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Aanisah Begg - Hamstead Hall Governing Body




Maxine Blake - Hamstead Hall Academy Governor

Postgraduate Diploma in Humanities and BA (Hons) Open

As a retired civil servant, I spent the last 25 years supporting people with disabilities to continue in work with financial support and helping the unemployed back into full time work.  Since 1984 I have served at a Pentecostal church in the capacity of Public Relations Officer promoting information and protecting the church’s stance in the community.  This led me to get further involved in other community events.  I volunteered my experience in events to help combat gun and knife crimes in the Handsworth and Hockley community during the period of 2005-2011. As Parent Governor at Cherry Orchard Primary School (2007-2011) I supported the teaching staff and served on the Attendance and Finance Committee


Surinder Buray - Member/Director


I have been a Governor at the Trust for over 24 years, having served 6 years as Chair of Governors and 3 years as Vice-Chair.  Both my children were schooled at the Trust, went on to gain Honours Degrees, post graduate studies and successful careers. As an educationalist, I understand that a child’s life ambitions can be realised through education.  However, it is equally important that standards are maintained and raised in both teaching and learning through challenge target setting, monitoring outcomes, strategic management including working with and challenging the senior leadership team. In my working life I am a Magistrate of 22 years standing, I am chair of the Bench sitting at Victoria Law Courts, Birmingham. I am a director of a firm of multi-disciplinary architectural, civil, structural firm            of consultants, having links with schools offering work experience placements to children       with career aspirations in this area.


 David Douglas - Director




Sukhbir Farar

Executive Principal, Hamstead Hall Academy Trust

I started my teaching career at Hamstead Hall as a Mathematics Teacher in 1989. Over the last 28 years I have held many management positions at the school including Head of Year, Head of Maths and 16 years on the Senior Leadership Team. At Leadership Level I have been a Senior Teacher, Deputy Head Teacher, Head of School and in January 2017 I was appointed as one of the Executive Principals of Hamstead Hall Academy Trust.  My particular areas of expertise are Human Resources, School Improvement and Self Evaluation. I have also been an Associate Headteacher in a number of underperforming schools, in Leeds and Birmingham and I have been an assessor for the Cultural Diversity Quality Standard on behalf of the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust. In 2013 I became an Ofsted Inspector and have carried out a number of school inspections over the last 3 years.                     


Peter French - Member/Chair of Directors

I have been a governor at Hamstead Hall since 1997 when I was the Vicar at St Andrew’s Church in Handsworth.  I have been Chair of Governors and have served on the Professional Fulfilment and Finance Committees.  Prior to this I have been a governor of another secondary school in Bury, Lancashire and Chair of Governors of a primary school in Bury.  Part of my current job as the Assistant Director of Education for Church of England schools in the Birmingham  area is to support and train governors – I am also a National Leader of Governance.  As well as leading governor training I have participated in governor training to ensure my skills are up to date.  As a governing body we have worked hard to ensure Hamstead Hall, and now Grestone, provide high quality all round education for the pupils.


Pam Garrington - Member




Claudine Gordon BA (Hons) Sociology; Dip SW; PG Dip Children, Young People, Families and Carers - Hamstead Hall Academy Parent Governor

I have over twenty years experience working as a social worker within Children’s Services, safeguarding some of the most vulnerable children and young people in our city.  I also serve in many roles in my local church serving the community and I was a parent governor at the nursery my children attended.

For me “Every Child Matters” is not just a passing cliché or corporate phrase that comes around every so often but every child does matter as their future is in our hands, so we should invest in every aspect of their lives.  This underpins my philosophy in serving others and so I am a qualified Practice Educator, facilitating the learning and development of trainee social workers offering them practice opportunities in the work place via work experience.




Chan Nandhray - Hamstead Hall Academy Parent Governor

Working in Financial Services, in Senior Corporate and Retail Leadership Management roles, has given me the opportunity to gain experience across many different disciplines;

• Aligning budget to performance.
• Working to and identifying improvements on procedures and policies.
• Understanding, applying and improving compliance and operational requirements.
• Supporting and managing individual deliverance against key performance indicators.
• Identifying Business Development and building Business Relationship growth opportunities.

I am also known to and have worked with the Academy for 5 years, delivering lessons to the students of all ages and abilities across key stages 3 – 4 at PSHE Days on Personal Financial Management. My sessions are designed to be both informative and interactive, providing students with the knowledge and understanding of banks, building societies, budgeting and getting value for money.

