Adrian Packer CBE
Founder and CEO
Adrian Packer CBE is the founder and CEO of CORE Education Trust. He took over as Executive Principal of Park View Educational Trust (PVET) and Interim Principal of Park View School in September 2014 and guided the schools in that Trust to a successful turnaround by March 2016. In 2012, Mr Packer was the founding Principal of Everton Alternative Provision Free School and 6th Form College, the first Free School set up by a Premier League football club. From 2010, Mr Packer was an Executive Director and part of the founding team of Birmingham Ormiston Academy (BOA), an arts academy partnered with The BRIT School. Mr Packer was a senior Artistic Director at the BRIT School for 12 years and taught some of the country’s highest profile, award-winning talent in the music, theatre and television industries.
Mr Packer is a Member of the LIPA (Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts) Council and Director and Governor of the LIPA 6th Form. He is Governor of the City of Birmingham School. Nationally, he is an independent non-executive Director of ukactive and a member of the UK Advisory Council of the Creative Industries Federation.
Mr Packer was awarded a CBE in the 2017 Queen's Birthday Honours for his services to education.
Ammo Talwar MBE
Chair of Board of Directors
Ammo Talwar is the founder of Punch, a dedicated music and arts agency. He has become a recognised arts champion, pioneering work with young people and artists nationally. Mr Talwar’s drive to promote young people as champions has led to major interventions within government agencies, schools and the third sector. He is the current chair of Black Routes – a national touring network for contemporary music, the governor of Birmingham Ormiston academy and the director of Creative Alliance. In 2008, he was awarded an MBE for his services to music and young people. Ammo is a co-founding Member, Director and Chair of the Board of Directors of CORE Education Trust.
with responsibility for Opportunity CORE Value
Andy Argyle is KPMG’s Head of Midlands Devolved Government and Infrastructure. He leads KPMG’s regional engagement with the West Midlands Combined Authority. Andy is a member of the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce Council informing its decisions around skills, transport infrastructure and its relationship with the LEP. A fluent German speaker he previously led KPMG’s Transaction Services business in the Midlands and has extensive experience of heading up large complex projects such as KPMG’s work for Ford on the disposal of Aston Martin and Jaguar Land Rover. Andy also heads KPMG’s Midlands CSR activity with a focus on social mobility and access to careers in the professional services sector.
Vice-Chair of Board of Directors with responsibility for Collaboration CORE Value
Sabina has been successfully practising law in Birmingham since qualifying as a Solicitor in 2005. In 2011 Sabina set up, in partnership, a private law practice in Birmingham. Sabina is a keen Advocate and represents and advises clients in immigration, nationality, asylum, human rights and family Law at a national level.
Instrumental in the setting up of CORE Education Trust, Sabina ensured CORE developed its "Local Solution" strategy. She is now the Director for Collaboration and continues to champion parental engagement and oversee CORE's community programmes.