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Fierté Multi-Academy Trust

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Members and Trustees

Fierté Multi Academy Trust Members 

Mrs Vicki Blundell

Mr Richard Jefferies
(Chair)

Mr Alistair Campbell

 

Fierté Multi Academy Trustees  

Name

Category of Trustee

Appointing Body

Role/Responsibility

Committees/Position

Start
Date

End
Date

Mrs Maria Hamblin

Founding Trustee

Members

CEO

Chair of Leadership Forum

Finance Forum

N/A

N/A

Mrs Vicki Blundell

Founding Trustee

Members

Chair of Trust Board

Chair of Governance Forum

Finance Forum

Governance Forum

01.10.2018

31.09.2022

Mrs Jayne Harrison

Founding Associate

Trust Board

Chief finance Officer

Finance Forum

01.10.2018

31.09.2022

Mr Gary Pykitt

Trustee

Members

Vice-Chair Trust Board 

Finance Committee

23.03.2015

23.03.2019

Mrs Joanne Smith

Founding Trustee

Members

Chair of Governors Violet Way Academy

 

28.09.2015

28.09.2019

Mrs Laura Gardner

Co-opted Trustee

Trust Board

 

 

07.07.2016

07.07.2020

Mrs Zoey Insley

Co-opted Trustee

Trust Board

Vice-Chair Trust Board 

 

07.07.2016

07.07.2020

Mr Colin Hunt

Co-opted Trustee

Trust Board

Responsible Officer

Chair of Finance Forum 

Finance Forum 

01.09.2018

31.08.2022

 

Trustee Resignations 2017-2018

Caroline Smith         Resigned 04.07.2018

Andy McFarlane      Resigned 31.08.2018

Trustee Profiles

Mr Gary Pykitt (BA Hons, PGCE, PGDip, MA, SFHEA) 

Category:  Co-opted Trustee

Body:  Trust Board

Term:  4 Years

Forums: Finance Forum

Positions: Trust Board Vice-Chair

I taught in a primary school in Burton upon Trent for six years, working as a class teacher with subject responsibilities for History and ICT and latterly as Key Stage Two Manager.  I was an NQT Induction Tutor and also worked with a number of trainee teachers during their school placements as an accredited School Based Tutor, which led to me being appointed to a one day per week lecturing secondment at Birmingham City University in the School of Education.  I became a full time Senior Lecturer in Primary Education (Professional Studies and History) in April 2008 and have gained a wealth of educational experience during this time.   I work in a range of schools across the Midlands, supporting trainee teachers and training school based mentors.  I am an External Examiner for the BA (Hons) Primary Education with QTS course at St Mary’s University, Twickenham, which enables me to develop a broader contextual understanding of education.  I have a keen interest in History and am passionate about enhancing the effectiveness of history pedagogy in primary schools.  In addition to this, I am very passionate about ensuring schools address issues around homophobia, biphobia and transphobia through a fully inclusive and challenging curriculum.  In July 2015, I achieved the status of Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, in recognition of my extensive experience and influence in the field.  I have a secure understanding of a range of issues currently impacting upon education; supported by a wide network of educational professionals.  I am delighted to be working closely with the Fierté Multi Academy Trust and am committed to making the Trust and its schools the best educational experience for every child and their families. 

Mrs Laura Gardner 

Category:  Co-opted Trustee

Body:  Trust Board

Term:  4 Years

Forums: 

Positions:

I am a registered nurse and have had a varied career working in primary and secondary health care.   I am currently working in health education, teaching a variety of courses and am particularly interested in health care governance.   Married to Andy, we have two senior school aged children.  I feel privileged to be a trustee of the academy and believe in continuous improvement to deliver high-quality education which allows the children to have the chance to reach their full potential.

Mrs Vicki Blundell 

Category:  Founding Trustee

Body:  Trust Board 

Term:  4 Years

Forums: Finance Forum, Governance Forum

Positions: Trust Board Chair

I am a retired teacher having taught in primary schools in Birmingham, Tamworth and Burton-upon-Trent.   During this time I had the position of Staff Governor on various governing bodies and after retirement, I continued as a co-opted governor at Glascote Heath Primary School, now Glascote Academy.   I became Chair of Governors at Glascote Academy in 2009, a post I still hold now.  Since becoming Chair I have undertaken the Chairs' Development Programme which I successfully completed in 2012 and through this course, I have developed both my understanding and appreciation of the role of a governor in the changing climate of education.   I have, in 2015, been accredited by the National College of School Leadership as a National Leader of Governance which enables me to support other Chairs of governors and governing bodies in their development.

I have been able to use my experience and qualifications in the development of our newly formed Multi-Academy Trust and very much look forward to supporting the governing bodies of schools that join our MAT.

 Mrs Maria Hamblin

Category:  Founding Trustee

Body:  Trust Board

Term:  4 Years

Committees:  Finance Committee

Positions:  C.E.O. and Accounting Officer

I was Headteacher of Glascote Primary Academy for five years and felt privileged to work in such a dynamic, forward thinking academy. In addition, I have been fortunate to work as both an Executive Headteacher within Staffordshire, as well as a Local Leader of Education, working alongside vulnerable academies. Currently, I am a National Leader of Education and am passionate about working in partnership with other academies and wider communities. I have a fervent belief that our Trust should nourish a strong family feel, embracing our shared strengths but celebrating the diversity within our community.

Mr Colin Hunt 

Category:  Co-opted Trustee

Body:  Trust Board

Term:  4 Years

Forums: Finance Forum

Positions: Responsible Officer

I am a retired bank official and bring my financial skills to the board of trustees.

I have been the Responsible Officer for the Trust for the last two years and upon my visits to the academies I  have been very impressed by everyone’s commitment, enthusiasm and desire to do the best for the children.

I live in Mickleover, Derby and was previously Chair of the Governors at Ravensdale Infants Academy there, as well as being treasurer at various  sports clubs in the area.

I am very pleased to be a trustee and will do all I can to assist the Trust with its objectives.

 Mrs Jo Smith

Category:  Founding Trustee

Body:  Trust Board

Term:  4 Years

Forums: Governance Forum

Positions: Chair of Governance Forum

I am a registered nurse currently working at a fertility clinic having previously worked for 18 years within an acute hospital. Have been a governor at one of the MAT academies for nearly 10 years and Chair of Governors at the academy for the last 3 years. I am married with 5 children all of whom have attended or still attend Violet Way Academy. 

I am Chair of the Governance forum and lead Trustee for Trustee and Governor training and development.

There are many reasons why I chose to become a governor and trustee but the overriding one is to ensure that every child, irrespective of background, are given the best opportunities to achieve their full potential. I believe that that is achieved by the staff, pupils, parents, governors and trustees working together as a team with a shared goals, visions and values.

Mrs Zoe Insley 

Category:  Co-opted Trustee

Body:  Trust Board

Term:  4 Years

Forums: 

Positions:

I have worked for Molson Coors for over 23 years and in this time I have had a number of roles most recently as Project Governance Manager.  I moved to Burton 20 years ago and my children attended Violet Way, Edge Hill and my eldest is studying his A levels at Paulet High Academy. 

I have been a Trust Board Member for 3 years, which has enabled me to see the opportunities given to the children.  I am passionate about helping young people achieve their potential and creating the best opportunities for them.  I became a trustee in order to pursue this interest, develop my understanding and help create the best opportunities for the children.  It is a privilege to be part of the academy’s development and I am really looking forward to working with the children, staff and families within the academy’s communities.