Sarah Brackwell was elected as a parent governor at AGS in 2010. Her son joined the school in 2009 and is currently in Year 11. Sarah is a member of the Pupil Welfare committee with special responsibility for child protection and ‘looked after children’ in both AGS and ADA. She was formerly a parent governor of Holmfirth J, N & I school, West Yorkshire (2003-
Sarah currently manages the health visiting service in Wolverhampton. She originally trained as a registered nurse, in Shrewsbury, following qualification she specialised in Intensive Care. She was later seconded to complete a Master in Health Science at Birmingham University and following graduation was appointed as a Nurse consultant, where she developed an innovative outreach service for patients leaving Intensive Care. Following a move to West Yorkshire she was appointed senior sister within the Leeds teaching hospital NHS Trust, at the time one of the largest intensive care units in the UK, specialising in transplant surgery.
In 2003 she chose to make a change in career direction and completed a Community Specialist Practitioner degree to qualify as a Health Visitor. Following practice as a Health Visitor she was appointed health visiting service team leader for Holme and Dearn Valley, West Yorkshire. In 2007 she was seconded to the Strategic Health Authority to work on their forward planning. Sarah was also appointed to the Primary Care Trust Board and Professional Executive Committee, serving on these until a return to Shropshire in 2009.
Sarah recommenced Health Visiting practice in 2010, initially in Telford and Wrekin. Following a move to the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust she was appointed to manage the health visiting service for the whole of Wolverhampton, which is recognized as an area of social need and deprivation.
Matthew Skeate was appointed as a Teacher Governor in October 2013. He has been a teacher (History) at Adams’ Grammar School since 1997. He has been Housemaster of the Junior Boarding House at Longford Hall and is also the Contingent Commander of the Combined Cadet Force.
He was educated at Stowe School and Southampton University. Between 2010-
Prior to becoming a teacher he was an insurance broker. He was also a member of the City of London Royal Marine Reserve 1994-
He is married to Victoria, who is Spanish. They have two daughters.
Margot Chaundler was appointed a Federation Governor and Director in 2008. She chairs the Audit Committee and sits on the Board of Directors, the LGB for AGS and on the FBC committees. She is the Responsible Officer for ADA.
Margot is currently an Educational Services Consultant. After university, she joined the Ministry of Defence as one of the first women graduate trainees. She served for 25 years, and was awarded an OBE in 1991 in the first Gulf War honours. She was Bursar of St Paul’s Girls’ School in London until she retired in 2008.
Margot is the Administrator of the NFL Trust, a charity that assists girls to attend independent schools throughout the UK. She appraises Bursars, reviews of schools’ support structures and assists with senior school appointments. She is Deputy Chairman of Council of Roedean School and a Governor of Wellington College and Eagle House Prep School.
Kimberley Burbidge joined the Board of the Haberdashers’ Adams' Federation Trust in October 2013 having been a Governor since 2010. She currently sits on the LGBs of both AGS and ADA and the PW committee, having previously served on FBC.
Kimberley specialises in strategy, marketing and project management at GlaxoSmithKline. She gained a first class honours degree in Management Studies and Modern Languages from Trinity College, Cambridge in 2004, and following internships at HSBC and L’Oreal she joined the Commercial Management Graduate Scheme at GlaxoSmithKline. She has since held positions of increasing responsibility in the UK and global business and has recently completed a six month placement in Kenya on secondment to the African Medical and Research and Foundation (AMREF) setting up mobile health projects. She is currently on maternity leave from a placement in the Office of the CEO, setting up a global social enterprise called Business Disability International.
Kimberley was Head Girl at Haberdashers’ Aske’s School for Girls in Elstree in 2000, was apprenticed to the Haberdashers’ Company at that time and became a Liveryman in 2013.
Adrian is a Parent Governor of Abraham Darby Academy in his fourth year. His youngest son attends Abraham Darby Academy where he is studying for his A levels. His eldest son attended Adams' until recently and is now at University of Birmingham studying Computer Science. Adrian is a Commercial Manager in the IT industry supporting a number of large government contracts. He has enjoyed participating in the governing process at ADA and is confident that under the guidance of the Haberdashers the school will grow from strength to strength.
In September 2014, Lee Hadley took over from Steve Hawke as Principal of Abraham Darby Academy, having been Vice Principal at the Academy since January 2009. His primary leadership responsibilities during this time were the development of learning and teaching, and curriculum development.
He has been in Haberdasher schools throughout his career, having been at Adams’ Grammar School before he was appointed at Abraham Darby. At Adams’ he led Webb House and was also Housemaster at Longford Hall for six years.
