Governors

The Chairman of Governors can be contacted via the school address through the Clerk to the Governing Body.

Tim Venner

(Chairman of the Board, Chairman of the Marketing Committee)

Tim is an Old Hallfieldian and went onto Denstone College. Tim serves as the Head of Business Development for – Charles Stanley. Tim has over thirty years’ experience in business with an exemplary track record for developing businesses, distribution channels and business strategies. Prior to joining Charles Stanley, he was an independent business adviser delivering performance programmes to business leaders and senior managers. Previously, Tim served as Managing Director for an Executive recruitment business based in Birmingham. Tim has extensive experience in strategic partnerships, developing relationships and building multi-channel routes to market.  Tim is past Chairman of the Old Hallfieldian Society, The Old Denstonian Club and The Birmingham & Edgbaston Debating Society and has chaired many Charitable Fund raising Committees.

Peter Millward

(Member of the Finance & Facilities Committee, Compliance Committee and Nominations Committee)

Peter Millward, an Old Hallfieldian, was until recently Chairman of a UK water company and Trustee of the international charity WaterAid. An engineering graduate, with an early career in the automotive industry, he later qualified as a chartered accountant and, as a partner of pwc, specialised in the oil, gas and utilities industries and was global leader of water industry services. He now chairs a grant-giving charitable trust which also owns a landed estate including over 60 properties and an historic arboretum. He is married with three adult daughters and lives in Herefordshire.

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 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 partner at Irwin Mitchell LLP.  Gavin specialises in contentious trust and probate litigation.  He acts for professional trustees and executors, trust corporations, charities and individuals and has extensive experience in dealing with complex trust disputes involving multi-million pound claims.  He also deals with professional negligence claims involving negligently drafted wills and trusts, tax and investment advice. Gavin is also a trained mediator who has a strong understanding of the importance of a sensitive and respectful approach when resolving high conflict disputes.   Gavin is a member of the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists, the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners and the Professional Negligence Lawyers Association.  He sits on the STEP Committee Birmingham and the Dispute Resolution Committee of Birmingham Law Society.

Suk Aulak

(Chairman of the Finance & Facilities Committee, Member of the Marketing Committee)

Suk is an Old Hallfieldian, who then went on to study at Harrow School. Suk is a qualified accountant and a Fellow of both the ICAEW and 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 owner managed businesses, inward investment and solicitor’s 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

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

Sharon has two daughters who attended Hallfield from 2000-2010 and her husband was the Head of the PTA for two years.  After 20 years in management consulting as a Director at PwC and later Ernst & Young, she led teams and was a trusted advisor to clients in the Telecommunications, Media and Technology industries. Today, she runs her own management consulting firm and advises clients on developing and executing business transformation programmes.  Sharon is also a trustee for the Turner Trust.  She has lived in Edgbaston for 23 years and prior to that lived in Toronto, Canada.

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 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.

Peter Gough

(Member of the Finance & Facilities Committee)

Peter is an Old Hallfieldian who went on to study at Bromsgrove School. Peter obtained master’s degree in Real Estate from the University of Reading, having previously gained a degree in History and Archaeology from Cardiff University. Peter qualified as a charted surveyor in November 2012, specialising in development agency, consultancy and valuation projects. He is live in Harborne with his wife and son, enjoys playing and watch sport.

Kirsty McEwen

(Member of the HR & Legal Committee and Compliance Committee)

Kirsty is a parent of two children, both of whom have been through Hallfield school from Hallfield First to Year 6.  Kirsty is a Solicitor and Partner at Higgs & Sons.  She heads the firm’s Charities and Not for Profit Team, advising a wide range of charities and social enterprises / businesses on regulatory compliance, constitutional matters and governance issues.  Kirsty is also the lead lawyer on philanthropy in the firm, regularly advising clients and corporates on how best to structure their charitable giving.  Kirsty sits on the Charity Commission’s Interim Manager panel, acting in the administration and management of a charity during the course of the Commission’s investigative and regulatory work, to the exclusion of the Trustees.  Kirsty is a trustee of the Solicitors Benevolent Association and a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners, the Charity Law Association, the Ecclesiastical Law Association, STEP Charity Special Interest Group, STEP Philanthropy Advisers Group and the Association of Charitable Foundations.