Executive Team and Support
Simon Jones joined ²ÝÁñÊÓÆµ as CEO in February 2020.Ìý Simon has a wide range of experience, having worked in and with several Multi-Academy Trusts in the Midlands.
As CEO, Simon is the overall lead for all Academies within our Trust and will work closely with the DfE, The Regional Schools Commissioner, the Heads of Academy and the Directors to ensure the Trust vision is realised.
Director of Education
Martyn joined the Trust in April 2021 and is an experienced and successful headteacher who has spent most of his career in the East Midlands; he is now using that expertise to ensure that all ²ÝÁñÊÓÆµ academies and their students achieve their full potential.
As Director of Education, Martyn works across all sites within the Trust.Ìý He is responsible for evaluating the quality of provision and standards in each Academy.
Chief Operating Officer
With a financial background, John was initially employed as a member of the Fairfax Finance Department.Ìý Upon conversion to a MAT in 2014, John became Director of Finance and in more recent years he was promoted to Chief Operating Officer (COO).
As COO, John works closely with other members of the ²ÝÁñÊÓÆµ Executive Team to map out the strategic direction of the Trust; he then works across all sites within the Trust to ensure that the strategic vision is implemented.Ìý He is responsible for line managing several business functions including HR, Payroll, Estates, IT, Finance and Design.
Human Resources Director
Jo has worked in education for over eight years and was previously involved in working with another Multi- Academy Trust through its conversation from a Single Academy Trust through to a medium-sized Trust with over 700 staff.Ìý
Prior to this, Jo worked in the private sector in a software development company; it was during this time she gained her Level 7 Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resources Management.
At ²ÝÁñÊÓÆµ, Jo will be working with the central Human Resources function to streamline current and create new processes and support mechanisms to ensure that the employee life cycle works to support the needs of our Trust, and therefore, the students in its care.
Governance & Compliance Officer
Rachel joined ²ÝÁñÊÓÆµ in March 2021 in a General Administrative role, supporting the Executive Team and subsequently adding Clerking for the Trust Board to her responsibilities in September 2022.
Rachel moved to the position of Governance and Compliance Officer from September 2023 and continues to support the Trust Board in committee meetings and panels.Ìý In addition, Rachel is responsible for ensuring suitable governance arrangements are in place to support the on-going development and ultimate operation of the Trust Board and Academies
Education and School Improvement Team
Trust Improvement Advisor
Ian McNeilly joined ²ÝÁñÊÓÆµ in September 2022 as a part-time consultant to add further capacity to the team.
Ian is a very experienced and highly-effective educationalist and executive leader with a long track record of successfully supporting leaders to improve their schools and trusts.
He has held several prominent roles in education, including five years as a former Senior His Majestyâ€™s Inspector of Education, Childrenâ€™s Services and Skills at Ofsted and four years as the CEO of a multi-academy trust.
Ian supports and advises the ²ÝÁñÊÓÆµ executive and school leaders to help them achieve their vision. Improving the life chances of children, particularly those who are disadvantaged, is always at the centre of his advice and decision making
Trust Pastoral Lead
As Trust Pastoral Lead, Karen is committed to the Trust vision to enrich lives and transform futures so that all children are able to be the best they can be.Ìý Karen has dedicated the majority of her career to developing expertise in the key areas of safeguarding, behaviour and attitudes and all areas of pastoral care and she will utilise these skills to support and guide the schools within the trust so that they are able to safeguard and provide the best possible pastoral provision for our students.
Trust Professional Learning Lead
Deborah Bunn joined Fairfax Academy in 2012 and became Principal of Fairfax Academy in 2014, the founding year of ²ÝÁñÊÓÆµ.Ìý Following eight years in post as Principal, she joined the Central Team as Trust Professional Learning and Wellbeing Lead.ÌýÌý
As a former AST and SLE, CPD has always been a passion of Deborahâ€™s and she is committed to working with school colleagues to ensure they have access to the best professional learning available. Along with a wellbeing offer that equips them to thrive in a busy school environment, the Trust professional learning offer enables ²ÝÁñÊÓÆµ staff to deliver the highest quality provision to students across the schools.Ìý
Trust SEND Lead
Rebecca joined Fairfax Trust in September 2023. She has previously been a Head of Department in History before moving into SEND. Rebecca has been a qualified SENCO since 2013 and in her last role was a successful Assistant Head Teacher in charge of Inclusion â€“ working within SEN and the More-Able cohort.
She has extensive SEND knowledge and is also a qualified Level 3 Assessor for Access Arrangements, with a special interest in neurodiversity. Rebecca also has vast leadership experience and has managed many departments, ranging from curriculum to EAL and SEND. Rebecca has experience in advisory work, both abroad and domestically, to share strategies and support for SEND and high ability learners.
As an Academy Improvement advisor for SEND, she works across all academies in the Trust, supporting SENCos to achieve the best possible outcomes for all students.
Academy Improvement Advisor - English and Literacy
Michelle has over 20 years’ experience of teaching English and has a track record of supporting English departments in inner-city schools to achieve excellent outcomes. She has extensive leadership experience, having been a Head of English for ten years and then a senior leader for five years. Michelle is passionate about equipping learners with strong literacy skills as she believes that these are key to success not just in English, but across all subjects.Ìý
As Academy Improvement Advisor for English and Literacy, Michelle works across all academies in the Trust, supporting the English and Literacy leaders to achieve the best possible outcomes for the learners.