He was educated at Warwick University, gaining a first class honours degree in German Language and Literature. He then obtained a masters degree in European Literature from Queen’s College, Oxford before deciding on teaching as a career.
In his spare time, Lee enjoys reading and watching his two sons play hockey.
Dr Colin Watt was appointed a Parent Governor at Adams’ in 2010 and a Director of the Federation in 2011. He chairs the Pupil Welfare Committee, sits on the Finance & Buildings Committee and acts as a link governor for the Boarding Houses at Adams’.
Colin studied Sciences at St Andrews then trained as a Social Worker at Edinburgh before completing his Masters in Psychology at Birmingham. He practiced as a Child Protection Social Worker and Consultant for many years and has managed services for the NSPCC. He chaired the Local Safeguarding Children Board in Telford & Wrekin until 2010 and in this role helped establish the Association of Independent LSCB Chairs. In 2011 he joined Staffordshire University as a Senior lecturer and now leads the post graduate Social Work training programme there.
Colin recently completed his doctoral studies at the Institute of Applied Social Research at Birmingham University. His research interests include Child Protection, Foster Care and Multi-
Mike Osborne was appointed in October 2013, having been been Chairman of Adams’ successful 'Our Dreams, their Future' £1m fund raising Campaign Board since April 2012. He sits on the Finance & Buildings Committee and is a Newport based parent with two boys, one currently at Adams’ and one former pupil of the school.
Mike is Managing Director at IT Services Company Phoenix IT Group plc. Phoenix is a £250m turnover business, publicly quoted on the London Stock Exchange. Mike is responsible for running the Business Continuity and IT Disaster Recovery services division as well as being a member of the Group's Operations Board.
Mike joined the business from Sixth Form College in 1986 and has worked in all aspects of the business, becoming Operations Director of the Business Continuity division in 1996 prior to its public listing (under the ICM brand, becoming a Managing Director in 2006). Within this role Mike has a wide exposure to a large property and Datacentre portfolio as well as the latest IT technologies and trends.
Mike is Chair of the industry body 'Recovery Site Providers Group', a member of the IoD, a gifted Member of The Business Continuity Institute (MBCI) and a member of the West Midlands Business 'Think Tank' The CEO Group. In his spare time Mike enjoys music and all sports, including being an avid Wolverhampton Wanderers fan.
Dr Robin Jacob was appointed as a Governor in September 2009, having previously been a governor of Abraham Darby School, the predecessor of ADA, since 2001. He sits on the LGB of ADA, and on the TLS committee.
Robin is a Fellow of the Institute of Corrosion and NACE International accredited Corrosion Specialist with over 45 years experience in corrosion control. He is a recognized authority on cathodic protection engineering. Following a first degree in Natural Sciences at Trinity College, Cambridge, he obtained a doctorate for research on the corrosion of stainless steels.
After 13 years at IMI Ltd, acquiring wide experience in the corrosion and electrochemistry of a range of materials including aluminium alloys, copper alloys and titanium, he became a founder member of the specialist engineering consultancy, Global Corrosion Consultants, in 1981, providing advice on materials selection and all aspects of corrosion control engineering to clients in the petroleum extraction, processing and civil engineering industries as well as for expert witness, defence projects and public utilities. Author of numerous technical articles he has lectured, by invitation, at several international conferences. Since 2001 he has been operating his own consultancy, specialising in project audits, novel cathodic protection techniques and mathematical modelling of corrosion systems.
Outside his professional consultancy activities, Robin maintains a strong interest in music, from classical, through jazz to folk. As well as supporting the music at the HAFT schools, he supports Shropshire Music, the Church Stretton Festival and music at Shrewsbury School.
Jeremy Goulding retired in 2010 after nine years as Headmaster of Shrewsbury School. Prior to Shrewsbury he had been Headmaster of the Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School at Elstree, before which he was Headmaster of Prior Park College, Bath.
Having obtained an M.A. in Philosophy and Theology from Magdalen College, Oxford, and after a further year at Oxford to complete a PGCE, he began his teaching career at Abingdon School. From there he went to Shrewsbury School, where he was appointed Head of Department and Housemaster, before entering the world of Headship.
Now living in Cumbria, he is a trustee of ‘Young Cumbria’, a charity supporting the interests of young people across the county. A member of the Governing Body of Abraham Darby Academy (and Chairman of the Teaching, Learning and Standards Committee of the Federation), he is also a governor of the King’s School, Worcester. He is a member of the Livery of the Haberdashers' Company.