As a highly professional and confident communicator with an extremely high work ethic and great attention to detail combined with strong people and influencing skills - My passion to deliver outstanding operational outcomes and developing teams has led to recognition for my achievements through;

• Community Excellence Award Winner 2017
• Excellence in Finance Winner 2016

I remain heavily involved in supporting many local and national charities including; Birmingham Childrens Hospital, Macmillan Cancer Research, British Heart Foundation and Acorns Children’s Hosp

Jonathan Mortimer

Executive Principal, (Accounting Officer) Hamstead Hall Academy Trust

I have over 20 years teaching experience as a Maths teacher and have worked at Hamstead Hall since April 1998.  I have undertaken a variety of roles including Head of Maths, Assistant Headteacher, Deputy Headteacher with specialisms in curriculum and assessment and more recently as Head of School at Hamstead Hall Academy.  In January 2017, I became one of the Executive Principals of Hamstead Hall Academy Trust and recorded as the designated Accounting Officer at the Trust.  Hamstead Hall Academy has been a National Support School since 2009 and I have a wealth of experience of school to school support working in schools across the West Midlands to improve leadership and student outcomes.  In October 2015, I became the Birmingham Education Partnership (BEP) Secondary District Representative for the Perry Barr District.  I am also a member of the BEP School Improvement and Commissioning Committee for Birmingham.






Phillip Riggon  - Director



Dr Rob Smith - Vice Chair of Directors

I am a reader in Education at Birmingham City University.  I have taught in Birmingham schools, colleges and higher education institutions for 25 years. I trained as a secondary English teacher and I was teaching at Holt Schools in Lozells when the National Curriculum was introduced.  In 2012, I co-founded the Centre for Research and Development in Lifelong Education at the University of Wolverhampton. I am a staunch believer in comprehensive education as a basis for every young person achieving excellence. I also believe in the necessity of pursuing a multicultural ethos.  My body of work explores the impact of funding and marketisation on Further Education provision in England.  I have researched and written extensively in collaboration with FE and HE practitioners.  Recent articles include: Rob Smith  (2015) College Re-culturing, Marketisation and Knowledge: The Meaning of Incorporation, Journal of Educational Administration and History,  47:1, 18-39;             Smith, R. and O’Leary, M. (2015) Partnership as Cultural Practice in the Face of Neoliberal Reform, Journal of Educational Administration and History, 47:2, 174-192.



Daniel Stone


I studied at Hamstead Hall from Year 7 until the end of Sixth Form. After leaving the school in 2007, I went on to read Economics and Management at the University of Oxford. I also have a Masters from UCL in Educational Planning and Economics. I have led a number of national initiatives designed to help young people access top universities and gain employment with top employers in the UK. I am a founding Co-Chair of the Oxford Black Alumni Network and have worked across a range of educational topics from pastoral care and student welfare, to application preparation and institutional change. I currently work for the University of Birmingham and am proud to have the opportunity to serve my former school. 



Rachel  Burroughs - Member/Chair of Governors

Chair of Governors,  Aspirations and Attitudes Committee,  Performance Review Committee, Chair of the Achievement and Learning Sub-Committee

Having taught in the West Midlands for 30 years, I have expanded and used my pedagogical knowledge to support the academy trust. I believe in promoting inclusivity and cultural diversity. My extensive knowledge of critical governance spans over 20 years and includes pastoral, safe guarding, strategic leadership and management. I am passionate about every student’s achievement and believe that every young person should leave school with life skills which will enable them to encounter and overcome difficult tasks, be tolerant and remain learners throughout their lives. My daughters, who were previously educated at Hamstead Hall,  achieved very well and have gone on to undertake very good careers. I live locally, have strong links with parents and through my role as a Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator am able to reach out towards the community.



Lois Speakman - Hamstead Hall  Academy  Staff Governor

Following my Postgraduate Diploma in Education at the University of Birmingham, I started working at Hamstead Hall Academy as a NQT two years ago. Working as a member of our outstanding PE department, the community environment has allowed me to enthusiastically grasp every challenge to make a positive difference because of my genuine love for the Academy. I have recently achieved a distinction for my Masters in Teaching Studies, also at the University of Birmingham, as I continually strive to be the best I can be.


Michael Watson - Hamstead Hall Academy Staff Governor

I’ve been employed on a part-time basis at Hamstead hall for 13 years. My current function as Community Manager is to ensure weekend and evening use of the school site is managed effectively. I’m passionate about seeing the teaching and learning develop and community use of the school expand and the obvious benefits that will bring. I believe I have a rather unique skill and knowledge set to help achieve this through discussing and carefully developing ideas with governor and staff colleagues who share the same passion and determination to put and keep the Academy at the centre of the community.


I’m a qualified PE teacher, gaining a BEd. in physical education from Borough Road College (Brunel University) in the late 80’s. I have worked in sales and marketing for commercial companies and have extensive sports event management working on some of the biggest youth sports events in Europe.  With expert knowledge of communications and marketing technology I have been involved in developing leisure department management systems (CRM) for Birmingham City Council and Stafford Borough Council, the latter includes a highly bespoke online transaction management system for the leisure department.


In the last 2 years I’ve set up an education company specialising in outdoor learning and out of hours school services. I am also business development director for a communication company that focuses on improving quality of communications for public and private sector organisations including Pearson Education (Qualification Development Writer – Communications, marketing and copy-writing) and National Grid European Business Development directorate, providing employee communications services.



Jagjot Jawanda -  Hamstead Hall Academy Student Governor

Jagjot is currently studying Biology, Chemistry and Maths for A Levels and applied to be a student governor as she is passionate about making a change and wants to help improve the school environment.