Governors

Contact details for Chair & Vice Chair

Chair

Mr C Flood.   Clerk to Governors Ms N Stead c/o Tudor Grange Academy Dingle Lane, Solihull B91 3PD

Vice Chair

Mrs J Creaton.   Clerk to Governors Ms N Stead c/o Tudor Grange Academy Dingle Lane, Solihull B91 3PD

The responsibilities of the LGB are delegated from the trust board and are detailed in the trust’s Scheme of Delegation which can be found here. The Trust Terms of Reference for Local Governors can be found here.

Governors

Full Name Role Date appointed / (re-appointed to the Board) Appointed by Relevant business and pecuniary interests Trusteeships and governorships at other educational institutions/ charities Personal relationships with trust employees or other members/ trustees/ local governors Date interest declared Meetings attended during year 20/21 (max 7)
Ms Karin Billington Co-Opted Governor 01/05/2021 GB/Board n/a n/a 30/09/2021 5
Mrs Sheila Brookes Co-Opted Governor 01/10/2019 GB/Board n/a n/a 28/09/2021 5
Mrs Janice Burns  Co-Opted Governor 05/12/2021 GB/Board (Edexcel)/ Pearson  Qualifications n/a sabbatical year 2021-22 5
Mr Julian Buttery  Co-Opted Governor 17/03/2022 GB/Board The Careers & Enterprise Company n/a 16/09/2021 5
Mr Stephen Chivers  Co-Opted Governor 07/12/2021 GB/Board n/a n/a 22/09/2021 7
Mrs Julia Creaton Co-opted Governor 19/05/2022 GB/Board The Blue Coat School, Birmingham n/a Appointed Vice Chair, Summer 2022 16/09/2021 7
Mr Charles Flood [Chair]  Co-Opted Governor 01/09/2018 GB/Board n/a n/a Appointed Chair Autumn 2021 16/09/2021 7
Miss Helena Mandleberg Staff Governor 01/09/2018 Elected by staff n/a n/a 16/09/2021 7
Miss Laura Murphy Staff Governor 01/09/2018 Elected by staff AQA Educational Exam Board n/a 16/09/2021 7
Mr Peter Rayson  Co-Opted Governor 01/10/2019 GB/Board Hockley Heath Parish Council Climate Change Committee (Solihull) n/a Married to Mrs A Rayson, College Administrator 22/09/2021 4
Mrs Claire Smith (maternity leave) Mr Tom Pole (from 1.3.22) Ex Officio 01/09/2018 ex-officio by virtue as Principal n/a n/a 16/09/2021 7
Mrs Kieran Takher  Co-Opted Governor 06/12/2018 GB/Board n/a n/a 30/09/2021 5
Mr Abdul Zaheed Parent Governor 10/05/2022 Elected by parents n/a n/a 19/05/2022
Mrs Raj Purewal Parent Governor 10/05/2022 Elected by parents n/a n/a 19/05/2022

Governor Profiles

Ms Karin Billington

Ms Karin Billington

I have an extensive career in senior management in both the public and private sector, which for the past 9 years has been in the NHS, delivering Community Clinical Services for Children and Families.  I have always held an interest in education and joined the TGAS governing board in April 2017 when, due to my experience working in children’s services and a specific interest in safeguarding children,  I was immediately co-opted as safeguarding governor by the chair, a role which I undertook until 2021 when I was asked to support with SEND. In addition, I have also supported exclusion panel hearings and mentoring support meetings with students at risk of exclusion. It is a pleasure to support the outstanding academy that is Tudor Grange Solihull.  My first term of office at Tudor Grange was from 01/05/2017 – 30/04/2021.  I was reappointed as Governor and my current term of office is from 01/05/2021 to 30/04/2025.

Mrs Sheila Brookes

Mrs Sheila Brookes

I joined the Tudor Grange Local Governing Body last year having recently retired as a Chartered Quantity Surveyor. I became more involved in education when first elected as a parent governor spending many years as a governor for local schools which included three years as Chair of Solihull Sixth Form College. Elected as a Solihull Councillor in 1990 I served on Solihull Council’s Education Committee and was chair of the committee for three years. In my career I took a 13 year break from surveying when Estelle Morris, MP, offered me the post of running her constituency office. The constituency office role gave me a wider perspective of how the Government can deliver to local schools, pupils, parents, teachers and school staff and the importance of local governing bodies.

Mrs Janice Burns

Mrs Janice Burns – sabbatical year 2021-22

I grew up just over a mile from Tudor Grange School (as it then was) and have vague memories of it being built – showing my age there! Little did I think it would play such a large part in my life. I taught Maths at the school from its early days as a comprehensive through its transition to an academy until I retired from teaching after spending my whole career (38 years) at Tudor Grange. Shortly after my retirement I was pleased to be asked to become a governor and to feel I was able to give something back. Outside of this – when time permits – I enjoy reading, doing crossword puzzles, walking and also pottering in the garden.

Mr Julian Buttery

Mr Julian Buttery

I am currently a senior professional working in the business, education and careers sector. I have a background in the energy sector holding various senior roles, including corporate affairs and stakeholder management. Outside of work, sport and rock music are my main passions in life. I would like to see the continued engagement between schools and businesses to give students the best opportunity of employment when they leave education. I hope I bring a useful skill set to assist the senior management of the school develop the academy and its students to their full potential.

