The BEP Board

BEP exists to be of potential benefit to all Birmingham Schools, not just paid up members. We think it is vital that everyone knows where to find help and who to talk to. Birmingham Education Partnership has a small core team serving a very large community of schools. In addition to all the school improvement resources that exist in our schools, BEP’s key resources include its Board, an Advisory Group (formerly our commissioners), District Leads and a central team. This increasingly skilled team works closely with Headteachers and Governors, always keen to learn, listening to feedback to understand changing needs and to improve our service.

The Board

Baroness Estelle Morris, Chair

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

Tim Boyes, Chief Executive

Pat Smart, Director

Heath Monk, Director

Andrew Hodge, Director

Nick Scully, Director

Michelle Gay, Director

I have served as the Erdington representative of Birmingham Education Partnership from the outset and am in my seventh year as Head Teacher of Osborne Primary School in Birmingham. Previously I have taught in six separate Local Authorities, and always in challenging urban schools; including roles as a Key Literacy Teacher and Deputy in a National Support School.

Currently, I am working with seven other like-minded Erdington Heads to create a contractual collaboration between our schools in order to secure: continuous school improvement; specialisms within each of our schools; greater financial security and promote pride in our local community.

Debbie James, Director


James Howse, Director

James worked in the PwC Government and Public Sector practice for 20 years advising clients from across the public sector on accounting and audit, project and programme management, financial management and also risk management. During this time James was responsible for taking a leading role in PwC’s school engagement programme in Birmingham. James has also led high profile projects and programmes within central and local government (including managing the creation and development of the West Midlands Combined Authority), and has led the delivery of back office professional services to the NHS in Staffordshire. James is currently Corporate Director (Resource) at South Staffordshire Council.

Mushtaq Khan, Director

Mushtaq is a Director at BPL. He is a highly regarded solicitor with more than 17 years’ experience, including at a senior level as a partner and national head of department at top 50 national corporate law firm, Freeths LLP. He has worked with a wide range of enterprises spanning the private, public and the third sector. Mushtaq is a former President of The Birmingham Law Society, 2015-2016. He is highly recommended as a leading lawyer in the globally renowned directory on lawyers – Chambers & Partners UK. In 2016 Mushtaq was named by the Birmingham Post as one of the top 10 most influential lawyers in the West Midlands region. 

Steve Munby, Technical Advisor to the Board


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