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Trustees

Lowell Williams (Chair)

Lowell Williams
(Chair)

Lowell was Principal and Chief Executive Officer of Dudley College of Technology from 10th March 2008 until 31st December 2019, leading the college through three successful Ofsted inspections, culminating in the award of ‘outstanding provider’ in 2017. Lowell was previously Principal of South Leicestershire College, which also achieved Ofsted ‘outstanding provider’ status. Lowell has also served as a National Leader of Further Education. He is Chair of Colleges West Midlands and is a Fellow of the Institute of Innovation & Knowledge Exchange. In January 2020, he was appointed Non-executive Director at The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust.

Lowell led the creation of the multi-million pound Dudley Learning Quarter. This inspirational new town centre campus includes Dudley Evolve, a state of the art vocational centre, Dudley Sixth, a dedicated A level centre, Dudley Advance, centre for advanced manufacturing and engineering technologies and Dudley Advance II, centre for building technologies, which opened to students in Autumn 2017.

As well as being Chair of the Board of Trustees, Lowell serves on the Educational Performance and Standards Committee and the Personnel, Pay and Performance Management Committee.

Peter Davies

Peter Davies
Chief Executive of CK Chartered Accountants

Peter is Chief Executive of CK Chartered Accountants; EMEA Region Board member of PrimeGlobal, a worldwide association of Independent Accountancy Practices. He graduated from London University with a degree in Mathematics and is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.  

Peter is Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees and Chair of the Business and Audit Committee.

Bernard Dickenson

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Bernard Dickenson
 

Bernard’s career within the secondary education sector has encompassed roles as a Head of Department, Deputy Headteacher and then Principal at a large secondary academy, which he led to being Ofsted “Outstanding”.  Bernard has also worked as an Ofsted Inspector and a Teacher Trainer.

Latterly he has acted as an Education Adviser for the DfE, interim CEO for two multi academy trusts and Education Adviser for an education provider in the United Arab Emirates, before being appointed as Chair for a large multi academy trust.

Bernard is Chair of the Local Advisory Committee of Beacon Hill Academy.

 

 

 

 

Martin Dudley

Martin Dudley
Chairman of Thomas Dudley Limited

Martin is Chairman of Thomas Dudley Limited, a group of local manufacturing businesses. Graduated from Brunel University with a degree in manufacturing engineering and also holds a MBA from Wolverhampton University. Martin is a fellow of the Institute of Cast Metal Engineers and Chair of the Skills Policy Group for the Black Country Chamber of Commerce. Martin is the Trust Board’s lead for Careers Education, and serves on the Personnel, Pay and Performance Management Committee.

Nigel Ford

Nigel Ford

As a local Dudley resident Nigel is keen to help drive the future success of the town and the region. With a career as a Chartered Surveyor in both local authorities and the NHS, he brings a background in Estates Management and Development to the Board’s areas of expertise. He has developed several major capital investment schemes across the public sector and has a track record of obtaining best value in the public procurement of managed services.  Nigel is a member of the Business and Audit Committee.

Patricia Hazlehurst

Pat is a retired head teacher of a large primary school and a former National Leader of Education.  She was formerly a local authority governor at Blowers Green Primary, supporting the school on its journey to being an Ofsted ‘outstanding’ school.  Since retiring from her full time role she has continued to make a difference in children’s lives through supporting schools as a school improvement consultant and looking after her five grandchildren.

Pat brings her passion for teaching and learning and her firm belief in the power of education to transform lives to her role as a trustee.

Pat is the Trust Board’s lead for Safeguarding, Chair of the Educational Performance and Standards Committee, and she is also Chair of the Local Advisory Committee of Blowers Green Primary.

Halina Sikabofori

Halina Sikabofori
 

During her teaching career, Halina has worked with children and adults across the primary age range, including the foundation stage. She has held many different leadership roles across a number of Local Authorities, Multi Academy Trusts and outside the UK.  Halina is an MBA (Educational Leadership International) and NPQH graduate whose professional journey has facilitated leadership experience within a variety of settings.

Halina is a passionate advocate of achieving quality education for all children and is assured about the elements that contribute to making quality education a reality.  Halina serves on the Educational Standards and Performance Committee and is the Trust Board’s lead for SEND and Pupil Premium.

Neil Thomas

Neil Thomas

Neil Thomas is Chief Executive & Principal of Dudley College of Technology, a large General Further Education College which was graded as ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted in its most recent inspection.  Neil plays a pivotal role in the determination and oversight of the strategic development of Dudley College of Technology, its subsidiaries and associated organisations. With a background in engineering, Neil is also Chair of Transformational Technologies Partnership Limited, which oversees the Black Country and Marches Institute of Technology which opened to learners in September 2022.

Thomas Westley

Thomas Westley

Thomas Westley

Tom is Chairman of Westley Group Ltd (a foundry group of companies) and Chairman of Westley Plastics Ltd (a specialist nylon casting business).

He graduated from Imperial College with a degree in Metallurgy and is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of The Institute of Cast Metals Engineers and a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining.  

Tom sits on the board of the Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership and is a board member of The Cast Metals Federation, which is the trade association for the UK foundry industry.  Tom is a liveryman within The Worshipful Company of Founders and was Chairman of Castings Technology International Ltd.  He is also on the board of the West Midlands Combined Authority Growth Company Ltd and was recently appointed a Deputy Lieutenant of the West Midlands. 

Tom is Chair of the Local Advisory Committee of St James Academy.