Deborah Andrews
Chair of Trustees
I am a retired teacher having held several senior posts before retirement and then worked, briefly, as a National Strategy Consultant and for one of the headteacher professional associations. I am the current Chair of Worcester Diocese Board of Education and Worcester Diocese Academies Trust. I am also a Director of another Trust and have been a member of the governing board of Holyoakes Field First School for many years. I am a member of a local choir and golf club and a volunteer with the National Trust.
Bryan Allbut
I have lived in Redditch since 1977 and worked as a teacher in several Birmingham schools retiring in 2009 as Associate Headteacher of a school in South Birmingham. I am a Magistrate in the Birmingham Criminal Courts, and also work as a General Adviser with Citizens’ Advice. I have been a member of the Governing Body of Redditch schools for over 23 years. Initially a Parent Governor at Bridley Moor, I transferred to Trinity after the Redditch Reorganisation and when my daughter joined Trinity’s Sixth Form. I served as Chair of Governors, standing down after 10 years. I have continued as a governor and, now, a Trustee of the MAT. I am comfortable with all aspects of school governance. As the Link Governor for Safeguarding, both for Trinity and the Trust, I have a responsibility to help to monitor and report on Safeguarding and Looked After Children.
Barry Prever JP
I have lived in Redditch for 42 years and feel very much part of the community . Both my children enjoyed their Education at Trinity High School and my husband taught there for over 35 years. I became a Governor at Trinity when I retired in 2017. Previously to that I was Assistant Headteacher at South Bromsgrove High School . In that role I had oversight of Special Educational Needs and a number of Faculty and Pastoral areas. I was also very involved with the House system and Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, which was very rewarding. For many years I was Director of Initial Teacher Training and worked with Universities and other local schools in this capacity. Working with those joining the Teaching Profession was something I valued very much . I feel that my experience in Education and local knowledge will help me support Bordesley Multi Academy Trust moving forward.
Ann Rickard
Vice Chair of Trustees
Michael Smith
Currently Chief Executive Officer of a sales and service organisation in the environmental sector with sales of £36M; I am an enthusiastic and energetic individual with a passion for the development of people. Coming from on apprenticeship background myself, I am keen about working with apprentices in the local community. I have also provided business improvement consultancy in leadership, motivation, team leader development, team building programs. As well as being a qualified production and industrial engineer; one of my biggest strengths is change management with an international background in sales, service, finance, manufacturing and man management. I am a board member of Kidderminster College and Chairman of the Skills and Employment Board for North Worcestershire.
Simon Hyde
I am an Owner / Director of Lasercomb Dies based in Redditch, we have been operational in Redditch since 1984. I have been involved in the packaging industry since leaving school and strong my apprenticeship in 1972, I worked for two packaging companies firstly in Bury, Lancashire and then in Basildon, Essex before arriving at Lasercomb in 1984. I was made a Director of Lasercomb in 1993 and became Managing Director in 1998. In 2006, I led a ‘Management Buy Out’ of Lasercomb Group which was an incredible landmark in my career and one I am still incredibly proud of. In 2014 we opened a joint venture with an American business in Chicago again this was an incredible experience, and the business has gone from strength to strength. I now want to help and support others that are starting their incredible journeys in business and life.
Mark Ridings
I have worked in different sectors of education for over 40 years. I began a teaching career in a middle school in Redditch and later became headteacher of two first schools in the town. My family have resided in and around Redditch for the whole of that time and my two sons attended schools currently in the Bordesley MAT. After leaving headship I was employed by Worcestershire Local Authority in a school improvement advisory role. I moved on to become Schools’ Manager for the north of the county with a wide responsibility for the quality of education provided in schools. During that time, I liaised with many educational providers, regional DFE, HMI and Ofsted on behalf of schools. In retirement I have the same enthusiasm for education and am delighted to be a Trustee for the Bordesley Trust. I am currently the chair of the Education and Standards committee.
Barry Newton
Adrian has been Executive Headteacher and CEO of Bordesley Multi Academy Trust since it was formed in 2019. Adrian started his career as a music teacher and was headteacher of Trinity High School from 2014 to 2022. He has been a teacher for over 30 years, all at schools in Worcestershire. In addition to extensive experience of school leadership, he has also served as a school governor. Adrian is passionate about improving the life chances of all young people, and empowering them through education and opportunity. Adrian is particularly interested in how schools and industry can work together for the benefit of the whole community, ensuring true social mobility, high aspirations and a healthy local economy. In his spare time Adrian enjoys following his childhood football team, Portsmouth, as well as playing (badly) the occasional round of golf.
Adrian Ward
Chief Executive Officer