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Members Of The Corporation


Sir Dexter Hutt, Chairman of the Corporation

Dexter is an experienced leader with a proven track record in education. Under his leadership Ninestiles School was consistently judged outstanding by Ofsted and recognized as one of the country’s most innovative schools.  Dexter has worked with many schools across the country and was also Chief Executive of the Hastings Federation of Schools working on the regeneration of Hastings with East Sussex County Council.  He has presented on leadership and organizational change at many conferences nationally and been a keynote speaker at conferences in Boston, Singapore and Cape Town.

Dexter was appointed in 2004 by the Home Secretary to be a Commissioner for the Commission for Racial Equality (CRE) and held this post until 2008.

In 2004 he was knighted for services to education.

Governor - Pat Carvalho

Pat Carvalho

I have been a senior leader in the FE sector since 2009. Up until this post, my experience has been in London and I am very pleased to be back in Birmingham. Before entering FE, my first career was in the NHS as a medical secretary, before going on to university as a mature student. In both instances, FE was the vehicle that gave me the confidence to take my career forward and in a different direction.

I believe firmly in the FE sector and how the work we do really helps people progress throughout their lives, indeed is transformative. As a member of BMet’s governing body my role is to hold the college up to scrutiny and ensure the senior leadership team is leading the college effectively. I am also a trustee of Harborne Academy and the UCAS Board.


Professor Prue Huddleston

Prue Huddleston is Emeritus Professor and formerly Director of the Centre for Education and Industry, at the University of Warwick; she has a particular interest in the 14-19 curriculum, focusing on vocational education and qualifications and work-related learning; she has published widely on vocational learning and applied pedagogy.  Before joining the University of Warwick she worked for many years within the FE sector, as a teacher and manager, also within community and outreach education.  She has been involved in postgraduate teacher training (FE and secondary) for over 20 years.

She has run programmes of professional development for teachers, trainers and school/college managers as well as for Ofsted (formerly ALI) and Ofqual. She has completed research and evaluation contracts for the Department for Education, Learning and Skills Improvement Service, Qualifications and Curriculum Development Agency, European Commission and British Council.  Her international work includes projects in: China, Hungary, Sweden, Latvia, South Africa, Israel, Spain and Egypt.

She is a member of AQA Research Committee; a member of OCR Qualifications Committee; a member of City and Guilds Quality and Standards Committee; a member of Ofqual Standards Advisory Group and on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Vocational Education and Training.  She is Special Advisor to the Education and Employers Taskforce and acts as an Assessment Specialist for Ofqual.

Recent Publications

Peter Croom

Peter Croom

Peter joined the Corporation in September 2019 having been a co-opted member of the Finance Committee since May 2018. 

Peter is a Chartered Accountant and a director at professional services firm Deloitte in Birmingham and specialises in M&A Transaction Services.  During his  25 year career Peter has developed a broad range of experience across finance, strategy and management.

Peter is married and has two children.  In what time he has free Peter enjoys playing golf and is a keen spectator of rugby and cricket.  

Hilary Smyth-Allen

Hilary Smyth-Allen was appointed Executive Director for BPS Birmingham in 2014, having been an active member of BPS Birmingham Future for over 10 years. She was formerly Director in the Environment business line at global construction consultancy AECOM, during which time Hilary won Birmingham Young Professional of the Year in 2011. During her year as BYPY, Hilary developed and led the Birmingham Future Commission project, which was a joint venture with Warwick Business School investigating the attraction and retention of talent to Birmingham for the BPS sector. This important strategic document continues to inform and drive BPS Birmingham’s work around skills and talent for the city region.

Aside from BPS Birmingham, Hilary continues to practice as a Land Remediation Relief tax consultant for The Fiscal Incentives Group. She is also the Chair of core steering group for the lottery funded “TalentMatch” youth unemployment programme. Hilary is also a board director of CL:AIRE, a charity promoting the sustainable use of land and soils.

College Governer

 Angela Myers

Angela has lived in the midlands for most of her life and worked in education for over 40 years. After teaching in schools in her early career, she moved into the Further Education sector. In 1988 she established and led The Centre for Learning Development, based at Solihull College, which had a key role in placing learning at the heart of what colleges do. Three seminal national conferences entitled “Enhancing the Quality of Learning” were organised by The Centre and provided a platform from which many in the FE sector were stimulated to develop learner centred approaches. From 1995 to 2002 she was Vice Principal responsible for curriculum and quality.

Since 2002 Angela has worked as a consultant with over 100 organisations, mainly colleges, but also community and voluntary organisations and work-based learning providers. Her work centres on helping organisations improve the quality of teaching and learning through a number of innovative strategies. Professional Dialogue, that is now used by many across the education sector as a whole originated in the work by Angela and her team at The Centre for Learning Development. Her work is referenced in a number of publications; also articles on FE written by Angela have been published in the Education Guardian.

