The Trust Board

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.

The Board is made up of seven Chairs of Governors (by office) and nine Trustees (members)……

Richard Gill
Director and CEO, September 2016 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.

Tim Sewell
Member/Director and Chair, 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.

Andrew Wood
Member/Director, Vice Chair, and Member of the ATLP Audit Committee, August 2011 to present

Qualifications: Honours Degree, Eur Ing – Feani European Federation of National Engineering Associations, CEng, MIEE Chartered Electrical Engineers with the IET (formerly IEE) The Institution of Engineering and Technology, LCIBSE Licentiate Member of the CIBSE Chartered Institute of Building Services, MSLL Member of Society of Light and Lighting

Andrew’s professional career has included extensive experience as a Director of SMES. He is currently a Managing Director of an SME – a position he has held since 2000. Previously, he was Director of an SME for 14 years. Andrew also brings a wealth of experience in local community involvement, including roles as a Justice of the Peace and Magistrate. His School Governor experience includes a position on the Curriculum Committee.

Alan Wharton
Member/Director and Member of the ATLP Audit Committee, August 2011 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.

Stewart Davis
Member/Director, August 2011 to present

Qualifications: MChemA, CChem, MRSC

Stewart’s professional career has included positions as a Chemistry Manager for Birmingham City Laboratories and as a Public Analyst. He has wide-ranging experience in management in a local authority environment, including employment law and local authority policies, health and safety, workforce and succession planning, coaching and development, and finance. His vast experience as an Analytical Chemist includes toxicology, food and nutrition, environmental testing, occupational hygiene and construction materials.

Jonathan Brake
Member/Director 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
Member/Director 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.

John Vickers
Member/Director July 2015 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.

Sarah Dawson
Member/Director, August 2011 to present

Qualifications: Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) with Advanced Skills Teacher Status

Sarah is an Associate Consultant for Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent, and a School Improvement Partner. Her longstanding career has included positions as Lead LA Adviser for NQTs, and Music. She was the Lead Education Consultant for Manchester Camerata Learning and Education Programme. A keen advocate of both music and education, Sarah was also a Member of the National Partnership Working Group for Music. She was appointed Music Adviser for all key stages in Staffordshire Local Authority. She has also held positions with the TDA (now the Teaching Agency) and taught in high schools in three West Midlands local authorities for 14 years.

Chairs of Governors

Ian Michael-Willis
Chair and Parent Governor, Designated Lead Safeguarding Governor

I have been a Governor at a number of schools as both a parent and as a Local Authority/ Department for Education appointed governor with an age range of 3 to 16 years. I have also held the position of executive board member for the Birmingham Governors Network. I am passionate about school governance and improving the education and therefore life chances for the children and young people of Birmingham. As a local Erdington resident I aim to improve the chances of young people in my community, to give them an education they deserve and help them become the best that can be.
I am currently employed as a Pastoral Manager at a primary school in east Birmingham and have significant experience in attendance improvement, behaviour support and safeguarding. I manage a team of 30 multi-disciplined staff. I have additional experience in intervention teacher and accelerated learning.
My previous occupation was at Jaguar Land Rover where I held a number of positions including managerial roles over a twenty-one year period.

Dewi Madoc Jones
Director and Chair of Governors, The Coleshill School, February 2009 to present

Qualifications: MBA Fiscal Studies

Dewi Is the Owner and Director of Greensleeves Lawncare, Solihull and Sutton Coldfield. His longstanding career includes 25 years in IT and Telecoms, working for BT Plc, C&W and supporting the Finance Sector, including 12 years as a Sales Manager running teams with revenue responsibility for £60m. His roles have included team management, coaching and performance, performance management and disciplinary reviews, and financial management of budgets. Dewi Joined Coleshill Secondary Schools Governing Body in 2009, where his roles as a Community Governor have included Chair of Site and Safety and Safeguarding, Chair of Curriculum and Standards, Vice-Chair of Governors, and now Chair of Governors.

Sue Burke
Director and Chair of Governors, The Arthur Terry School

Qualifications: MinstSMM – Member of the Institute of Sales Management & Marketing, AInstAM – Associate of the Institute of Administrative Management

Sue is a Manager for a company specialising in the maintenance of computer hardware. Her previous sales and managerial experience includes brokering main frame computer hardware to major banks, financial institutions and government departments in the City, to Sales Manager/UK Trainer for Yellow Pages, as well an Independent Sales Trainer for various different companies.
Sue brings more than 18 years’ experience as a school Governor in both a primary and secondary school, holding the positions of Chair, Vice-Chair, and Chair of the Resources and Financial committees.

Maxine Rowley
Director and Chair of Governors, Mere Green Primary School, January 2012 onwards

Qualifications: Diploma in Practice Management, NHS Leadership Course

Maxine is a Senior Commissioning Manager for Primary Care, having worked in the NHS for the last 25 years. Her roles have included Business Partner in General Practice, with responsibility for budgets, leading teams through change, transformation and development, innovation and new builds. As Head of Primary Care and as Regional Operations Manager at Virgin Care, Maxine was responsible for managing budgets of approximately £6m and implementing governance structure. She currently works with 57 practices as part of Southern Derbyshire CCG, to improve patient access, develop services in the community and to reduce non-elective admissions. This has included drafting strategic and operational plans.

Andrew Staples
Director and Chair of Governors, Hill West Primary School, July 2013 to present

Qualifications: Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)

Andrew is a Qualified Teacher with a longstanding career in education, including 15 years as a Teacher. He is Director of ‘The Messy Bus’ which supports teachers and learners. Throughout his career he has been responsible for leading on a number of key areas, including the development of a supporting business plan, constitution, funding provision and marketing. He has also helped to develop the curriculum to provide whole school creative learning and worked with schools to set up coaching triangles. As a School Governor, Andrew was instrumental in Hill West achieving Governor Mark recognition.