Tim Sewell
Member, 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.

Sally Taylor
Member from July 2017

Qualifications: BA (hons) Sociology, Post graduate certificate in education (PGCE) London University Goldsmiths College
MA Education, Open University

Sally provides high quality interim education consultancy on leadership and safeguarding to schools, multi academy trusts and local authorities. Her recent appointments have been one year interim contract as the CEO at the Arthur Terry Learning Partnership and the interim head of education and learning for Warwickshire County Council. She draws on extensive experience as the director of education for Birmingham City Council and Oxfordshire County Council and as a secondary Headteacher.

Mick Waters
Member from July 2017

Professor Mick Waters works with the schools in the West Midlands in raising standards. This work began as part of the Black Country Challenge and has continued through the University of Wolverhampton’s involvement with the development of academies and Teaching Schools. He works with schools in other parts of the country on innovative approaches to improve learning. Mick is an Honorary Fellow of the College of Teachers and supports several educational causes. He is a patron of the Children’s University, which offers a range of learning opportunities beyond the school environment and of SAPERE which promotes Philosophy for Children as a route to learning. Mick is also a patron of the Curriculum Foundation, which seeks to promote a voice for the power and potential of the whole curriculum. Mick supports the National Association for Environmental Education as a vice president and is also chair of CoEd which promotes compassionate education. During his career, Mick has been a teacher and headteacher before working at senior levels in Birmingham and Manchester Local Authorities. He worked at a national level with the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority where he was Director of Curriculum.
Mick has written books on the curriculum, teaching and learning, and leadership, as well as making presentations at numerous national and international conferences.

Alan Wharton
Member from July 2018 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.