Helen Miles

Helen Miles

Helen has been a specialist pensions solicitor for over 25 years, working in the Midlands throughout her career.

Helen has been a partner at global law firms DLA Piper and Squire Patton Boggs. She recently joined leading challenger firm, Gunnercooke, as a partner in their specialist team. Helen deals with all aspects of pensions advice to trustees and corporates, including trust law, regulation, corporate transactions, and disputes.

Helen is Chair of the NHS Pensions Board, appointed by the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care. The NHS Pensions Board is the statutory body responsible for governance of the NHS Pension Scheme.

Memberships and Pensions Industry Highlights
  • Rated as a leading individual for pensions law in the Midlands in Chambers’ Guide to the Legal Profession since 2001, and recognised in the Legal 500 since 2002.
  • Association of Pension Lawyers – member since 1994; Chair of the Midlands Group 2014/15.
  • Expert witness (legal) to the Parliamentary Work & Pensions Select Committee’s Enquiry into the Defined Benefit Pensions White Paper (2018).
  • Acritas “Star” lawyers – listed for 2018, 2019 and 2020 (nominated by clients).
  • Shortlisted for two categories in the Professional Pensions Women in Pensions Awards 2019 (Mentor of the Year and Role Model of the Year).
  • Nottingham University – LLB
  • Nottingham Trent University – Law Society Finals
  • Aston University – Diploma in Psychology
  • Guardian of the Standard of Wrought Plate in Birmingham (member of the governing body of the Birmingham Assay Office) and member of the Appointments and Remuneration Committee of the Birmingham Assay Office.
  • Trustee of the Birmingham Assay Office Pension Scheme (2015 – 2020).

Governor - Christine TolleyChristine Tolley Chartered FCIPD

Christine is an experienced Human Resources Professional ,actively engaged in helping the West Midlands realise it’s full potential and, passionate about helping people become part of a skilled and highly motivated work force. With extensive experience in all areas of Human Resources, including talent management and development, organisational redesign and coaching, Christine is well placed to support the College in its work of helping people to enter the workforce or find a new place within it. Christine is also part of the West Midlands Apprenticeship Ambassador Network, a member of the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Institute of Technology Consortium, Make UK Employment and Skills Board and Birmingham Employment and Skills Board. In 2017 Christine became a fellow of BMet for her contribution to workforce development, particularly in relation to the training and development of our engineering apprentices.

Governor - Alaric Rae

Alaric Rae

Alaric is currently the Deputy Director of External Relations at the University of Birmingham. He joined the University in 2014 as Director of Student recruitment now has responsibility for all aspects of marketing and admissions, widening participation, communications and PR. Prior to this, Alaric spent 5 years working for Pearson PLC in national and global business development leadership roles and a further 5 years working for a vocational exam board and awarding organisation. He has also gained valuable commercial experience working in sales roles within the finance sector.

Alaric gained his PhD in Physical Geography from Coventry University and spent the early part of his career teaching at the University and working as an A-level examiner.

Alaric brings a wealth of educational and commercial experience to the board. His core strengths lie in marketing and communications within an educational context and he has a strong personal interest in widening participation within higher education and the importance of levelling the playing field for students from less advantaged backgrounds.

Afzal Hussain - GovernorAfzal Hussain

Afzal is a regeneration professional having held senior posts in the Community, Local Government and Social Enterprise sectors. He is Chief Officer at Witton Lodge Community Association (WLCA) – a dynamic social business, championing community-led approaches. The Association provides homes and delivers a range of health, employment, skills, and environmental initiatives.

Afzal is Co-founder and Director of West Midlands Urban Community Homes (wMUCH); Executive Member of Birmingham Social Housing Partnership (BSHP); and Centre for the New Midlands (CNM), Homes and Communities Leadership Board member. Afzal maintains a strong interest in local economic development and helped to establish the North Birmingham Economic Recovery Taskforce, and serves on the Advisory Board of the Birmingham Adult Education Service.

Prior to joining WLCA, Afzal held senior regeneration posts in local government including Managing Director of Coventry New Deal for Communities; a flagship government initiative established to address deprivation in challenging neighbourhoods. He also served as Deputy/Interim Chief Executive at Aston Pride NDC with Birmingham City Council.

Sharon Isaacs - GovernorSharon Isaacs

Sharon joined the Corporation in December 2021 and is a member of the Audit Committee.

Sharon has worked in education for over 25 years and is an experienced Senior Manager of partnerships and subcontractor provision in Further Education with a particular expertise in working with local communities, NEET and Adult Learners.

In addition , Sharon is heavily involved in community development work in Birmingham and a member of the Black FE Leadership Group. In her spare time Sharon enjoys involvement netball, golf, cricket and her church activities.

Gary Turton - GovernorGary Turton

Gary is a qualified accountant and has become a lifetime member of ACCA since retiring in 2020.

