutiny Committee Member. 15 years’ teaching experience in both primary and secondary Church of England schools, and 7 years’ teaching experience in community schools. Extensive senior leadership experience in ‘good’ and ‘outstanding’ Church of England secondary schools – Twyford CE High School, Trinity School and Canon Slade CE School, and with the Community Schools Alliance Trust, as well as contributing to major regional and national education programmes - Excellence In Cities, Greater Manchester City Challenge and National Challenge. NPQEL professional mentor and significant project leadership experience of complex change management projects, from new school launches to school restructuring and school mergers. National educational consultancy work undertaken with BBC Schools Television, QCA, CARE, Damaris Trust and Culham College Institute.

Director of Education for Peterborough Diocese

Terri Lifford

Member & Director

A Northamptonshire local, now living in Banbury, and currently Chair of Governors at Woodford Halse Primary Academy, Terry Lifford is a long standing Post Graduate educationalist with 20 years plus Headship experience. She was one time Chair of Northamptonshire Primary Headteachers’ Association and Chair of Daventry and District Headteachers group. She also worked for several years for Northampton College presenting educational related modules to aspiring senior managers.

Now semi-retired, she has worked as an Academic Tutor for The University of Northampton for sixteen years, supporting teaching assistants working towards a degree in Teaching and Learning.

She is also an enthusiastic, proactive volunteer for the National Trust at Canons Ashby.


Peter French


(Diocese Rep)

I am currently the deputy Director of Education for Peterborough Diocese and prior to that I was Assistant Director of Education in Birmingham Diocese for twelve years. I was before that a Church of England Vicar in Handsworth, Birmingham and Bury in Lancashire.

I am a National Leader of Governance and have a particular expertise in Governance, Admissions and Senior leader appointments in education as well as supporting church schools with their Christian Ethos.

I am married with three daughters one who is at University and the other two currently doing their “A” levels. I am also (and this is a bit sad) a season ticket holder at Northampton Town.

Deputy Director of Education for Peterborough Diocese

Janet Wincott


I have lived in Weedon for 35 years and my granddaughter attends Weedon Bec Primary School. I have spent most of my working life in local government, latterly at Northamptonshire County Council for over 23 years in areas of transport and procurement. I retired in 2011 and almost immediately became a governor at Weedon Bec Primary School. I was involved in the formation of IMAT am now in my fifth year as Chair of Governors.


Peter Banks

Member & Director

Peter retired from his position as Internal Control Supervisor at Ford Motor Company, European Parts Operations in 2005. Peter is chair of governors (and past pupil) of Badby School and a long serving past chair and current governor of The Grange School, Daventry. As well as being a director of the Innovate Multi Academy Trust he is also a founder and current trustee of the Inspire Teaching School Alliance and founder and current trustee of the Inspire Multi Academy Trust.

One of Peter’s passions is sport and he is a trustee of The Daventry and District Sports Trust and Director, Life Member and founder player of Daventry Rugby Football Club.

Retired - Internal control supervisor

Antony Witheyman

iMAT CEO & Director

Antony is the CEO of Innovate Multi Academy Trust and the Headteacher of Weedon Bec Primary School in Northamptonshire. He has been in education for 18 years, and held a variety of senior positions, working in a variety of educational settings within trusts, both in and out of schools.

Innovate Multi Academy Trust was formed in 2014 as a collaboration of innovative and dynamic schools with the sole aim of making them great places where pupils will have a great time whilst they learn and staff will have a great time teaching them. Antony is also a fully accredited Ofsted Inspector. (But don’t hold this against him…)


Other iMAT Contacts

Lindsey Evans

Exec HeadTeacher Badby & Kilsby

Lindsey has been a successful headteacher for six years at Badby School. As a founder member of the trust, she has been able to help shape the vision and ethos of iMAT. Lindsey has had experience of headship across two small primaries and has also worked as an Executive Headteacher across two schools within the Trust. Prior to headship, Lindsey held numerous leadership roles including Deputy Headteacher, SENDCo and English Lead and has enjoyed a wealth of teaching experience from EYFS to Year 6. Lindsey achieved NPQH in 2006 and is currently working towards NPQEL.


Badby School

Lucy Flavell

iMAT Chief Finance Officer & Co Secretary

Lucy is CIMA qualified and has a commercial finance background previously working for GAP inc and Jewsons Ltd mainly in senior cost management roles. Lucy joined iMAT in September 2016 to strengthen the trust finance structure and is involved in strategic planning, CIF funding as well as ensuring routine finance and audit duties are performed. Lucy enjoys playing netball and spending her spare time with her husband and 2 young children


Andy Lakatos

iMAT Education Standards Consultant

Andrew Lakatos (BEd, NPQH) qualified as an Ofsted Inspector in April 2017. He has over 10 years of experience of being a successful headteacher and now works as a private consultant and School’s Education Advisor for Peterborough Diocese alongside his role for iMAT. He works in the main with senior leadership teams, specialising in evaluating provision, developing monitoring cycles and creating impact measures across a broad range of areas. His subject expertise includes; maths, SEND, EYFS and leadership and management. In his spare time Andrew enjoys cycling and cookery




Clerk to the Directors

Awaiting information

IMAT Clerk to Directors and works for Syzergy

Ed Newton

Head Teacher, Woodford Halse

Headteacher of Woodford Halse CE Primary Academy. Ed has previously worked in a variety of school settings from very small village to large town settings as well as working internationally as director of education for a private school. He worked in business prior to teaching and has a background in the sales and marketing environment.

Woodford Halse HT



iMAT Admin Assistant

Heather joined iMAT as an Admin Assistant in February 2020. She aids the trust with communications, administration, website compliance and GDPR. Heather has previously worked in Secondary Schools as an Learning Assistant and Librarian. She has a BA in English and Latin Literature, and is currently working on an MA in Creative Writing.

iMAT Admin Assistant