Directors/Members

Trustees/Members

Trustees

Dr William Peter Rock (Diocese of Leicester appointed)

  • Appointed 03/09/2010

Peter began his association with Tudor Grange in 1978 as a parent governor. He was then appointed to be a Local Authority governor and later elected Chairman of the Tudor Grange School governing body. He has worked alongside four Headteachers and with Mrs Bexon-Smith he planned and executed the move to academisation, which led directly to the establishment of a sixth form at Tudor Grange School. The original Trust has developed and grown into a Multi-Academy Trust, of which Peter is currently Chairman. There are now six schools in the group and the Tudor Grange Academies Trust is one of the top eleven Trusts in the country according to recent Ofsted figures. Peter has been awarded an MBE for services to education.

Prior to retirement, Peter was a senior academic at the University of Birmingham and an NHS Consultant Dental Surgeon.
 


Prof. John Michael Winterbottom

  • Appointed 03/09/2010

Mike has been a Governor at Tudor Grange for over 35 years, first at Solihull and currently, Vice Chairman and a Founder Director of the Tudor Grange Academies Trust. Mike has vast experience and knowledge of schools within the Trust, their educational aspirations and ethos.

He is an Emeritus Professor of Chemical Engineering at Birmingham University, where he was a member of academic staff for forty years. He has a background of teaching and research and is a Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers and a Chartered Engineer. In addition to his chemical qualifications, Mike had very close industrial links.

Mike has three children, all of whom were educated at Tudor Grange School Solihull.

 


Mr William George

  • Appointed 03/09/2010
  • Business Interests – Director of Gala Hospitality Ltd

William has been involved with Tudor Grange School for over twenty-five years in the capacity as parent, parent governor and as a founder Director of the Tudor Grange Academies Trust. William has extensive knowledge of the school’s educational principles and ethos.

William is and has been a company Director for over forty years. He has been involved in a number of companies ranging from sales, marketing and corporate hospitality. William’s business knowledge and experience is invaluable in raising the Trust’s awareness of their commercial responsibilities in the challenging world of educational finance.

 


Mr Graham Pearce

  • Appointed 11/12/2014
  • Business Interests – Pearce Legal Limited

Graham has lived most of his life in Solihull and attended Tudor Grange Grammar School.

He runs his own legal practise in Solihull and was also a church pastor for many years.

Graham is married with four children and two grandchildren.

He enjoys bringing contribution and challenge to governors and staff with a touch of humour.

 


Mr Ron Edwards

  • Appointed 11/12/2014

Ron worked in the teaching profession for 37 years, including 34 years at Tudor Grange School, Solihull. There he was a Head of Department and Faculty, Examinations Officer and a member of the Senior Leadership Team. Ron joined the Local Governing Board on his retirement and is presently Chairman of the Local Governing Body. Ron is currently employed by JCQ as an inspector of schools’ examinations arrangements and also serves as a Magistrate on the Birmingham bench.

 


Mrs J Bexon-SmithMrs J Bexon-Smith

  • Appointed 20/09/2017

Jennifer began her educational career in Warwickshire as a teacher of Geography and Business Studies. She moved on to become Head of Department and Head of Faculty before taking an advisor post in the London Borough of Redbridge. In the early 1990’s she became Deputy Head at Tudor Grange in Solihull where she was promoted to headteacher in 2002. Tudor Grange became one of the highest performing secondary schools in the country and became one of the first school sponsors in 2009 when they sponsored Elgar School to become Tudor Grange Academy Worcester. When she left her position as CEO for the Tudor Grange Multi Academy Trust in August 2014 the trust was responsible for three secondary schools and two primaries. In September 2014 Jennifer became one of the first Regional Schools Commissioners taking responsibility for the East Midlands and Humberside Region. She retired from full time education in April 2017 and has recently returned to her roots by becoming a Director of the Tudor Grange Academies Trust.

 


Mr J Turner

  • Appointed 20/09/2017

After leaving university, Jamie co-founded technology company Postcode Anywhere in Worcester. Working as the company’s software lead, its service became the defacto standard for data entry across most UK eCommerce websites.

In 2017, the company was acquired by GB Group to form the core platform for its global expansion freeing Jamie to pursue new adventures.

Jamie continues to follow the technology sector but also has a keen interest in education, travel and aviation.

