Governor Profiles

David Cragg CBE FCGI  (Chair)

Having begun his career as a language teacher, David has enjoyed a successful, lifetime career in vocational education and training, and in some demanding national and regional leadership roles, including Chief Executive of the Birmingham and Solihull Training and Enterprise Council in 1990, the West Midlands Regional Director for the Learning and Skills Council (LSC). And Interim Chief Executive of the then newly created Skills Funding Agency.  David founded the UK Skills Show in 2012, the largest education and careers event in the UK.  In 2000, David received an MBE, in 2008, he was awarded an OBE and in 2012 he was awarded a CBE in recognition of his services to education and skills.  David holds an Honorary Doctorate from Birmingham City University and, most recently, he was awarded a Fellowship of the City & Guilds of London Institute for his outstanding contribution to vocational skills and education 

Ms Jacqui Smith (Vice Chair)

Jacqui Smith works for the Schools Financial Services, Children, Young People and Families Directorate. She was originally a parent governor and has had 2 of her 3 children attend Cadbury College. She is currently Vice Chair of the Corporation.

Mr Robert Deed

Bob Deed is a Chartered Accountant who has specialised in the education sector. He works part-time as Director of Corporate Resources at a sixth form college in the north west. He also acts as an interim finance director in the further education sector and provides internal audit services to a national chain of academies. He has been a governor at Cadbury College since 2016 and became Chair of the Corporation in November 2017.

Mr Parminder Garcha

Parminder currently works in the Education Service at Birmingham City Council as Lead Officer for 14-19 Participation and Skills. He has extensive knowledge and experience of working with local colleges, training providers, voluntary sector, schools, employers and neighbouring councils. He is passionate about the young people of Birmingham achieving their full potential into higher education, employment and/or apprenticeships. He maintains strategic over-view of the sufficiency of Post 16 places, the quality of local education provision and destinations of young people.
He has held several roles previously at the Learning and Skills Council, firstly at the Black Country office as the lead for European funding, then as lead for adult skills in Sandwell. Then transferring to the Birmingham and Solihull office, he led on a number of projects including college mergers, work-based learning, apprenticeships, quality and intervention. Prior to working in public service, he held a number of roles, working for a national environmental charity, a local training provider and in the publishing business. He has served as a Board member of several local charities and committees and is currently Chairperson of Sikh Nari Manch UK, a small local charity working in the field of social welfare and community education in Erdington, North Birmingham.
His varied other interests include parenting, being a father of two children, currently in primary and secondary schools in Birmingham. He has also trained to facilitate Parenting courses and is training to become an accredited Kundalini Yoga Teacher. He organises several events and retreats in Birmingham to widely share the techniques of yoga to enable communities to realise their potential.

Ms Hifsa Haroon-Iqbal (safeguarding)

Hifsa Haroon-Iqbal is the West Midlands Regional Prevent Lead for Universities and Colleges with the Department for Education. Hifsa previously worked at Staffordshire University, where she completed her Masters in Philosophy before taking up the role of Equality and Diversity Officer and then Stakeholder Engagement Manager. She is a well known figure regionally and nationally and uses her position to raise awareness of and promote equality and diversity across many community groups and professional forums. Hifsa chairs Communities Against Crimes of Hate, a multi agency partnership for reporting hate crime, in Staffordshire. She is also Vice-Chair of the Standing Advisory Council for RE in Staffordshire and National Lead for the annual Islam Awareness Week, an initiative of the Islamic Society of Britain. Hifsa is a West Midlands Regional Board Member of Tell MAMA and Remembering Srebrenica and a Trustee of Nisa-Nashim. Hifsa’s publications include ‘The changing spirituality of Muslims dying in the UK: A personal and communal journey’ in Spirituality and End of Life Care Edited by Peter Gilbert (2012), ‘Caring for Elderly Muslims’ in Oxford Handbook of Nursing Older People Edited by Beverley Tabernacle, Marie Barnes and Annette Jinks (2010) and The Absent Minority - Access and Use of Palliative Cancer Services by Black and Minority Ethnic Groups in Leicester in Nursing Research in Cancer Care Edited by A. Richardson and J. Wilson Barnett (1995). In 2011 Hifsa was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant of Staffordshire and received an MBE in her Majesty’s New Year’s Honours List for services to community cohesion.

