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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. 

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. 

Mark Proctor

Mark has over 10 years’ experience in finance and works full time in industry. This journey started out as an apprentice studying the AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) qualification and after completing this, he proceeded to become a chartered management accountant and he is now a full associate member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.

Mark became a governor at the George Dixon Academy after successfully completing the Effective Board Member Programme governance certificate course. The course was focused on giving young people the necessary skills to prepare them for a role on the board of third sector organisation.

In his spare time Mark is a keen fitness enthusiast and will compete in Tough Mudder, which is a 10-12 mile course consisting of 20 obstacles and in doing so he is  fundraising for Epilepsy action.



Details on four newly appointed Trustees to follow shortly.

  •                 Two Parent Trustees
  •                 Two Staff Trustees