Board of directors

Sir Michael Griffiths

WAT Member

School Positions: Sir Michael Griffiths was Headmaster of Northampton School for Boys from 2001-13. The school was the first converter academy - a large state comprehensive that admits girls to the sixth form. The school is a Teaching School and has an outstanding record, not only for academic performance, but also the breadth and quality of its extra-curricular provision. Sir Michael was Head of Science in two Wolverhampton comprehensive schools. He was an examiner for GCE O-level and A-level Biology. After a period as Senior Lecturer in Science Education at Sheffield Hallam University, he was appointed as Science Adviser and Ofsted Inspector in Sefton LEA before returning to the school sector. Sir Michael is a National Leader of Education and a Fellow of the RSA. He served as President of the Association for School and College Leaders in 2012-13. Awarded a knighthood in the 2014 New Year's Honours List, Sir Michael has also been a member of UCAS Council, represented ASCL on the HMC Universities committee, and is Chair of the National Science Learning Centres' steering group. In 2014 he was elected by his peers to be a member of the Head Teacher Board for North West London and South Central - a region covering nearly 30 Local Authorities - advising the Regional Schools Commissioner. He acts as an educational consultant to an academy group.

Involved with a range of educational organisations, including: DfE Headteacher Board, AQA, STEM Learning, NMPAT and a range of schools, both state and independent

Dr Colin White

WAT Member

Colin recently retired from post of Head of Business Engagement HSBC bank. Colin has a BSc in General Chemistry and a PhD in Organic Chemistry and has previously worked for British Steel (as was), and most recently HSBC for 27 years, in an IT capacity, before taking voluntary retirement in January 16. His employment experience covered all IT/Business Engagement related issues resulting from banking activity in UK, Europe and the Middle East. He was elected as Chair of Governors for Windsor High School in 2005 and became a Member of Windsor Academy Trust on 6 February 2011 upon its incorporation. Colin has recently stepped down as Chair of the Board of Directors. He is also Chair of Halesowen Athletics and Cycling Club.

Andrew Middleton

WAT Member, Chair of the Board of Directors and Chair of the Personnel Committee

Andrew is a Chartered Civil Engineer by profession and has spent most of working life in local government managing transportation projects, much of it at a senior level. He was elected as Governor of Windsor High School and Sixth Form in 2005 and became a Member of the Trust on 14 October 2013. He became Chair of the Board of Directors in March 2018.

His main areas of expertise are strategic management/thinking, business planning and organisational change.

Eamonn Hunt

WAT Member, Director of the WAT Board and Vice Chair of the Personnel Committee. Eamonn is also Chair of Windsor High School and Sixth Form Local Advisory Board and Chair of Goldsmith Local Advisory Board

Eamonn recently retired, he was previously a Senior Programme Manager and managed major projects delivered to Birmingham Authority. These included major business transformation projects, People Solutions (Transition of HR services) and Working for the Future (Property rationalisation and new ways of working).

Anne Haigh

Vice Chair of the Board of Directors and Member of the Performance and Standards Committee

After gaining a HND in Computer Studies from North Staffordshire Polytechnic Anne has spent over 30 years working for BT PLC in a variety of roles including IT, Service Management and People Management, developing a reputation for adapting her skills within new areas of the organisation. Recent roles have enabled her to move into more business improvement roles and currently her role focuses on processes and systems within the security sector.
She studied for an MBA from the Open University graduating in 2001 and more recently, for personal development and satisfaction, achieved City and Guilds Level 3 Certificate and Diploma in Creative Embroidery.

Keith Sorrell

Director of the WAT Board and WAT CEO

Keith is currently the CEO of the Windsor Academy Trust which was formed in 2011. He fulfilled the dual role of Headteacher and CEO from then until January 2016 when he became the full time Chief Executive of WAT. The Trust consists of two Secondary and five primary Academies, located in three different learning communities across the West Midlands. A third Secondary Academy (a purpose built free School) is due to open in 2018/2019. There are several schools actively in the process of joining with the strategic vision to grow into around 20 Academies in four hubs by 2020.

