BVGS - Key Persons


Andrea J Wesson - CFO

Job Titles:
  • Chief Financial Officer
  • Partnerships and Trustee
  • Vesey Community Governor
Andrea has been a Vesey Community Governor since 2017, she is Deputy Chair of Finance, Estates and People Committee. Andrea is the Chief Financial Officer of a rolling stock company. She is a Chartered Accountant and Corporate Treasurer with many years' experience in a variety of finance roles in the private sector. She became a governor to put her experience to use for the benefit of the school. Andrea has two sons at the school, they are both enthusiastic members of school rugby teams as well as rugby, football and cricket teams outside school. Inevitably, Andrea spends many hours standing on various touchlines but when time allows she enjoys walking, cycling, skiing and cooking (and eating).

Andrew O'Brien

Job Titles:
  • Deputy Chair
Andy has been a Parent Governor since December 2016 and has one son who left BVGS after Year 13 in 2020. He is Deputy Chair of Governors and Chairman of Finance, Estates and People. Since 2009, Andy has been Chief Executive of a local authority in Staffordshire. Being immersed in public service, it means a great deal to Andy to be able help support the school as a governor to give our students the best opportunity to realise their potential in life.

Dominic Robson

Job Titles:
  • Headteacher
Dominic has been the Headteacher of Bishop Vesey's Grammar School since September 2012. He studied at History BA(Hons) at Durham University, and stayed on to study for a PGCE in History and Religious Education. He began his teaching career at Bishop Walsh School, where he became Head of History and Politics. He moved to Bishop Vesey's in 2001 as Head of History and Humanities. Between 2003 and 2010, he was Head of Sixth Form, and Deputy Headteacher between 2009 and 2012. In 2009 he attained the National Professional Qualification in Headship (NPQH). As part of this course, and was fortunate enough to be mentored by, Mr Kamal Hanif OBE, as well as our very own Mr Iddon, Dominic's predecessor as Headteacher. Family time is very important to him. To relax, he often enjoys football, playing the piano, going to the cinema and watching live theatre and concerts. A self-professed avid reader, Dominic follows current affairs and political debates with a keen interest. His hope for all our students here at BVGS is that they enjoy making the most of the inspiring and excellent academic and social opportunities that the Vesey Experience offers them.

Ian Myatt

Job Titles:
  • Vesey Community Governor
Ian has been Governor since 2016 and has been chair of the Teaching and Learning Committee since September 2018. In his day job he is Director of Educational Enterprise at the University of Birmingham responsible for leading the development of a growing portfolio of digital learning initiatives. He also manages the University's Market Insight and Digital Channel Management teams - informing strategic decisions on what we do and advising on the best use of digital communication technologies. Prior to joining the University he was Head of Knowledge and Learning at BBC Online where he led the team responsible for developing all factual websites including BBC Food and BBC Bitesize. Highlights of his career include playing a key role in the roll out of BBC News Online across the UK and the launch of BBC iPlayer. He is an Old Veseyan (1991-1996) and is passionate about music. He is a trustee of Town Hall & Symphony Hall in Birmingham and of Birmingham International Piano Competition, he founded Made in Sutton and runs the New Streetly Youth Orchestra.

Mahmoda Qureshi

Job Titles:
  • Vesey Community Governor

Mahmooda Qureshi

Mahmooda was appointed as Vesey Community Governor in September 2018. She is a member of the Teaching and Learning Committee. She has a son who studied at BVGS and has left to go to university. Mahmooda is mother of 3 teenagers. She has a secondary school teaching background. After her second child, she made the decision to be a stay at home mum. However, Mahmooda was always involved in community development type of work on voluntary level. Mahmooda was awarded a Special Community Award presented by Women of Cultures and the Birmingham City Council in 2008 for her work in the community. Mahmooda has been involved in many initiatives in the city and some beyond, to enhance our relationship with people of all background. She is a strong believer of human race having more things in common than differences. By working together as one humanity, putting aside differences, we can achieve many great things and make this world a better place. Currently, Mahmooda is the Birmingham Branch Coordinator for Islamic Society of Britain. She is working one day a week with Ella Baker School of Organising and 4 days a week as a West Midlands Programmes Coordinator, for the Faith and Belief Forum.

Mark Maybury

Job Titles:
  • Appointed by Members of the Academy
Mark has been a Governor since January 2020 and is a member of the Learning and Teaching Committee. He has spent his whole life in education. Firstly, as a teacher in local secondary schools, including time spent as an Assistant Headteacher. Mark then worked in the IT sector as an Educational Consultant advising school leadership teams in the UK and internationally on maximising the benefit of IT in supporting teaching and learning. In his spare time Mark enjoys football, cricket, music, walking his dog and attending Sutton Coldfield Baptist Church. He is married and has two grown up children. His motivation to support Vesey is to give back to the local community some of the experience he has gained from his years in education and continue to contribute to the education of young people.

