Directors

Wolverhampton Grammar School is governed by a board of Directors, who are supported by a Council and Board of Trustees.

View a list of staff, Directors, Trustees and Council members here.

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 cah@wgs-sch.net and we will forward your message. You can also contact the Chairman at Wolverhampton Grammar School:

Chair of the Board of Directors
Mr James Sage
Wolverhampton Grammar School
Compton Road
Wolverhampton
WV3 9RB

Tel: 01902 421326
Email: cah@wgs-sch.net

 

James Sage (Chairman)

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.

 

Sarah Cawdell

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 license 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.

 

Rod Grainger

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.

 

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 Patel

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.

 

Nick Berriman

Nick studied at Wolverhampton Grammar School from 1984 – 1991 and then attended The Victoria University of Manchester to read Law. He returned from several years working in an estate agency in Knightsbridge, London, to join his father’s Wolverhampton Estate Agency in 1998. In 2005 he bought the company and is now one of the two principals running Berriman Eaton Estate Agents following a merger in 2006 with Eaton Estates. A local boy through and through he is proud of his links with the city and is a committed Wolverhampton Wanderers fan – through both good times and bad! His daughter, Maisie, is currently in the Senior School at WGS having joined WGJS in Year 3 in and is the fourth generation of her family to go to the school following in the footsteps of Nick, his father and her maternal great grandfather.

 

Yusuf Malik

Yusuf Malik’s natural inclination towards a just and caring society along with his ability to promote creative energies at both and individual and societal level continue to motivate him to engage on a number of platforms within the local community. A qualified surveyor by trade with a BSc (Hons) in Building Surveying, he now specialises in Fire Risk and is currently working with Anchor Care Homes.

In his spare time, Yusuf has dedicated himself voluntarily to over 15 years, initially as a supporting member and now the Deputy Head at a local Islamic Sunday School. In addition, his involvement in the local Muslim Outreach initiative for the homeless and engagement in inter faith communities across Wolverhampton and Shropshire continue to inspire and motivate him and others to serve his local community, of all faiths and none. Born and raised in Wolverhampton.  A proud husband and father, Yusuf’s experience, energy and altruistic passion for the betterment of our community, is a welcome addition to our team

 

Chris Bill

Born in Wolverhampton, Christopher studied Geological Science at Leicester University. He then qualified as a Chartered Accountant at KPMG through their graduate programme. Chris has worked in a number of sectors as a Finance Director, or CFO, typically specialising in corporate finance, M&A and integration activities for companies such as Unipart Ltd, DTZ plc, Capita plc and Harsco Corporation. Latterly Chris has been a board member at NES Ltd, a local Engineering business supporting customers such as Rolls Royce and Sellafield. During his time at NES, Chris was also a board member of the National Skills Academy for Nuclear Manufacturing. As part of the NES commitment to developing STEM capability for future generations, Chris has arranged support for WGS on the Engineering in Education Scheme, Greenpower car project and the provision of Year 11 and 6th Form work experience in Engineering & Design. Chris has two sons at WGS who both started in either Big Six or WGJS.

 

Matthew Armstrong

Matthew Armstrong took up the position as Headmaster of The King’s School, Worcester, in September 2014. Prior to his appointment, Mr Armstrong was an Assistant Headmaster at Charterhouse.   Education at Hutton Grammar School, where his father was Headmaster, he went on to study at New College, Oxford, where he gained an MA in Medieval and Modern Languages and a PGCE, and at Birkbeck College, London, where he gained an MA in Renaissance Studies and a BA in English Literature.

Mr Armstrong was at Charterhouse for eleven years. Before that, he taught at Winchester College for five years and also worked as a Business Analyst for McKinsey & Co. He is married to Kate and lists mountaineering, skiing, running and chess amongst his interests.

 

Manisha Gowan-Gopal 

Manisha is a Consultant in Paediatric Emergency Medicine at The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust. She was born in South Africa where she did her undergraduate studies. She has been working in Paediatrics in the NHS since 1999 and during her training has worked in various hospitals across the West Midlands including Birmingham Children’s Hospital. She has been a consultant since 2010.

Due to her current role in Paediatric Emergency Medicine, she has first-hand experience of the increase in mental health issues afflicting children and young people in our community. She is planning on working closely with the pastoral department to provide support to students facing such issues. She has level 3 safeguarding training which she updates annually. She has experience in advising Social Services and the Police regarding safeguarding concerns.

She regularly teaches both undergraduate and postgraduate doctors and is a certified instructor on national life support courses. She has a son and daughter both of whom are currently pupils at the School. 

 

John Harper

John is owner of 247 Professional Health, a care recruitment company based in Wolverhampton. Previous to this John worked extensively in the global retail industry, where he held roles such as Head of European Operations, global space, store design, visual merchandising and capital expenditure for new stores and refits. John also chairs the Wolverhampton Care Partnership and is vice chair of Penn Colts FC, a local football club founded in 1985.He was born and educated in the city, is married to Kate, a NHS professional and is the father to two ex-pupils of the School, Luke & Caitlin, who are now at university in Newcastle & Leicester.

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