Our Team.

Rethinking education,
helping tomorrow’s minds flourish

Our aim is to create a space for you to do the best work you’ve ever done as an educator; a School where every member of our community can truly flourish. We are fortunate to have a team of inspiring staff, who are brought together by our mission to make real progress every day to build better communities, and a better world.

Senior Leadership Team

Mr Michael Roden


Mike is a geography graduate from the University of Manchester. He was the first person in his family to go University and when he graduated, inspired by his own teachers, he was inspired to become a teacher himself. He has held Senior Leadership roles since 1995 and was appointed to his first Headship in 2008 at King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Boys in Birmingham. Mike took up his position in April 2014 as Principal of the University of Birmingham School.

Mrs Rebecca Tigue

Head of School

Becca started her teaching career in Liverpool after previously working in corporate hospitality and marketing. She has had leadership roles in several schools around the country and is currently Head of School with particular responsibility for Enrichment and Character Education at the University of Birmingham School. She is a graduate of the University of Liverpool, and completed her PGCE at the University of Birmingham.

Mr Mark Stow

Vice Principal

Mark joined the School in 2017 from Turves Green Boys’ School where he was Assistant Head Teacher, looking after assessment, progress and curriculum. Prior to that, he was head of science at Chipping Sodbury School. He graduated from the University of Warwick and completed his PGCE at the University of Bristol.

Mrs Kara Griffiths

Director of Operations

Kara is a graduate of the University of Birmingham, and returned to the University to work in the communications department in 2013. In the intervening years, she trained as a journalist at City University in London and worked as a local journalist before moving into public relations to work in the civil service. She joined the School in 2016.

Ms Kate Campbell

Assistant Vice Principal

Prior to joining the School, Kate worked as the SENCO at New College in Worcester. She holds a Masters from Keele University and an undergraduate degree from the University of Birmingham. She joined the School upon its opening as Assistant Vice Principal and is also a qualified teacher of the visually impaired and has a vast amount of experience working with children and young people with a wide variety of needs.

Mrs Gemma Walker

Assistant Vice Principal

Gemma joined the School from Windsor High School where she was Head of Year 13 and Deputy Faculty Director for Social Science. She was responsible for all Year 13 students and their pastoral support, including supporting them through the transition to the next stages of their lives, be it higher education, training or employment. She graduated from the University of Birmingham where she also completed her PGCE.

Teaching Staff


Miss J Quinn

Subject Leader

Miss L Saunders


Dr C Bownes

Subject Leader

Miss S Davies

Dr Z Khan

Mr W Yousaf


Mr D Ashmore

Subject Leader

Miss S Heath

Mr J Connell


Mr A Hamflett

Subject Leader

Mrs J Sultana

Design Technology

Mr D Walji

Subject Leader

Mr A Herbert


Mrs S Barrington

Subject Leader

Miss B Court

Mrs E Deegan

Miss K Lockett

Mr S Washbrook


Miss R Till

Subject Leader

Miss C Exton


Mr J Ward

Subject Leader

Miss E Connolly


Miss C Haley

Subject Leader

Miss G Isbell

Miss L Smith


Mr I Taylor

Subject Leader

Mrs H Watson

Second in Mathematics

Mr T Barr

Mr D Clark

Miss S Cohen

Mr R Jhalli

Ms G Pritty


Ms A Argyropulo-Palmer

Subject Leader (Maternity)