Having started his career in local government, Gary worked in the education sector for over 30 years, firstly in Higher Education with Aston University as Senior Accountant, then moving on to become Director of Finance with Matthew Boulton College in 1998. He was instrumental in the college’s relocation from the previous Sherlock Street site to the new facility at Jennens Road – a £38 million project completed on-time and in budget. Gary was appointed as Executive Director of Finance at Dudley College in 2008 and helped to develop their town centre learning quarter with financing, planning and construction of three further new facilities. He spent the last year of his working career at King Edward VI Schools in Edgbaston as Head of Finance for the Foundation. Gary has also carried out voluntary roles as Governor for a local junior school, and as Treasurer for the Friends of Priory Park in Dudley.

Gary is married with two adult daughters and enjoys walking, travelling, reading and bird watching.

Roy Priest - GovernorRoy Priest

Based at Birmingham City University, Dr Roy Priest is Head of the Department of Digital Media Technology which is home to the internationally recognised DMT Lab.

An experienced academic leader with expertise in the management of applied computing courses, Roy’s own research centres on graduate employability and in the development of innovative approaches for the enhancement of informal links between industry and universities.


Governor - Peter MorrisonPeter Morrison

Inventor, Entrepreneur

Peter Morrison is a distinguished inventor and multi-award-winning entrepreneur renowned for his creative spirit, innovative solutions, and unwavering commitment to education and environmental sustainability. Highlights of Peter’s journey include winning the prestigious Nesta British Inventor of the Year award, a memorable appearance on the renowned BBC show “Dragon’s Den”, as well as receiving numerous awards. Peter talks to local pupils and students about determination, creativity, a commitment to positive change, and champions the concept that individual passion and ingenuity can have a profound impact on society.

- Governor - Lorain MorrisonLorain Morrison

Lorain Morrison is a seasoned strategic leader with a remarkable track record in the realms of public and private sectors, particularly in the areas of Clinical Governance, Serious Incident investigations, Complex complaint and Claims management, and Legal advisory services.

Lorain’s career spans various leadership roles and she has over 20 years experience in healthcare, governance, and patient safety. Since 2014 Lorain has worked as a Consultant for various National Health Service organisations providing strategic leadership and guidance and mentoring to members of senior management teams. and helping to develop effective quality governance and risk management frameworks in compliance with the Care Quality Commission recommendations.

During her varying roles, Lorain has also dealt with public inquiries, and effectively communicating across departments and government agencies to resolve issues. She has worked with Integrated Care Boards to discuss and present Serious Incident Investigations, and has been a senior point of contact for staff to prepare and support staff attending Coroner Inquest Court hearings.

Outside of her professional life, Lorain enjoys exploring new travel destinations, reading, and actively seeking personal growth opportunities both in her work and social interactions. Her diverse interests underscore her passion for continuous learning and personal development.

Ianthe Wassell - Staff GovernorIanthe Smith, Staff Governor

Ianthe has worked in Adult and Further Education since 1992, initially teaching English at all levels and observing teaching and learning; moving to a joint curriculum/student services and support role in 2005. Ianthe was appointed Director of Student Services for Walsall Council’s Adult Education provision in 2010 and is passionate about removing barriers to education for those from less advantaged backgrounds. She has secured funding for social enterprise in deprived areas and gained recognition from the Learning and Skills Improvement Service for the development and implementation of a Learner Involvement Strategy.

Following a career break to pursue a Masters in Educational Leadership and Management, with research into widening participation for Looked After Children and Care Leavers, Ianthe joined BMet in 2017 as Development and Improvement Manager in Student Services.

Ianthe has enjoyed being a school parent governor in the past and currently enjoys a range of hobbies including choral singing, gardening, travelling, being a rugby spectator, flying and spending time with friends and her growing family.

Governor - David BrooksDavid Brooks, Staff Governor

Dave has been working within the FE sector for 30 years but joined the college back in 2009 after spells at Joseph Chamberlain, Solihull Sixth Form and Stratford upon Avon colleges. He had taught on a range of academic and vocational Creative Arts programmes before a desire to support staff and share good practice led to his appointment within the Quality Team as a specialist Teaching and Learning Coach.

Dave now leads the Post Compulsory Education PGCE and Cert. Ed. teacher training programmes at BMet and enjoys coaching staff to embrace relevant pedagogy to improve the quality of teaching and learning.

Dave’s passion for education is matched by his love of music. He is an active performing and recording musician and enjoys directing professional and community gospel choirs and groups.

Student Governor - Melody FalconMelody Falcon, Student Governor

Melody is studying Level 3 Advanced Manufacturing Engineering, Extended Diploma at James Watt College.



Student Governor - Freya PatrickFreya Patrick, Student Governor

Freya is currently studying A-levels in Law, Psychology, and Religious Studies at Sutton Coldfield College.



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