 


Mr Peter SloughMr Peter Slough

  • Appointed 16/10/2019

After an initial period of teaching in Liverpool and Solihull, Peter left the UK to spend 10 years working in British International Schools gaining his first Headship at The British International School of Jeddah. He returned to the UK in 1992 as a teacher of Science. Peter became Deputy Headteacher of Small Heath School and Sixth Form Centre in 1995 and Headship followed in 2001. Peter left Small Heath School in 2014 to become Director of Access at The Schools of King Edward V1 Birmingham and to start his own consultancy company. During Peter’s tenure at Small Heath, the school was awarded five consecutive ‘ outstanding ‘ judgments by Ofsted. He became a National Leader of Education when the initiative first began in 2008. Peter retired in 2017.

 


Mrs Jane PotterMrs Jane Potter

Jane has been a school governor in Redditch for 10 years. Following a career in marketing she wanted to ‘put something back’ and became a governor at the Redditch further education college in 2007.

She also wanted to make a positive contribution to her local community and serves as a Worcestershire County Councillor where she sits on the Corporate Parenting Board and Children and Families Overview Scrutiny Panel. Her particular interest is to secure an excellent education for young people and this has also led her to take on further school governor roles. She is currently Chair of Governors at Tudor Grange Redditch and Meon Vale Stratford.

She is a member of the Worcestershire Wildlife Trust and her hobbies include walking, gardening and watercolour painting.

 


Members

Dr W P Rock

 


Prof. M Winterbottom

 


Mrs Sarah Smith

  • Appointed 07/12/2016

Sarah is currently Birmingham Diocesan Director of Education. Prior to joining the diocese in February 2015 she was Executive Head Teacher of St John’s CE Primary School in Sparkhill, which she led through two outstanding inspections. A National Leader of Education, she has been involved in supporting schools on their journey of school improvement, and served as Chair of Birmingham Local Authority Primary Forum and a member of Birmingham Schools Forum. She was instrumental in setting up the Birmingham Education Partnership with its vision of Head Teachers from all types of schools collaborating on leadership of education in the city.

 


Mr R CooperMr R Cooper

Robert qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1973 at which time he was working in London for a small accountancy practice, which subsequently merged into Binder Hamlyn.   Upon qualification Robert moved to Dorset to join the Rob Walker Motor Group (part of a newly listed PLC).   When the Group was sold in 1977, Robert moved to the Midlands and joined what is now HM Revenue and Customs, dealing with investigations into various forms of tax evasion and avoidance.   Robert retired from HMRC in March 2014, he is married with a daughter and a one-year-old granddaughter.

 


Mrs Kate WildKate Wild photo

I have been a Councillor with Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council serving the St Alphege Ward since 1994. My current role within the Council’s structure is that of Chairman of the Resources and Delivering Value Scrutiny Board.

In my professional life I was a teacher employed by the City of Birmingham and for twelve years I was a member of the Governing Body at Tudor Grange School, Solihull. I have followed with interest the development of Tudor Grange Academies and I have been very impressed with the vision and hard work which supports its success.

 


Register of Business (Or Pecuniary) Interests

Name of Governor Name of Business Nature of Interest Date of Appointment Relationship with school, staff, including spouses, partners and relatives Date of entry
Dr W P Rock nil nil n/a n/a 18/09/2019
Prof. M Winterbottom nil nil n/a n/a 18/09/2019
Mr W George nil nil n/a n/a 18/09/2019
Mr J Turner Synalogic Software; Director December 2018 n/a 18/09/2019
Mr G Pearce nil Nil nil n/a 18/09/2019
Mr R Edwards nil Nil nil n/a 18/09/2019
Mrs J Bexon-Smith JJ Execar Private car hire: Director September 2018 n/a 18/09/2019
Mr P Slough Nil Nil September 2019 n/a 10/01/2020

 


MATB Meeting Attendance

01/09/2018 – 31/08/2019

PR

MW

RE

WG

GP

JBS

PM

JT

AN

20/09/2018

1

1

0

1

1

1

0

0

1

17/10/2018

1

0

1

1

0

1

1

1

1

07/11/2018

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

12/12/2018

1

1

1

1

1

1

0

1

1

23/01/2019

1

1

1

1

1

0

1

1

1

06/02/2019

1

0

1

1

1

1

0

0

1

20/03/2019

1

1

1

0

1

1

1

1

1

11/04/2019

Special meeting

1

1

1

1

1

1

0

1

1

08/05/2019

1

1

1

1

0

1

1

1

1

05/06/2019

1

1

1

1

1

0

1

0

0

10/07/2019

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

0

1

22/08/2019

1

1

0

1

1

1

0

1

0

Total number of meetings 12

12

10

10

11

10

10

7

8

10