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Fierté Charitable Trust


Meet our Team

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Executive Team


Maria Hamblin - Chief Executive Officer 

Maria Hamblin

Maria Hamblin is CEO of the Fierté Charitable Trust. Maria is also a National Leader of Education, supporting school improvement nationwide. Following a career as a Sister in Intensive Care, she started teaching in 2009 and has held leadership roles for over five years including positions of Headteacher and Executive Headteacher. In leading a group of schools, Maria believes passionately in the power of working as one entity; advancing education for the public benefit with a shared moral and legal purpose. Maria continues to work with an external consultancy in supporting schools both at a primary and secondary level and is passionate that the Trust will continue to work with other Charitable Trusts in the region and beyond to ensure that Fierte remains an outward facing organisation, maximising every opportunity to collaborate and strengthen partnerships for the benefit of all.


Tony Hand - Director of Excellence in Learning and Teaching 

Tony Hand

Tony Hand is the Director of Excellence in Learning and Teaching (DELT for short).  He has spent over a quarter of a century in education and was formerly a Head Teacher of two schools including a large primary school for fifteen years. In addition, he has held two Executive Headships supporting schools during periods of turbulence and previously carried out the role of Local Leader of Education.  Alongside colleagues, Tony set up the Tamworth Primary Consortium bringing Headteachers together to serve the best interests of children and families in the locality; he has also Chaired this organisation at various intervals.  He fervently believes that school to school support and collaboration presents a unique opportunity to release and maximise the potential of all children whatever their needs or backgrounds.  His desire to inspire all to excellence extends beyond children to include the staff, parents, governors and other stakeholders that form part of the extended Fierté family. 


Jayne Harrison - Chief Financial Officer

Jayne Harrison

Jayne Harrison is CFO of the Fierté Charitable Trust. As part of the Executive Leadership Team Jayne believes in creating opportunities where children learn inside and outside the classrooms, striving to give them a better future and advancing education for the public good. Jayne has 20 years’ experience in education and has previously trained school business managers as part of the National College development program delivering CSBM, DSBM and ADSBM. She has also been involved in mentoring on the MBA school management for Lincoln University. She continues to support the work of the Confederation of School Trusts as a board member, whose mission is to build an excellent education system in England and a system that holds trust on behalf of its children.



 Central Support Team


Ryan Byrne - Technical Manager

Ryan Byrne

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Linda Smith - Catering Lead

Linda Smith

Linda is the Catering Lead for the Fierté Charitable Trust. Linda’s role plays various parts within our school families, but nothing gives her greater pleasure than seeing our children enjoying the food that our teams create in our social lunch hubs with a real friendly atmosphere, fresh local products and real crockery playing a big part of that.

She is responsible for creating varied menus for our children complying to school nutritional standards and obesity plans whilst incorporating products to fit with allergy requirements, religious requirements and our children’s needs. As far as possible she looks to source local suppliers along with fresh local ingredients. Staff training is another key part of Linda’s role and she endeavours to ensure that we go above and beyond to cover all legal training required along with good staff development.

Linda has worked within the school environment for twelve years and before that had several roles within the hospitality industry, this has given her  a tremendous amount of experience and knowledge to which she now uses every day and the ability from that to be able to think outside the box when developing the catering experience.


Linda Webster - Data Protection Officer

Linda Webster

​​​Linda is the Data Protection Office for the Fierté Charitable Trust. She is responsible for overseeing the implementation of GDPR, monitoring The Trust’s compliance with data protection law, and developing related policies and guidelines where applicable. Linda is the first point of contact for individuals to communicate with when requesting personal data from any of our academies. She has had over 20 years’ experience working in education and prior to starting her own family over 10 years’ experience working in industry.
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Sharon Shilling - Our Pride, Our Joy - Regional Manager 

Sharon Shilling

​​​Sharon Shilling is the Regional Manager for the Trust’s subsidiary company, Our Pride Our Joy Ltd. She manages the nurseries and care clubs associated with each of the Trust schools. Sharon worked at Dosthill Primary Academy teaching across both early years and Key Stage 1 classes for thirteen years but has worked in a wide range of early years settings throughout her career. She believes that early education should be child-led where, through provision that is safe, welcoming and inspiring, children can explore and discover following their own interests, making choices and developing the innate passion for learning that all children have.


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