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Peter Hill

Summary

  • Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants
  • Chartered Global Management AccountantPeter Hill is the Chair of Governors and has led the School since 2004 resulting in the strategic decision to return the School to its roots by becoming a Free School and widening its reach. He became a Governor after his children left Senior School to go to university.

Synopsis

  • Chairman and founder of an IT services company which helps NHS Trusts understand the differing costs of patient care
  • Former Partner in the consultancy practice of Ernst Young in London and Birmingham
  • Former European Vice-Chair of CAM-I and led international developments in cost management
  • Finance Director of large manufacturing company and other Finance & IT roles

Areas of Interest

  • Leicester Tigers and England rugby union teams
  • Family, particularly encouraging 3 grandchildren who are competitive swimmers
  • Freemasonry – a member of the Royal School Lodge and others

Governor Responsibilities

CHAIR: Appointed September 2016. Term of office ends September 2020.

  • Providing strategic thought and leadership
  • Challenging School officers to ensure best possible outcomes for all pupils in our care
  • Leading, supporting and challenging the Board of Governors
  • Providing a sounding board for the Principal and SLT
  • Providing financial expertise and guidance, principally through the Finance, General Purposes & Audit committee
  • Member of the Data Standards and Assessment committee, recognising its critical role.
  • ph@theroyal.school
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Gurinder Atwal

Summary

  • An experienced community worker with strong partnership working skills. Extensive experience of the various aspects of community development work.
  • A proficient project manager, particularly in areas of managing staff, resources and budgets.

Synopsis

  • In depth experience of working in the public and voluntary sector with a variety of community groups, voluntary and umbrella organisations.
  • Extensive understanding in working within a diverse community; people of different ages, ethnicity, and faiths
  • Experience of developing, delivering and managing community projects; monitoring and evaluation of projects.
  • Community consultation methods;
  • Development and implementation of policies and procedures.
  • Successful fundraising for specific projects: from needs analysis, researching funders to writingeffective proposals.

Areas of Interest

Has a clear understanding of the role of a governor as has 10 years of experience as a school governor in the primary school sector


Governor Responsibilities

MEMBER APPOINTED: Appointed September 2016. Term of office ends September 2020.

Member of the Full Governing Body and Data and Standards Committee

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Neil Lloyd

Summary

  • Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Bankers in Scotland
  • Affiliate of the Institute of Financial Services

Synopsis

  • Sales Director and Strategic Management Board member – FBC Manby Bowdler LLP – responsible for the Sales strategy of the business.
  • Head of Sales Development, Lombard, Royal Bank of Scotland 2012-2015
  • Director of Asset Finance – Birmingham & Warwickshire , Lombard, Royal Bank of Scotland 2005-2012
  • Sales Manager – Wolverhampton, Lombard, Royal Bank of Scotland 2002-2004

Areas of Interest

  • Enterprise Advisor – Black Country Consortium
  • STEM Ambassador
  • Treasurer of the Parents Association at an Independent Preparatory School in Edgbaston, Birmingham
  • Member of the Road Running team of Birchfield Harriers
  • Advocate of UK Manufacturing

Governor Responsibilities

CO-OPTED: Appointed September 2016. Term of office ends September 2020.

Finance, General Purposes and Audit Committee

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Jaswinder Kaur Tawana

Summary

  • Jas is an Associate for law firm FBC Manby Bowdler LLP which employs nearly 200 staff.
  • In her current role she is an Associate and Team Leader within a busy and dynamic Personal Injury department.
  • On a day to day basis Jas manages a team setting objectives and measuring performance as well as the strategic management of the team and department.

