Lumen Christi Catholic Multi Academy

Directors

Questions posed to Directors

 

Peter Vince, Foundation Director - Chair of the Board

Finance & Facilities Committee, Human Resources 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.

Membership of Professional Body                                                                                         

  • Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors

Charity Trusteeships

  • Edgbaston Priory Club

Immediate family/close connections to governor/trustee                                                          

  • Mrs A Gannon Sister is a foundation member of the Local Academy Committee at St Thomas Aquinas School. 

No other declarations made.

 

Bernard O'Driscoll, Foundation Director

HR Committee

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 

  • Pending advice

Other School/Academy Positions

  • Chair of Governors, St. Ambrose Barlow Catholic Primary, Hall Green

No other declarations made.

 

Phil Hadley, Co-opted Director - Chair of the HR Committee

Finance & Facilities Committee, HR Committee and St. Thomas Aquinas School Standards Committee

A Chief Inspector within the West Midlands Police, Phil has over 23 years’ experience within the public and private sector. Specialising in Strategic Senior Leadership; Management; Critical Incident Management; Critical Decision Making; HR Processes, Project Management; Partnership Working, Resource Management; Risk prioritisation; Customer Service; Public Engagement and consultation; Social Media; Public Events and Public Order Planning.  

Having previously been in the care system and adopted as a child, Phil left school with average results and didn’t go to university until later in life, where  he obtained a Masters degree from Warwick University. Outside of the work environment he is married with five children and together with his wife, is also local authority foster carer.

Phil explained: 'My personal and professional experiences enable me to deliver on the board of directors with not only strategic vision but also the compassion and values we wish to live out through our Catholic schools. In my professional life I try and manage my staff through the mantra ‘Look after your staff and the business will look after itself’. I hope, through the board of directors, to focus on our academy staff to develop a ‘people deal’ which enables our staff across all of the schools to feel part of one organisation and build up pride, motivation and enthusiasm to deliver an outstanding service. This will undoubtedly benefit the children within our schools, improve performance and spread the Catholic values and behaviours of our young people out into the wider communities.'

Initially appointed on 14th September 2016 by the Board of Directors. Co-opted to the Board on 17th September 2019

Declaration of Business Interests    

  • None declared

No other declarations made.

 

Matt Hill, Foundation Director 

Curriculum & Standards Committee, HR Committee and St. Joseph's School Standards Committee

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.

 

Fr. David Evans, Foundation Director 

Audit Committee, Finance & Facilities Committee,  St. James Academy Committee and St. Columba's Academy Committee

Appointed on 8th February 2018 by Archdiocese of Birmingham

Declaration of Business Interests    

  • None declared.

No other declarations made.

 

Claire Simmonds,  Co-opted Director - Chair of the Audit Committee

Member of Finance & Facilities Committee

Claire is currently an Associate Director at Deloitte LLP working in the Audit and Assurance practice.  She works with clients across the public sector in health, education and local government.  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.

Throughout Claire’s career she has taken a particular interest in clients that serve the local community including a number of midlands NHS organisations and Universities, and is the Talent lead for a team of trainees and qualified staff, working to promote diversity and quality in the workplace as well as championing the benefits of agile and flexible working arrangements to better support staff and client needs.  Before joining Lumen Christi Claire was also a member of the Audit Committee at Halesowen College.

As a former pupil of St Thomas Aquinas and Warwick University Alumni it is really important to me that the current and future pupils of Lumen Christi schools are given very opportunity to be their best self.  St Thomas Aquinas set me on the path to a successful career and I am delighted to have to opportunity to use the skills I have learn in finance and risk management to give something back and contribute to creating an environment where students can build a solid foundation for the future and have the confidence and faith to fulfil their potential.

Co-opted to the Board on 17th September 2019 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.

 

  • 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