Name: Peter Thompson (Chair)
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 left Woodhouse Grove to join the Bradford Diocesan Academies Trust as Director of Operations in November 2015. The Trust is now home to 13 schools – four secondary, nine primary, and is growing to about 20 schools by 2020. Peter’s role is providing operations leadership and support across the Trust in many areas such as regulation and compliance, data protection, Safeguarding, Health and Safety, procurement, value for money, HR, insurance and many other areas!
Peter’s expertise is in making 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 is Chair of Trustees and Member of a small Multi- Academy Trust in Bradford with a co-located Special School and secondary school.
Name: Dominic Wall
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.
Name: Professor Martin Priest, CEng FIMechE, FIMMM, Fellow STLE, FHEA
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).
Name: Tahmina Hashmi
Executive Principal – Bradford Academy. 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!