Governors’ Profiles

gbrown-pic   Rev Gilroy Brown, Chair of Governors

Gilroy has worked in education for over 40 years, including 10 years as Headteacher of an inner city, multicultural school and 11 years as a School Advisor for Birmingham Local Authority’s Primary Leadership and Management Team. He has successfully delivered bespoke Leadership and Management training for school leaders in various school networks and also provided support and training for aspiring school leaders and newly appointed Headteachers – including the Local Induction Programme for new Heads, via the National College for Leadership.

Gilroy has led on various educational research projects which led to the publication of case studies and recommendations for best practice and initiated projects to reduce school exclusions. He was appointed to work as part of a national team of consultants commissioned by the DFE to lead on the Aiming High programmes.

Over the years he has coordinated informal coaching/support networks for aspirant BME school leaders which led to many of the participants becoming successful Headteachers. In addition, he is a member of the CoED Foundation’s Trustees and Advisory Board, and also acts as one of their associates, specialising in leadership and management. He has written articles and programmes including the NPQH programme on successful leadership in a culturally diverse school setting. He has developed a SMSC audit tool for the Church of England, Re-Defining the Moral purpose: The Diagnostic Framework. He currently works as an independent Education Consultant specialising in Leadership Development & Coaching, Pastoral Systems / Positive behaviour management, developing a culturally inclusive curriculum, School Improvement strategies, Art & Design, and SMSC.


mison-pic  Mr Michael Ison, FCIMA

Mike has worked in education over the past 8 years as Finance and Operations Director for Grace Academy, a multi academy Trust that was at the forefront of the academy and free school movement when it started operation in 2006. He has served on the Governing Bodies of three academies and many years ago served as a parent governor and “chair of finance” at the largest secondary school in Warwickshire. A “Fellow” of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, Mike has used the skills to benefit both industrial, educational and church organisations over the past thirty-five years.


cbrown-pic   Mrs Carol Brown MSc FCIPD

Carol brings to the governing body an impressive combination of extensive corporate and strategic leadership for a number of service areas with hands on experience of driving the Human Resources and Organisation Development (HR//OD) agenda, spanning three large unitary authorities, Birmingham, Dudley and Walsall and also Worcester City (District) Council. She has been Corporate Director and Chief Strategic Advisor for a local authority, where her portfolio included HR/OD, Health & Safety, Equalities, Corporate Policy and Performance, Procurement, Internal Audit, Legal and Democratic Services, Scrutiny, Communications and Engagement and Shared Services – Commissioning. In addition she has been a statutory Monitoring Officer for a local authority. Carol also has a keen interest in education, sports and physical activity and actively promotes the importance of health, nutrition and sports/ physical activity.


myeadon-pic   Dr Mark Yeadon CPA EPA

Mark holds an honours degree in Engineering Science from the University of Oxford and a doctorate in Metallurgy and Materials from the University of Birmingham. Since graduating he has worked in University and Government research laboratories in both the United States and South East Asia, and held a faculty position as Lecturer in Materials Science at the National University of Singapore. Upon returning to the UK Mark qualified as a UK and European patent attorney and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys.

As a patent attorney Mark works closely with companies and organisations at the leading edge of innovation in science and technology, including start-up companies, SMEs and MNCs. He has a keen interest in preparing the next generation of entrepreneurs to not only survive but thrive in the continually changing global economy.


cbyfield-pic   Dr Cheron Byfield BA MSc MBA

Dr Byfield, the founder of King Solomon International Business School, is a visionary, trailblazer, transformational leader, author and founder of Excell3, a national educational charity. The vision for King Solomon International Business School has emerged from Dr Byfield’s Christian faith and her long standing passion for both enterprise and education.  Dr Byfield developed a strong background in business and enterprise having successfully run her own business for over 20 years, worked as a Business Advisor (supporting 100’s of people to start, expand and diversify their own businesses) worked as an Enterprise Training Manager, Business Studies and Management Lecturer (in a college and a university) and served as Director of an Enterprise Agency before becoming a Head of a University Enterprise and Careers Department.

Dr Byfield leads by example in pursuit of academic excellence having obtained 4 degrees including an MSc in Human Resource Management, an MBA (with distinction) and a doctorate from the University of Oxford.

Dr Byfield, the author of the researched-based book, “Black boys Can Make it… how they Overcome Barriers to University in the UK and USA”, published by Trentham books and endorsed by Lord Adonis, the then Schools’ Minister, also developed an OCN accredited course based on the book which has served to equip young people across the nation to access university.  Dr Byfield has also written a number of booklets for parents including the DFE commissioned ‘Help Your Children To Learn’, as well as articles for academic journals and chapters in edited books including ‘Establishing a New School and Getting it Right from the Start’, produced by Woodard Schools and SSAT (the Schools, Students and Teachers Network).  

