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Directors Profile

Dr Cheron Byfield: Founder

Dr Byfield, the founder of King Solomon International Business School, listed in the Powerful Media Powerlist,  is a visionary, trailblazer, transformational leader, author and co-founder of the educational charity Excell3. 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  has over 20 years business experience and has worked as a Business Advisor (supporting 100’s of people to start, expand and diversify their own businesses) an Enterprise Training Manager, Business Studies and Management Lecturer, Director of an Enterprise Agency and as a  Head of a university Enterprise and Careers Department.

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 Byfied was voted by Keep the Faith Magazine as one of the top ten most influential Black Christian Women in England and is featured in Powerful Media’s 2018 Powerlist as being among the top 100 most influential Black people 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’ and has been invited on several occasions to meet with Prime Ministers.

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

Jaz Boora

Mr Boora, a practicing Christian, brings to the Board of Directors a wealth of professional experience within a multi-disciplinary context. He has worked extensively with children, young people, adults and families for decades as a Senior Youth worker, Youth Offending Case Manager, Preventing Violent Extremism Officer and Team Leader (mental health, LD and Complex needs) in various sectors including the private, public and voluntary sectors.  Mr Boora has extensive expertise in  issues on radicalisation, terrorism and counter-terrorism. He has lectured on undergraduate crime and security studies degree programmes, trained a number of professionals, delivered many speeches at conferences and on sky TV, been involved in a documentary, written a number of published articles, hosted a number of his own conferences/events involving contributors from leading academia, researchers, professionals and practitioners, trained a range of professionals and is the author of an independent research book entitled ‘Safeguarding from Extremism; a New Approach Post 7/7’, published in 2015 with the 2nd edition due late 2019/2020. He is currently completing his Master’s Degree in Terrorism, Crime and Global Security.

Mr Clive Bailey - BA FISM

Clive, has been a school governor for over 15 years in a secondary school (Ofsted rated ‘Good’), initially serving as a Parent and Community Governor and on various committees including the Teachers Appeals Panel. Currently he serves as a Vice Chair of a Multi Academy Trust encompassing of seven academies where he has also served as Chair. He is also a co-founder and Director of Excell3, a national educational charity and a Sales Director in industry with vast experience in developing key markets, strategic planning and tactical acumen, and 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. 

Mrs Carol Brown MSc FCIPD: Co-Chair

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.

Winston Weir - CIPFA

Winston Weir is a CIPFA qualified accountant with over 20 years post qualification experience. Winston has in the recent past served on a number of school governing bodies as chair of Finance & Staffing committees. He is a devoted Christian, committed to the support and welfare of children and older people. He is trustee of a Christian charity, which supports the welfare, and education of children in Zimbabwe. Winston is a non-executive treasurer of Nehemiah Churches Housing Association.

 Winston is an experienced NHS Director of Finance having established himself working in London & South East England. He has extensive public sector experience in particular Health & Social Care.  Winston is self-employed and specialises more recently in cost improvement and efficiency projects in a Healthcare setting.

 Winston is married with two children who are at University. His parents are from the Windrush generation, who settled in Birmingham, where he was born and was schooled at King Edwards Handsworth Grammar School for Boys.

Brett Jim

Brett Jim, has a high degree commitment to achieving the vision for King Solomon International Business School.  Brett, the parent of a Year 7 student at King Solomon, is a practicing Christian.  He has 15 years of experience as a Lecturer in Further Education and is currently working as a Head of a college Campus where he frequently carries out lesson observations and provide feedback and training to staff. He is also an Internal Quality Assurer for his department, carries out reviews and analysis of curriculum data to facilitate quality improvements in attendance, progress and target setting.

Samantha Mian - Parent Governor

Samantha is one of our parent Directors. She is a qualified EAL teacher and is working in a local Secondary school as a support teacher for children whose first language is not English. The students she works with come from a variety of cultures and backgrounds.

As a parent of children who attend King Solomon she is committed to the school, the vision and all children of the school.

Hazel Pulley: Co-Chair

Chief Executive Officer and Accounting Officer of Excelsior Multi Academy Trust.  Previously to this was a Headteacher of 5 schools during 26 years of headship. During this time was an NLE, SIP and was an Ofsted Inspector practising in the West Midlands. All of her schools have been in deprived areas of England and she has always endeavoured to provide an excellent educational setting for disadvantaged children. Winning the 2015 National Pupil Premium Award for KS2 was a tremendous accreditation for all who have worked hard at their lead school - Parkfield Community School and for the vibrant, diverse and extremely deprived community in which the school is placed.

Professor Allan Howells  PhD, FBIS. 

