Steve Hughes

Title: Steve Hughes, C.E.O.

Experience & Skill Set: Curriculum – Early Years, Curriculum – Primary, Curriculum – Secondary, Curriculum – Post 16, Finance – Education, Human Resources, Procurement, Project Management, Premises Management – Building Trade, Local Authority Services

Profession & Job Role: C.E.O. – Education Impact Academy Trust

About Me:

“I have worked in a variety of schools within Birmingham for 45 years, mainly in the area of Special Educational Needs.

During my latter career as C.E.O. of Education Impact Academy Trust I have realised my ambitions for whole school development and the development of a Multi-Academy Trust in order to provide school improvement and the sharing of good practice within our MAT. I have always sought to establish and encourage partnerships that will benefit our schools, college and most importantly, our students.

I presently sit on the Local Authority Schools’ Forum and I am also a member of Birmingham Schools Forum. I also sit on the management board of the Birmingham Special Education Needs and Disability Independent Advisory Service.”

Calvin Hussey

Experience and Skill Set:  General Management, Sales & Marketing, Finance, Procurement, HR.

About Me:
I have recently retired after 40 years in industry. Immediately prior to retirement I was Managing Director of a national stockholder and distributor of metals and plastics employing 200 people operating from 8 locations across the UK.

I am currently a Company Pension Trustee Director and a Community Governor of an Academy school in Wednesbury.

Debbie Rush

Title: Debbie Rush, Chief Operations Officer & Vice Chair of Trust Board

Experience and Skill Set: Finance, Human Resources, Procurement, Facilities Management, Project Management

About Me:

I have 35 years’ experience in business and finance in the public sector, 30 of which have been in the education sector.   I have worked in the Special Educational Needs sector for 17 years and as a senior leader actively and positively contribute to the running and development of the Multi Academy Trust.

I served as a committee member for the Birmingham Association of School Business Managers for 7 years; which aims to promote Business Manager roles within schools, upskilling and improving the effectiveness of Business Managers in their schools.  I passionately believe that an effective Business Manager contributes to the delivery of outstanding teaching and learning.

Motivation: I am passionate that pupils and students with high needs are given the opportunity to live as independently as possible and feel very strongly that each pupil has access to outstanding teaching and learning. I feel this can be achieved by promoting an understanding of their needs and capabilities to the rest of society.

Nikki Brady

Title:Nikki Brady

Profession & Job Role:Executive Director for Further Education Quality Enhancement – University College Birmingham

Experience and Skill Set:
• Curriculum – Secondary, Further and Higher Education
• Quality – Further Education
• Ofsted Further Education and Skills, including apprenticeships to level 6.
• Safeguarding – qualified designated safeguarding lead
• Learning and Teaching – Secondary, Further and Higher Education
• Social Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties – Autism, ADHD, Trauma and Attachment
• Sports Science and Physical Education
• Educational and Behavioural Psychology

About Me:

I have worked in education since 2007 upon achieving a PGCE in Secondary Education and QTS status, working within a Secondary Academy based in Sandwell, before moving onto Further Education lecturing at UCB in 2011.
During my career at UCB I have progressed through various managerial positions such as; Senior Lecturer for teaching and learning enhancement and Assistant Dean for Sport and Creative Services.

Within my current role as Executive Director for Further Education Quality Enhancement, I hold strategic responsibility for the quality of UCB’s Further Education provision. Within this role I work closely with Executive, Senior and Academic management teams to support and enhance curriculum delivery along with driving improvements in student experience and outcomes across Further Education. I am UCB’s quality nominee for Ofsted visits and work closely with external stakeholders on all aspects of quality within Further Education provision.

I am also appointed as an Ofqual independent external expert in the subjects of Education, Psychology, Sport and Physical Education from level 1 – 7, advising on qualification structure and content.

Qualifications and Academic interests:

  • BSc(Hons) Sports Science 2:1 – Staffordshire University
  • PGCE Secondary Physical Education – University of Birmingham
  • Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)
  • Ed – Social Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties – University of Birmingham

My academic interests include; Teaching and Learning within Further Education settings, Understanding and Addressing Inequalities in Educational Provision, Educational Leadership and Improvement, Behavioural Psychology, Positive Behavioural Intervention and support Social Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties within Further Education.


Alex Lofthouse

Title: Alex Lofthouse, Trustee

Experience and Skill Set: Teaching and Learning, Quality Improvement, Curriculum (Post 16, Further Education & Higher Education), Education Partnerships, Governance.

Profession & Job Role: C.E.O. – Equitas Academies Trust

About Me:
I have over 25 years’ experience of working in the education sector, having started my career as a Sport Science Lecturer in a further education college. I have held executive management positions in both the further and higher education sectors with remits for curriculum, quality and school and education-based partnerships. I have experience as an Ofsted quality nominee and have also over 10 years’ experience as a Governor and Trustee. In my current role as C.E.O of Equitas Academies Trust I have responsibility for the overall development strategy within the trust and ensuring that the schools are run effectively and achieve outstanding outcomes for the children and young people.

Motivation: I feel passionately about the positive impact that education can have on children’s and young people’s life chances and am proud to have been associated with The Hive since the programmes first commenced. It is a real privileged to see how the college has helped so many young people develop and give them the opportunity to reach their own potential.