Eaton O’Connor – Chair of Governors

I have been a Governor at the Academy Trust for over five years and have served on various sub committee’s as Chair or Vice-Chair. I am married with two children; my daughter attended both Grestone and Hamstead Hall schools before going on to University where she gained an Honours Degree and is now a qualified teacher. My son is currently in year eight at Hamstead Hall Academy.

I have lived in Handsworth Wood for over 30 years and I’m a member of The Handsworth Wood Resident’s Association, taking an active role in organising community events, such as Handsworth Wood In Bloom. I am a keen fundraiser and have raised over £1,500 by climbing Ben Nevis for Breast Cancer Care. I have been a Patron of the NSPCC for over 28 Years. In the past I was a founder/committee member in setting up a local children’s after school club and have worked with the Police to form an inner-city boy’s football league.

I am an Army veteran, having served as a Military Policeman, with postings in Berlin and Northern Ireland. I was also employed by Aston Villa Football Club as Chief Steward, in charge of match day safety and security.

I am employed as a quotation/projects coordinator by a large international electrical manufacturing company.

I believe that children should be given the opportunity of gaining the best education possible, equipping them with the life skills to pursue their chosen career.

Gurpal Rai – Trust Appointed Governor

I have lived in the West Midlands since finishing university in 1997 where I began my career at Prudential Bank/EGG.  I obtained a BSc in Accounting and Finance (Hons) from Aberystwyth University and whilst in employment completed my professional examinations and became a member of ACCA. I have various accounting, project and analytical experience(s) by working in various sectors, such as banking, public sector and more recently at Aston University.  I also spend some of my spare time coaching and managing a young football team and within the last year completed the FA Level 2 Coaching Badge.   Over the last few years I have helped to establish a young football academy within Wolverhampton.  I have three children, two of which attend Grestone.  As well as being a Parent Governor, I am also the Chair of the Ofsted Post Action Plan Committee at Grestone Academy.




Nicole Andrews – Parent Governor

I am passionate about the education of children and young people and I am honoured to have the opportunity to serve as a parent governor at Grestone Academy. I feel that I have the personal and professional attributes to make a valuable contribution to the work that the governors do.

I work in the university sector as a research active academic lecturer and have an appreciation of processes and protocol. I also volunteer for a not-for-profit organisation based in Handsworth and have a real understanding of the issues that face communities living in the local area.





Rajwinder Singh – Parent Governor

• I believe that all children deserve to have the best possible start in life and great schooling is at the heart of this.

• I will challenge the school when needed and make sure that parents concerns are heard

• As a parent myself I want my local school to be an Ofsted rated outstanding school and I would work with Grestone to achieve this

• I am a parent and five of my children all attend Grestone and so I know how important it is to work with the school

• I have 15 years’ experience of working in the childcare field, giving advice and support to families, schools and partners like Ofsted

• I would help to make the school a safer place by looking at the parking problems, smoking at the gates etc.

I have an open door policy and feel that only by working together can we can build a school great enough for our children, that means every parent and every child working to together with the staff at Grestone Academy



Samantha Bailey – Staff Governor

I have worked as Senior Office Manager & PA to the Heads of School at Grestone Academy since late 2015 and, during my time here, I have become incredibly passionate about the school’s reputation and success. Since graduating in 2012 from The University of Reading with a degree in English Literature and a Masters degree in Children’s Literature, I have worked in Admin teams at a number of different schools across Birmingham. I firmly believe that every day is a school day, even after you leave school, and I can safely say that I learn something new every day when working in the Education sector!

Our pupils deserve to receive the very best in education and pastoral care and I hope that my time as staff governor can help to work towards this.






Anji Sansi – Staff Governor












Bev Hartigan – Head of School












Emma Ravenscroft – Head of School












Sukhbir Farar – Executive Principal of Hamstead Hall Academy Trust

I started my teaching career at Hamstead Hall as a Mathematics Teacher in 1989. Over the last 28 years I have held many management positions at the school including Head of Year, Head of Maths and 16 years on the Senior Leadership Team. At Leadership Level I have been a Senior Teacher, Deputy Head Teacher, Head of School and in January 2017 I was appointed as one of the Executive Principals of Hamstead Hall Academy Trust.  My particular areas of expertise are Human Resources, School Improvement and Self Evaluation. I have also been an Associate Headteacher in a number of underperforming schools, in Leeds and Birmingham and I have been an assessor for the Cultural Diversity Quality Standard on behalf of the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust. In 2013 I became an Ofsted Inspector and have carried out a number of school inspections over the last 3 years.






Jon Mortimer – Executive Principal of Hamstead Hall Academy Trust

I have over 20 years teaching experience as a Maths teacher and have worked at Hamstead Hall since April 1998.  I have undertaken a variety of roles including Head of Maths, Assistant Headteacher, Deputy Headteacher with specialisms in curriculum and assessment and more recently as Head of School at Hamstead Hall Academy.  In January 2017, I became one of the Executive Principals of Hamstead Hall Academy Trust and recorded as the designated Accounting Officer at the Trust.  Hamstead Hall Academy has been a National Support School since 2009 and I have a wealth of experience of school to school support working in schools across the West Midlands to improve leadership and student outcomes.  In October 2015, I became the Birmingham Education Partnership (BEP) Secondary District Representative for the Perry Barr District.  I am also a member of the BEP School Improvement and Commissioning Committee for Birmingham.