Allan works at the Derby University as the Associate Pro Vice Chancellor Quality. Allan has previously held senior management positions in three Universities and has extensive experience of school governance.  Allan offers a wide range of skills and experience. He has managed corporate governance at two universities, developed risk and performance management and reporting, and has inducted and trained governors. He has also managed HR, and Marketing & PR and communications teams, so has a strong understanding of activities within these spheres, sufficient to be able to plan, support and challenge and the leadership within the MAT, particularly whilst the MAT establishes itself. He has experience of developing and managing significant budgets (seven figure) and has delivered transformational projects across organisations, including those where there has been the need to realign resources. He has led and managed teams across multi-sites (campuses). 

Allan is currently the Chair of Empower Multi Academy Trust, which comprises of 8 schools based in Shropshire.

 Ian Yeadon

Current Head of In-Life Services at BT. He has a background in delivering IT solutions. Ian is a service focused individual with a strong track record for driving business change and establishing and developing IT solutions and processes to improve service levels to meet the end customer business needs. He is motivated by working in environments where his natural leadership skills and experience allow him to make a real difference. Ian’s professional background covers most disciplines in the delivery of professional IT business services.  He has over 30 years’ experience in stakeholder / relationship management, project and programme management, solutions and process development and people management. He has been a school governor for 20 years and is currently Chair of Governors at a primary school. He has experience of working with Trusts who are on an improving journey, creating solid foundations for the schools and pupils to reach their full potential. He understands governance and accountability and how to use data for knowledge-based challenge.

 James Lynas

James has 25 years’ experience as an Employment & Governance lawyer and in voluntary leadership roles in the public, charitable, and voluntary sectors focused on education and safeguarding children.  He runs his own business. He is a recommended lawyer in the Legal 500 directory specifically for education work and has written for education publications including Schools Week. He has extensive experience of working with maintained, academy and private sectors as well as large, medium and small multi-academy trusts in both primary and secondary phases and several Diocesan Boards of Education on strategic HR issues. James’ professional experience is augmented by his experience in public life. He was a City Councilor, governor of a Catholic Secondary School and community Junior School in his hometown of Coventry. In London he has been a Trustee of the Mildmay Community Partnership and served as Chair of Governors at Highbury Fields Secondary School He is currently a Governor of the Royal Hospital School.

Nigel Oram

Nigel  is currently Head Teacher of Harper Bell Seventh-day Adventist primary and has been in post since September 2016. Harper Bell serves a majority African-Caribbean community but through is Christian values has seen it become increasingly popular with families of other faiths and ethnicity groups. Since 2019 has sat as a director on the board of Birmingham Diocese Multi Academy Trust and has sought to support the trusts recent initiative in developing their school’s curriculum, to better reflect the diversity of modern Britain. Is a member of the New Testament Church of God and has the privilege of sitting on the Church and Pastor’s Council. Is a total believer in the transformative power of education and through his roles, and his aim is for children and young people to be both inspired and aspire to ‘greatness’ in all its forms.

Dr Christopher Mansell

Christopher is the CEO of Birmingham Diocesan Multi-Academy Trust. Prior to this, he had been Headteacher of 4 schools during a period of 17 years in Derby City, Derbyshire and

was awarded a doctorate from the University of Nottingham (thesis: examining the relationships that headteachers experience with their sponsor academy trusts).

Associate Members 

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 world.

 Dionne Gravesande - Scrutiny Committee

Dionne Gravesande is Head of Church Advocacy at Christian Aid, the official development agency of 41 sponsoring churches in Britain and Ireland.  Dionne has over 25 years of experience working with the Church in the UK and across the global, and continues her work in the community through her governance roles in both secondary and primary schools as well serving on several national charity bodies.

Marlene Douglas - B'Ed hons, M'Ed, NPQH (Advisor without voting rights)

Marlene Douglas is a headteacher with over 15 years leadership experience and is currently serving as Head Teacher of a primary school. Marlene started her career in Birmingham and has worked in a range of primary schools in predominantly socially deprived areas. She has considerable experience of Ofsted and has successfully turned around a school in a category to receive a good rating with outstanding in some areas.

Developing her career as Deputy Head Teacher and then as head teacher in a large primary school in Birmingham she had responsibility for raising assessment and achievement and this has been a continuing thread to her career. Marlene also has expertise in analysing data, curriculum development and safeguarding. 


