Finance Committee

Alan Wharton
Finance Committee from July 2017 to present

Now retired, Alan has extensive experience in management and leadership roles within a number of different sectors. He spent 25 years working for IBM as a Systems Analyst, Programmer and Marketing Manager; responsible for sales team in the Midlands. His role included recruitment of sales personnel from universities. Prior to his retirement, Alan was Sales Director for a medium sized company in the Midlands, marketing manufacturing software.

Jonathan Brake
Finance Committee from July 2017 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.

Richard Gill
Finance Committee from July 2017 to present

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.