Mr D Norris

Acting Subject Leader

Miss H Edge

Physical Education

Miss H Stemp

Subject Leader

Mr J Bennett

Mr A Wake

Mr D Miller

Sports and Enrichment Coach


Miss D Cross

Subject Leader

Mr R Britton

Mr G Derham

Religious Studies

Ms E Ellis Bryant

Subject Leader

Miss H Moore

Professional Services Staff

A Cosimetti

PA to the Principal

N Howard

Exams, Data & Admissions Officer

D Batten

Reception & Family Liaison Officer

S Mason-Burns

School Services Assistant

R Haslam

School Business Manager

A Proudman

Finance & HR Officer

J Gremshi

Admissions, Attendance & Inclusion Officer

A Leonard

PA to Head of School

L Dwyer

Sixth Form Manager

S Drubhra

Pastoral & Progress Manager

E Tilston

Pastoral & Progress Manager

N Hanson

Enrichment Officer

B Conroy

SEN & Inclusion Manager

O Ogungbe

Learning Coach

V Drakopanagiotaki

Learning Coach

L Beddow

Learning Coach

H Stacey

Library and Learning Manager

M Barton

Library and Learning Officer

A Evans

School & University Relationship Officer

A Deva

External Relations Officer

C Harhen

Targeted Learning Assistant

C Hirst

Targeted Learning Assistant

E Whiteside

Targeted Learning Assistant

B Howard

Targeted Learning Assistant

K Cooper

Facilities Manager

D Thomas

Building Services Coordinator

K Faulkner


V Pell


S Brooks


A Evans

DT Technician

A Perkins

PE Technician

S Giles

Technician Team Leader

Our Governors

Dr Chris Banks CBE

Chair of Governors and Chair of Resources Committee

Dr Chris Banks is an alumnus and graduate of the University of Birmingham, where he was also previously Deputy Pro-Chancellor of Council. Chris has a longstanding interest in education, employment and public services, and is independent chair of the Board of the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA). He formerly served as the Chair of the Learning and Skills Council, the organisation responsible for post-16 education and training in England and has spent his career working at Mars, Bulmers, Allied Domecq and Grand Metropolitan before becoming Managing Director of Coca-Cola Great Britain. He has now established his own leading edge food and drink business, Big Thoughts. He was awarded a CBE in 2003 for services to young people and the unemployed.

Professor Julie Allan

Prof Julie Allan is Head of the School of Education and Professor of Equity and Inclusion at the University of Birmingham. Her work encompasses inclusive education, disability studies and children’s rights and she has a particular interest in educational theory and the insights offered through poststructural and social capital analyses. Julie has been advisor to the Scottish Parliament, the Welsh Assembly and the Dutch and Queensland Governments and has worked extensively with the Council of Europe.

Professor James Arthur

Chair of Teaching and Learning Committee

Prof James Arthur is Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Staffing and Professor of Education and Civic Engagement at the University of Birmingham. He is Director of the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues which has created a bespoke programme of character education for the School. He is the leading academic in the UK on character education, and on policy entrepreneurship in education. He previously directed the Learning for Life project which completed the largest UK-based study into issues surrounding character development, looking at over 70,000 responses from young people aged 3-25.

Professor Saul Becker

Prof Saul Becker is Pro-Vice-Chancellor at the University of Birmingham, Head of the College of Social Sciences, and a member of the University Executive Board. In his PVC role he is responsible for the leadership and management of all portfolios in a College with nearly 900 staff and nearly 10,000 students spread across four Schools (Government and Society, Social Policy, Education, and Birmingham Business School). He has University-wide thematic responsibilities that include leading on Civic Engagement; Brexit Planning; and ‘Engagement for Impact’. Saul is an active researcher and passionate advocate for public engagement, with over 50 externally funded research projects as Principal Investigator (total value £2.5m); 330 publications (including 18 books); and over 210 conference papers most as invited keynote speaker. He is regarded as the world leader for research on ‘young carers’ – children who provide (unpaid) care to ill, disabled and other family members. Saul is also a qualified and registered Social Worker.

Ms Eleanor Ellis Bryant

Eleanor Ellis Bryant is currently the subject leader for religious studies, and associate senior leader at University of Birmingham School. She graduated from the University or Birmingham and also holds a Masters degree from the institution. She is passionate about nurturing and developing character virtues in young people and through her recent appointment as associate senior leader, will use this passion to develop and advance the character education programme through the school’s personal learning and development (PLAD) programme.

