Chair of Directors
Mr Griffiths became a Parent Governor at Plantsbrook School in Sutton Coldfield when his eldest child started secondary education. Having Chaired, in turn, both Curriculum and Finance Sub-Committees he was elected Chair of the full Governing Body. He remained in that role when Plantsbrook converted to Academy Status. When Plantsbrook became a MAT in November 2014 he gave up that role and was appointed Chair of Trustees of Plantsbrook Learning Trust, a position he relinquished at the end of the summer term after 24 years, though he remains a Member of the Trust. At various other times he has Chaired two IEBs, been a member of the Birmingham Governor Network Executive Committee and still serves on the Local Authority’s LA Governor selection panel. Mt Griffiths previously Chaired the Local Governing Bodies of both Alston and Wyndcliffe schools within Leigh Trust, though now that both schools are no longer in Special Measures he has given up those positions. He is currently Vice-chair of Directors of Leigh Trust and also a Member of the rust. Mr Griffiths completed the “Chairs Leadership and Development Programme” run by Birmingham under licence from Edgehill College and was formerly a National Leader of Governance. Initially, a Science Teacher, Mr Griffiths changed career in 1983 becoming an Independent Financial Advisor, specialising in Pensions and Investments. Mr Griffiths was previously a Magistrate in Birmingham which he found rewarding and thoroughly enjoyed. He retired in 2009 and now enjoys music, golf, crosswords and holidays abroad.
Vice Chair of Directors
Mrs Raybould started as a Parent Governor at Leigh Primary School over 15 years ago, continuing as a co-opted governor and has been Chair of Leigh Governors for the last 4 years. This is in part due to the fond memories her son has of the school at what was such an important stage in his life and has provided him with a strong ethos for education, travel and social skills. The foundation the school provided him has helped him to obtain a first class degree in International Business Management.
Growing up in Washwood Heath, educated locally and having strong ties in the local community, Mrs Raybould was drawn to the role during her son’s time there because of the school ethos, the schools approach to educating every child, removing barriers to learning. Also the personal development not just for herself but for the staff, volunteers and other schools in the area, the school having good links with the community. This role enables her to give something back to the community and school, whilst supporting the school to provide the same ethos and standards to the children in an ever evolving education arena.
Being part of the Governing body ensures that the provisions made by the school meet individual needs; values difference whilst promoting a culture of dignity and respect within the school and the community. Mrs Raybould is presently a community specialist nurse working with children, young people and adults who have inherited blood conditions (Sickle Cell and Thalassemia) for the past nineteen years.
Her nursing career started in 1984 with qualifications as a general nurse (adults), sick children nurse and health visitor. Working in hospital and community settings with a qualification in clinical teaching. Mrs Raybould has degrees in community health nursing and nursing studies, recently qualifying as a nurse prescriber. Mrs Raybould has a vast amount of experience working with children and young people with a wide range of needs and uses her experience and knowledge to support the well-being of children with varying needs and the safeguarding ethos of the Trust. As a senior nurse she brings skills in management; safer selection and recruitment; research; networking; child care; health and well-being; finance insight (as similar to health education has also had budget restrictions and challenges). Experience working with multi agencies on Safeguarding and Domestic violence committees.
Mr Aikhlaq was initially a Governor on Leigh Primary Schools Governing Body for 14 years, of which he was Chair of Governors for 8 years prior to him becoming the Chair of Leigh Multi Academy Trust in January 2014. He has a shared vision with the Trusts leadership in ensuring that children in the local area are provided with the best educational opportunities possible. He has actively supported schools in Special Measures by either being on their Governing Body or being a member of the Interim Executive Board. During his career he has been a Production Manager at Jaguar Land Rover for over 24 years and has also been the Trade Union representative. This role led him to be a staff representative. He has responsibility for managing a large group of staff from a range of backgrounds as well as being involved in financial aspects of the company. Mr Aikhlaq was previously in office as Local Councillor for Bordesley Green Ward which represented over 20,000 residents. In the May 2018 Local Council elections, he was successfully elected as Councillor for Ward End and he was also elected as Chair for Children’s Social Care responsible for scrutinising children’s trust, safeguarding, SEND, early years and corporate parenting. Previously, Mr Aikhlaq was appointed to the Board of Governors for the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust and was elected as Chair of Corporate Resource and Governance overview scrutiny committee in 2016. In addition to this he has spent many years on various committees. He is a prominent figure in the local community and supports residents with all paperwork related to bereavements and other personal issues. In recognition for his services to education over a substantial period of time he was awarded a MBE in 2017.