Mr Simon Horsman

Though he was born and has lived elsewhere, Simon sees Birmingham as his home town.  His one daughter lives with her family in south Birmingham.  After undergraduate study of business, Simon qualified as an accountant with Coopers (now PWC).  In 1975 Simon moved to the private sector, and on again into teaching into 1979 which has since remained his main home.Briefly in Further Education and then at the Lanchester Polytechnic (now Coventry University), Simon has taught a wide range of business subjects including strategy, personal financeand many types of accounting.  Part-time Simon picked up an MBA (University of Warwick, 1980-82) and an MSc in International Development (University of Birmingham, 2010-12).

Mr Tej Masaun

Tej Masaun is an experienced senior manager who has worked in Further and Higher Education in a number of Institutions in various regions of England, Scotland and Wales. He is currently an independent freelance consultant, Director of FEDC Ltd. Tej has ten years experience of being an Ofsted Inspector and is also a Trainer, Mentor, Coach, Quality management reviewer and former Estyn Inspector. Tej also works with employers and training providers throughout the country to improve quality and learner experience. In recent years Tej has undertaken numerous short term interim management positions including Lead on Curriculum Strategy to rationalise curriculum and finances, curriculum support and management support etc. His full time senior posts have included Head of Quality and Curriculum Development, Business Development, Director of Curriculum covering all aspects of curriculum from Level 2 to Post Graduate provision. Tej has a strong management, teaching and learning background, as well as successful experience of business development. He has undertaken assignments in both education and the private sector, with a particular focus on organisational quality, efficiency and effectiveness, training, quality improvement for re-inspections, lesson observation, curriculum development (Schools, FE Colleges and Higher Education), staff development (CPD) and Equality & Diversity and progression, taking into account national, regional and institution requirements. He has also developed multi-agency partnerships, notably with the education and local authority sector. Tej is skilled at working with new and existing teams to secure change management; rapid delivery of improved performance with sensitivity to equality and diversity. He has worked with managers developing their skills to analytically improve overall quality of provision through learning and teaching.

Mr Michael Kennedy, MA (Oxon)

Michael Kennedy has had a long career in Communications and Marketing at local, national and international levels.
He was educated at Manchester Grammas School and Worcester College Oxford, from which he graduated in 1967.  He became a management trainee in Marketing with the Tube Investments industrial group in Birmingham. Having decided to focus on internal and external communications, hoe moved to the West Midlands Health Authority in 1972 as a Press Officer. In 1977 he joined the British Leyland vehicle manufacturing company as Industrial Affairs Media Officer. After a period as European Affairs Officer, he became Director of Communications & Public Affairs with BL’s Land Rover Group, managing all aspects of external and internal communications. In 1988 he took up a similar with the larger Rover Cars Group, becoming Director of International Affairs in 1996.
He left Rover in 1999 and developed his own Marketing &PR Consultancy, provided Marketing and media relations support to a wide range of clients across many sectors. He retired in 2014.
As an independent Governor of the College, he hopes to bring the benefit of his professional expertise in establishing ways of elevating its profile in all key areas. Having lived in Kings Norton for more than 30 years, he is particularly keen to help find methods of helping the College to integrate more effectively with its local community.

Ms Emily Chatterjee Painter

Emily Chatterjee Painter has worked at Cadbury Sixth Form College since 2005 and she was appointed governor in November 2017. She is a teacher of Sociology and a Curriculum Manager. Emily has a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology from the University of Leicester and she completed her PGCE in Manchester. Prior to working at Cadbury College, Emily taught English as a foreign language in the south of France for a year. Emily is a published author having written a Sociology textbook for Harper Collins. As a long-serving member of staff, Emily is very invested in the college's future and is able to bring a lot of experience to the role of academic staff governor. Emily believes strongly in the importance of governors working in partnership with staff, students and parents.

Mr Bryan Elliott

Bryan has worked at Cadbury College for seven years, having graduated from the University of Liverpool in 2010 with a degree in History. During his time at Cadbury he has worked across many departments in the college both curriculum and support, in many roles including A-Level teacher, Lead Tutor and more recently Recruitment & Partnerships. In this time Bryan has also gained a degree in Post-Compulsory Education and Training with Birmingham City University. Outside of work Bryan is also the Chairman of Cadbury Athletic, a local Junior Football Club.

Ms Nabilah Abdullah


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