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The Schools of King Edward VI in Birmingham

Ms Gill Ball

Mr Hywel Thomas

 

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Trustees

  • Mrs Sharon Roberts

    (Chair)

    Biography

    Sharon Roberts was educated at King Edward VI Handsworth School and the University of Liverpool. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales having trained with Ernst & Young before joining an international chemicals group where she held a number of senior finance roles. She is also a Chartered Company Secretary.

    Her current role is Chief Financial Officer for Horizon Care and Education Group which provides residential homes and day schools for children and young people with extreme behavioural difficulties resulting from trauma in their early lives.

    Sharon was a governor of King Edward VI Handsworth School from 2007 and was Chair of Governors there from 2013 to 2016. She has been a Foundation Board Governor since 2011 and sits on its Audit Committee and Finance and Investment Committee. She is also Vice Chairman of the Academy Trust Board, and a Governor of Camp Hill Girls

    Business and pecuniary interests

    • Governor of The Schools of King Edward VI in Birmingham
    • Appointed 6 Mar 2018
    • Appointed By Members
    • Attendance 2017/18 1 of 2
    • Attendance 2018/19 3 of 7
  • Mr David Wheeldon

    (Vice Chair)

    Biography

    David Wheeldon was born and brought up in rural North Staffordshire and attended Alleynes Grammar School Uttoxeter.   He has first degrees from Birmingham and Birmingham City Universities and a Masters Degree from Coventry University.   He completed teacher training at Worcester University and has an Advanced Diploma in Educational Management from the Open University.

    He taught in selective schools in Shropshire, Cheshire and Birmingham over a period of forty years. The last sixteen years of which he was Head Master of Altrincham Grammar School for Boys and Headmaster of King Edward VI Five Ways School.   David retired in 2012.

    David has been a Governor of a middle school and a first school in Worcestershire and was a Governor of Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School until 2015.

    David was Interim Executive Director of the King Edward Foundation for six months in 2016.  He is currently Chair of Governors at King Edward VI Handsworth School for Girls, a Governor of King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Boys, a Trustee of King Edward VI Academy Trust and a Governor of The King Edward Foundation.

    In his retirement, as well as significant governance activity, he is an educational consultant and an Associate Director/Consultant of a capital fund raising company.

    Business and pecuniary interests

    • Fundraising Consultant for Hutt & Co
    • Governor of The Schools of King Edward VI in Birmingham
    • Appointed 17 Jul 2017
    • Appointed By Members
    • Attendance 2017/18 5 of 6
    • Attendance 2018/19 5 of 7
  • Mr Barry Matthews

    Biography

    A Foundation Governor since 2012, and Vice-Chair of the Finance & Investment Committee, and is this year’s Bailiff. He has also been Chair of Camp Hill Grammar School for Boys since 2012, and a Governor since 1994. He also serves as Chairman of Finance of the Academy Trust.

    Barry has worked as a Chartered Accountant in public practice all his working life, specialising in Charities, and Not-for Profit organisations, especially in the professional arts and media.

    He was President of the Birmingham & West Midlands Society of Chartered Accountants in 2003-2004, and served on the National Council of Chartered Accountants between 2007 and 2015. He has been Chair of the ICAEW WM Regional Strategy Board since 2006, and through that connection served on various business associations such as WM Business Group.

    He is a director of SAMPAD (South Asian Music Performance and Dance). He is Chair of Midland Opera and has sung in the tenor chorus for approx. 30 years!

    Business and pecuniary interests

    • Governor of The Schools of King Edward VI in Birmingham
    • Appointed 17 Jul 2017
    • Appointed By Trustees
    • Attendance 2017/18 6 of 6
    • Attendance 2018/19 7 of 7
  • Ms Alison McKerracher (Armstrong)

    Biography

    Alison is a Chartered Architect, qualifying 30 years ago.

    Alison has worked in Private Architectural Practices throughout her career. Her experience ranges from hotel, residential, commercial and health until the last 20 years when she joined ADP Architecture Ltd, and focussed predominately on education projects, schools, HE and research projects. ADP has seven studios across the country from Edinburgh in Scotland to Sherborne in the West Country.