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Governance Structure


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Board of Directors Remit

The key powers of the Board are set out in Article 5 of the Articles of Association of King Solomon, and the following is based directly on the points set out in that Article. The Board is a strategic body and as such is concerned with the overall objectives and management of King Solomon. It should not be involved in every detail of every decision. The Board must direct King Solomon ‘affairs in such a way as to promote its objects and is responsible for the strategic management, direction and overall control of King Solomon. The functions of the Board include: defining and ensuring compliance with the values and objectives of the company and establishing policies and plans to achieve those objectives; approving each year’s budget and accounts before publication; establishing and overseeing a framework of delegation of its powers to Committees and employees under Article 105 with proper systems of control; keep under review the funding agreement, and ensure compliance; monitoring King Solomon’ performance in relation to its plans, budget controls and decisions; appointing (and if necessary removing) Senior Officers; satisfying itself that King Solomon’ affairs are conducted in accordance with generally accepted standards of performance and propriety; and taking appropriate advice on the items listed in Articles 5 and in particular on matters of legal compliance and financial viability.

Finance, Audit, Risk and Resources Committee Remit 

Chairperson: Winston Weir

This committee has delegated powers from the Full Governing Body to deal with all financial, buildings, IT, other school resources, and admissions and marketing matters on behalf of the Governing Body. On finances, this committee is expected to ensure that the school operates within all appropriate Financial Regulations, to help the school to maximise ethical income opportunities and to set the terms for prudent expenditure. The resources remit of this committee is concerned with the maintenance and use of premises, grounds, infrastructure (such as IT, catering), school transport and extended school facilities. It should act on behalf of the Governing Body in all issues relating to accommodation, grounds, caretaking, cleaning, decorating, maintenance and community use. It will monitor efficient use of resources and utilities maintaining an overview of costs and lettings policy of premises. Risk Assessment and Health and Safety issues also fall within this remit. The admissions and marketing role of this committee is to develop the profile of King Solomon in the community, to encourage pupil applications and oversee the admissions process. This will also involve making partnerships with other organisations, making King Solomon an effective educational resource at the heart of the Birmingham.  This committee is also responsible for ensuring that the vision and Christian ethos of the school is effectively embedded into all areas of the school.

Scrutiny Committee

Chairperson: Nigel Oram

This Committee has been established to drive rapid and sustained progress in the school. The Committee will ensure that good practice is effectively embedded into the school, holding the senior leaders to account and monitoring the schools Post Ofsted Action Plan, ensuring it has clear actions, timescales, success driven criteria, and responsibilities covering the main areas for improvement which have been agreed.

International Business and Faith Committee

Chairperson: Clive Bailey

This committee has been established to oversee, monitor and provide support and challenge to the school on the implementation of the curriculum vision strands for: Character Development, Christian Distinctiveness and  International Business.


For more information or to make contact with our Board of Directors, please contact our Clerk to the Governors at

Directors (2020-2021)

Directors serving since the last academic year

Who appointed them

Term of Office

Business and Pecuniary Interests

Attendance at Board & Committee Meetings

Clive Bailey

Excell3 Ltd

06.06.2018 -05.06.2022

Director at Washwood Heath Academy

13 of 15

Carol Brown


06.06.2018 -05.06.2022


12 of 12

Cheron Byfield



01. 09..2018 -31.08.2022

Director at Excell3 Ltd. and Excell3 Enterprises

7 of 7

Jaz Boora


21.11.2018 -20.11.2022



8 of 11

Samantha Mian


Parent body


Directorship at My Smart Learning Ltd

9 of 11

Mark Yeadon



01.09.2019 - 01.09.2023

 Yeadon IP Limited -Chartered and European Patent Attorney

8 of 8

Winston Weir


01.9.2020 -


Non-Executive Treasurer at Nehemiah Churches Housing Association

 12 of 12

 Brett Jimm

Parent body

4.03.2021 -


 Head of Bromsgrove Campus -Engineering & Automotive- Heart of Worcestershire College

 5 of 5

Hazel Pulley

Co-opted onto Board

19.04.2021 -18.4.2025

CEO/Trustee -Excelsior MAT

 3 of 4

Professor Allan Howells


19.04.2021 -18.4.2025

Director - Empower Multi Academy Trust and Chair of Trustees

 4 of 5

Ian Yeadon


19.04.2021 -18.4.2025

Director-Elecserv Electrical Wholesale Ltd

Trustee -Severn Bridges Multi Academy Trust

Governor -Hodnet Primary School

 5 of 5

James Lynas


19.04.2021 -18.4.2025

Governor- Royal Hospital School

 3 of 5

Nigel Oram

Co-opted onto Board

19.04.2021 -18.4.2025

 Head teacher Harper Bell Seventh-day Adventist school

Birmingham Diocese Multi Academy Trust  - DORCAS

 2 of 3

Dr Christopher Mansell

Co-opted onto Board

19.04.2021 -18.4.2025

Director-Birmingham Diocesan MAT

Trustee - Nishkam School MAT

 4 of 4

Ingrid Abrahams - Accounting Officer Appointed January 2020