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A Posse Ad Esse - From Possibility to Reality

The Trustees

Sir Robert Dowling


Sir Robert Dowling has extensive experience as a Headteacher in Birmingham where he worked for more than 32 years until he retired in 2011 for the 3rd time! He founded Selly Oak Special School in Birmingham, which became the biggest of its kind in Europe and a leading centre for teaching dyslexic children. He brings extensive experience of secondary education to the Trust inturning around schools. Bob joined the Transforming Education Team in Birmingham City Council in January 2008 where his experience as a Headteacher and his relationships with other Headteachers in the City proved most beneficial when working with schools.


Barry Kicks


Barry Kicks retired in 2000 from a career in the Gas Industry. He is a Chartered Engineer, and spent his early years in Oxford, before moving to the South Coast. In 1989 he moved to the West Midlands in a senior engineering position, before being appointed by British Gas as General Manager for Birmingham, having responsibility for all Engineering, Servicing, Sales, Gas Showrooms, and Adminstration. After a period as Regional Customer Accounting Manager, he directed several national change projects, before becoming National Metering Manager. After retirement, he worked as a Management Consultant on the Channel Tunnel Rail Link. Barry has been a Governor for 21 years at Selly Oak Trust School, and for 14 years at George Dixon. Barry moved back to Oxford in 2007, but continues his important association with both schools.


Professor Karl George MBE


Karl George MBE is Managing Director of The Governance Forum, a consultancy network specialising in corporate governance and founder of the Association of Governance Practitioners (ACGP). An accountant by profession and successful business man he has worked with a wide range of enterprises spanning the private, public and voluntary sectors. Karl is a visiting professor, established author and an accomplished professional speaker specialising in governance, strategy and leadership. He is passionate about community development and sits on a number of boards serving local, regional and national remits.


Anthony Hamilton (Headmaster)


Mr Hamilton is a former double Paralympic gold medallist in athletics over 800m and 1500m. He was also the former world, European and Commonwealth record holder over 1500m.
Mr Hamilton has worked in five secondary schools and was seconded to Birmingham Local Authority to support schools in an Ofsted category before coming to George Dixon in 2009. Since his appointment examination results have risen rapidly, academy status has been granted by the Secretary of Education and he has led the school through two Ofsted inspections with George Dixon academy being judged as good in January 2013.

Shanaz Khan


As a Maths Teacher at George Dixon Academy for the past 2 ½ years, I have been privileged to work with a highly dedicated team of professionals. When the opportunity arose to become a school Governor and get involved in the wider decision making process at George Dixon Academy it seemed a great opportunity.
Prior to entering the education field of work, I worked for British Airways as Cabin Crew for 8 years. During this time I had the opportunity to become an Ambassador for UNICEF, a charity which is still very close to my heart. One of my greatest achievements has been participating in the London and New York Marathon in 2006. My free time is generally taken up by spending time with my 2 children, which usually involves watching my son play football or my daughter attend her Ballet and Acrobatics classes.

Mark Proctor