Mr David Davies OBE

David Davies spent more than twenty years as a correspondent and presenter with BBC Television and is a former Executive Director of The Football Association (FA). He was also BBC Television’s Education Correspondent between 1986 and 1989 and is passionate about education’s capacity to change lives at home and abroad. David joined The FA in 1994 as its first Director of Public Affairs, and rose to become The FA’s Executive Director with responsibility for international relations. He now travels widely, advising sporting organisations and others on communications and corporate governance. David broadcasts regularly on radio and television, and contributes to newspapers and magazines. He was awarded an OBE for services to sport in 2006 and became a member of the University of Birmingham Council in 2011.

Ms Michele Deeks

Chair of Pastoral Committee

Michele Deeks is a chartered and registered psychologist and founding director of her own company, Work Positive which provides businesses with support to ensure their people flourish. Helping people to flourish is something Michele feels passionate about, and she has the knowledge, skills and experience to apply business psychology and positive psychology to a wide range of situations to bring the best out of people and organisations.

Dr Julie Gilson

Dr Julie Gilson is a reader in Asian Studies within the department of political science and international studies at the University of Birmingham. Her main interests focus on interpreting ‘civil society’ in Asia, with a particular focus on transnational advocacy groups. Previously she has written work on East Asian regionalism, Asia-Europe inter-regional relations and Japanese foreign policy. She is also deputy pro-Vice-Chancellor for student experience at the University.

Miss Natalie Howard

Natalie Howard is the exams and data officer at the University of Birmingham School. Having graduated from the University of Liverpool with a first class degree, she initially began her career in hospitality, before being drawn to the school’s ethos and approach on opening. Her passion is to remove barriers to learning and personal development for children, and away from the school, she is also a volunteer counsellor for children. Natalie is also part of the outreach team for TEDx Brum, bringing both the format itself, and the ideas it shares, to new audiences.

Mr Joey Islam

Chair of Audit Committee

Joey Islam is a successful project and programme manager with almost 20 years of experience in industry, most recently at Jaguar Land Rover (JLR). He has spent much of his career working closely with boards within organisations to help develop strategies, drive change and transform organisations. He also has experience in a voluntary capacity, mentoring children in Birmingham through a charity which aims to raise aspirations of children in less affluent areas.

Mr Michael Roden

Ex Officio

Michael Roden is the first ever Principal of the University of Birmingham School. He was previously Headmaster at King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Boys. He was the first person in his family to go University when he graduated from the University of Manchester and, inspired by his own teachers, he was inspired to become a teacher himself.

Mr Lee Sanders

Lee Sanders is as Registrar and Secretary of the University of Birmingham. He is the University’s Chief Operating Officer responsible for Professional Services and a member of the University Executive Board who is involved in University strategy and policy and providing advice to the Vice-Chancellor and other senior colleagues. As Secretary to the Senate and Council, he is responsible for University governance. Lee is involved in national and international work in Higher Education. He is currently Chair of the UK Association of Heads of University Administration and a member of the UK-Sweden Registrar’s Group. He has served as director of a number of university companies and is a regular contributor to national and international conferences, reviews and development programmes, and serves as external adviser on appointments at other universities.

Mr Stephen Washbourne

Steve Washbourne is an accountant by profession, with more than 20 years’ experience working in the NHS. He currently works at University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust where he is the finance lead for the acquisition of Heart of England NHS Trust. Prior to that, he was Director of Strategy and Planning. Steve has significant experience of working as a member of a Board holding corporate responsibilities, being held to account, and challenging others. Among his other roles, he was also regional head of specialised commissioning for NHS England.

Ms Alison Wedge

Alison Wedge has spent her entire career in the delivery of public services and has a strong commitment to fairness and inclusion. She is currently Deputy Director for the Ministry of Justice, where she is also the organisation’s race champion, leading the Department’s drive to reduce discrimination, provide the conditions for all staff to bring their authentic selves into the work place, and to achieve their full potential. She has a strong track record of delivery, problem solving for improved operational delivery and strengthening governance.