Lumen Christi Catholic Multi Academy


Questions posed to Directors

Director Code of Conduct


Peter Vince, Foundation Director - Chair of the Board

Member of the Finance & Facilities Committee

Peter is a chartered Quantity Surveyor and Managing Director at a multi-site consultancy firm. With 38 years’ experience in the private sector, he is adept at project and change management, and believes he can support Lumen Christi identify and overcome challenges ahead. As a former student of St. Thomas Aquinas, Peter has lived and practised his Catholic faith in the local area all his life.

Appointed on 28th March 2015 by Archdiocese of Birmingham 

Declaration of Business Interests

  • Emmaus Properties Ltd.

Directorships currently held 

  • Emmaus Properties Ltd.
  • Celebrate Trust
  • Heatic (Non-Executive Director)

Membership of Professional Body                                                                                         

  • Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors

Charity Trusteeships

  • Edgbaston Priory Club - Board Member
  • Archdiocese of Birmingham - Trustee
  • Mother of God charity - Trustee

Immediate family/close connections to governor/trustee                                                          

  • Mrs A Gannon (Sister) is a foundation representative on the School Standards Committee at St Thomas Aquinas School. 
  • Mr D Vince (Son) is Vice Principal at St Thomas Aquinas Catholic School

No other declarations made.



Bernard O'Driscoll, Foundation Director - Vice Chair of the Board

HR & Remuneration Committees

Bernard is currently Director of People & Culture for Barnardo’s, the UK’s largest children’s charity. He has extensive experience across the private and public sector in Human Resources and in general management.  He is also the Governor of his local Catholic Primary School and is an active member of his parish of St Ambrose Barlow, Hall Green.

He has been a career long champion of active learning, and holds an MBA from Warwick Business School and gained a Masters in Contemporary Theology through Newman College.

As an ex-pupil of St Thomas Aquinas, Bernard is delighted to contribute to the Board of Lumen Christi with his professional expertise in all aspects of business management and talent development.  His ambition is that all pupils and staff throughout Lumen Christi get the best possible opportunity to achieve their potential to the full for the good of themselves, the Church and the wider community.”

Appointed to the Board 14th March 2019 by Archdiocese of Birmingham

Declaration of Business Interests 

  • Trustee of St. Mary's College Oscott CIO

No other declarations made.


Matt Hill, Foundation Director 

Curriculum & Standards, Remuneration and HR Committees

Currently Head of Religious Studies for St Peters Catholic Secondary school in Solihull with responsibility for the delivery of the RE curriculum from Years 7-13 and for supporting and promoting Catholic Life and Catholic Worship in school and in the local community.  

Matt feels that he can support the academy in ensuring Catholic Education continues to offer life chances to young people from all social, religious and academic backgrounds.  He feesl that the Gospel values should underpin how young people and adults in our schools interact and learn together. 

Appointed on 15th March 2017 by Archdiocese of Birmingham

Declaration of Business Interests    

  • None declared.

No other declarations made.


Claire Simmonds,  Co-opted Director - Chair of the Finance & Facilities Committee

Audit , Finance & Facilities and Curriculum & Standards Committees

Claire is currently a Director at Deloitte LLP working in the Audit and Assurance practice.  As a Chartered Accountant and member of ICAEW Claire has extensive experience as an external auditor supporting finance teams, Audit Committees and Governing bodies with technical accounting, financial reporting and risk management.  She has previously been a member of the Audit Committee at Halesowen College.

As a former pupil of Lumen Christi schools, and now as a parent it is really important to me that the current and future pupils are given every opportunity to be their best self, build a solid foundation for the future and have the confidence and faith to fulfil their potential.

Co-opted to the Board in16th September 2021 by the Board of Directors

Declaration of Business Interests    

  • None declared

Membership of Professional Body      

  • Institute of Chartered Accountants, England and Wales 

No other declarations made.


David O'Reilly, Foundation Director

Audit,  Finance & Facilities, Curriculum & Standards and Remuneration Committees

David is currently a Senior Vice President in the Global Program Management team at AECOM, an international consulting company active around the world in program management, architecture, environment, and engineering. A Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, David has more than 40 years post graduate experience in developing and delivering infrastructure programmes within the public and private sectors both in the UK and overseas.

'As a former pupil at St. John Fisher and St. Thomas Aquinas schools, and a parent of children previously at St Brigid's and St Thomas Aquinas, I and my family have benefitted enormously from a supportive and aspirational education. I hope that my skills and experience can contribute to maximizing the prospects for educational and personal success for the children and staff of the Lumen Christi family.'

Declaration of Business Interests

  • None declared.

Other Positions Held

  • Parish Councillor for Lickey & Blackwell (Shepley Ward)


No other declarations made.


Denis Kenny, Co-opted Director

HR, Audit & Finance & Facilities Committees

Denis has over 40 years experience in both industry and professional services.  He has held senior leadership positions with a number of blue chip organisations including being a partner with Ernst and Young, a Vice President with Capgemini, a Director with PWC and most recently the Purchasing and HR Transformation director for Jaguar Land Rover.  He has a passion for developing people and in particular leaderships skills based on the values of integrity, honesty and commitment.  He is currently a mentor to a number of leaders within business and runs his own learning and development company.

Denis is an ex-pupil of St Brigids and St Thomas Aquinas and says his Catholic education gave him a sound, values based, foundation for life. He is delighted to have been invited on to the board of Lumen Christi and excited by the opportunity “to give something back”.  He is motivated by ensuring every child attending a Lumen Christ school has a great education, enabling them to grow and enjoy the best possible preparation for life.

Declaration of Business Interests

  • DFKY Consulting Ltd.

Directorships Currently Held

  • PE Procurement Partners Ltd.
  • Strategic Partnership Academy Ltd.

Membership of a Professional Body

  • Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply

No other declarations made.


Stephen Graham, Foundation Director

Audit and HR Committees

Now retired, Stephen was previously a Chief Superintendent with West Midlands Police and since 2002, worked in senior leadership roles overseeing strategic planning and coordination of operations, deployment of staff teams and resources.  Stephen is part of the Edrington Abbey Parish.


Declaration of Business Interests

None declared.


Neil Handel, Foundation Director 

Audit and Curriculum & Standards Committees.

Neil is a retired solicitor who spent much of his working life handling real estate transactions for Catholic charities. He is a former pupil of St John Fisher Primary School (1963-1970) and St Thomas Aquinas School (1970-1977). He has 10 years experience as a school governor at both primary and secondary level and is a strong believer in the importance of Catholic education. Having benefitted immensely both academically and spiritually from his time at school he is keen to see similar opportunities provided to today's young people.

Neil lives in Selly Park and is a member of St Edward's parish.

Declaration of Business Interests

None declared.


Paul Collins-Smith, Catholic Senior Executive Lead (Accounting Officer)

Declaration of Business Interests

None declared.




  • St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School

  • St Columba’s
    Catholic Primary School

  • St James’
    Catholic Primary School

  • St Brigid’s
    Catholic Primary School

  • St Paul’s
    Catholic Primary School

  • St Thomas Aquinas
    Catholic School

  • St Thomas More
    Catholic Primary School

  • St John Fisher
    Catholic Primary School