Synopsis

  • Jas obtained her LLB (Hons) Law Degree in 2001 and spent a year obtaining her Legal Practice Course before training for two years in Liverpool.
  • She joined a local law firm and now is a Team Leader and an integral member of a 24-strong Personal Injury Team.
  • She brings to the role over 10 years’ worth of legal experience and has successfully represented Claimants in avaried spectrum of matters, ranging from accidents at work to accidents in a public place.
  • As well as her departmental role Jas is responsible for

o Devising and implementing mentoring scheme within firm
o Formulating and implementing a business development scheme within firm. o Delivering customer-focused training to both her team and to the wider firm

• She is a Stellar Service Team member, aiming to achieve excellence across the firm.


Areas of Interest

  • Jas has two young daughters and became a school governor because she felt the years of primary education are, possibly, the most important in a child’s life, providing the foundation for his/her future in an environment conducive to learning delivered in a happy and stimulating manner.
  • She would like to put something back into the local community and feels the best way is to use her legal, business and financial experience for the benefit of the school and its pupils.

Governor Responsibilities

CO-OPTED: Appointed September 2016. Term of office ends September 2020.

The Full Board needs to know when it should seek legal advice from time to time. Jas will help the Board in this as well as bringing her experience of team management, customer-focused training and customer service to a growing school.

  • Jas’s legal and HR experience will be particularly useful in the HR and Performance Management Committee
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Professor Linda Lang

Summary

  • Professor Lang qualified as an Allied Health Professional. Her PhD is in child growth and development.
  • Qualified as a state registered Podiatrist, Dip HE

Synopsis

  • Designed, founded, developed and now leads the interdisciplinary Faculty of Education Health and Wellbeing in the University of Wolverhampton with over 8,000 students and 480 staff, based on 3 campuses, which has grown to constitute more than 40% of the University.
  • International experience in India, USA, Canada, South Africa and New Zealand. In New York led multidisciplinary clinical and social research on infectious diseases, particularly HIV and AIDS. Published on topics including dementia and mental health.
  • Led the successful Health Futures University Technical College (UTC) project, from inception, through bid writing, steering project leadership, appointment of Principal and senior staff to opening 3 years later in Sept 2015, funded by £12m from DfE.
  • Linda brings experience of inter-professional learning, project development and delivery in health and social care. She is committed to working in productive partnerships, to improve health and social care outcomes, whilst fostering interactive relationships between service providers and education, in all the areas encompassed by the Faculty she leads.

Areas of Interest

• Linda likes the theatre, travelling and snorkelling, but doesn’t have much time to enjoy these activities. In addition, she tries to go to the gym at least once a week.


Governor Responsibilities

CO-OPTED: Appointed September 2016. Term of office ends September 2020.

Linda brings to the governing body, a wealth of understanding of the health and education sectors.

  • Having been involved in the Health Futures UTC (for 14-19 year olds combining national qualification teaching with hands-on project learning with healthcare professionals) from the initial development to delivery (as the deputy chair of the Project Steering Group) she brings experience of leading an educational organisation through considerable change and growth.
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Steve Hawke

Summary

  • Certificate of Education – Physical Education & Geography
  • Certificate of Mentorship
  • MA in Education Management
  • NPQH (National Professional Qualification for Headship)
  • LLE (Local Leader in Education)

Synopsis

  • Steve taught for 34 years in the West Midlands with spells in Walsall, Dudley, Birmingham, Wolverhampton and, most recently, Telford & Wrekin.
  • As a Physical Education practitioner he gained middle leadership experience as a Head of Department, Head of Year and Head of House.
  • Steve moved into Senior Leadership in 1995 and took up his first Headship in 2003.
  • After 5 years as the Headteacher at Deansfield High School in Wolverhampton, he was appointed as foundingPrincipal of The Abraham Darby Academy in Telford, a member of the Haberdashers’ Adams Federation.

Areas of Interest

Steve is married to Anne (also a retired teacher) and they have a daughter Claire, who is a solicitor. Part-time employment means there is now more time for Steve to pursue his passion for golf.


Governor Responsibilities

CO-OPTED: Appointed September 2016. Term of office ends September 2020.

