Governanceof the Trust
Strong governance is essential to the successful running of any Multi-Academy Trust (MAT), here you can find out more about the governance of our MAT.
Meet our Trustees
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Following 10 years of Headship at St Matthew’s C of E Teaching and Research School, Paulette become the Assistant Director of Continuous School Improvement, at Birmingham Education Partnership in 2019.
Paulette is a designated National Leader of Education; an accredited Pupil Premium Reviewer; a Leadership Coach and Facilitator for Ambition Institute; an accredited RE Quality Mark Assessor and sits on two DFE Advisory Boards.
In 2015 Paulette was elected to the Birmingham Diocesan Board of Education. Paulette describes her leadership style as ‘calm and approachable’. Her strengths lie in her ability to balance high professional aspirations, with a desire to ensure wellbeing and advancement, across the school community. Paulette is passionate about developing school leaders and is a founder member of BAME LEAP, a professional development group that aims to accelerate the career progression of teachers, middle and senior leaders from BAME backgrounds in and around Birmingham.
Her work to raise school standards and impact the life chances of generations of young people has been recognised, at the highest levels. In 2016 Paulette was awarded an MBE for her Services to Education - she took the whole school down to London, to meet the Queen! Paulette was also awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Aston University, for her ‘significant contribution to raising attainment amongst young people, in the Aston and Nechells areas of Birmingham’.
Paulette is a Yorkshire girl by birth, and it was here that she developed a love of the theatre. She was awarded the Yorkshire Achievers Award for her contributions to the development of the black arts movement in the region. In her spare time, she can be found in a theatre near you, transporting herself off into a world of comedy, melodrama or historical enactment.
Dr Paulette Osborne MBE
Shabana has previously worked as a Headteacher and Executive Headteacher in Birmingham, where she was part of the governing board, a Director of Education across 6 schools (EYFS- Year 13) in the UAE, and DCEO in an educational institute in the Northern Emirates.
Shabana is currently operating internationally as a self-employed educational consultant, where she has successfully written and implemented many strategic plans; having moved schools from Requiring Improvements to being in the top 0.5% of schools in England. Shabana is also a facilitator for the National Professional Qualification (NPQEYL) in the UK and trains senior leaders to become accredited school inspectors and evaluators in the UAE.
Shabana strongly believes it is the duty of all to ensure young people are given the best opportunities, academically, emotionally, physically, mentally, and socially. As a Trustee, Shabana enables contextual Board oversight on all these factors.
As a parent, grandparent and having served in senior positions across a range of education settings for almost two decades, Shabana brings invaluable educational insight to PACT’s Board of Trustees.
Mrs Shabana Amir-Baz
With 2 decades of experience delivering strategic leadership for global organisations, Liz Dean is an experienced FM leader with a determination to maximise profitability, develop client relationships, and lead on the development of international commercial strategy. Being particularly passionate about collaboration, Liz enjoys bringing cross-functional teams together to drive positive outcomes in complex organisational settings.
Liz has two children attending local primary and secondary schools and is committed to the opportunity of Trustee at PACT through bringing both professional experience and priorities as a parent to the Board of Trustees, supporting the Trust to provide a fantastic learning environment for its pupils, staff, and communities.
Mrs Elizabeth Dean
Faz joined the Police service in 1994 working in roles ranging from uniform response and local safer neighbourhoods’ community protection and later as Detective and now as a Chief Inspector. Faz is the serving Area Commander for South Warwickshire, responsible for leading policing to all communities.
As a committed public servant Faz has an active interest to work in partnership to serve local communities. As a police officer of many years, he has enjoyed providing services to local people and has acquired a vast range and skills and abilities which translate across public service. With a keen interest and experience in safeguarding matters, Faz brings dynamic insight to the Board, and as a member of PACT’s Welfare and Safeguarding Committee, helping support PACT to deliver the most robust educational offer for every pupil, student, and the communities we serve.
