Our Directors come from a broad range of industries, sectors and backgrounds. They are a team of highly committed and experienced individuals whose determination to deliver outstanding educational opportunities to our students is second to none.
To contact our Directors please email the Head’s PA, Mrs Caroline Harris email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will forward your message. You can also contact the Chairman at Wolverhampton Grammar School:
Chair of the Board of Directors
Mr Philip Sims
Wolverhampton Grammar School
Tel: 01902 421326
Philip Sims (Chairman)
Philip joined the board with over 40 years of banking experience in 2008. He has held senior executive positions in Oxford and Wolverhampton with responsibility for over 500 staff. Both his son and daughter attended Wolverhampton Grammar School and in addition to being Chairman of our Directors, Philip is also a member of Christ Church, Tettenhall Wood and South Staffordshire Golf Club.
Mervyn studied Geography at Cambridge, was awarded a Blue and represented the Combined Universities, Cambridge and Staffordshire at cricket. He joined the board with 37 years experience of working in secondary schools, including the Headships of a selective boys’ school in Birmingham and a large HMC day school in the north of England. Mervyn is also an education advisor to the King Edward VI Foundation in Birmingham and has taught geography and coached cricket in local schools, including most recently, Wolverhampton Grammar School. He has been an active member of our Old Wulfrunians Club for more than 20 years.
Sarah read Biochemistry at St. Hugh’s College, Oxford and has taught chemistry in schools in Uganda. She read Theology a Trinity College, Cambridge and was ordained in 1995 into the Church of England. She holds a licence to minister in the Diocese of Hereford and actively supports and promotes the work of the Quiet Garden Trust. She has been a Director since 2013 and lives in Bridgnorth, Shropshire.
Born in York, Rod studied at Nunthorpe Grammar School before moving on to study Behavioural Science at Nottingham University, graduating in 1987. He joined BASS in 1988 as a Graduate Trainee, moving to Marston’s Brewery in 1995. Rod has had a diverse career in the Brewing Industry, with senior roles in charge of Operational and Sales channels; he is currently based in Burton-on-Trent as Head of Contract Services and Primary Logistics. Rod is a Freeman of York, a keen golfer playing at Shifnal Golf Club and also has a keen interest in football, following a number of clubs: Liverpool, Wolverhampton Wanderers, York City and Leeds United. Rod’s son is a former pupil of the school.
Dr Carol Griffiths
Carol has been a GP in Stourbridge since 1985 until she retired recently. During this time she was also a Clinical Sub-Dean and Course moderator for the Graduate Entry Medicine at The University of Birmingham. She was also a honorary Clinical Lecturer and community based medical examiner at the University. She became a Director of Chantry Development Consultancy in 2014 which delivers professional development programmes to doctors together with consultancy work for the acute hospital sector. Both her children have been pupils at the School.
Peter Hawthorne CBE
Peter was a pupil at Wolverhampton Grammar School before attending Cambridge. He has had a successful career in education, beginning as teacher of history at Wolverhampton Grammar School and then promotion to Head of Department, Head of Year and Deputy Head. He has been a Head in a number of state schools and was then chosen to lead 14-19 development for the city of Wolverhampton. As a result of this work, Wolverhampton achieved Beacon Status and Peter was then selected to lead a number of national projects on behalf of the government. He has also worked as an independent consultant and has been a Director since 2012.
Keith Madelin OBE
A Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Birmingham and Chartered Civil Engineer, Keith was instrumental in the creation of Rail Research UK. This innovative centre pioneered the development of collaborative research programmes and was the forerunner of the now internationally acclaimed Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education. As County Surveyor of Shropshire, Keith developed the first code of practice for the management of highway maintenance and has represented the UK on international committees for highway maintenance. Keith was Awarded an OBE in 1994 for services to transport and Shropshire.
Jay is Business Development and Investment Manager at Wolverhampton City Council. Jay is responsible for the City Council’s business and innovation support programmes working with SME’s and high growth companies. He also supports inward investment opportunities for overseas companies. Jay’s career has included operation roles in Ireland, Europe, the Middle East, South Africa and India and he is also a Director of Wolverhampton Science Park Ltd, Midlands Aerospace Alliance Ltd and Groundwork West Midlands ltd. He is also Chair of the West Midlands Aerospace Cluster Operations Group.
Robert attended Wolverhampton Grammar School between 1955-62 (as did his father, brother and both sons). Robert read Law at Manchester University, qualifying as a solicitor in 1968 and becoming partner at Manby & Steward solicitors in 1970. Robert joined Manders PLC in 1975 and was promoted to Company Secretary soon after, he was also promoted to Personnel Director, Managing Director and Director of the main board.
Born and educated locally, James is a solicitor and Head of a Corporate/Commercial Department for a regional commercial law practice. James has over 20 years experience in advising companies in respect of corporate and commercial matters and uses this experience as a member of the School’s Finance and General Purposes Committee. James is also a Director of WVOne Ltd which is a not for profit organisation as well as Vice-Chair of the Alliance 4 the Black Country. James is a qualified junior football coach and helps run a junior football team in which one of his three children participates.
Carl graduated with a degree in Business Studies, he is a qualified Accountant and Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA). He has a wealth of experience in business including positions as Finance Director and Managing Director in a range of different industries including telecoms, engineering, property development and investment. He runs his own successful business and has been a Director of the School since 2010. He in incredibly enthusiastic about education, lifelong learning and all of the opportunities that it brings. Carl also coaches rugby, enjoys skiing and has competed in Tough Guy and Triathlon competitions.