The Governing Body


    Birchfield Educational Trust Limited which manages Birchfield School is both a registered charity and also a registered company and as such is subject to stringent regulations in its management and financial affairs.  The Trust is a company limited by guarantee and is thus not owned by any individual or group and is managed by the Trustees.
     Mrs T K Carver – Chair

    Tracy is a practising Solicitor and a Partner in a local law firm specialising in employment law.  Her husband David is a Birchfield old boy (1969 to 1975) and their son was at Birchfield from 1998 to 2008.  Tracy became a Governor in 2002, becoming Vice Chair in 2007. She has been the Acting Chair since October 2016. 
    Mr C Berriman
    Chris was educated at Birchfield and Repton before reading Medieval English and History at Birmingham University.  His professional career started as a sporting memorabilia expert with Phillips Fine Art Auctioneers in Bond Street. During that time he worked briefly as a part time sports journalist for Hayters Agency on Fleet Street. Since 1987 he has worked for Allsop LLP, chartered surveyors and property consultants. He is a Fellow of the RICS and he has been a residential property auctioneer for the last 30 years, currently running a team of around 30 people. He is married with two daughters.
    Mr A G Frankling

    Adam is Associate Director of Business Development for a specialist construction & engineering company, having worked in sales and marketing for 20 years, nearly 9 of which was with the world’s largest construction company.He was a pupil at Birchfield from 1983 up to Godfrey Hall’s last year as Headmaster in 1990, before continuing his education at Wolverhampton Grammar School. He went on to achieve a 2:1 (Hons) degree in Business and Management Studies from the University of Bradford’s School of Management before gaining his Chartered Institute of Marketing Professional Postgraduate Diploma. Adam became a Governor in May 2010 and his passion for Birchfield is as strong as ever. 
    Mr S Legge

    Stewart lives in Bridgnorth and is married to Julia with two grown up children. Stewart’s son is Birchfield’s only 3rd generation boy (1999-2009) to date. Stewart attended Birchfield between 1972-1977 and then went onto Wrekin College. He swam for Shropshire until the age of 18 and has played Midlands Veteran’s Hockey. Stewart works in the IT industry and has worked for organisations such as IBM and Oracle in roles with responsibility for significant revenue streams. He was previously Chair of the Friends of Birchfield and raised funds to deliver projects such as the hall staging and the Tiger Turf. Stewart has been a Governor for 8 years and has an absolute passion for Birchfield. 


    Mrs A Pass

    Alison’s background is in international corporate sales and business skills training, having worked as Development Director for market leader TACK International. She has a Level 4 Diploma in delivering Lifelong Learning skills. Alison joined the Board in 2015 after stepping back from full time work. She is an ex-Birchfield parent and she continues to run the popular Birchfield Enterprise Club, delivering business and life skills to pupils in Years 5 to 8. 
    Mr J Squire

    John was educated at Yarlet, Rugby School and Durham University where he achieved a BA Hons degree in Economics and Economic History and played for the UAU winning rugby XV in 1987 at Twickenham; a team that included ex England captain Will Carling. Following Durham John worked for six years in marketing in blue chip PLC companies before moving back to run his eighth generation 237 year old family business, Squire Locks.  John lives in Shropshire with his wife and two sons, the eldest boarding at Malvern and youngest, who was a Birchfield pupil, who is boarding at Repton School.  
    Mrs L Statham

    Lynne gained a Teaching Certificate at St Matthias Teacher Training College in Bristol specializing in Biology, Maths and Education. Following 2 years teaching in Edinburgh she moved south first to Dorset and then Somerset where she taught within the age range 3-8 years. Whilst in Somerset she also worked with children with specific learning difficulties and gained a diploma in Dyslexia.  Her final position was at Hazlegrove, an independent school near Yeovil where she taught for 30 years spending the last 10 years as Head of Pre-Prep. Lynne became a Governor at Birchfield in 2006 with specific responsibility for the Pre-Prep and the EYFS. 
    Mr J White

    Jonathan specialises in the technology sector and has worked in the financial services industry since finishing his education. Married to Rachel, the family have lived in Shropshire until recently relocating to Worcestershire. Jonathan’s sons were both educated at Birchfield School between 2003 and 2015 before going on to board at Malvern College. The family has had a long and participative association with Birchfield; Rachel led the Friends of Birchfield for 3 years as well as managing the School shop. Outside of work Jonathan enjoys a variety of sports, which is mainly dictated by his sons’ love of football and cricket. He is also a volunteer at Birmingham Christmas Shelter, supporting the homeless at Christmas.
    If you would like to contact the Chair of Governors or make a complaint please write to:
    Mrs T K Carver, c/o Birchfield School, Harriott’s Hayes Lane, Albrighton, Wolverhampton, WV7 3AF
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