Mr Stephen Chivers

Mr Stephen Chivers

I first served as a school governor in 1992 at Whitley Abbey Primary School in Coventry and then at Tudor Grange Solihull in Solihull, now Tudor Grange Academy Solihull. In that time I have acted in several school governance roles, chairing sub-committees and the Governing Body itself. Currently I have specific responsibility for Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) and Teaching School. I am also a panel member for Independent Review Panel hearings, acting on behalf of SMBC dealing with school appeals. My professional background is accountancy, logistics, systems analysis and project management and I have worked in a wide range of industries, most recently with National Grid Gas until retiring in 2016.

Mrs Julia Creaton

Mrs Julia Creaton

As a co-opted governor, I am particularly interested in community relations, safeguarding and teaching and learning. I am a music teacher, currently teaching in an independent school in Birmingham. I enjoy governance, as it gives me an opportunity to contribute positively to my children’s school and the wider community.

Mr Charles Flood

Mr Charles Flood

I have been a long standing member of staff at Tudor Grange Solihull having taught in the school from 1980 to 2017. During that time I became Head of History and from 2010 I was the first Head of Sixth Form as we expanded into 16-18 education. I taught students across the full age range and delivered GCSE, A level and the International Baccalaureate qualifications, the latter in collaboration with Solihull Sixth Form College. After my retirement I was honoured to be asked if I would help on the LGB and I was very pleased to accept. Having been part of Tudor Grange for such a long time I am delighted that I can continue to contribute in some way to the academy’s continued success. I became Chair of the local governing body in 2019 having previously served as the safeguarding link governor. It is a pleasure to work with an enthusiastic and able team of governors and to support the Principal and her leadership team. I have prior experience of governance having served as a staff governor after local management of schools was introduced in 1988. I also have extensive experience of case work and negotiation as a local official of Solihull NUT for many years. That role involved working in schools across Solihull, being a member of Solihull Schools’ Forum and other bodies and working with the local authority itself.

Miss Helena Mandleberg

Miss Helena Mandleberg

I am currently a Teacher of Maths at TGAS, with specific responsibility for the Year 9 and 10 Maths curriculum. Before embarking upon a career in teaching, I qualified as a Chartered Accountant and held several senior positions in the private sector, most recently at Unilever in London. In my spare time, I am a keen cyclist and occasional triathlete. These interests complement my love of food! I also have a passion for music, reading and film. I am hopeful that I can use the skills and experience I have gained both within and outside an education setting to benefit the LGB, the students at the Academy and the wider community.

Miss Laura Murphy

Miss Laura Murphy

I have 14 years experience in the classroom as a physics teacher and plan for many more. Working with teenagers is thoroughly rewarding and has led me to a pastoral role in Sixth Form, a challenging role which enables me to support students to realise and achieve their ambition. My interest in governance stems from a desire to continue my professional development; to keep abreast of current changes in education from a reflective perspective. I love to travel and try to use every holiday to try something new, trying coasteering to campervanning, and anywhere from Cornwall to Columbia. My ambition is to run out of pages in my passport!

Mr Peter Rayson

Mr Peter Rayson

After graduating magna cum laude B.Eng (Hons) Mechanical Sciences from the University of Wales Institute of Science and Technology (UWIST) and receiving an MSc in Manufacturing Technology from the Victoria University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST), Peter has held many positions in both industry and academia. These have included a Principal Lecturer post at Trent Polytechnic (Nottingham Trent University) teaching undergraduates and post-graduates in mechanical engineering and advanced design and manufacturing systems. Peter then returned to the commercial arena as a CAD/CAM Technical Consultant for McDonnell Douglas Information Systems (MDILS), St Louis, Missouri based in UK working with many of UK’s leading industry companies to implement advanced design and manufacturing systems. Various senior positions followed which let to Peter working with Airbus Directors in Bristol, Toulouse, Hamburg and Madrid leading to the establishment of the Airbus Concurrent Engineering (ACE) facility in Toulouse to define the computer-aided design systems for the A320 aircraft program and the development of web enabled data management that is now known as Product Lifecycle Management Systems (PLMS). On returning to academe in 2000; he became a senior fellow at the University of Warwick, Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG) working on the Ford Premium Vehicle Program, subsequently Jaguar Land Rover (JLR). He was then asked to become Associate Director of the Technology Innovation Centre (TIC), a subsidiary of Birmingham City University, UK working with JCB, Rolls-Royce, SAP and CISCO. He stepped down in 2011 to provide care for his mother who had vascular dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Peter is currently Founder and Chief Executive of Telocyte™ which focuses on curing Alzheimer’s disease.

Miss Kieran Bhopal

Mrs Kieran Takher

I am a solicitor and have over 10 years’ experience in the legal sector, focusing mainly in Real Estate. My desire to get involved as a governor stems from actually attending Tudor Grange many years back! For me, the education and support I received provided me with an amazing foundation for my career. I am delighted to be a part of the local governing body, having the opportunity to utilise my expertise and skills to give back and allow future generations to benefit from high quality education, develop their potential and thrive.

Mrs Raj Purewal

Mrs Raj Purewal

I joined the Tudor Grange Local Governing body so I could learn and understand more about what is happening in schools and to give back through getting involved. Having children attending the academy will allow me to understand more from a parent perspective too. Working to have students strive to achieve to their highest potential and feel supported is paramount and it would be great to be a part of a team that works to make that happen. My background is in Human Resources & Marketing and I have worked in higher education with students transitioning from schools/colleges into university. I look forward to gaining a good understanding of local schools and how they continuously improve and strive to get better.

Governors who have left over the past 12 months

Full Name Role Date appointed Date resigned / term of office expires
Mr James Tole Parent Governor 10/05/2018 09/05/2022