Board of Directors

Trust Board of Directors

Mr Mark Bailie
Executive Headteacher

Mark has worked in schools for over 25 years and has been in leadership positions for 22 years. He has been a Headteacher for over 11 years (7 years at Finham Park School).

National Leader of Education (NLE); has significant Ofsted experience and is a qualified Ofsted Inspector; he has taken different schools from 4 to 3, 3 to 2 and 2 to 1 in Ofsted terms.

Specialist knowledge:

Educational leadership; marketing, finance, operations; Human Resources, including recruitment; estates, curriculum; business; strategy.

Relevant interests:

  • National Leader of Education
  • Ofsted Inspector – West Midlands Regional Team Member
  • Director for Coventry & Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce
  • Headteacher Steering Group for Confucius Institute based at IOE, UCL
  • Trustee of Central Academies Trust, West Midlands
Cllr John Blundell
Member Appointee

John has been a Coventry City Councillor for 14 years and is now the Leader of the Opposition, a position he has held for 3 years. Before that he was the Deputy Leader of the Opposition, having previously been the Cabinet Member for Children, Learning and Young People.

John was educated in Coventry at King Henry VIII School and trained as an accountant. He had a number of senior positions with Coventry and international companies before opening up his own employment and training agency in Hales Street, Coventry. John now manages student halls of residence in Coventry.

John is married and lives in the Cannon Park area of Coventry. He has 2 children and 3 grandchildren. In his spare time John enjoys playing golf and bridge.

Mrs Pauline Parkes

Pauline is a retired teacher and has worked in the City of Coventry for over 30 years. Her involvement on governing bodies has been extensive with her area of expertise being SEND, Safeguarding & Inclusion, together with the health and welfare of young people. She held the position of SENCO, Inclusion Manager and Safeguarding Lead at a local secondary school.

She started her career as a teacher of PE and music and moved to Coventry to teach at a local secondary school in 1980. She strongly believes that all young people should have the best possible start in life and that school can play a big part in this. Pauline continues to be a keen advocate for sport and for all the expressive arts and sees them as an extremely valuable and intrinsic part of the school curriculum.

Mr Peter Burns MBE
Member Director

Both of my children attended Finham Park and I have been a governor of the school for 30 years and chair for 10 years before taking up my new role as Chair of the Multi Academy Trust.

In my working life I was Facilities and Services Director for Marconi Telecommunications and was President of the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce 2014 to 2016, I now represent the British Chambers of Commerce on two national committees.

Awarded the MBE for Services to the Community in Coventry and Warwickshire in 2001.

I am a Parish Councillor for Finham and hold the position of Chair,

The Multi Academy is a very exciting time for us with great benefits to both staff and pupils alike and I will do all I can to make sure we deliver the core values across the Trust.

Mrs Fanny Anderson
Member Director

Originally from France, I followed my husband to the UK and have embraced British culture for over 20 years and am particularly fond of Coventry. Our 2 daughters currently attend Finham Park School.

I have many years of industry sector experience within Lean management, leadership and internal control. I am a Finance Manager at Peugeot Citroen Automobiles UK where I have been employed full time for over 15 years.

I had been a school governor for 9 years at both Primary and Secondary schools before becoming a Director of the Finham Park Multi Academy Trust.

I am truly committed to delivering the best education for the children of Coventry. I strongly believe in the values and ethos of Finham Park Multi Academy Trust and I am proud to be part of the Board of Directors.

Kinnary Vyas

Having initially worked as a corporate finance/commerce and technology lawyer, I have been Head of Legal/Company Secretary at both Tarmac and PSA Group subsidiaries in the UK. Currently a senior international lawyer working for PSA Group Global Head Office, I have significant boardroom and governance committee experience, with a strong strategic perspective. Originally a student at the University of Birmingham, I worked in the North East and Yorkshire for many years before being tempted back to the Midlands 15 years ago, where I eventually found myself working for Peugeot Citroën Automobiles in Coventry. I have a strong desire to use my experience and skills to “give something back” to the community, particularly in relation to the education and welfare of children and young people. I am grateful for this opportunity to be part of an organisation, which makes such a difference to the lives of children, especially in the Coventry and surrounding area. I am also a mentor for Law undergraduates at the University of Birmingham mentoring scheme.

