How is Birmingham Education Partnership governed?

The Board of Directors

The Birmingham Education Partnership Board is comprised of the following people –

  1. Baroness Estelle Morris (Chair)
  2. Pat Smart (Vice Chair)
  3. Richard Gill(Vice Chair)
  4. Tim Boyes (Director)
  5. Christine Mitchell (Director)
  6. Julie Davies (Director)
  7. Andrew Hodge (Director)
  8. Nick Scully (Director)

Birmingham Education Partnership Limited is a registered company by guarantee, registered number: 08945454. As a membership organisation and charity, registered number 1165709 is operates as a not for profit organisation.

Birmingham Education Partnership’s membership is made up of Birmingham’s maintained schools and academies, including free schools who pay a subscription to Birmingham Education Partnership. They appoint two persons as Directors, who are then designated as the Chair and the Vice Chair.

BEP - Estelle Morrise


Baroness Morris of Yardley, the former Secretary of State for Education.

Estelle started her career in education as a teacher in an inner city multiracial comprehensive school where she taught for 18 years. In 1992, she entered Parliament, becoming the Secretary of State for Education and Skills in 2001. She followed this with 2 years as a Minister at the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, and left Parliament in 2005.

Since then, she has combined a career that includes senior posts both in education and the arts, as well as being a member of the House of Lords. She now works at the Institute of Effective Education which aims to transform the relationship between education research and practice so that policy making and teaching can become more evidence based.

She is a trustee of the The National Poetry Archive and chairs the Council at Goldsmiths College, and is also a regular contributor to Guardian Education.

CBEP - Tim BoyesEO

Tim Boyes is the CEO and formerly the first Chair of the Birmingham Education Partnership.

He is an NLE in his 13th year of headship, having led three uniquely challenging schools in Birmingham. He was appointed to Queensbridge School in 2003 when it was in crisis. Today it is graded outstanding, with a track record in innovative curriculum contributing to it being one of the first Character Award winners in 2015. It specialises in visual and performing arts and leadership. Tim was seconded to a local school in crisis for a period of 2.5 years at the request of Local Government. He has also led on the setting up of an alternative provision Free School, serving 14 secondary schools in the south of Birmingham.

Tim has lived and worked in Pakistan and India where he learnt Urdu and Punjabi. He is passionate about sailing, and chairs The Enterprise Sailing Trust.

BEP - Pat SmartVice Chair

Pat Smart, the Executive Head of the Greet Teaching Schools Alliance and current Chair of Birmingham’s Association of Teaching Schools.

Pat Smart currently serves as Vice Chair (Primary) of Birmingham Education Partnership Board and has taught in five separate Local Authorities, in an international school, and in urban and rural schools, including work as an advisory teacher and lead Ofsted inspector.

Pat acts as National Leader of Education with Greet at a National Support School and Teaching School, a member of the HT Reference Group at DfE, and Trustee for Park View Education Trust/CORE Education.

Pat is experienced in school-to-support and leadership of schools in crisis.

Vice Chair

Richard Gill is the Vice Chair of the Birmingham Education Partnership. An NLE, Richard is CEO of the respected Arthur Terry Learning Partnership (ATLP), and the Teaching Schools Council Member for the West Midlands.

Richard is the former joint Headteacher of the outstanding Arthur Terry School, which is consistently the highest performing non-selective secondary school in Sutton Coldfield and Birmingham and is placed in the Top 100 non-selective schools, according to DfE performance tables. It boasts the largest school-based sixth form in the West Midlands.

Prior to joining Arthur Terry School, Richard held a number of leadership positions at schools in Staffordshire.

System Leadership and Innovation Committee (SLIC)

The System Leadership and Innovation Committee is made up of Districts Representatives who are voted onto the committee by the Birmingham Education Partnership members. There are 22 District Reps, made up of ten primary and ten secondary schools, plus a representative for Special schools and one for nursery schools. Their role is to listen to and engage with the views and voices of all school leaders within their District. By doing this they can help share good practice and shape Birmingham Education Partnership’s work of building a school-led collaboration and innovative city wide approach to continuous school improvement. The District Representatives vote for the two Vice Chairs, who sit on the Birmingham Education Partnership Board and so shape Birmingham Education Partnership’s strategic direction.