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Chief Executive Officer, Ex Offcio Executive Principal– Kim Docking

  • Kim Docking studied at Warwick University and had a very successful career as a teacher in a number of Coventry Schools.
  • She was appointed Head Teacher at Walsgrave CE Primary in 2005. The school was recognised by OFSTED as outstanding in 2010.
  • Kim provided leadership support to new headteachers in the city and was asked by the Coventry LA to lead Clifford Bridge when it went into Special Measures . The success of this partnership led to the creation of The Inspire Federation. Clifford Bridge came out of Special Measures as a ‘Good’ school in 2012 at an unusually fast rate.
  • The LA approached Kim to lead Sir Frank Whittle Primary (also in Special Measures). In Nov 2014 SFW came out of Special Measures as an RI school with L&M as Good and Kim’s own leadership being describes as vigorous.
  • In September 2016, the LA once again asked Kim to provide leadership support to Hearsall Community Primary. Hearsall Community Academy joined the Inspire Education Trust in April 2017.
  • Kim has attained the Primary Executive Headship through the National College for School Leadership.
  • As an NLE Kim continues to provide support to others . Walsgrave CE is a National Support School.
  • Kim attends strategic partner meetings at both Blue Sky and Castle Phoenix Teaching Schools representing the Federation.

Chair of Directors - Malcolm Tyler

Malcolm is the Vicar of St Mary’s, Walsgrave having been there since 1991. A long term Governor of Walsgrave School, he was Chair at its first ever OFSTED and has seen the school go from strength to strength over the years. He is keen for all people to be comfortable in their own skin, valued both by themselves and the society around them and sees schooling as an important and integral part of the learning process to become an adult. He values the creativity and openness of children and often marvels at their ability to accept the complexity of the world around them. Before ordination Malcolm used his Maths and Economics degree to work as a government statistician and then studied theology at Cambridge University. He came to Coventry in 1991.
Outside of his role as Governor Malcolm is a Spiritual Director and has a significant role in the diocese and nationally in the selection of ordination candidates.

Inspire Director - David Kershaw CBE, JP, MA, Hon DEd, FRSA

  • Cabinet Lead for Education – City of Coventry May 2012 onwards.
  • AET Regional Director – August 2012 – April 2014.
  • Regional Director – Midlands – Future Leaders April 2010 – December 2012.
  • Executive Principal Fullhurst Community School Leicester from 2009 until August 2010. (Came out of Special Measures in June 2010).
  • Executive Principal, New College Leicester, from November 2005 (Came out of Special Measures in March 2006).
  • Interim Head of Service for Transformation for Leicester’s LA 2006-2009.
  • Executive Headteacher of Bradford Cathedral Community College from January 2002 to December 2003 and Coordinator of Education Bradford’s Secondary Support Team from January 2004 until January 2006.
  • Headteacher of Coundon Court School and Community College, Coventry, for 22 years, an 11 – 18 school with 1800 pupils and 350 students in VI Form (a Leading Edge and Training School with Technology College status). His leadership was described as ‘inspirational’ by OfSTED in 1999. In 2001, Chief Inspector of Schools Annual Report the school was named as one of
    the most improved secondary schools in the country. In 2000 and 2001, the school was awarded The School Improvement Award.
  • Ex member of the Training Development Agency and Board of Sport England Lottery Panel.
  • Appointed in 2002 to be a DCFS Pathfinder Adviser and Member of the DCFS / DCMS School Sports Coordinator Board. Became a DCFS Accredited School Improvement Partner.
  • Governor at Coundon Court School and Community College, Coventry- 2011 -2012 Governor at Hollyfast Primary School, Coventry 2011 onwards Chair of Governors at Alice Stevens Special School, Coventry January 2013.

Inspire Director - Sybil Hanson (DDE)

• Mathematics degree from Manchester University
• Teaching career from 1961 and came to Coventry in 1972 where I spent 25 years at Blue Coat CE School, initially as Head of Mathematics and then appointed Deputy Head in 1977
• I retired from teaching in 1997 and became a DBE member and have recently stepped down as vice-chair.
• I have been involved with school governance since 1997 in a variety of settings and I am currently vice-chair at St John’s CE Academy
• I represent the DBE on both Coventry and Warwickshire School Forums, and I continue to chair Coventry Schools Forum which I have done for many years
• I also represent the DBE as a co-opted member on Coventry City Council’s Education & Children’s Services Scrutiny Board 2
• I am a member of the Cathedral Community and regularly worship there

Inspire Director – Graham Wise

  • Experience in retail and commercial banking for 32 years and completed Institute of Bankers qualifications (IoB) and ACIB qualifications.
  • Commercial Planning Consultant – Financial Services qualifications (ifs).
  • Dip PFS from the ifs, and CeMAP (Mortgage) qualification.
  • Joined Lloyds Wealth Management as a Private Banking Manager – looking after Investment portfolios for private clients.
  • Currently working for Lloyds SME Banking since 2007, as a Personal Banking manager, to Directors of SME clients, t/o range £10-25m, across the East Midlands.

Inspire Director - Lisa Hayes

– Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Personal Development – CIPD gained at Coventry University – 2005
– Extensive recruitment experience gained in the private and public sector recruiting at a senior level for global organisations including finance, property, arts and leisure industries.
– A wealth of HR experience has been gained in the private and public sector. I have worked within the education arena in HR for 14 years, which has included developing policies and procedures for schools.
– Co-opted Governor at Hearsall Community Primary School for three years responsible for pupil premium and sports premium.
– Currently employed by the University of Warwick in a HR capacity concentrating on operational HR for academic and professional support staff.

Inspire Director - Gillian Bowser

Mrs Gill Bowser (BA.QTS – Hons; NPQH) – Pen Portrait

• Gill qualified as a teacher (BA.QTS) in 1995 completing a four year course at the University of Warwick majoring in Art and Music.
• Gill was appointed as Headteacher of King Henry VIII Preparatory School, Coventry in 2015. She is the first female Headteacher in the 600 year history of the Coventry School Foundation. The Independent School Inspectorate currently judges the school to be Excellent in all aspects of its work.
• Her first Headship began in 2008 at Alderman’s Green Community Primary School, Coventry. Whilst Head, the school was inspected by Ofsted on three occasions under three Frameworks and the improvement journey moved the school from ‘satisfactory’ to ‘good’ in all areas.
• During her teaching career, Gill has worked in primary schools across Coventry including as Deputy Headteacher at Walsgrave CE Primary and as a Leading Numeracy teacher for the Local Authority supporting other teachers across the City.
• She has served as a Governor of Clifford Bridge Academy.
• Gill is an active member of the Talisman Theatre Company, Kenilworth, acting and directing.