Trustees

  • Adrian Packer CBE

    Founder and CEO

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    Adrian co-founded CORE Education Trust in 2015 after taking over Park View Educational Trust as Executive Principal in 2014. He was also Principal of Park View School (now Rockwood Academy) at that time.

    Prior to this, in 2012 Adrian 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, Adrian was part of the founding team of Birmingham Ormiston Academy (BOA), an arts academy partnered with The BRIT School. Adrian 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, film and television industries during that time.

    Adrian is currently a Member of the LIPA (Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts) Council and Director and Governor of the LIPA 6th Form, having previously advised on the setting up of the LIPA Primary School.

    Adrian is an independent non-executive Director of ukactive and the Chair of ukactive Kids Council.

    In 2018 Adrian created Echo Eternal, a commemorative arts education project delivered on behalf of the UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation (UKHMF). The project brings together groups of schools with different characteristics and uses survivor testimony to raise awareness of genocide whilst inspiring positive civic action. In 2019, he was awarded a Points of Light Award from the Prime Minister for this project.

  • Ammo Talwar MBE

    Chair of Board of Trustees

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    Ammo 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.  Ammo'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, Ammo was awarded an MBE for his services to music and young people.  Ammo is a co-founding Member, Trustee and Chair of the Board of Trustees of CORE Education Trust.

  • Andy Argyle

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    Andy 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.

  • Geremy Sagoe

  • Laura Thursfield

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    Laura is an FCA-authorised Independent Financial Adviser at Mazars LLP. Laura is responsible for Midlands-based clients and has experience advising a wide range of private clients, from senior partners, directors and business owners through to independently wealthy individuals. As Birmingham Young Professional of the Year 2018, Laura acted as an national ambassador for Birmingham and is committed to improving the financial literacy of the city, in particular working alongside schools to develop key skills and self-development opportunities. Alongside studying her Executive MBA at Aston Business School, Laura participates in numerous initiatives to support young people, all contributing towards the goal of creating a supportive environment in which all who live and work in the region can thrive.

  • Michelle Wang

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    Michelle works as a solicitor at Loynton and Co. Solicitors in Birmingham, and is a member of the Law Society. She came to the UK at a young age as an international student and says she received the best education in the UK, ultimately qualifying as a UK solicitor. During her education she says she received tremendous support from teachers and realised the importance of education, and how it can make a real difference to young people.

    As a lawyer, her expertise covers areas of real estate, commercial and personal property investment, commercial acquisition and restructuring, dealing with issues of structure, design, business negotiation and project management. Michelle has always wanted to make a contribution to education and her local community and she is keen to utilise her legal expertise and experience in decision-making for the interests of CORE Education Trust's school communities.

  • Professor Monder Ram OBE

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    Monder is the Director of Centre for Research in Ethnic Minority Entrepreneurship (CREME), Co-Director of the Enterprise and Diversity Alliance (EDA) and Director of the Enterprise and Diversity Cluster based in the Business School at the University of Birmingham. Monder has extensive experience of working in, researching and acting as a consultant to small and ethnic minority businesses. Monder is a leading authority on small business and ethnic minority entrepreneurship research and has published widely on the subject. Monder regularly speaks at conferences across the world on the importance and value of ethnic minority businesses and has also advised Government on this. Monder is responsible for initiating the annual Ethnic Minority Business Conference in 1998, which has developed into the most important event in the calendar for disseminating policy and research on ethnic minority firms. Monder has held visiting positions at the Industrial Relations Research Unit at Warwick University, and the Herbert Felix Visiting Professor at Lund University in Sweden. Monder was named as one of the country’s most influential Asians by the Institute of Asian Professionals and was awarded an OBE in the 2004 New Year Honours List for his services to black and ethnic minority businesses.

  • Tom Gibbins

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    Tom is currently the Head of Children, Young People and Education at the Lawn Tennis Association and Tennis Foundation. He is also a serving governor at a primary school in the Midlands. He has extensive experience of partnership working with a range of providers including the DfE. Tom also has a background in business development and event management, and has spent the last ten years working in a range of Education roles within the Tennis Foundation and Lawn Tennis Association. Tom is passionate about the four core values of CORE Education Trust and hopes he will be able to utilise the experience he has gained in his professional career to help the trust, its schools and its pupils to be successful.