Alex Lofthouse – Chair of Trust board
Title: Alex Lofthouse, Professor
Experience & Skill Set: Post 16 Curriculum and Quality Enhancement, Higher Education Curriculum and Quality Enhancement, Teaching & Learning Enhancement, Collaborative Provision
Profession & Job Role: Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) – University College Birmingham.
I have worked in Further and Higher Education since 1994. I started as a Sport Science lecturer and held management positions in a number of Further Education Colleges. I am now part of the Executive Management Team at University College Birmingham with responsibility for all academic matters and take the lead on many of our collaborative partnerships. I have a number of years’ experience as a school governor and am also currently the Chair of a Multi Academy Trust.
Title: Steve Hughes, Executive Head Teacher
Experience & Skill Set: Curriculum – Early Years, Curriculum – Primary, Curriculum – Secondary, Curriculum – Post 16, Finance – Education, Human Resources, Procurement, Project Management, Premises Management – Building Trade, Local Authority Services
Profession & Job Role: Executive Head Teacher
“I have worked in a variety of schools within Birmingham for over 38 years, mainly in the area of SEN.
During my latter career as a Senior Leader I have realised my ambitions for whole school development and expansion in order to best meet the needs of our pupils and to improve our school. I have always sought to establish and encourage partnerships for Wilson Stuart School which will benefit our school and students.
I am presently chair of the local authority Special Forum and a member of Birmingham Schools Forum. I am also presently chair of the Birmingham Special School Headteachers Association. I am a member of the Birmingham SEND Strategy Steering Group and server on the management board of the Birmingham Special Education Needs and Disability Independent Advisory Service
Title: Director of Teaching and Learning Enhancement
Experience and Skill Set: Curriculum – Post 16, Teaching and Learning, Hospitality, Business Management
I originally began my career in the hospitality industry and later went on to specialise in wine, working as a Sommelier in boutique hotels before moving on to manage fine-dining restaurants. After a fantastic career in the hospitality industry, I joined UCB in 2006 as a lecturer as I have a real passion for education and training.
Since working within education, I have developed a number of educational smartphone apps, most notably – Wine Find, a food and wine pairing app which has been successful both within University College Birmingham and commercially.
My key responsibilities at UCB are centred around the continual enhancement of teaching and learning across all of our provisions, overseeing the Digital Innovation for Creativity in Education Team and educational app development.
I firmly believe that further education and training should be accessible for all and am privileged to be on the Board of Trustees for WSUCBPT. The Hive has created some fantastic opportunities for young people to develop further with wonderful success stories and I look forward to supporting this as it grows.
Title: Debbie Rush, Business Manager & Vice Chair of Trust Board
Experience & Skill Set: Finance, Human Resources, Procurement, Facilities Management, Project Management
About Me: I have 32 years’ experience in business and finance in the public sector, 27 of which have been in education and 14 of those 27 at Wilson Stuart School. I have
served for 7 years as a committee member for the Birmingham Association of School Business Managers; which aims to promote Business Manager roles within schools, upskill and improve the effectiveness of Business Managers in their schools.
Motivation: I am passionate about giving students with high needs the opportunity to live as independently as possible. I feel this can be achieved by promoting an understanding of their needs and capabilities to the rest of society.
Experience and Skill Set: General Management, Sales & Marketing, Finance, Procurement, HR.
I have recently retired after 40 years in industry. Immediately prior to retirement I was Managing Director of a national stockholder and distributor of metals and plastics employing 200 people operating from 8 locations across the UK.
I am currently a Company Pension Trustee Director and a Community Governor of an Academy school in Wednesbury.
Title: Head of Operations, Buildings + Places, AECOM
Experience & Skill Set: Chartered Civil Engineer, Operations Director, Managing Director
About Me: I am a Civil Engineer by background, starting my career as a Technician with West Midlands County Council in 1983, before gaining a degree in BEng, Civil Engineering from the University of Birmingham. I worked on a wide range of infrastructure schemes in the West Midlands, and wider UK, before moving into an Operational Leadership role for AECOM’s Transportation business. This role took me across Europe, the Middle East and Africa, meeting some great people and communities. In 2016 I moved into AECOM’s Buildings + Places business, where I currently oversee over 2,000 staff across the UK&I.
My passion is in cycling, which has taken me to some amazing place across the world, riding with friends and members of cycling clubs. My favourite location is Mont Ventoux in Southern France; the mountain has an elevation of 1,912m and has become legendary as the scene of one of the most gruelling climbs in the Tour de France race.