    Alison has been an equity partner at ADP for 15 years and closely involved in it transition from an LLP to an Employee Owned organisation at the beginning of 2017. She now sits on the Executive Board, and performs the role of the Company Secretary as well as being responsible for HR and Training and Development and Staff welfare across the practice, supporting the ongoing commitment to Investors in People (Gold).

    Alison has been a Foundation Governor at KE Handsworth School for Girls since 2015, and is currently the Vice Chair. She has also been a trustee of the KE Academy Trust from its beginnings in 2016.

    Alison believes strongly in advancing and developing the opportunities for girls from all back grounds, and that education should be broad and wide ranging and inclusive.

    Business and pecuniary interests

    • Director, ADP Architecture Ltd
    • Director, Marudyan UK
    • Director, Corde Ltd
    • Vice Chair of Governors, King Edward VI Handsworth School for Girls’
    • Technical Director, CALA Homes Ltd
    • Appointed 17 Jul 2017
    • Appointed By Trustees
    • Attendance 2017/18 4 of 6
    • Attendance 2018/19 3 of 7
  • Professor Hywel Thomas

    Biography

    Hywel Thomas is Emeritus Professor of the Economics of Education, University of Birmingham and was the Director of the Centre for Research in Medical and Dental Education at the University.  He was Head of the School of Education for 10 years, from 1993-2003.  His research and writing included studies on resource management in schools (DFE/OECD), the school workforce (DfES), smoking prevention strategies (EU), the career paths of graduates (HEFCE), designing a curriculum for training medical general practitioners (RCGP) and evaluating selection processes for medical specialty training (DH).  Hywel has undertaken work for The World Bank, UNESCO, the British Council and the Department for International Development (DfID).  He has been Education Adviser to the British Council and specialist adviser to the OECD.

    Business and pecuniary interests

    • Governor of The Schools of King Edward VI in Birmingham

     

    • Appointed 17 Jul 2017
    • Appointed By Trustees
    • Attendance 17/18 6 of 6
    • Attendance 2018/19 7 of 7
  • Dr Katy Ricks

    • Appointed 01 Sept 2019
  • Mr F Kinkhabwala

    Biography

    Brought up in Newcastle upon Tyne, following completion of a Post Graduate Diploma in Careers Guidance at Swanley, Fazle Kinkhabwala moved to Birmingham in 1989 to work in the Careers Service  . He joined as a governor of  KEVI Camp Hill School for Girls in 2000 and was elected as a Foundation governor in 2004. He has served as Vice Chair of the School since 2006, chairs the Curriculum and Pupil Discipline committee and is a member of the Finance sub-committee and the Foundation Audit committee. He is also the Special Needs lead governor together with Safeguarding lead.

    Passionate about equality, diversity and inclusion, he has a Diploma & MA in Equal Opportunities from the City of Birmingham University and encouraged collection of diversity statistics before it became a requirement for organisations.

    He helped put in place vacancies for civil servants across the West Midlands on Civil Service Jobs (CSJ), later rolled out nationally when he was working for Job Centre Plus. Within Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs he recently led the trials in Knowledge Analysis & Intelligence and Assets prior to rolling out a revised Performance Management System for 65000 staff. He is also the Professionalism, Case Governance and Business Expansion lead for South West Wales and West Midlands and national lead for Post Quality Reviews.

    He has previously served 10 years as President of the Dawoodi Bohra Welfare Society GB and helped host an international conference for 400 members, debating issues such as FGM. He is also an active supporter of the Who is Hussain charity and can be seen serving food at the food drive on most Tuesday evenings.