Mr Peter Dines

Job Titles:
  • Staff Member

Mr Stephan Wade

Job Titles:
  • Staff Member

Mr William Potter

Job Titles:
  • Staff Member

Mrs Joanna Davis - Chairman

Job Titles:
  • Chairman
  • Chairman of Governors
Jo Davis has been a governor since July 2014 and is the Chairman of Governors and Chair of the Pay Committee. She is the Lead Governor for Safeguarding. She has ten years' experience in management roles in the retail sector and fourteen years' experience in board roles in the NHS, and for ten years until 2013, served as the Chairman of Birmingham Children's Hospital. Jo is an experienced business coach who runs her own company working with individuals and boards to maximise their potential. Her hobbies include swimming, walking her three dogs and floristry. She carries out floral demonstrations far and wide, and is a NAFAS qualified Demonstrator. Her motivation to support Vesey arises from a shared value system with the school and a desire to support the school in any way she is able, in return for the fantastic opportunities Vesey opened up for her daughter.

Mrs Julie Robson

Job Titles:
  • Staff Member

Paul Sherriff

Job Titles:
  • Vesey Community Governor
Having joined the school as a Vesey Community governor in September 2018, Paul is keen to support realisation of the plans for future development and growth. He has worked in the NHS for over 26 years having started his career as an Allied Health Professional in Birmingham. Paul has worked in a number of senior and board level roles with NHS provider and commissioning organisations across the West and East Midlands. His current role is an executive director for the local NHS Clinical Commissioning Group. Paul has a son in Year 13

Phil Arkinstall

Job Titles:
  • President of the Sutton Coldfield Chamber of Commerce
  • Vesey Community Governor
Phil is a community governor at BVGS and was appointed in December 2018. He is an Old Veseyan (1992-1996). As well as sitting on the main governing Board, he sits on the Programme Board, FEP committee and offers support to the school through his Corporate Partner status, with his company Ark Media. Phil is also the President of the Sutton Coldfield Chamber of Commerce and sits on the Greater Birmingham Chamber Council.

Ravinder Bhandal

Appointed in September 2020, Rav is an Old Veseyan (1998-2005). He is a member of the Finance, Estates and People Committee and is also the Careers Link Governor.

Rebecca Williams

Job Titles:
  • Owner of, and English
  • Parent Governor
Rebecca Williams is a parent of five children - three are adults now and her two younger boys attend BVGS. She hopes to draw on her experience as a parent and previous extensive governance experience, to support the school. Rebecca is the owner of, and English tutor at, The Literacy Club, which offers specialist literacy tuition for the 11 plus literacy exam. She has a particular interest in emotional wellbeing, embracing diversity and special educational needs. She is a Tolkien and Harry Potter fan and loves walking in the countryside.

Rebekka Heitmar

Job Titles:
  • Co - Opted by the Governing Board

Richard Baizley

Job Titles:
  • Solicitor
  • Parent Governor
Richard is a qualified solicitor. He spent 25 years in private practice specialising in both Corporate Finance and Project Finance. He was very active in procurement and public/private partnerships. He now runs his own management consultancy business with three colleagues. They invest in and provide management to distressed or turn-around companies. To date they have successfully turned around 6 companies preserving the jobs of over 350 employees. These companies are from diverse sectors including one of the largest independent importers of wine in the UK. In addition, for the last seven years, he has been a Governor and Director of a Multi-Academy Trust. In my various roles, he has been involved in the strategic direction and growth of both private companies in a variety of sectors and Academies. As governor and director of Academies, he has had hands on dealings with the finances of Academies, staff recruitment and performance monitoring, complaints and latterly have dealt with the growth of an Academy. He has been actively involved in centralised procurement. Richard has a keen interest in SEN and inclusion and has completed extensive Autism Awareness training

Zahida Yasin

Job Titles:
  • Associate Staff Governor
Zahida has been teaching at Bishop Vesey's Grammar School since January 2020. She studied Primary Education with QTS BA (Hons) at Birmingham City University. She began her teaching career in 2009 as a Year 5 teacher at Cromwell Primary School in Nechells, where she became Head of Science. She moved on to Starbank Primary School in 2015 to continue teaching upper KS2. It was at Starbank School she was offered the opportunity to teach secondary English. After two years, she progressed to second in department and eventually became the head of the English department; it was during this time she completed a Masters in English. Although, Zahida thoroughly enjoyed her time as HoD, and as her career had taken a different path from where it began, she decided to go back to being a class teacher and join Bishop Vesey's. Zahida believes in balance, therefore family time is an integral part of her life. In her free time: she loves reading, researching the historical roots of literature, going to the theatre and jogging. Zahida hopes to contribute to the nurturing of all our students here at BVGS and develop their love of literature. She hopes she able to inspire them to succeed and make the most of the opportunities they are offered at BVGS.