Trustees

  • Adrian Packer CBE

    Founder and CEO

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    Adrian Packer founded CORE Education Trust in 2015. Immediately prior to this, he was Executive Principal of Park View Educational Trust and 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, film and television industries during that time.

    Mr Packer 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. He is also a Governor of the City of Birmingham School, the largest PRU in the country. Nationally, he is an independent non-executive Director of ukactive and the Chair of the ukactive Kids Council.

    In 2018 Mr Packer 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, Mr Packer was awarded a Points of Light Award from the Prime Minister for this project.

    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 Trustees

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    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, Trustee and Chair of the Board of Trustees of CORE Education Trust.

  • Andy Argyle

    with responsibility for Opportunity CORE Value

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    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.

  • 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. She is keen to become a Trustee with CORE as she 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 our school communities. She hopes that CORE Education Trust will benefit from her range of professional knowledge as a commercial lawyer.

  • Professor Monder Ram OBE

    Director, CREME Aston University

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    Professor Monder Ram 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. He has extensive experience of working in, researching and acting as a consultant to small and ethnic minority businesses. He is a leading authority on small business and ethnic minority entrepreneurship research and has published widely on the subject. He 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. He 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.

    Twitter: @monderram @CREMEatAston

    Website: https://www2.aston.ac.uk/aston-business-school/research/research-centres/CREME/about/index

  • Razia Ali

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    Razia is the Headteacher at Wyndcliffe Primary School in Birmingham, and describes herself as having the four values of CORE : Collaboration, Opportunity, Respect and Excellence at the heart of her professional practice. Razia has previously worked at Nansen Primary School.

    In her role as a school governor, she has previously been involved in the Echo Eternal project at Nelson Mandela School and is keen to join CORE as a Trustee as she feels it is an organisation that provides so many opportunities for the different communities it serves.

    Razia has extensive experience of school systems, having worked in education for the last eighteen years in a variety of leadership roles. She has also been part of a number of Governing Bodies throughout her career to date. Razia enjoys the daily challenges of her role as Head Teacher, and would like the opportunity of being a Trustee at CORE to enable her to share what she has learnt from her own experience in moving a school from ‘Special Measures’ to ‘Good with elements of Outstanding’, and to learn from the good practice already in place at the schools within the CORE network.

  • 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 keen to become a Trustee with CORE because he is passionate about the four core values of the 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.