Members and the Board of Directors

Andy Keane

ANDY KEANE - MEMBER AND DIRECTOR

TERM OF OFFICE: NOVEMBER 2014 - NOVEMBER 2018

BUSINESS AND PECUNIARY INTERESTS: N/A

Andy has over fifteen years of project management experience, delivering business benefits to utility organisations across the globe and manufacturing and construction companies in the UK. Most recently he has worked as a Portfolio Manager and Senior Project Manager, supporting other project managers and mentoring junior team members. He brings a disciplined, analytical approach to project management, which has allowed him to deliver high-profile, complex projects to time, cost and quality constraints.

Simon Sheppard

SIMON SHEPPARD - MEMBER AND DIRECTOR          

TERM OF OFFICE: NOVEMBER 2014 - NOVEMBER 2018                             

BUSINESS AND PECUNIARY INTERESTS: N/A

Simon is a qualified Financial Manager, experienced in building relationships in the commercial sector with high net worth clients. Experience gained working for a major global organisation, providing bespoke advice and identifying wealth opportunities, arranging overseas facilities to aid business growth. Customer focused, analytical and an effective communicator who prioritises the customer experience to ensure a world class service.

Simon Rowney

SIMON ROWNEY - MEMBER

TERM OF OFFICE: NOVEMBER 2014 - NOVEMBER 2018                                        

BUSINESS AND PECUNIARY INTERESTS: N/A

Simon’s skills lie in the field of IT and his portfolio includes implementing change programmes, and governance. He possesses strong problem solving and analytical skills and the ability to understand the needs of internal and external client’s, suppliers, partners and consultants.

Martyn Collin

MARTYN COLLIN - MEMBER

TERM OF OFFICE: NOVEMBER 2014 - NOVEMBER 2018                                        

BUSINESS AND PECUNIARY INTERESTS: TBC

With an extensive background in the Education sector, Martyn has recently been promoted to the role of CEO at the Ninestiles Academy Trust.  His personal ethos resonates with that of the FMAT.  He also understands the context of a parent, having seen both his children graduate from Fairfax to Oxford University.

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LAURA CHANDLER - DIRECTOR   

TERM OF OFFICE: OCTOBER 2015 - OCTOBER 2019                                               

BUSINESS AND PECUNIARY INTERESTS: DIRECTOR AT 14 HIGHBURY NEW PARK Ltd

Laura is a Legal Director in the Corporate Department. She is experienced in corporate finance, private equity, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, re-organisations and shareholders’ agreements and has acted for both public and private companies.  Her experience covers a variety of sectors including mining, manufacturing, telecommunications, education, services and retail/wholesale.

Andy Bird

ANDY BIRD - CEO AND DIRECTOR                                                                         

BUSINESS AND PECUNIARY INTERESTS: N/A

In the role of CEO, Andy is the overall lead for the academies and schools within the Trust.  Working closely with the DfE, Regional Schools Commissioner and the Head's of Academy, his specific focus is to ensure that the Trust's strategies are realised.

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NEIL PHILPOTT - CHAIR OF THE FAIRFAX ACADEMY ASSOCIATION AND DIRECTOR 

TERM OF OFFICE: JANUARY 2015 - JANUARY 2019                                                  

BUSINESS AND PECUNIARY INTERESTS: DIRECTOR AT PWC

Neil has recently taken up the post of Chair of the Fairfax Academy Association.  Currently working as a Director at PWC, his wealth of financial knowledge brings a much welcomed dimension.

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LARA KILTIE - CHAIR OF THE BOURNVILLE ACADEMY ASSOCIATION AND DIRECTOR

TERM OF OFFICE: APRIL 2015 - APRIL 2019                                                            

BUSINESS AND PECUNIARY INTERESTS: N/A

Having been elected Chair of the Bournville Academy Association, Lara is looking forward to the opportunity of working with both her fellow associates and the Trust, in order to support the continual improvements at Bournville.

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NICHOLAS ROBSON - DIRECTOR             

TERM OF OFFICE: DECEMBER 2016 - DECEMBER 2020

BUSINESS AND PECUNIARY INTERESTS: N/A

As Senior Deputy Head at Holland Park School, Nicholas shadows the Head. He is responsible for Ofsted, for Staff Development, for Quality of Teaching, sits on all Governor committees and has a hand in the Leadership of English, Humanities, Music and the Sixth Form. He holds a first class degree from the University of Durham and a PGCE from Oxford University.

Pank Patel

PANK PATEL - DIRECTOR             

TERM OF OFFICE: DECEMBER 2016 - DECEMBER 2020

BUSINESS AND PECUNIARY INTERESTS: TBC

Pank has recently taken on the role of Principal at George Salter Academy in West Bromwich.  Prior to this appointment he carried out the roles of Regional Schools Commissioner for the West Midlands and was Headteacher at Wood Green Academy in Wednesbury.  Earlier in his career he also served as a Deputy Headteacher at two inner city schools and as a National Leader of Education.