Mrs. Kirsty Weeks

Kirsty has over 27 years teaching experience and has been involved in Initial Teacher Education for the past 10 years. Kirsty works across Primary,Early Years and ITE 3-16 International programmes at the University of Warwick .

Kirsty has extensive experience of supporting schools as an Early Years and Literacy Consultant for Warwickshire Local Authority as well as an Early Years and Key Stage 1 moderator and school governor. She has experience of leading both literacy and numeracy in school and has taught all age groups from Nursery to Year 6.

Kirsty has also spent a number of years teaching aboard in both Singapore and Madrid. she has two boys who attend a local secondary school.

Truly committed to quality education for all, Kirsty is proud to be a Director for the Finham Park Multi Academy Trust.

Members & Directors Responsibilities & Interests

NameStatusAppointedResignedResponsibility/CommitteeInterests- Pecuinary, Business, other Governance RolesRoleStart Date of Other RolesSkills
Mr Peter Burns MBEMember & Director18/03/2015Chair of the Multi Academy TrustCoventry & Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce Director.
Governor of Coventry University.
Director at CWCC, Governor at CUBusiness / Voluntary
Mrs Fanny AndersonMember & Director18/03/2015Member / Director of FPMAT BoardNoneN/AFinance
Mr Amrik BhabraMember18/03/2015Member of the Trust - no voting rightsNoneN/ABusiness / Primary Governance
Miss Alethea FullerMember01/01/2019Member of the Trust - no voting rightsCoventry Carribean Association LtdDirector01/03/2018Strategic Governance / Public Sector
Mr Mark BailieDirector18/03/2015Director of FPMAT BoardWest Midlands Academy AND Coventry & Warwickshire Chamber of CommerceMember of WMA, Director at CWCCEducation / Leadership - Exec Head of Finham Park MAT
Mr John BlundellDirector18/03/2015Director of FPMAT BoardCoventry City Council Local Autority Councillor.
Governor Grange Farm School
LA Councillor at CCC, Governor at GFSLocal Authority / Politics / Education
Mrs Pauline ParkesDirector13/09/2017Director of FPMAT BoardStivichall PrimaryGovernorCommunity / SEND / Safeguarding
Ms Kinnary VyasDirector25/01/2019Director of FPMAT BoardLegal / Regulatory / Company Law
Mrs. Kirsty WeeksDirector19/11/2019Primary Education / EY
Mr Russell PlesterHeadteacher: Finham Park 213/01/201526/05/2016Director of FPMAT BoardNone
Mr Russell PlesterHeadteacher: Finham Park 226/05/2016Observer - no voting rightsNone
Headteacher: Finham PrimaryObserver - no voting rightsNone
Mr Paul GreenHeadeacher: Lyng Hall School01/07/2016Observer - no voting rightsNone
Ms Perihan YavashMember18/03/2015Member of the Trust - no voting rightsNoneN/AEducation / HE Sector

Meetings Attended September 2020 - July 2021

 Board Meeting 06/10/2020XO Meeting 22/10/20Board Meeting 17/11/2020Board Meeting 26/01/2021Board Meeting 16/03/2021Board Meeting 25/05/2021Board Meeting 13/07/2021
Peter Burns YYYYYY
John BlundellYYYYAY
Fanny AndersonYYYYAY
Pauline ParkesYYYYYY
Mark BailieYYYYYY
Kinnary VyasYYYYYY
Kirsty WeeksYYYYYY
Amrik BhabraYN/AN/AYYY
Mercer MottramN/AYYN/AN/AN/A
Alethea FullerN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Y = Present at meeting
T = Teams attendance
A = Apologies Given
X = Did not attend, no apologies
Not required to attend
R = Resigned

Meetings Attended 2019-2020

DirectorsBoard MeetingsFinance CommitteeStandards CommitteePay, Appraisal & Personnel Committee
Meetings attendedOut of a possibleMeetings attendedOut of a possibleMeetings attendedOut of a possibleMeetings attendedOut of a possible
Peter Burns (Chair)
John Blundell
Mark Bailie
Fanny Anderson
Pauline ParkesN/AN/A
Kinnary VyasN/AN/AN/AN/A