Prof Cliff Allan, BCU
Prof Cliff Allan is vice-chancellor of Birmingham City University. He took up the role in 2012, continuing a long and successful career in higher education which has included deputy vice-chancellorships at Teesside University and Sheffield Hallam University. He was head of teaching and learning policy at the Higher Education Funding Council for England. BCU has 23,500 students from 80 countries and is investing £260 million in its estate including a major expansion of its Eastside campus.
Liam Nolan, Perry Beeches
Liam Nolan – one of the UK’s first “superheads” – was until recently chief executive and executive headteacher of the Perry Beeches Academy Trust. Once considered to be failing, Perry Beeches was later described as “the best school in Birmingham” by then Education Secretary Michael Gove. The Academy Trust consists of four secondary schools in Birmingham and is expanding onto primary education. Liam Nolan has announced he is stepping back from his corporate role to concentrate on educational leadership after an inquiry into the school’s finances.
Estelle Morris, Birmingham Education Partnership
Former Education Secretary and teacher Estelle Morris – now Baroness Morris of Yardley – heads up the Birmingham Education Partnership, which is charged with improving performance at the city’s schools. Baroness Morris was Yardley MP from 1992 to 2005.
The Birmingham Education Partnership has an £11.7 million improvement budget to invest in struggling schools including those affected by the Trojan Horse scandal.
Colin Diamond, Birmingham City Council
Colin Diamond was appointed interim education director by Birmingham City Council in April, 2015. He was previously deputy education commissioner working under Sir Mike Tomlinson in the wake of the Trojan Horse affair. He is a former director of children and young people’s services at North Somerset and was head of academy education advisers at the Department of Education until 2014.
Sally Taylor, Arthur Terry Learning Partnership
Sally Taylor is interim chief executive of the Arthur Terry Learning Partnership. She is a former director of education and commissioning for Birmingham City Council and took over the post from Sir Chris Stone.
She has responsibility for the partnership’s seven schools and 4,500 students.
The partnership also has a teaching school and five children’s centres. She has education experience as a former secondary school headteacher and was assistant director for education at Oxfordshire County Council.
Kamal Hanif OBE, Waverley School
Kamal Hanif – chief executive at Waverley Education Foundation – has turned around Waverley school, where he is executive head teacher, to the point that it appeared in the top 100 most improved schools in England. He became one of the youngest headteachers in the country when he was appointed aged just 33. He received an OBE for his services to education in 2012. He has a Masters degree in education management from the University of Lincoln.
Sir David Eastwood, University of Birmingham
Prof Sir David Eastwood became vice-chancellor of the University of Birmingham in 2009. Before that he was chief executive of the Higher Education Funding Council for England. He is chair of Universitas 21 and a board member of Universities UK. He was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant for the West Midlands in 2012 and awarded a knighthood for services to higher education two years later. He is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society.
Coun Brigid Jones, Birmingham City Council
Coun Brigid Jones is cabinet member for children’s services on Birmingham City Council, responsible for children’s care and education services. She represents Selly Oak on the council, and since her election in 2011 she has served on the Vulnerable Children Overview and Scrutiny committee. She has a Masters degree in physics from the University of Birmingham and speaks Russian.
Andrew Cleaves, Birmingham MET
Andrew Cleaves is principal and chief executive of Birmingham Metropolitan College, and is board director lead for transport on the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership. Transport is something he knows a lot about, having been international development director at National Express and managing director of that company’s coach division. Before that he was managing director of Tube Lines, working to improve services on the Jubilee, Northern and Piccadilly London Underground lines.
David Gould, Ark
When David Gould was principal of St Alban’s Academy in he fostered an inclusive Christian ethos welcoming the beliefs of all faiths, and especially the majority Muslim community. It was an approach which suited his appointment as executive head teacher at the Ark Boulton Academy, formerly Golden Hillock, and one of the schools embroiled in the Trojan Horse affair. He also served on the chair of the board of trustees of Ark Academy (Ark Chamberlain) during its transition from Oldknow Primary School. He is also Ark regional director, secondary, for Birmingham.