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The Schools of King Edward VI in Birmingham

Mr Patrick Burns, BA

Mr Tim Clarke, (Oxon)

Trustees

  • Professor Hywel Thomas

    (Chair)

    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
  • Mrs Sharon Roberts

    (Vice 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 Patrick Burns

    Biography

    Patrick Burns has been a Foundation Governor for 20 years and now chairs the Foundation Board and the Joint Strategy Committee.

    He also serves as a Director of the King Edward’s Academy Trust.

    Patrick has been a strong supporter since its inception of what began as the Widening Access initiative and, in particular, of Assisted Places at our Independent schools. He wants as many children from as wide a variety of backgrounds as possible to benefit as he has from an excellent education.

    Patrick has worked as a TV News Reporter in Northern Ireland at the height of “The Troubles” and as a Political Correspondent at Westminster for national news programmes. He became the Midlands Political Editor in 1998 and has been a member of the Lobby at Westminster for more than 30 years. He is the presenter of Sunday Politics Midlands on BBC One and appears regularly on Midlands Today and BBC News.

    Business and pecuniary interests

    Chair of Governors for The Schools of King Edward VI in Birmingham

    • Appointed 17 July 2017
    • Appointed By Trustees
    • Attendance 2017/18 6 of 6
    • Attendance 2018/19 7 of 7
  • Mr Tim Clarke

    Biography

    Tim Clarke is Chair of the Independent Schools Governing Body and Vice-Chair of the King Edward’s Foundation.  He was educated at Corpus Christi College, Oxford where he read PPE.  He is currently the Chair of Birmingham Airport and Chair of Timothy Taylor & Co Ltd.  He is also a director of TriplePoint 2011 VCT PLC and of Hall & Woodhouse Ltd.  He began his career in the City, where he was a Partner of Panmure Gordon & Co and Head of Investment Research.  Subsequently, he followed a career in industry and was Chief Executive Officer of Six Continents PLC, Chief Executive Officer of Mitchells & Butlers PLC, and Senior Independent Director of Associated British Foods PLC. Tim is a supporter of the Assisted Places scheme sponsoring a pupil at King Edward’s School and a pupil at King Edward VI High School for Girls.

    Business and pecuniary interests

    • Chairman of Timothy Taylor & Co Ltd
    • Chairman for Birmingham Airport Holdings Ltd
    • Director for Hall & Woodhouse Ltd
    • Director of Association British Foods PLC
    • Chair of ISGB King Edward VI in Birmingham
    • Deputy Chair, Governors of King Edward VI in Birmingham
    • Appointed 6 Mar 2017
    • Appointed By Members
    • Attendance 2017/18 5 of 6
    • Attendance 2018/19 7 of 7
  • Mr David Wheeldon

    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 Graham Dupree

    Biography

    As an old boy of King Edward VI Aston, Graham initially read modern languages and law, studying and working both in Germany (as a technical translator at the Max Planck Institute) and in Sweden (for the Swedish forestry service).

    He then spent nine years in local government before specialising in healthcare related property work, first with West Midlands Regional Health Authority and latterly with national law firm. Mills & Reeve. After 24 years in private practice advising a range of bodies from the Department of Health to individual GPs, Graham retired from this role in 2017. Since 2007, Graham has been a visiting lecturer in law at Birmingham City University teaching modules in the solicitors’ qualifying exams.

    Graham has been a school governor at Aston since 2002 and now chairs the Local Governing Body there. He is chair of the Academy Trust’s Audit Committee.

    Business and pecuniary interests

    • Shareholder, Banco Santander
    • Shareholder, Aviva
    • Headteacher, Featherstone Nursery Erdington
    • Appointed 17 Jul 2017
    • Appointed By Trustees
    • 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
  • Revd Dr Bob Stephen

    Biography

    The Revd Dr Robert Stephen is Rector of the Ecclesiastical Parish of Handsworth in Birmingham.  Bob originates from the fishing town of Fraserburgh on the north-east corner of Scotland.  He has studied at London, Oxford Cambridge and Aberdeen.  His doctoral research was in the sociology of religion and explored the relationship between belief and consumerism.  Prior to the appointment to Handsworth Bob had Church appointments in London and in the Midlands, most recently as Chaplain of King Henry VIII School in Coventry at the same time as being Associate Rector of the parish of Burbage with Aston Flamville in Leicestershire.