He is married to Isobel and has four children. His recreations include music-
Gary Hickey was appointed as the Headmaster of Adams' Grammar School from 1st January 2015. He obtained an Honours degree in Creative Arts from Manchester in 1988, and a Masters in Education in 2011. He was a professional musician and composer prior to beginning his teaching career in 1994 at Ercall Wood Technology College in Wellington, where he became Deputy Head. This was followed by a short secondment to work as Vice Principal at Abraham Darby Academy before taking up the position of Deputy Headmaster at Adams' in 2009.
Gary's educational path has taken him all over the world. He regularly receives invitations to talk about his innovative work with raising boys' achievement and has spoken at conferences in Prague, Texas, Melbourne, Greece, the Cayman Islands, and throughout the UK. In 2010 he was invited to deliver a lecture on raising achievement at Harvard University in Boston, and in 2014 he gave a lecture at the international 'Inspiring Leaders' conference at the Symphony Hall in Birmingham. He has also taught in Australia as part of a British Council initiative and his work and teaching methods have been the subject of both BBC and PhD research, as well as being filmed by the Department for Education. In early 2014 he was awarded a Teacher Fellowship by the University of Cambridge.
In addition to his wide ranging teaching experience, Gary is an award-
Sam Taylor graduated with an Honours degree in economics from Reading University, where he played for the English universities cricket team in the '70s. Afterwards he worked for a short time in the food industry before joiningwhat was then a family farming partnership. He is now managing director of the farming company which he owns with his wife. Their youngest son has just joined the business. He was also for a number of years a director and vice chairman of a farmers' dairy cooperative.
He has been married to Sara for longer than they care to remember and they have four children. Their elder son David went to Adams', leading to Sam first becoming a parent governor. David has now just qualified as a GP.
Sam relaxes by playing in a regular tennis four and enjoys field sports in the winter and accompanying Sara, who is a keen horse event rider.
Roddy Barrow was appointed a Governor and Director of the Adams’ Federation in March 2014 and sits on the Local Governing body, the Finance and Buildings Committee and the Audit Committee for ADA. He is nominated by the Haberdashers’ Company.
Roddy is a Chartered Accountant (FCA) and has been a Finance Director in different sectors for the last 17 years. He obtained an honours degree in Maths and Statistics at Leeds University in 1985 and then joined a London firm of accountants, KPMG, and qualified as an accountant in 1991. He left KPMG in 1993 and joined an acquisitive small plc, Protean plc, involved in manufacturing laboratory products and producing ultra-
Headhunted by Panasonic in 2000, he set up a subsidiary, Panasonic Disc Services International, as European Finance Director to make DVDs for the major film studios. In 2003 he was appointed Chief Financial Officer of The Book People, a multi-
He was made a Freeman of the Haberdashers’ Company in 1988, became a Liveryman in 1991 and an Assistant in 2014. Roddy is also a member of the Council for the City and Guilds Institute and a Lord’s Taverner. He is married to Dawn and has 3 children. In his spare time he enjoys to travel and play golf, whilst a keen England rugby and cricket supporter and he ran the London Marathon in 2014.
Charles Parker was appointed a Governor in June 2013 and sits on the Finance and Buildings Committee. He brings strategic, financial and management experience.
Charles started his career as a strategic consultant, predominantly for the Boston Consulting Group where he conducted projects in many sectors including oil and gas, retail, consumer goods and financial services. He then moved into technology investment with the London based venture capital firm, Frontiers Capital where he executed and managed numerous investments and built a track record of growing niche companies.
Charles left to co-
He is currently Chief Executive Officer of FluidOil Limited, a UK oil and gas technology business focusing on heavy oil, where is has overall responsibility for commercialising technology and building the business. He is also an investment advisor to the Wentworth (UK) Family office.
Charles has a Masters degree in Engineering Science from Oxford University (Brasenose College). He was made a Freeman of the Haberdashers' Company in 2003 and a Liveryman in 2011.
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David Gradwell is Professor of Aerospace Medicine at King’s College London and an Honorary Consultant in King’s Healthcare Partnership. This is the first substantive Professorial appointment in aerospace medicine in the UK and one in which David is active in undergraduate and post-
David attended a small country Grammar School in Cornwall and at university gained a BSc in Physiology before studying medicine. After qualifying and undertaking junior medical posts in internal medicine he specialized in aviation medicine, gaining a PhD from Guy’s and St Thomas' Medical Schools which are themselves now part of King’s. He has maintained a close interest in science and medicine as well as being very active nationally and internationally in his speciality.
David had twin sons at Adams' and became a Parent Governor at that time. The boys are now at university, one studying Biomedical Sciences and the other training in medicine. He has focused his governor activities principally on matters of curriculum, Sixth Form provision and helping pupils achieve appropriate tertiary educational opportunities.
