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About Us

Simply Academy is a leading provider of financial educational services. We design training solutions for individuals and corporate clients across the world.

The Simply Story

Leadership team

The senior members of our leadership team keep Simply Academy heading in the right direction.

Peter Lingley

Since co-founding the business in 2006, Peter has been a driving force at Simply Academy. Putting his years of business experience into practice, he takes care of the overarching strategy and business plans. Ultimately, he’s accountable for the company’s performance.

Peter Lingley

Chief Operating Officer

Mark Fenwick

Mark was the other co-founder of Simply Academy and now takes responsibility for the apprenticeship side of operations. His experience in the financial and property sectors is channelled towards management of the apprenticeship team, both at HQ and across the country.

Mark Fenwick

Executive Director of Apprenticeships

Michael Middlemiss

Mike joined Simply Academy in 2015 with the responsibility of creating and developing financial services apprenticeships. His strong background in Business Development and Account Management made him the perfect man for the job and he now leads the team who assists employers throughout the apprenticeship process.

Michael Middlemiss

Apprenticeship Manager

Barbara Veeramallay-Permaul

Barbara brings 20 years of experience working within both Skills and Welfare to Work sectors to Simply Academy. Her knowledge of Quality in both apprenticeships and further education is extensive, and her ‘can do’ attitude means she has hit the ground running since her appointment to help us continue providing the very best service.

Barbara Veeramallay-Permaul

Head of Quality & Compliance

Paul Fairclough

For years, Paul has designed and provided training for companies around the world. His wealth of knowledge and experience as a compliance and training professional mean he knows exactly what should go into a training programme. The team he leads are in charge of making sure every course we develop offers real, tangible benefits, and the results speak for themselves.

Paul Fairclough

Head of Programme Development

Margaret Andrews

Outstanding customer service is something on which we pride ourselves. Thanks to Maggie, who heads the Customer Service team, we’re known throughout the industry for our friendly, professional manner. Aside from running a great team, she takes point when it comes to keeping in touch with our corporate clients. It’s essential that we maintain a great working relationship with all our clients and this is something at which Maggie excels.

Margaret Andrews

Trainer & Client Support – Professional Qualifications

Louise Ditchman

We first met Louise in 2016 when she set about expanding her financial services knowledge in the learning division. She joined the team the next year and now assists our executive director, Mark, in planning, directing and running the apprenticeship team.

Louise Ditchman

Trainer & Client Support – Apprenticeships

Darren Williams

Every successful business needs an IT expert they can trust. That’s particularly true for Simply Academy as our website is integral to operations and some of our courses are run via a cutting edge online platform. Lucky for Simply Academy, we’ve got Darren. He’s been part of the team since our founding and shares the same vision of unbeatable courses and exemplary customer service.

Darren Williams

IT & Technical Support