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Fierté Multi-Academy Trust


Meet our Team


Executive Team


Maria Hamblin - Chief Executive Officer 

Maria Hamblin

Maria Hamblin is CEO of the Fierté Multi-Academy 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 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 - Vice-CEO 

Tony Hand

Tony Hand is the Vice-CEO of the Fierté Multi-Academy Trust and a Trustee.  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 Multi-Academy 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

Rebecca Harris - Trust Intervention Manager for Excellence

Rebecca Harris

Rebecca Harris is the Trust Intervention Manager for Excellence, her role within the Fierté Trust is to organise the COVID response for all pupils enabling them to make rapid progress to fill gaps in knowledge and restore learning loss primarily through managing ‘catch-up classes’ for groups of learners and one to one tutoring for individuals outside of the school day. The Fierté Trust  have acknowledged the importance of a positive reaction to schools closing for many of our pupils; despite some wonderful home schooling by our families and quality sessions provided by our different schools, there will inevitably be gaps in learning. The Trust have reacted to this enabling Rebecca to  work with all schools ensuring all interventions are high quality with high impact. Rebecca also works as SENCo and Assistant Head at Heathfields Infant and Wilnecote Junior schools.  She is also on the NICE panel involved in re-drafting 'social and emotional and mental health in Primary and Secondary schools' and is passionate about the wellbeing of all pupils in schools.

Linda Smith - Catering Lead

Linda Smith

Linda is the Catering Lead for the Fierté Multi-Academy 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 Multi-Academy 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.
Linda can be contacted via email at

Sue Marriott - Bursar 

Sue Marriott

​​​Sue Marriott works as part of the Central Support Team supporting all schools within the Fierté Multi-Academy Trust. Sue has 15 years’ experience of working in education having worked for the local education authority for a number of years supporting different schools across Staffordshire and more recently as Bursar at Dosthill Primary Academy in Tamworth. Sue has the CSBM and DSBM qualifications, which she attained as part of the National College development programme some years ago.

Emma Johnson - Finance & HR 

Emma Johnson

Emma Johnson is part of the Central Support Team, supporting all academies within the Fierté Multi-Academy Trust. Emma has twenty years’ experience of working within one of the academies, starting firstly as a volunteer and over the years to a full time school administrator.  For the past seven years, the Central Support Team role has evolved and roles and responsibilities include Finance, HR, and Procurement negotiating best practice for the Trust.

Sam Lewis - Trust Wellbeing Lead

Sam Lewis

Samantha is Trust Wellbeing Lead for the Fierte Multi-Academy Trust. She has been working in education since 2012 and for the last 2 years working across schools to help co-ordinate the Mental Health needs of pupils and support and deliver Mental Health and Wellbeing interventions. Samantha is educated to degree level and has obtained a CPCAB Level 2 Award in Counselling skills for Working with Children through Place2Be (the leading national children's mental health charity) and CPCAB Level 3 certificate in Counselling studies.

Samantha is passionate about making Mental Health support available to all children and families across the Trust. She is a Hope (Helping Our Pupils Emotions) Mentor and Supervisor and through Hope is able to offer 1:1 support to pupils in addition to support for parents. Working with a team of Wellbeing Champions, she believes in a holistic approach to Mental health giving children the opportunity to develop resilience and receive appropriate support.

Ryan Byrne - Trust Technical Manager

Ryan Byrne

Ryan Byrne is the Technical Manager for the Fierté Multi-Academy Trust and has worked in education for over 6 years. In this time, Ryan has developed and deployed a number of IT systems and solutions. He works to ensure our staff are well-equipped with reliable, effective classroom technologies in order to enrich teaching and learning. By combining his technical proficiency with his previous experience as a Teaching Assistant, Ryan strives to always take a learner-centric approach to his responsibilities managing networks as well as advising on, developing and deploying new systems. As a member of the Trust IT Strategy Forum, he also works closely with a number of Academy stakeholders to continually update them on new developments and opportunities whilst also resolving any challenges that arise in a timely manner.

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.

Kacey Gretton - Our Pride, Our Joy - Finance 

Kacey Gretton

​​​Kacey works as part of the Central Support Team supporting all schools within the Fierté Multi-Academy Trust. Kacey is also lead contact for Finance across Our Pride Our Joy Ltd. She is responsible for overseeing all financial accounts and funding for each nursery & care club setting are accurate and compliant.