John Gallagher has been a Governor of ADA and its predecessor school for most of the time since 2003. Most recently he re-
John works in the IT industry for Capgemini, based locally in Telford. He has worked in IT for more than 30 years and has lived through the many technological changes the industry has seen during that time. In the days before employment John gained a BSc(Hons) degree in Geology from the University of Wales (Swansea). He also dallied in broadcast radio running stations both at university and back home in a local hospital in Wrexham, where he hails from. He is a lifelong follower of Wrexham AFC and has the season ticket booklets to prove it.
John is a firm believer that businesses should put something back into local communities. On behalf of Capgemini he is Chair of the Business in the Community Business Class cluster for Telford and Shrewsbury. A cluster is a group of partnership between businesses and schools. In the Telford cluster Capgemini is partnered with ADA.
Laura Collins is parent to two sons who have attended Abraham Darby Academy across several years.
She was born in San Francisco, California and in her native country she attended the public schools and gained her Associate of Arts degree in liberal studies at Butte College. She first came to London in 1989 on an exchange programme through the American Institute for Foreign Study and permanently settled in Telford, Shropshire in 1996.
An Associate member of the CIPD, workforce development and mentoring young people seeking employment form part of her continued interest in the welfare and development of others. Working for the National Trust as a Consultancy Manager she enjoys great days out in the countryside, gardening and the restoration of her home.
Anthony Cann was appointed Chairman of Governors in March 2013, having been a Governor and Director since 2011. He chairs the Board of Directors of the Federation and sits on the LGBs of both AGS and ADA and on the FBC, TLS and PW committees. He is one of the four members of the Federation nominated by the Company.
Anthony is a solicitor, now no longer practising. He obtained an honours degree in law at Southampton University in 1969, then joined a London firm of solicitors, Linklaters, as an articled clerk and qualified as a solicitor in 1972. He worked at as an assistant solicitor at Linklaters until he was made a partner in 1978. He served in the Linklaters New York office from 1975 to 1982. On his return to London he specialised in corporate law and M & A and became Head of the Linklaters Corporate Department in 1995. In 2001 he was elected as the worldwide Senior Partner of the firm until he retired in 2006.
Anthony is a non-
Arun is a Director & Legal Counsel in the Investment Banking & Capital Markets Division of Credit Suisse. He obtained an Honours degree in law from Kent University, a Masters degree in law from University College London, and a Postgraduate Certificate in Sports Law from King's College London.
Arun qualified as a barrister before spending a year at one of Canada's leading law firms, Torys LLP, having been awarded the Fox Scholarship by Middle Temple. After practising at 2 Grays’ Inn Square Chambers, he joined the global law firm, Shearman & Sterling LLP, specialising in corporate law. His time there included working in their Hong Kong and Düsseldorf offices, as well as external secondments to EDF Energy and Morgan Stanley.
Arun was educated at AGS (where he was Clive House Captain) and Wrekin College. He was made a Freeman of the Haberdashers’ Company in 2000 and became a Liveryman in 2009.
Arun is the Haberdashers’ Company representative on the City & Guilds Bursary Board. He has a keen interest in sport and is the independent Chairman of the Premier League Fans’ Fund Panel.
Charles Parker was appointed a Governor in June 2013 and sits on the Finance and Buildings Committee. He brings strategic, financial and management experience.
Charles started his career as a strategic consultant, predominantly for the Boston Consulting Group where he conducted projects in many sectors including oil and gas, retail, consumer goods and financial services. He moved into technology investment with the London based venture capital firm, Frontiers Capital where he executed and managed numerous investments and built a track record of growing niche companies.
Charles left to co-
He is currently Chief Executive Officer of FluidOil Limited, a UK oil and gas technology business focusing on heavy oil, where he has overall responsibility for commercialising technology and building the business. He is also an investment advisor to the Wentworth (UK) Family office.
Charles has a Masters degree in Engineering Science from Oxford University (Brasenose College). He was made a Freeman of the Company in 2003 and a Liveryman in 2011.
Richard Glover was born in 1952 and is an Oxford University graduate. He is Master of the Haberdashers’ Company, having been an Apprentice in 1972 and becoming a Liveryman in 1978. He is a former Chairman of the Haberdashers’ Aske’s Federation of Academies.
Richard spent 15 years in industrial relations and HR management with ICI and Grand Metropolitan in the UK. In the 1990s he was Managing Director and then Chief Executive of BSM, the UK’s leading driver training organisation during the period which included a successful float on the London Stock Exchange in 1993 and being sold to RAC in 1997.
He joined ATC Group as part of a buy-
Richard is married with two children, both of whom are Freemen. He is the brother of Jane Glover (conductor) and is a Welsh Rugby enthusiast and a Francophile.