NCB Advisory Group

Peter Thompson

Chair of the NCB Advisory Group

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Following a full career as a Warfare Officer in the Royal Navy during which he saw much of the world (especially the Gulf and West Indies) and gained a Master’s degree in Defence Studies, Peter Thompson took early retirement in 1999 and moved to Yorkshire to become the Bursar at Bingley Grammar School, a large 11-18 comprehensive school with some 400 in the Sixth Form. In 2007 he left there to take up the post of Bursar at a small co-educational all-through Independent day and boarding school in North Yorkshire prior to joining Woodhouse Grove School as Operations Director in 2012.

He joined Bradford Diocesan Academies Trust in November 2015 and is the Chief Operating Officer. The Trust is now home to 17 schools – four secondary, 13 primary, with around 1350 staff, 9000 students and a turnover around £56 million per annum. Peter’s role is providing strategic operational leadership and support across the Trust in many areas such as regulation and compliance, HR, legal, data protection, Safeguarding, Health and Safety, procurement, value for money, insurance and many other areas!

Peter’s expertise is in making strategic business decisions to provide the best value support to staff and pupils to give every pupil the opportunity to achieve their full potential. He has delivered a number of high value projects involving new build and refurbishment programmes on time and on budget. As an HR Generalist, he provides advice and support to the management teams and enjoys building and shaping teams of people to meet the ever-changing needs of schools.

Peter has recently completed 10 years as a Governor, Chair of Trustees and Member of a small Multi- Academy Trust in Bradford with a co-located Special School and secondary school and is a Director of the New Collaborative Learning Trust.

Vicky Clifton

Vice Chair of the NCB Advisory Group

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Vicky is the Head of Learning and Participation at the National Science and Media Museum. Her career in education has spanned over 25 years with a focus on inclusivity and equality in both formal and informal education for children, young people and their parents and carers. Vicky places high value on parents as powerful co educators of their children and advocates and campaigns for increased parental engagement and advocacy in learning.

Vicky’s work at the National Science and Media Museum has been instrumental in supporting the Museum’s ambition to become more closely aligned with Bradford and as a result has seen the number of schools in Bradford visiting the Museum, double and the annual education visitor numbers increase by over 8,000. The learning outreach programme now sees the museum developing relationships in places outside the Museum and partnerships are realised through the annual Bradford Science Festival which attracts 34,000 visitors over a weekend.

Her team’s work with communities, schools and families has attracted international attention and Vicky has been part of a two-year professional exchange programme with the Museum of Tomorrow in Rio de Janeiro and has spoken about her work at national conferences.

Vicky has recently graduated from the Jo Cox Women Leaders programme.

Stuart Nash (Ex Officio)

Principal NCB

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Stuart has worked for the last 16 years as a Senior Leader in two outstanding sixth form colleges in the north of England. Prior to this he has been a Head of Department in an 11-18 Comprehensive School in Shropshire and worked as a GCSE Geography coursework moderator, an A-level examiner and a staff trainer for a teacher training provider.

As a Local Leader of Education and Director of the New Collaborative Teaching School, Stuart has supported senior leaders in improving outcomes for learners in schools and colleges across the region through a number of school improvement projects. He has also developed a number of innovative and successful training programmes for teachers and senior leaders.

Stuart has overseen the strategic development of teaching, learning and assessment at New College Pontefract and New College Doncaster. He is currently Principal at New College Bradford replicating the success of this model through a trust-wide programme of continuing professional development that is frequent, sustained, and evidence-based.

New College Bradford offers a similar distinctive post-16 pedagogy based on high quality teaching and independent learning to deliver outstanding student outcomes.

Tahmina Hashmi

Executive Principal – Bradford Academy

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Tehmina was born in 1966 in Nairobi, Kenya and came to England in 1972 when her parents were forced to leave a country that was becoming politically unstable. Having a relatively affluent lifestyle in Africa the family found themselves starting from scratch in Salford, Manchester where she grew up until leaving for University and marriage (at the same time!) in 1985.

She qualified as a Biochemist and after having her three children, she became a teacher. Teaching for 25 years in Bradford, with a short spell in Manchester, she leads an All-through Academy in BD4 which serves some of the most disadvantaged children in the community. She has always worked in challenging schools and finds the rewards of nurturing ambition and aspiration outweighs these challenges.