    Bob is a qualified teacher and uses that experience in education as a governor at St Mary’s Nursery and Primary Academy in Handsworth and as Chair of Governors at the King Edwards VI Handsworth Grammar School for Boys.

    Bob is an enthusiastic cook, a passionate advocate of Single Malt Whisky and a very out of practice organist with a love for the works of JS Bach.

    Business and pecuniary interests

    • Director, Penny Price Aromatherapy Ltd
    • Church of England Parish Church & Registered Chairty, The Ecclesiastical Parish of Handsworth, St Mary
    • Registered Chairty for the Parish Hall, St Mary’s Parish Hall, Handsworth
    • Registered Charity, The Thomas Bromwich Trust
    • Registered Charity, The Handsworth Charity
    • Governor, King Edward VI Handsworth Grammar School for Boys
    • Governor, St Mary’s Church of England Nursery & Primary Academy Handsworth
    • Trustee. The Lozells Project
    • Trustee, The Universe Foundation
    • Appointed 1 Sept 2017
    • Appointed By Trustees
    • Attendance 2017/18 3 of 6
    • Attendance 2018/19 3 of 7
  • Roy Palmer

    Biography

    Roy was born and educated in Birmingham.  He is a Master of Philosophy   ‘The Specification and Design of an Orthotic Walking Trainer to Assist Neuromuscular Plasticity and Physiological Development’. 2005.

    Roy is a retired Director of PL Willcox Ltd, R.T Palmer Ltd, Genesis Orthotics Ltd, RT Orthotics Ltd. Saxby & Palmer (Gunsmiths) Ltd. and is currently a Director of Hall Green Little Theatre Ltd.   Roy is also a Trustee of King Edward VI Sheldon Heath Charitable Fund.

    Roy has served as a Governor since 1986 and was a governor of Mapledene Junior & Infants School, Sheldon Heath Comprehensive and King Edward VI Sheldon Heath Academy and is currently Chair of Governors, King Edward VI Sheldon Heath Academy.

    He is passionately involved in the performing arts, Designs, Directs and assists in the management of Hall Green Little Theatre.

    Business and pecuniary interests

    • Director, Hall Green Little Theatre
    • (Wife) Governor, Lyndon Centre Netball Club
    • Appointed 24 April 2019
    • Appointed By Trustees
    • Attendance 2018/19 1 of 2
  • Lucy Phillips

    Biography

    With over four decades in mainstream HR roles, Lucy started her working career as an administrator for West Midlands Police.  Growing and developing through the ranks, other employers included; West Midlands County Council and Wolverhampton Borough Council, before Lucy moved back home to Birmingham City Council, as a HR specialist in equality and diversity.

    Lucy spent more than 20 years as a senior level HR Manager.  The last 10 years prior to Lucy retiring, was spent as a HR Business Partner with responsibility for the corporate HR functions of the City Council.   Lucy was a member of the Corporate Management Team for the Corporate Services Directorate providing HR advice and support to the Directorate Heads of Service for Finance, Legal, Customer Services, Shared Services and Property Services.

    Promoting good relations and practices by embracing different groups, sits at the heart of Lucy’s remit of skills, and despite being retired, she thoroughly enjoys continuing to work within the local community to support those who experience discrimination.

    Lucy confidently communicates with stakeholders at all levels, from central and local government, trustees, governors and school staff, for the benefit and wellbeing of the students being served. Her unrivalled knowledge of HR issues, safeguarding and SEND, demonstrates her strength and commitment to the school she serves as an active governor.

     

    Business and pecuniary interests

    • Director, Square Pegs Round Holes
    • Appointed 01 Sept 2018
    • Appointed By Trustees
    • Attendance 2018/19 6 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

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 Heath Monk

    Executive Director

    Trustee, Birmingham Education Partnership Trustee, Learning Trust for Excellence (LTE) Trustee, Windsor Academy (WAT) Advisor, Place 2 Be