Having taught in Staffordshire and Birmingham Keith was appointed to the post of Headteacher at Windsor High School in January 1999. An 11-16 school of 1400, the school was in an OFSTED category swiftly moving to good and then outstanding. In 2010 it became an 11-19 school where it now has 300 in the Sixth Form. Keith is an NLE and worked as Secondary Headteacher consultant for the DFE part time from 2002-05 supporting the workforce reform agenda and Every Child Matters in particular.

Nick Ashman

Director of the Board and Chair of the Finance Committee

Nick has spent 30 years in banking, starting out as a clerk at NatWest in Halesowen before working his way through all aspects of personal, back-office, small business and corporate roles. He currently works in Birmingham as a Large Corporate Director for Santander UK, acting as the primary point of contact for a portfolio of the largest businesses in the region. The role requires an inquisitive mind, the ability to source / develop new business and strong knowledge of current market conditions along with a thorough understanding of financial, non-financial and operational risks.
Nick began his association with Windsor Academy Trust through serving as a parent governor of Windsor High School and Sixth Form in 2011.

Ian Bevan

Director of the WAT Board and Member of the Personnel Committee. Ian is also Vice Chair of the Local Advisor Board

Ian has 16 years’ experience in local government as a local housing manager and as senior policy officer (Revenue and Collection) and has more than 20 years’ experience working in a legal framework, subject to ever-changing legislation and inspection.
He also holds a position on the Board of Hasbury Community Association – a local charity in Halesowen – and has used new legislation to retain the former Sons of Rest building and land for public use. He is committed to ensuring the amenity is used for the benefit of the local community. Ian graduated from University of Birmingham 2001 MBA (Public Service) and specialised in political management arrangements and political sensitivity.
He holds a post-graduate certificate in Public Service Management from the University of Birmingham and currently works in NHS Pharmacy Services.

Ian has 16 years’ trade union experience as a local steward representing local authority workers and has been a Director at WAT since 2012.

Jennifer Dalby

Director of the WAT Board and member of the Personnel Committee

Jennifer is an Associate Solicitor at Trowers & Hamlins and has been at the Birmingham based office since September 2013 having previously worked for other national legal firms. Jennifer is currently also undertaking a role as Legal Secondee at a worldwide construction company. Jennifer’s wide ranging experience includes advising public and private sector clients in a variety of sectors on small and large scale construction projects, from housing to schools, from roads to bridges, from new build to regeneration schemes, from fit-out to facilities management. She is also currently General Secretary, Birmingham Solicitors Group, Committee Member, Constructing Excellence - G4C Birmingham.

Victoria Glazzard

Director of the WAT Board and Member of the Finance Committee

Vicky is a qualified accountant and has over 25 years of accountancy experience. She trained within the private sector and built her experience around a variety of roles working for Tarmac Topmix, National Exhibition Centre, Claire’s Accessories and National Express Coaches. Over the last 11 years Vicky has worked in public sector. The majority of this time has been spent in children’s services, providing schools with the financial information necessary to enable efficient and effective management. Vicky also completed a secondment at HM Treasury last year working in the whole of Government Accounts overseeing the consolidation of over 4,000 organisations audited accounts across the public sector.

Heath Monk

Director of the WAT Board and Member of the Performance and Standards Committee

Heath is an inspirational and dedicated Chief Executive, with experience in leadership development and education policy in both the public and not-for-profit sectors. He is currently Executive Director of King Edward VI Foundation in Birmingham and more recently, the King Edward VI Academy Trust Birmingham, where he oversees nine secondary schools (two independent and seven Academies). Previously Heath was Chief Executive of The Future Leaders Trust for 9 years and Deputy Schools Commissioner for the Department of Education for 7 years. He also taught English and Drama for several years after graduating from Oxford University.

Heath is also an advisor to Place2Be (a children's mental health charity) and a member of the Government's School Partnerships Oversight Board (designed to improve independent / state school partnership working).


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