From a teaching background and with a passion for science, she has grown to enjoy the very different challenge of school leadership. Getting to grips with running a business with 280 staff and a turnover of 13 million seems very far away from the training she had as a teacher of science. She enjoys her leadership role but is finding the current educational narrative sometimes at odds with her beliefs about what a good school should provide. She is keen to make sure that the values and ethos of the organisation are preserved into the long term future so that even when she is no longer at the helm, the Academy continues to deliver for the community in which it is so deeply rooted.

Since her divorce in 2010, Tehmina is making up for lost time and travelling as much of the world as the school holidays will allow. According to an app on her phone, she has managed 15% so far!

Dominic Wall

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Dominic Wall is the Executive Principal of Co-op Academy Southfield in Bradford, having established the school from new in 2010 and worked with BSF architects to build a new, inclusive campus with two schools co-located under one roof, which opened in 2011.

During his career Dominic has worked as a headteacher in EBD and LDD special schools in Blackburn, Oldham and Bradford, and for the local authority in Bradford as Strategic Adviser for SEN, overseeing the building of eight new special schools.

Representing the academies sector on the Schools Forum in Bradford since 2013, Dominic served as Chair from 2015-17, during which period he is proud to have achieved difficult decisions through consensus across all sectors of education.

Designated by the Department for Education as a National Leader of Education, he established Shanidar Teaching School Alliance in Bradford to respond to the increasing volume and complexity of need within the area of SEND, to develop the expertise of the whole workforce and promote the recruitment of talented believers in inclusion as teachers.

Dominic is an optimist who likes to think big and work collaboratively.

Professor Martin Priest


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Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Informatics and 50th Anniversary Chair – Professor of Tribology (lubrication, friction and wear) at the University of Bradford. The Faculty comprises all the engineering disciplines, computer science and media design and technology (interactive media, film and television production, computer animation, games and computer applications). Before moving to Bradford in 2015, Martin held the Jost Chair of Engineering Tribology at the University of Leeds, where he worked for 28 years. Born and raised in Salford, Martin has spent most of his professional life in Yorkshire and his two children were born and educated locally. He is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (UK), a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IoM3, UK), a Fellow of the Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers (USA) and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (UK).

Sidiq Ali

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I am the CEO of a supported accommodation project and hold a 3 year local government tender to accommodate Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children Looked after by Bradford, Wakefield and Calderdale Councils. I am a qualified and registered social worker and a member of the British Association of Social Workers (BASW). I have practiced in local Government as a social worker and Manager within Educational Social Work, Fostering Services and Leaving Care Services. Currently I practice as a self employed Independent Social Worker undertaking various freelance work including complaints panels and assessment work. I hold the position of Independent Children’s Advocate and Education Advisor for a private fostering Agency called Unity Foster Care.

I was a parent governor from 2007 to 2013, and then took a position of Trust Director at the Beckfoot Trust from 2013 to 2019. I was a member of the trust board and audit committee during this period. The Trust grew from 2 schools to 10 schools during my time on the board with a £40million budget. I was a Parent Governor representative on Bradford Council’s Children’s Services Overview and Scrutiny Committee from 2014 until 2019.

I have a 16 year old son who is part of the first cohort to join NCB in September 2019. He is studying his A levels in Business, Economics and Accounting.

Katie Miller

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Katie is a Strategic Business Account Manager for the Crown Commercial Service (CCS), the largest public procurement organisation in the UK. Katie works in the East Midlands and East of England regions, and has a specific focus on engagement with universities and education providers, as well as supporting wider public services, enabling these organisations to benefit from significant savings when accessing CCS procurement frameworks.

Prior to this Katie worked at the University of Bradford for seven years, managing the UK & EU Student Recruitment Team. This role enabled Katie to champion strategies linked to raising aspirations and promoting higher education across the UK and Europe, a significant part of Katie’s role also involved working to reduce gaps between those most, and least, represented in higher education.

Katie has also worked in a number of recruitment and employability roles, delivering careers guidance, and managing a diverse range of business stakeholders across the West Yorkshire area. Katie has lived in Bradford since birth and is passionate about ensuring young people across the district are provided with quality information and guidance about their future options, and that all individuals have the opportunity to reach their full potential.

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