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Duncan Chamberlain

Chair of trustee board

Duncan’s background in teaching, governance and examining extends for over 20 years, and allied to his business career and commitment to social enterprise, he has brought a depth and range of experience to the Trustees. Duncan was a teacher, Housemaster and Head of Department at King Edward’s School, Birmingham after which he became Head of Department, Head of 6th Form, Director of Leadership and Assistant Head at Trent College. His classroom and school experience was complemented by a long career in A Level examining at A Level, becoming Principal Examiner for OCR. Duncan has also been a Governor at two schools, one primary and one secondary, in Birmingham. A father of three, two of whom attend schools within the King Edward VI Foundation in Birmingham (the other has just graduated from university),Duncan’s business career has offered him a variety of experiences across Europe as he has delivered social innovation and leadership programmes to complement his work with start-up businesses in 11 countries. His belief in economic independence through education and entrepreneurship sustains his working and voluntary life.

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David Wheeldon

Trustee

Headmaster of King Edward VI Five Ways School until his retirement in 2012 and previously Headmaster at Altrincham Grammar School, David has had an illustrious career in education and is firmly committed to the idea of inspiring and enabling young people to achieve beyond their expectations and to make a lasting difference to those with ability, irrespective of their background. David’s career has been exemplified by a commitment to the education for all young people and to innovative educational ideas and reforms, leading to a range of accolades including OfSTED, The Prince’s Teaching Institute, The Specialist Schools and Academies Trust and as a pioneer in the internationalism of education. David has many calls on his time including education consultancy work, grammar school governance, fundraising consultancy as well as trusteeship of a number of social organisations.

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James Blackwell

Trustee

International sportsman and medical doctor, the charity was delighted when James agreed to join the Trustees Board. James studied at both Loughborough University and Nottingham University, combining a successful academic career with high level sports achievement. James is particularly interested in the different approaches to motivation and in developing a range of support for young people i.e. individualising learning, from which he has had personal experience of benefiting. James acts as a mentor to a number of our students who are applying for medicine degrees, and in offering lessons in chemistry and biology. James’ background in sport, including representing England at hockey, whilst achieving academically, also lends his expertise to us about time management and prioritisation. James’ participation in the charity has been immensely effective, especially in overseeing science based learning and university applications.