Simon Pearce

Simon is Chair of the Trust’s Finance and Audit Committee and Link Governor for Hutchinson Memorial Church of England First School.

Simon is a Chartered Accountant with extensive experience of governance and financial management. Most recently he was Company Secretary and Director of Corporate Governance of the Financial Conduct Authority. Prior to this, his career included numerous company secretary or financial director roles in a wide range of industries, including investment banking, cruise shipping, children’s entertainment and manufacturing.

Simon is a non-executive director and chair of the Audit Committee of the Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. He was also a trustee and Honorary Treasurer of Cumberland Lodge, an educational charity based in Windsor, for 11 years.

Simon is keen to see the Trust establish itself as a leading provider of education for children throughout their school career, based on a track record of excellent outcomes for students and sound financial management. Over the next five years, he would like to see the Trust continue to grow the number and range of schools within it, gradually broadening its geographical reach whilst maintaining its strong focus on maximising students’ potential and financial stability. He would like to see schools within the Trust deriving clear benefits from being a part of progressive and effective multi-academy trust.