Dr Byfield has received many awards and endorsements, e.g. Woman of Purpose Award, a Jamaica National’s Award and she was voted by Keep the Faith Magazine, as one of the top ten most influential Black Christian Women in England.  She also featured in ‘It’s My Thing’ on BET TV over a two year period on the theme of ‘Transforming Lives through Education’.  In recognition of Exell3’s outstanding work, Dr Byfield has been invited on a couple of occasions to the Prime Minister’s reception events at 10 Downing Street as well as to 11 Downing Street and the Queen’s Garden Party.



bclover-pic   Rev Canon Brendan Clover

The Reverend Canon Brendan Clover was educated at Cambridge and Oxford Universities and since ordination thirty years ago he has had a lively interest in education, both as a Chair of Governors, a Cambridge College Dean, and now as Senior Provost of Woodard Schools, one of the largest educational providers in the country, and a top 20 UK charity.  A Cathedral Chorister from the age of 7, as a trumpeter, and as a tenor soloist, music remains a passion for him as it was for his father, himself a Doctor of Music and the founder of the National Youth Choir.  Canon Brendan is the spiritual figurehead of Woodard Schools and has a national profile in the Church of England’s provision.  As the first free school affiliated with Woodard Schools Brendan hopes to bring his experience to bear in the Governing Body of KSIBS.


atalbert-pic   Dr Anthony Talburt BA MA

Tony, an Education Consultant has over 20 years’ teaching experience in secondary schools, further education colleges and universities, both in the UK and abroad. He has been delivering training and consultancy to colleges, Local Authority Departments and schools since 1990. Tony is an author of several books and publications and an ‘A’ level examiner in politics. He is a Governor of an Ofsted rated ‘Outstanding’ primary school and Vice Chair of Governors for an Ofsted rated ‘Good’ secondary school.


pbeetham-pic   Rev Dr Paul Beetham BA BSc CBiol MSB

Rev Dr Paul is a Methodist minister and currently Superintendent Minister of the Birmingham (West) & Oldbury Circuit. He studied Botany and Zoology at London University, completed a Doctorate at the University of Wales in Microbiology, and in Systematic Theology at Durham University. He is a member of the Society for Biology and a Chartered Biologist. He has carried out scientific consultancy for the cities of Düsseldorf and Cologne and legal consultancy work on air pollution. He has served on the Methodist Faith & Order Committee, was formerly editor of Christ & The Cosmos publications and is currently a trustee of the Science & Religion Forum. He has published papers in both biology and theology. He is a former school governor and currently Chair of a nursery school.


cbailey-pic   Mr Clive Bailey BA FISM

Clive, a co-founder of Excell3 is an experienced international business and product development manager having worked as the Global Project manager for an international company for over 20 years, identifying market opportunities, initiating and executing strategies. Clive is a Fellow of The Institute of Sales & Marketing Management (UK). He has been a school governor for over 11 years in a secondary school (Ofsted rated ‘Good’), serving as a Parent and Community Governor where he also sits on the Teachers’ Appeals panel.


bscott-pic   Rev Bryan Scott

Bryan comes from a military background with over 25 years’ service in the Royal Air Force which included him living and working aboard in a number of different counties. He only left to answer a call to Baptist ministry. He entered training for the ministry at Bristol Baptist College in 2002 where he gained a B.A. in theology.

Bryan is community minded and to that end he is involved in a number of community activities and sits on a number of boards and committees though out the City of Birmingham which include:

IMB (Independent Monitor Board) HMP Birmingham – The monitoring and inspection of her Majesty’s Prison. Effectively and efficiently three year appointment by the Home Secretary.  Member of Local Residents Association.  Member of Birmingham City Council Schools appeals panel.  Bringing Hope Young People and Gangs initiate (Guns and Knife).  Chairperson Handsworth & District Christian Churches Together.  Chairperson of Local Pastor and Leaders Breakfast Handsworth & Lozells.  Birmingham Multi-Faith Council


Kadiatu Wilson – Parent Governor


Associate Governors (without voting rights)

Dionne Gravesande – Standards & Ethos Committee

Kevin Fearon – Finance, Marketing & Resources Committee

Susan Lawrence – Finance, Marketing & Resources Committee

Brigitta Goff – Finance, Marketing & Resources Committee



Contact can be made through Sue Cooke, our Clerk to the Governors on