Adrian Packer CBE
Founder and CEO
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.
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
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.
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.
with responsibility for Respect CORE Value
Vice-Chair of Board of Trustees 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 Trustee for Collaboration and continues to champion parental engagement and oversee CORE's community programmes.