Directors

The Arthur Terry Learning Partnership is a Multi-Academy Trust, a company without Share Capital. The Trust Board, known as Directors, oversees the day to day running of the company. They meet on a regular basis to support schools and provide strategic management and leadership of the ATLP.

The Board has appointed Local Governing Bodies at each school in the Partnership to assist them in this work. Each School retains its own Local Governing Body and Headteacher.

John Vickers
Chair of Directors, July 2017 to present

John has more than 35 years’ experience of working in comprehensive schools in rural, urban and inner-city environments, including over 20 years as a secondary head teacher in Birmingham, North Yorkshire and Coventry.

More recently, he has worked as a freelance education consultant in association with three Local Authorities and a wide range of individual secondary schools in Warwickshire, Nottinghamshire, and Bradford. His main focus has been challenging and supporting senior leadership teams and governing bodies of secondary schools to secure school improvement.

Jonathan Brake
Director from July 2015 to present

Jonathan is a Principal Rolling Stock Consultant at Birmingham’s Mott MacDonald Ltd. – global management, engineering and development consultants. He is also the former Chair of Governors for the ATLP’s Hill West Primary School. He was also a Governor (2005-9) and then Chair of Governors (2009-2013) at the ATLP’s Hill West Primary School.

His projects have included: reviewing the ability of East African railways to be upgraded to handle a potential significant oil traffic; undertaking a study of the ability of Ghana Railways to carry gold ore for a prospective mine; independent checking engineer for monorail trains in Kuala Lumpur; rolling stock and operations lead for the development work for a new heavy haul coal railway in Mozambique; studying a failed introduction of a new train in the Netherlands; engineering manager for the development of a heavy haul freight railway in West Africa.

Heather Morris
Director from October 2015 to present

Now retired, Heather’s longstanding career in education began in 1970, when she joined Birmingham City Council’s Education Department, progressing to Principal Officer in the employee relations team of Human Resources.

In 2007, she moved to work in a secondary school in the south west of Birmingham which had recently come out of Special Measures and then became part of a multi academy trust.

As part of her administrative role, Heather led and managed teams of various sizes, and worked with others to interpret legislation, terms and conditions of service for support and teaching staff and advised schools. Her areas of expertise included HR, Finance, Site and Health and Safety. She was the only non-teaching member of the Senior leadership team.

Tim Sewell
Director from August 2011 to present

Qualifications: BA (Hons) Public Administration, Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Housing

Tim is a Managing Consultant at Sewell & Wood Recruitment & Consultancy. He has extensive experience in governance in the semi-public sector and of operating in the private sector, with a longstanding track record of running multi-million pound turnover and investment organisations. Tim has held many board positions, including Chair of the Birmingham Social Housing Partnership. His professional positions in social housing organisations include 11 years as Chief Executive of the Family Housing Association (Birmingham) and Group Corporate Services Director of the Anglia Housing Group, Norwich. He brings more than 10 years of School Governor experience.

Brian Cookson
Director from March 2018 to present

Brian has continuously taught in secondary schools since qualifying in 1973. Although qualifying in Humanities, he developed and taught pre-vocational programmes and was a vocational programme assessor. Together with a colleague, he developed, promoted, taught and became Director of what became a nationally acclaimed 16-19 programme known as TOPS for students who otherwise may have left education with few qualifications.

Brian undertook work in research into the development of pre-vocational education at Warwick and Keele Universities. He has maintained this firm interest and recently completed a 6 year period working with the European Commission ET 2020 Group in Brussels with specific remits in Entrepreneurship Education and Transversal Skills.

Brian has a strong trade union background. Following on from local union roles, he has been a member of the NASUWT National Executive for 20 years.
Brian is still a member of the TUC General Council. He was also Lay Auditor, responsible for auditing the work commissioned by the European Commission, for 8 years for the ETUCE representing education trade union members across Europe and based in Brussels.

Brian has been a member of the England and Wales Teachers’ Pension Advisory Board and the Scottish equivalent. He remains a member of the Scottish Teachers’ Pension Board. He has also been Chair of Trustees of a private pension scheme since 2009.
He is passionate about education, teaching and working with young people.

Richard Gill
Director, Finance Committee and CEO

Qualifications: BMus, University of Huddersfield; Degree (APEL) University of Roehampton; CfBT, Graduate Teacher Programme; NPQH, National College of School Leadership

A National Leader of Education, Richard is the Teaching Schools Council member for the West Midlands. He also represents Sutton Coldfield on the management board of the Birmingham Education Partnership (BEP).

Richard joined the outstanding Arthur Terry School in 2010 as deputy headteacher, before being appointed joint headteacher in the same year. In 2011 Richard led on the successful application to become one of the first 100 teaching schools in the country.

Before joining Arthur Terry, Richard helped to shape young lives across Staffordshire.
After spending a year at Sir Blessed William Howard School, Richard joined the Friary School, Lichfield, as a teacher of Performing Arts, progressing to head of year and head of alternative curriculum, before devising, coordinating and leading a vocational programme for excluded, disadvantaged and disapplied students.

As assistant headteacher at Chase Terrace Technology College, Richard played a major role in the 14-19 agenda across Staffordshire,

After graduating, Richard worked as a peripatetic music teacher and as a freelance musician, performing in a number of nationally acclaimed brass ensembles, orchestras and professional theatre.
He then became a full time teacher for Staffordshire Music Service, eventually becoming an area manager.