Directors and Associates Statutory Information

The information contained via the link below, discloses the Business and Pecuniary Interests of the Fairfax Multi-Academy Trust (FMAT) Directors and Associates, together with any governance roles in other educational institutions, in line with the requirements of the Academies Financial Handbook.




Director Pen Portraits

Please find below a list of FMAT's Directors and a brief summary of their background and areas of expertise.


  • Simon Small; Chair of the Trust Board
  • Andy Best; Vice Chair of the Trust Board

    Qualified Charter Accountant and Corporate Treasurer, previously held Finance and IT director posts in HSBC and worked within a number of other financial institutions. Founding shareholder/director of school advisory business, which was contracted by the DfE to undertake the “Schools Facing Challenging Circumstances” programme and provided education consulting services to the BSF programme. Currently shareholder/director of school support organisation providing school improvement software and services in England and Wales. Former Chair of large “Outstanding” secondary school. Has been a school governor for nearly 20 years. FMAT director to support social mobility and future prospects of all our students.

  • Simon Sheppard

    I am a qualified financial manager with more than 30 years’ experience in the financial services sector.  For the last seven years I have worked in finance within schools which provides me with an understanding of current issues and the financial operation of schools.  I first became a school governor in 1993 and was elected to the governing body at Fairfax as a parent governor after my daughter began at the school in 2006 and have subsequently served continuously as a director, a member and latterly as a trustee.

  • Karen Bloor

    Retired HR Executive for Marks and Spencer with 20 years responsibility for UK and European stores . Following relocation to the midlands, I became a Non Executive Director in the NHS taking Birmingham Community Healthcare Trust to Foundation Status .

    I have been Chair of Governors for a local primary school of which I am still a Governor.  I joined Fairfax Governing body  in 2012 as  parent governor whilst my children attended the school and joined the Trust Board in 2016.

    I am passionate about education and ensuring all students are able to access a balanced and fulfilling curriculum at the same time preparing them for the next stage of their lives .

  • Bev Mabey
  • Colin Mogford
  • Paul Majster

    I am an Operations Manager at a retail property in Birmingham. I have been a Director at FMAT for 18 months, I was previously an Associate at Bournville Academy for 2 years. My main experience is in the Security & Property Management Sectors which includes finance, business performance, building projects & Health and Safety . My passion for getting involved in the governance of schools is about helping to provide the best whole education and experience for children at school and to see the young people of today succeed in their chosen careers.

  • Simon Jones; CEO