Our Trust

The Trust's Central Office Team

Simon Jones


Simon Jones joined Fairfax Multi-Academy Trust as CEO in February 2020.  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.

Martyn Jobling

Director of Education

As Director of Education, Martyn works across all sites within the Trust.  He is responsible for evaluating the quality of provision and standards in each Academy. 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 and is now using that expertise to ensure that all FMAT academies and their students achieve their full potential.


John Fitzgerald

Chief Operating Officer

As the Chief Operating Officer, John is responsible for overseeing all non-educational functions across the Trust including Estates, HR, IT and Finance. With an expertise in Finance, John oversees the Central Office and Academies budgets, ensuring compliance with the Financial Handbook and EFA regulations.

Alex Pugh

HR Director

Alex will be joining the team on 6th September 2021.

Karen Cornell

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.  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.

Simone Gannon

PA to the CEO

First and foremost, Simone provides support to Simon by managing his diary, coordinating all meetings, events and travel.  Communication is key to the role as it provides a link between the Central Office Team and all internal and external stakeholders.  Simone also plays a key role in managing the Trust Governance.

Robert Fitzgerald

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.

Keeley Clarke

Graphic Designer

As Graphic Designer, Keeley is responsible for the production of high quality, creative graphic art work/web content material for use throughout all of the Academies.  Her artwork ensures that the Trust’s ethos and vision is conveyed whilst continually maintaining and raising the profile of the Trust.

Rachel Sullivan

General Administrator to the Executive Team

Rachel joined the Trust in March 2021.  Her role involves providing general administrative support to the Executive Team, primarily supporting the Director of Education and Trust Pastoral Lead.  Working closely with Simone Gannon, Rachel’s role includes diary management, preparation of documents and actions for relevant Trust meetings.

Andy Green

Trust Estates & Facilities Manager

Andy joined the central office team in 2017 after previously working at Erdington Academy as Premises Manager

As Trust Estates & Facilities Manager, Andy will manage all aspects of the Trust’s properties including upkeep, care, maintenance, security and facilities management.

Brian Fox

Trust Estates & Facilities Manager

Prior to joining the Central Office Team, Brian was Premises Manager at Fairfax.

In his role as Trust Estates and Facilities Manager, Brian will manage all aspects of the day to day management of health and safety matters across the Trust.

Debbie Tremble

Trust English and Literacy Lead

Debbie joins the team in September 2021

Shara-Kay Davis

Trust Maths and Numeracy Lead

Shara joins the team in September 2021




Simon Lynch

Trust SEND Lead

Simon joined Fairfax Multi-Academy Trust in April 2019 when he was appointed as SENDCo and a member of the senior leadership team at Smith’s Wood Academy. His career before this as an expert teacher, school leader, national trainer and local authority advisor has been dedicated to enriching children’s lives and transforming their futures. He became the SEND Trust Lead in September 2021. In this role he is responsible for providing advice, support, and challenge to school leaders in relation to special educational needs and disabilities. With wide ranging experience of improving outcomes for children, he is committed to inclusive education and the principle that no child should be left behind.