Governors

Keith Uff

(Chairman of the Board, member of the HR & Legal Committee and the Nominations Committee)

Born in Rugby in 1947 and educated at Lawrence Sherriff School, Keith Uff received his legal education at Lincoln College, Oxford and then was called to the Bar. He practised at the English Bar and in 1972 became a Lecturer in the School of Law at the University of Birmingham where he has also been Deputy Director of the Legal Office. He has held visiting appointments in several foreign universities. He has been a Churchwarden of St George’s Church, Edgbaston and is a trustee of an educational trust in his home town of Rugby. Keith is also a long-serving Governor of Hallfield who has an interest in good governance and charity law issues. His son, Edward, is an Old Hallfieldian.

Peter Millward

(Vice Chairman of the Board, Chairman of the Compliance Committee and member of the Nominations Committee)

Peter is an Old Hallfieldian who graduated in Electronic Engineering, trained in automotive engineering with Lucas and then qualified as a Chartered Accountant. A partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers until 2007, latterly as global leader for services to the water industry, he is now a consultant with them in the global telecoms sector. Since becoming a Governor in November 2006, he has led the debate on the strategic development of Hallfield and has particular responsibility for finance, including liaison with the Bursar and Hallfield’s Auditors, Clement Keys. He lives in Edgbaston, is married with three daughters, enjoys sport, music and travel and is a trustee of two charitable trusts.

Diane Price

(Member of the HR & Legal Committee)

Diane is currently Director of Human Resources at Martineau. She was recruited to the Board for her employment law and HR practice expertise. She is a Solicitor of the Supreme Court. She has over ten years’ experience in recruitment, training and personnel issues. Diane is also Chair of Birmingham Law Society Education and Training Committee. Prior to becoming a Lecturer at Birmingham University, Diane acquired a distinguished academic record: Law degree University College London – (1st class honours), Guildford College of Law, LLM from Clare College Cambridge (1st class honours). Diane is married and has two children, Edward and Emily, both educated in the private sector.

Sheila Sherlock

(Member of the Education & Marketing Committee and the HR & Legal Committee, Governor Responsible for EYFS)

Sheila is connected to Hallfield as a former parent. Her son Matthew is an Old Hallfieldian and her daughter Caitie was a pupil at EHS. Recruited to the Board as a newly-retired teacher, Sheila was born and educated in Wales. She spent most of her teaching career at St Francis of Assisi School, a Roman Catholic comprehensive school in Aldridge, where she was a member of the senior management team. More recently, she has taught in local independent schools, including Norfolk House and St Georges. Since 2001, she has served the community as a Justice of the Peace.

John Austin

(Member of the Finance & Facilities Committee)

John is a Quantity Surveyor and recently retired Managing Director of John Austin and Partners, specialising in construction advice and project management primarily for historic buildings, established almost a quarter of a century ago. He has had no previous connection with Hallfield, and we are delighted that he will bring expertise in the specification and leadership of building contracts, together with knowledge of disaster management.

Gavin Faber

(Chairman of the HR & Legal Committee and member of the Compliance Committee)

Gavin is an Old Hallfieldian and his family have a long association with the School. He is a solicitor and a partner at Irwin Mitchell. He specialises in disputes involving complex trusts, challenges to wills and professional negligence and also has experience in alternative dispute resolution, in particular mediation. Gavin is a member of the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists, the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners, Solicitors of the Elderly and the Professional Negligence Lawyers Association.

Suk Aulak

(Chairman of the Finance & Facilities Committee)

Suk is an Old Hallfieldian, who then went on to study at Harrow School. Suk is a qualified accountant and a member of the ICAEW and a fellow of the ACCA; he began his career with Heathcote & Coleman and now through two mergers is Managing Partner of Moore Stephens in the Midlands. He specialises in accounting and auditing of inward investment businesses and solicitors’ practices, advising on business start-ups and business planning. Linked to his previous firm he was Chairman of DFK UK & Ireland and is an Honorary Treasurer of a local charity involved in providing young people with the opportunity to play cricket. Suk lives in Edgbaston and is married with two children.

Sharon Stotts

(Chairman of the Nominations Committee, Member of the Compliance Committee)

Sharon has two daughters who attended Hallfield from 2000-2010 and her husband was the Head of the PTA for two years. She is a director at Ernst & Young and PwC where she advises clients in the Telecommunications, Media and Technology industries. She now runs her own Management Consulting business and advises clients on complex change and transformation programmes.  Sharon has lived in Edgbaston for 19 years and prior to that lived in Toronto, Canada.

Reverend Julian Francis

(Member of the Education & Marketing Committee)

Revd Francis was ordained in Southwark Cathedral, South London in 1991. Since that time, he has worked in the Church of England parish ministry in a wide range of urban contexts in South Wimbledon, Bradford, West Bromwich, Coventry and Birmingham. He has witnessed the impact of key social changes in urban centres, including post-industrial development in Bradford and the West Midlands, and the impact in church and society of the growing faith and ethnic diversity across Britain. He has also held diocesan and national posts doing equality and diversity work in the Church of England.

Revd Francis is currently Vicar of St George’s Church, Edgbaston which, as a local church, values greatly its collaboration with schools and partner organisations. In a busy part of Birmingham where commercial and residential areas sit alongside each other, it seeks to both be a sacred space and to work with others as a ‘Community catalyst’ for the wellbeing of the neighbourhood.
Revd Francis works also to promote thoughtful consideration of what it means to be a plural society in today’s multifaith, multi-ethnic Britain.

Neil Price

(Chairman of the Education & Marketing Committee, Governor Responsible for SEN)

Neil has been Head Master of Bablake Junior School in Coventry since 2006. During his time there, academic standards have been raised and the pupil role has doubled. Neil was formerly Head of the Lower School at Ellesmere College in Shropshire and this is Neil’s third Headship. He has been a member of IAPS since 1998.

Neil grew up in Zambia and Malawi and became a boarder at Bromsgrove School before studying Humanities at Middlesex University. Neil recalls fond memories of playing rugby at Hallfield alongside the railway tracks in the 1970s.

Neil is Chairman of the Education & Marketing Committee and as an ISI Inspector brings a wealth of experience to the School. Neil is married with two children.

Rupert Heathcote

(Member of the Education & Marketing Committee and Compliance Committee, Governor with responsibility for Child Protection and Safeguarding)

Rupert is Second Master at King Edward’s School in Edgbaston – the destination of many male Hallfieldians. He is the Designated Safeguarding Lead at King Edward’s and represents independent schools on the Birmingham City Council’s Safeguarding in Schools sub-group.

Prior to moving to the Midlands, Rupert was a Housemaster and Head of Geography at Merchiston Castle School and Fettes College, both in Edinburgh. He now lives in Worcestershire and is married with three children.

Deepak Ahuja

(Member of the Education & Marketing Committee)

Deepak is a former parent at Hallfield School, having sent his two sons to study here. His background is in accounts and he is a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.

Deepak has been running his own business wholesaling scarves in the UK and Europe for over 20 years and his career in the fashion industry takes him all over the world.

Deepak lives in Harborne, enjoys sport and is a member of the Priory Club.

Tim Venner

(Member of the Education & Marketing Committee)

Peter Gough

(Member of the Finance & Facilities Committee)