Mr Faz Chishty
Matt is experienced project manager and event director with over seven years international experience working on major events and in the sports industry. He has experience of working in a complex, multiple stakeholder environments, particularly with local authorities and chairing the strategic groups associated with each event. His current role is Lead Venue Planner for Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, responsible for the project management and planning of six Commonwealth Games competition venues and was previously Head of Operations for (Cycling) Active Sport. He brings to the Board experience of and skills in budgeting, assessing risk, managing complex operations, and detailed knowledge of the sports/events industry across the West Midlands and the opportunities in this arena.
Mr Matt Hodgson
Phillipa Sherlock Lewis is Chief Executive Officer and Accounting Officer of Prince Albert Community Trust, which she co-founded in 2015. With over two decades of experience in education she has held leadership positions such as Head Teacher, Executive Head, COO, DCEO and more recently achieved the NPQEL.
As CEO, Phillipa is honoured to lead a dedicated team of professionals who are deeply committed to providing the very best education for each and every student, just as she endeavours to do for her own children. Working collaboratively, everyone at PACT strives to create opportunities, inspire innovation, and empower individuals to make a meaningful difference. Phillipa is a campaigner for enabling equity and is passionate about diverse minds empowering success.
Mrs Phillipa Sherlock-Lewis
CEO & TRUSTEE
I lead the Millennium Point team, ensuring best practices across both the property company and charitable trust.
Having graduated from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth with a master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA), I spent the next 20 years advising many privately held UK businesses during my time at Grant Thornton and KPMG.
Capitalising on all my experience, I am delighted to now be leading the team at Millennium Point, focusing on driving our commercial strategy as a landlord and events provider, to generate funds to meet our charitable objective of supporting science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) in the West Midlands.
I am extremely passionate about supporting and promoting STEM and creating as many opportunities as possible to support our future generation of innovators. The industries of the future are either STEM-focused or underpinned by STEM. As CEO of Millennium Point, I am determined to inspire more young people to enter the STEM industry which will not only have a positive impact on the UK economy but on our young people and their families, the results will be life-changing.
Growing up in a South Wales mining village, I am hugely aware of the importance of creating opportunities for the next generation, and so I am delighted to be a Trustee for PACT and be able to drive forward a strong STEM agenda that will not only recognise but also inspire future STEM leaders.
Mrs Abbie Vlahakis
Colin is currently Professor of Educational Leadership at Birmingham University School of Education. He has worked in the field of educational leadership for many years in England. He has been a Head of Faculty, Associate Headteacher, Local Education Authority Adviser, Assistant Director and Director of Education/Children’s Services. He led improvements in two local authorities taking them from government intervention to strong performance. He has also worked for the Department for Education in England as Head of Education Advisers for the Academies and Free Schools Programme. Colin was Deputy Education Commissioner in Birmingham and he was also an OfSTED inspector. He was an associate lecturer at three universities before taking the chair of education leadership at Birmingham.
Mr Colin Diamond CBE
As an experienced and accredited governance professional, Milo provides independent advice and consultation to the Board of Trustees and the Trust’s Local Academy Committees on all aspects of governance including constitutional and legal matters, duties, and powers within the legislative framework. As a dedicated public servant Milo draws on a decade of public sector experience in local government and UK Civil Service roles focusing on cross-department technical and strategic planning and project delivery and Private Office executive support.
Governance Professional & Company Secretary
Principles of Public Conduct
The Board is required to follow the principles of public conduct set out by the Nolan Committee, including the declaration of individual Trustees' interests. The full register of interests can be accessed here:
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Mr Shahinul Islam
Managing Director - IB Engineering Ltd since 2013
Ms Najma Razaq
Executive Direct - Birmingham Ethnic Education and Advisory Service (BEEAS) since 2006
Mr Qaiser Zaman
Associate Director - Barclays PLC
Mr Taheer Afzal
King Edward VI, Aston, Governing Body since 2017
Director - BSS & Co Accountancy Services since 2017
Mr Mark Fitch
Balsall Common Primary Academy, Governing Body since 2020
Corporate Development Director - Transmission Investment Services Limited