Ammo Talwar MBE
Chief Executive Officer, Punch Records
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.
Lynne Morris has spent 40 years in education, 30 of them in Senior Leadership. During her career she has served in seven schools; secondary modern, grammar, comprehensives and sixth form colleges. In 1988, after Deputy Headship in a large 11-18 comprehensive school in Walsall, she became Headteacher of Aston Manor School, and in 1997 she was appointed as Principal of Joseph Chamberlain Sixth Form College in Highgate. Under her leadership the college achieved a Grade 1 Ofsted, and won the Queens Anniversary Prize for exceptional contribution to Further and Higher Education.
Lynne is a Life Fellow of the RSA. During her career she served on the National Council of the LSC and was a Board Member of Partnership for Schools. In 2005 she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Birmingham, and in 2006 she received a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for outstanding services to education. She project managed the building of the new £40m campus for Joseph Chamberlain College which won the Prime Minister’s Prize for the Best Public Building in 2009.
In retirement, Lynne has continued with local school governorship and is a long standing Trustee of Birmingham Ethnic and Education Advisory Service (BEEAS).
Professor Monder Ram OBE
Director, CREME Aston University
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
Headteacher of King Edward VI Five Ways School
Yvonne Wilkinson is the first female head of King Edward VI Five Ways School in 132 years - a large outstanding co-educational grammar school in Birmingham and one of the eight King Edward VI Schools. Ms Wilkinson has 12 years’ experience as a head – 9 years previously in two independent schools in Worcestershire and Yorkshire. She was also the first female deputy Head at King Edward VI Five Ways School in 1997-2003, overseeing the transition to co-educational status. Ms Wilkinson has worked for 10 years as an ISI inspector.