Our Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors

Jim Inglis

Jim Inglis was, for many years, a regional director and a member of the Standard Chartered Bank Group specialising in commercial finance and loans. Prior to this, he was with the Department of Trade mainly involved with commercial relations and exports. More recently he ran his own insurance business. He has a degree in economics, is a Chartered Insurance Practitioner, and is a certified financial planner. In addition to being Chair of Governors at Aldersley High School, he is also chair of trustees of Circles Network a charity dedicated to social inclusion and advocacy, and a trustee of Vision Homes Association which supports people with complex and multiple disabilities.

Bob Stephenson

Formerly a Secondary Headteacher at Pendeford High School, Wolverhampton, that closed in 2010, Bob continued to work for the students of Wolverhampton through his work as the Chair of Wolverhampton Secondary Heads. He remains a Director of Re Entry-alternative provision in Wolverhampton and is a strong advocate in ensuring that all students receive the very best education irrespective of their backgrounds.

Nicola Davis

Nicola was designated as a National Leader of Education in 2018. Nicola Davis is the Chief Executive Officer of Amethyst Academies Trust (AAT). Nicola is the Accounting Officer and a Local Leader of Education for AAT. As an experienced Executive Principal she has led and supported a number of local schools including New Park BESD School and Dunstall Hill Primary School.

Nicola is also Principal of the founding school: Aldersley High School in Wolverhampton. Having worked in a number of schools, Nicola has been the Principal of Aldersley High School for the past 8 years; due to the success of the school she formed the Amethyst Academies Trust in 2016.

Nicola has had a varied career that started in Primary education; she then went on to become a SENCO in Secondary school and an English teacher. Passionate that the trust places students first she is focussed on raising standards and transforming lives.

Mick Marks

Mick has been an OFSTED Inspector for 20 years inspecting over 250 schools during this period. He has worked with over 75% of all secondary schools in the Black Country area. Mick worked in the area of assessment for 15 years and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Education Assessors. He also worked in a local authority for nearly 25 years as an advisory maths teacher and assessment coordinator.  Senior Educational consultant at MMarks Ltd.

Christine Thomas

Christine has more than 30 years’ experience and success in corporate environments in Senior Management roles including Sales and General Management, Compliance, HR and Training. An experienced Coach, Mentor and Mediator and a practitioner in NLP, DiSC profiling and Motivational Mapping, Christine now mentors Directors and Managers to achieve significant improvement in productivity and profit. She is an Associate Consultant with You Become Ltd, specialists in Employee and Customer Engagement, and a Director Trustee at Support Staffordshire, a not for profit organisation working with community and voluntary sector. Christine also mentors new business entrepreneurs, and regularly speaks on Business Networking and Employee Engagement.

Helen Bourton

Helen Bourton has been a highly successful educator for 32 years in Sandwell, Dudley and in Wolverhampton. She has a passion for supporting young people to develop their social, physical and mental wellbeing, through a broad and balanced curriculum and a full range of opportunities within and outside school life. Helen is an advocate of developing skill/personal qualities and empowering young people to enable them to take a strong place in society.

Helen believes that as a director she has an important part to play in raising school standards and her experience of governance will support her in this role.

She believes that the role of the governing body is absolutely key to the effectiveness of a school and the life chances for every young person.

Sue Reid

Sue Reid has worked in the retail Travel industry for over 38 years having held many various positions has her career progressed. This has included many managerial roles, eventually attaining the position of General Manager of the Travel Group at Midcounties Co-operative Society. The Society trades in; food, funeral, childcare, healthcare, energy and Travel. She now is Head of Operations for the Energy group. She is also part of the wider Society senior Leadership Team. She has a Diploma in Management by the Chartered Management Institute.

She has been at Moreton School as a Governor for a number of years and was appointed in September 2015 as Vice-Chair. She has chaired the Finance and General Purposes Committee.

Robert Grant

Robert joined the Ameythst Trust in October 2018 and is currently an Education consultant. With over 20 years’ experience in senior management, primarily in the Further Education sector and more recently in the school sector, he has worked with organisations to improve teaching, learning and assessments, learner outcomes, leadership and management.
He has successfully led Higher Education teacher training and Ofsted Inspections to Good and Outstanding and one of the case studies was displayed on the Ofsted excellence gateway. His work with disengaged young people resulted in attainments that were recognised nationally and in Europe as a model of good practice.
As a pioneer for enterprise and innovation in Education, he successfully set up partnerships with SMEs and major blue-chip companies such as Apple, Roland Music and New Horizons and generated over £3.5 million for enterprise and innovation in Walsall. More recently he was part of the project team to that secured the successful opening of the Ladder Alternative Provision School.