Mr Mullan has previously been a Governor at Leigh Primary School for a number of years, also being a member of the Finance and Premises Committee before taking on the role as Director for Leigh Trust in 2014. He was a former pupil of Leigh Primary School as well as his own children being educated at the school. Mr Mullan was born and raised in the local community, Washwood Heath and has very close links with many local businesses and establishments including mosques and Community centres in the area. He holds a Degree in Business Management and has a good understanding of school financial procedures. He has over 10 years employment experience in the Civil Service working in various different departments and roles including DWP, HMRC and the Home Office. His previous job roles include Benefit Officer in DWP, Production Analyst at HMRC and an Asylum Decision Maker in the Home Office. Mr Mullan has a vast amount of experience of managing individuals and teams on various large projects and programmes. He has recently joined West Midlands Police (Police Staff) in a new role dealing with Community Liaison and Community Engagement projects across the Midlands area. His interests and hobbies include Cricket and he is qualified cricket umpire at ECB level, umpiring at both junior and adult games.
Mrs Loxton retired in August 2012 as Head Teacher of a very large inner city primary school in Birmingham. All 800 pupils were of Muslim faith, from a range of different ethnic minority backgrounds with over 95% being English as an Additional Language learners. The Ofsted inspection in early January 2012 graded the school as Good overall, with Outstanding for Leadership and Management. Since 2008 standards improved each year across all three key stages and in 2012 were above national expectations in all areas by the end of key stage 2. Gill has considerable and extensive experience in effectively:
As an educational consultant Mrs Loxton has worked with Trainee Teachers, planned and delivered a development programme for NQTs, undertaken Learning and Teaching reviews in a number of schools, supported Leadership teams in schools facing challenging circumstances, undertaken the role of Challenge Advisor in a number of schools, planned and delivered development programmes for middle leaders and worked as a Consultant Head Teacher.
Mr Ali is passionate and fully committed to nurturing and developing the young people in Birmingham. In his previous roles as a school governor and the founder of Juniors Academy of Birmingham Sports (JABS) B8 FC, he has worked tirelessly to improve the well-being and the performance of local children. In his current role he is responsible for marketing, finance, PR and project management. His emphasis at JABS is on the children learning, playing and enjoying the sport of football, at the same time encouraging a high moral standard by stressing the importance of academic achievement, community involvement and providing help to their team. These pillars can help them become better leaders and individuals. The players will learn how to foster confidence and self-worth that extends beyond the football field, to their school and their community. Mohammed lives locally to all 3 schools within Leigh Trust and is passionate about ensuring that the standards and outcomes for young people continues to improve.
Trust CEO / Accounting Officer & Executive Head Teacher
Mrs Greenwod has worked in Birmingham for over 20 years as a Deputy Head Teacher, Head Teacher, Executive Head Teacher and CEO and has worked in education for over 28 years. She has been a National Leader of Education since 2011 and through this work has carried out a number of Interim Headships for schools either in Special Measures or Requires Improvement. Jointly, with the Deputy CEO, she led one of these schools from Special Measures to Good within 12 months. Mrs Greenwood has supported numerous schools in difficulty with school to school support, which have been commissioned by the local authority and is also a Pupil Premium Reviewer. She is currently sharing the Interim Headship with Deputy CEO of a double Requires Improvement, 3 form entry, inner city Junior School Julie is on the Board for Greet Teaching School Alliance and has supported them with carrying out Teaching and Learning reviews at a number of schools. She was previously on Birmingham’s Primary School Improvement Group and since its formation in 2013, has been a proactive member of the Birmingham Education Partnership (BEP). Most recently, she has been involved in with a team of Head Teachers and Director of BEP to write the latest Strategic School Improvement Fund 2 (SSIF) bid for improving reading across the city.