Academy Improvement Advisor - Maths and Numeracy
Natalie has taught maths for over 20 years, with the last 17 years in a school in Staffordshire, with the ambition that all children leave formal education with the mathematical tools needed for their next stage in life. She has a strong belief that all students can achieve in maths given the right support. Natalie has ten years of leadership experience as a head of department, six of which were also serving as a member of the senior leadership team.
In this role, Natalie works across all academies in the Trust, supporting the Mathâ€™s and Numeracy Leaders to achieve the best possible outcomes for all students.
Central Operations Team
Finance Business Partner
In September 2016 , Gemma was employed as Finance Manager for Erdington Academy just as Erdington joined Fairfax Multi Academy Trust. With a long history of retail finance experience, Gemma was able to support the transition of Erdington into Academy status and then went on to support Fairfax Academy also.Ìý As part of the Trusts centralisation programme in 2020, Gemma secured her current role as Finance Business Partner.
Gemmaâ€™s role is predominantly to provide a proactive, forward-thinking, trust-minded, competent and consistent Finance service across the Trust and contribute to the overall success of the Finance department. To support the strategic development of each academy by working closely with the Academy and Trust Leadership to enable effective decision making and achievement of Academy aims.ÌýÌý
Safina Mahmood is a fully qualified member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and joined ²ÝÁñÊÓÆµ in April 2020 as a Trust Accountant when centralisation began. Safina has a wide range of experience as previously worked both as an internal and external Auditor.
As a Trust Accountant, Safina oversees and undertakes the key elements of financial administration of the Trust, produces monthly management accounts for all academies and the central function playing a key role in monitoring budgets within the Trust. Co-ordinates both internal and external financial audits and the preparation of statutory financial returns.
HR Business Partner
Claire joined the Trust in January 2023.Ìý She was previously employed in the Charity Sector for 14 years, were she worked as a HR Business Partner for the last 7 years, developing their HR department, driving process improvement, through digital and standardisation of practices centrally.ÌýÌýClaire brings many transferrable skills to the Education Sector, having worked with safeguarding legislation throughout her previous role.
At ²ÝÁñÊÓÆµ, Claire is working with the Central Human Resources function to provide a proactive, forward-thinking, trust-minded, competent and consistent HR service across the Trust and contribute to the overall success of the HR department by leading the HR team.
Claire will truly partner with the Trustâ€™s Academies, which is an exciting development for the Trust and our HR function.
Information and Systems Manager
Rob is the Information and Systems Manager & Data Protection Officer (DPO) of the Trust. His role involves providing business intelligence and educational information to a wide range of audiences, including the Board of Directors. He is also responsible for overseeing the data protection responsibilities of the Trust.
Trust Communications & Engagement Lead
Simone joined ²ÝÁñÊÓÆµ in its founding year – 2014 and for a decade has supported three CEO’s in an Executive Assistant role .Ìý Prior to this, she had a career spanning over two decades managing events, sales and marketing in luxury brand hotels.
From February 2024, Simone moved into a brand new Trust role as the Communications & Engagement Lead, which will draw upon not only her extensive ²ÝÁñÊÓÆµ experience and knowledge , but also her previous career achievements, where she was recognised internationally for her internal and external collaboration with all stakeholders.ÌýÌý
With clearly defined strategic aims that align with the Trusts 3-year plan, Simone will act to strengthen both internal and external communications,Ìýbuild a strong network within the community and increase the visibility of the Trusts achievements.
Trust Marketing & Graphic Design Lead
Keeley is a highly experiencedÌýGraphic Designer with over three decades professional expertise in creating solutions for internal communications and producing materials for external events and advertising.
Having previously worked at HSBC for 24 years, Keeley joined Fairfax Academy in 2013, moving to the Central Team as the Lead Graphic Designer in 2016.
As the Trust continues to develop, Keeleyâ€™s role has progressed to Marketing & Graphic Design Lead, where she will be responsible for the production of high quality creative graphic artwork for use throughout all of the Trustâ€™s academies and organising promotional campaigns through external media sources including print and digital channels.Ìý
Ensuring that the highest standards are always met, conveying the Trustâ€™s ethos and vision to raise and maintain its profile, whilst complying with the Trustâ€™s brand guidelines remains paramount.
Trust Health & Safety Manager
Prior to joining the Central Office Team, Brian was Premises Manager at Fairfax.
In his role as Trust Health and Safety Manager, Brian will manage all aspects of the day to day management of health and safety matters across the Trust.
Trust Estates Lead
Previously Site Lead at Fairfax Academy, Oli joined the ²ÝÁñÊÓÆµ Central Team as Trust Estates Lead in January in 2022.Ìý
Working with Site Teams and Principals at each Academy, Oli is responsible for ensuring the delivery of the Core Offer, Asset Management Plan, and improvement of each Academy site, so as to maintain high standards across all sites for students, staff, and visitors; ultimately giving ²ÝÁñÊÓÆµ students the best possible learning environment.
Learning & Development Partner
Alison joined ²ÝÁñÊÓÆµ in January 2024 as a Learning & Development Partner. The role will include a range of tasks from designing and implementing solutions for personal and leadership development to career pathways and succession planning.
Over the past 12 years she has held HR Business Partner roles within FTSE 100 Financial Services companies supporting Executive Committee members to define and implement people plans to improve the colleague experience. She brings with her a wealth of experience and insight into working across varied client groups ranging from Customer Services to Finance and Risk with a continued focus on employee engagement, talent management and leadership development.
Alison has a passion for helping people to learn new skills and build enriching careers and will be our ambassador for continuous personal development across the Trust. As a learning organisation, it is a key strategic aim to continuously improve our staff.