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.

Keith Ireland

Keith Ireland is the Managing Director of the City of Wolverhampton Council. Keith has a wealth of experience in local government and specialises in business transformation to achieve high performing businesses and develop teams using private sector business models.

Managing Director, Keith Ireland Having worked in London boroughs, metropolitan cities, unitary authorities and districts, Keith is well versed in the spectrum of local government.

In December 2014, he took up the inaugural role of Programme Director for the delivery of the new West Midlands Combined Authority and Devolution Deal. He oversaw the governance, delivery and strategy for the programme which involves seven metropolitan councils, three Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) and 15 district councils as part of a three-LEP area Combined Authority.

Keith is currently the Clerk (Principal Advisor) to the West Midlands Combined Authority Shadow Board and is also Clerk (Principal Advisor) to the West Midlands Integrated Transport Authority (ITA) for which he is the sponsoring Managing Director.

As part of his strategic drive and commitment to improving educational attainment in the City of Wolverhampton, Keith is director of a multi-academy trust, a trustee of an academy trust, and chairs two primary Interim Executive Boards (IEBs) and a primary school governing body.

The City of Wolverhampton Council is a rapidly improving council – a fact recognised by the council being awarded runner-up for the prestigious MJ Council of the Year award.
Keith is very much the driving force of the council’s officer team, delivering high performing services, customer excellence and service transformation whilst also meeting stringent financial reductions.

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.

Phil Hill

Director Phil Hill Ltd Accountants

Finance professional with strong commercial and people focus; capable of investigating beyond the numbers to understand the needs of the business; innovative solutions to challenges within an
Organisation;

Specialist experience in Hotel sector with over twenty years experience with independent owner
operators;

Specialist experience Finance Director Manufacturing and Facilities Management emergency breakdown, repair and planned maintenance; varied range of change management experience;
confident communicator at all levels within an Organisation.

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.