Steve has extensive Senior School experience. As The Royal is a new Free School, his experience of founding, growing and developing an Academy will be particularly useful in his role as a Full Board member

  • He brings that experience, plus skills and experience gained as the West Midlands Regional Director of The Future Leaders Trust, to his position as Chair of the Data Standards and Achievement Committee.
  • Steve will also take on the role of lead Governor on Safeguarding.
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Cherry Reynolds

Summary

Cherry is a retired Secondary Assistant Headteacher and was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in June 2016 for services to Education.  She has taught for 37 years across key stages 2, 3, 4, and 5.  Her teaching specialism is English but she is also a qualified SENCO with over 20 years’ experience.


Synopsis

Cherry led a successful SEN department at Aldersley High School which was twice rated ‘Good’ during OFSTED inspections. Comments from the last  OFSTED inspection regarding  her Leadership and Management is as follows “Effective communication, a good role model …meticulous maintenance of and monitoring assessment data and identifying areas for development were strengths.”

During her time at Codsall High Federation of Schools, she was successful in leading the SEN department, when she took over in 2007, from being rated inadequate to outstanding in one year, and the department remained outstanding for seven years. In 2011 the focus of the school’s OFSTED inspection was SEN and the school secured an outstanding overall judgement.  In 2012 Codsall High Federation of Schools was recognised by the Department of Education and Skills for securing the position of fourth  in the country for SEN Achievement and Progress.

She has led a national conference for SSAT (school, students and teacher network) on ‘Leading an outstanding SEN department’.

In 2010 she was awarded the ‘Black History Maker Award’ for services to education.


Areas of Interest

Throughout her career Cherry has been passionate about children from all cultural and socio-economic backgrounds, their education and improving their life chances. Therefore equality of opportunity is fundamental and central in everything she does and believes in, in teaching.


Governor Responsibilities

CO-OPTED: Appointed September 2017. Term of office ends September 2021.

Data Standards and Assessment Committee

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Lukasz Rzeczkowski

Summary

Lukasz was The Royal School’s very first Polish scholar and still plays an active role as an Old Royal. He was our guest speaker at the 2017 Senior School Prize Day. After completing his A Levels at Royal, Lukasz studied at The University of Warwick: BSc (Honours) Economics, Politics and International Studies and did his masters at London School of Economics and Political Science: MSc Finance.


Synopsis

He has had a very successful career in Finance in London but recently took a change of course and has opened his own company. Trustedoctor Ltd, Co-founder & Chief Development Officer (London)
· Delivering virtual clinic platforms to world-leading cancer specialists across Europe and the US
· Growing a network of patient organisations, charities and the wider cancer patient community
· Forming strategic partnerships with public and private hospitals as well as diagnostic labs
· Collaborating with third party agents including concierge firms and international embassies
· Building Trustedhealth ecosystem with insurance, pharmaceutical and research companies
· Sitting on the Trustedoctor Management Board and the Trustedhealth Advisory Council


Areas of Interest

2015 – Present Board Member, Polish City Club, Finance Networking Club
2015 – Present Co-Founder, Warwick Alumni of Poland, Warwick University Alumni
2014 – 2015 Co-Founder, Seed Investment Club, Crowd-Funding/Networking Club
2007 – Present Founder/Captain, Soaring Eagles Basketball Club, Sports Club
Interests /sports: Basketball, telemedicine, start-ups, horse riding, blockchain


Governor Responsibilities

Boarding and Finance

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Steve Bunn

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Governance

The Royal School, Wolverhampton, is a charitable company limited by guarantee and registered in England and Wales. The registered company number is 09250153.

View our latest Annual Report & Financial Statement 2017

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Meet our Governors

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Summary of Governors

Attendance Register 2016-17

Peter Hill

Gurinder Atwal

Neil Lloyd

Jaswinder Kaur Tawana

Professor Linda Lang

Steve Hawke

Cherry Reynolds

Lukasz Rzeczkowski

Steve Bunn