Valerie Allen

Co-Chair

I have worked for Birmingham LA as a teacher and then City Learning Centre (CLC) Manager for 37 years. The CLC was linked to Balaam Wood School, which is how my association with this school began. I have been able to take on more Governor duties since I retired and am proud to now be Co-Chair. I am very lucky to have a fantastic team of governors to work with. I also look after a growing number of grandchildren. I am a Yoga teacher and also enjoy reading and travelling.

Lynda Roan

Co-Chair / Safeguarding Governor

I started my career as a secondary school teacher in Birmingham over forty years ago, before becoming a Headteacher and a National Leader of Education. I became a Trustee of the King Edward VI Academy Trust Board in 2019 when Balaam Wood joined the Trust. I am also Vice Chair of Governors at a Special School. In my spare time I enjoy travelling, walking, Trefoil Guild and supporting a youth group as Vice Chair of the General Council. I hope my skills and knowledge will help support the strategic development of the school.

Miss J Quinn

I started teaching in Balaam Wood School in 2004. I am the faculty leader of the Physical Science faculty. I sit on the Governing body as the Staff representative. In that time I have been a member of the Teaching and Learning committee and in recent months have joined the Premises and Finance committee to further my understanding of the role of the Governing body. In my spare time I enjoy reading, socialising, cycling and returning home to Ireland to visit my family.

Ann Bowden

I have been a school governor in Primary and Secondary schools for 28 years because I am passionate about children and their education. I work as a Lab Technician in a Secondary school so I am very familiar with the day to day life of a school and love the opportunity it gives me to get know the pupils as well as the staff. In my spare time I play the piano, working towards Grade 8, and I enjoy crafts, knitting and sewing.

Elizabeth Wills

David Wheeldon

I have been involved in education for over forty years, sixteen of which I was Head in two secondary schools (one in Cheshire and one in Birmingham). I joined the K E Balaam Wood Governing Body when the School joined the King Edward VI Trust in September 2019. I am also a member of the Academy Trust Board ( Vice Chair) and Chair the Curriculum, Standards and Welfare Committee. I am on the King Edward VI Foundation Board, as well as Chair of Governors of King Edward VI Handsworth School for Girls.

Erica Conway

My mum was a teacher and because of her I appreciate the difference education can make. In support of this I have been a school governor for many years in Birmingham and at Balaam Wood since 2019. I am an accountant by day and try to bring this and other experiences to my role as a governor. I also enjoy films, books and knitting.

Gabriella Kent

Kevin Williams

I joined the Governing Body at Balaam Wood Academy in 2019. I have worked as a Chemistry teacher at a local secondary school since 2012, and have served as a staff Governor there since 2016. Prior to my career as a teacher, I worked as a research scientist at The University of Birmingham for the best part of a decade. I am passionate about delivering the best possible educational experience for all pupils as I know first hand how transformative the power of education can be to a young person’s life. In my spare time I enjoy reading, socialising, walking, and trying to learn Irish.

Saiqa Liaqat

Daniel Green

I have been a governor in schools since 2018, and joined Balaam Wood Academy Governing Body in 2021. My background is in education. I started my career as a primary school teacher here in Birmingham before teaching at a school in the Netherlands. I currently work at the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education, working with employers and awarding bodies on the development of apprenticeships and T Level qualifications. I hope my experience across the education sector can support the development of the school in the coming years. In my spare time I enjoy reading and travelling.

Joleyn Barnes

Marcus Bernard

I joined the Governing Body at Balaam Wood Academy in 2021 and I am currently Director of a national STEM education charity. Prior to this I was Deputy Headteacher in a secondary school and taught science in a number of schools across Birmingham and the West Midlands. I am passionate about providing meaning opportunities for students, particularly those from a disadvantaged background, both in the classroom and beyond. I have recently started learning how to fly in the hope of gaining a private pilot’s license.

Jonathan Foster-Agg 

Harmandeep Singh Barech



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