I have just completed 38 years in the automotive industry both as an employee, mainly of BMW UK and Sytner BMW and, since 2001 as an owner and director of Cooper Solutions Limited, which I sold in December 2019.
Founding a start-up takes a mixture of belief, persistence and naivety; you have to keep getting up when knocked down, especially in the early years, while you also need to ignore how long it will take and how difficult it will be to really succeed, otherwise you probably wouldn’t even begin.
I want to bring that drive and determination to my role as an FMAT director where I have joined a tremendous team of people currently facing unprecedented issues and challenges.
I aim to balance my time supporting day to day provision of great education and preparedness for life after school, with the development and execution of a longer term, strategic plan that sees FMAT grow into a stand out, benchmark MAT in the Midlands and the UK.
I have enjoyed time as a parent governor at two primary schools while my three children were of that age. Whilst I am by no means an expert in education, I understand the impact inspirational leadership can have on any organisation. I will continue to support all the relevant people across FMAT as they optimise their time spent leading and inspiring the students to great success at school and beyond.