    • Appointed 01 Sept 2019
  • Lynda Roan

    Lynda was born and brought up in the South Wales and attended Abertillery Grammar School. She came to the Midlands to train as a teacher in 1970 and has a Certificate in Education from Birmingham University and an Open University Degree. She taught in Birmingham schools, firstly as a Geography and Mathematics teacher at Bartley Green Girls’ Grammar School. Later she became Deputy Headteacher at Hillcrest School and Sixth Form Centre and in 2001 was appointed Headteacher. The school went from strength to strength and became on Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ School. During her career Lynda was a mentor for newly qualified teachers, a professional partner mentoring and coaching newly qualified Headteachers, Chair of the Oaks Collegiate of Schools in South West Birmingham and a National Leader of Education. Lynda retired in December 2011.

    Having spent nearly 40 years as a teacher she is passionate about education and working to improve the life chances of young people.  Since retirement she has been actively involved with two Governing Bodies and holds the National College for School Leadership ‘Chair of Governors’ Leadership Development’ Qualification.

    Lynda is passionate about the Girl Guide movement and served as a Guider for over 40 years.

     

    Business and Pecuniary Interests      

    • Co-Chair of Governors at K.E.VI Balaam Wood Academy
    • Vice Chair of Governors at Selly Oak Trust School
    • Vice Chair and Trustee of the Stonehouse Gang
    • Treasurer of the ‘Friends of Hillcrest School’
    • Treasurer of Weoley Trefoil Guild
    • Appointed 01 Sept 2019
  • Lucy Williams

    • Lucy Williams is the Group Head of Conduct, Policy and Whistleblowing at HSBC plc. Prior to this role, Lucy was the Executive Committee member and Head of Regulatory Compliance for HSBC UK Bank, responsible for overseeing the commercial, retail, wealth and private banking operations of HSBC in the UK.  She held this role from 2013. She was the first senior executive to relocate from London to Birmingham in 2015, ahead of the opening of the Bank’s new UK head office there.  She still lives locally with her family and is a strong advocate for the region.  She says of this move that it taught her much about the place that banking has in a community and the role that teams play in reflecting the values of HSBC on those around them.  She’s proud to lead a global team from a regional base and thinks the connectivity it gives them to our customers and colleagues improves their performance.

      Lucy joined HSBC in June 2013 from Prudential plc where she was the Director of Group Compliance.  Prior to that, she was Head of Compliance at Aviva Life UK.  Her earlier career included a range of roles over some years at the Financial Services Authority, in the Markets Division and Retail Supervision, and managing ABN AMRO’s Government Affairs team in Brussels.

      Outside of work Lucy supports a range of globally-renowned arts organisations with a regional base – she is a Board member of the Royal Shakespeare Company and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.   Lucy is proud to Chair the Independent Schools Governing Body of the King Edward VI Foundation Birmingham and be a Board member of the wider Foundation.  Together, the 10 schools reflect the multicultural and diverse population of the city, and are committed to excellence and accessibility.

      Lucy is married with three children, all of school age.

    • Appointed 14th March 2022

Served in the last 12 months

  • Mr Keith Phillips

  • Dr Mark Fenton

    Chief Master of The Schools of King Edward VI in Birmingham

    • Appointed 6 Mar 2017
    • Appointed By Members
    • Attendance 2017/18 4 of 6
  • Ms Erica Conway

    Deputy Chair

    Finance Director, University of Birmingham Director, Edgbaston Park Hotel and Conference Centre Director of Alta Birmingham China Ltd Director, University of Birmingham Guild of Students Foundation Trustee, The Schools of King Edward VI in Birmingham Audit Committee Members, Manufacturing Technology Centre Council Member of CBI West

    • Appointed 17 Jul 2017
    • Appointed By Trustees
    • Attendance 2017/18 3 of 6

Accounting Officer

  • Mr Jodh Dhesi

    Chief Executive Officer

    Trustee of the Schools Partnership Alliance (Charity No 1196215)

Senior Leadership Team

  • Mrs D. Cole

    Head of Finance
    • Governor at Harborne Academy
  • Mr T. Rowland

    Director of Finance & Operations
    • Chief Financial Officer of Lordswood Academies Trust
  • Mr J. Dhesi

    Chief Executive Officer
    • Trustee of the Schools Partnership Alliance (Charity No 1196215)