Jon Harris

Title: Jon Harris, Chief Executive Officer

Experience and Skill Set:  Experienced leader, holding a number of posts: senior leader in 6 schools (3 secondary mainstream and 3 special schools), chaired Birmingham Special School Head Teacher Association, chaired Special Forum. Currently on the board of Sendiass and I am a director of The Childrens Quarter.

About Me: I joined EIAT as CEO in January 2022.  Prior to that, I have been a senior leader in 6 schools (3 secondary mainstream and 3 special schools) and worked in a range of different environments and situations.  My last post was as Head teacher of Hamilton School for over 8 years.  Last Year, I was also Interim Head teacher at Langley School from February to October.
I have been the chair of the Birmingham Special School Head Teacher Association and chaired Special Forum.  I am currently on the board of Sendiass and I am a director of The Childrens Quarter.”

Calvin Hussey

Title: Calvin Hussey, Chair

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.

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.

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.

Ian Lang

Title: Ian Lang, Trustee

Experience and Skill Set: General Management for a large national bank and now owner of my own business. Father of a student at The Hive College.

About Me: I worked for a large national bank for 15 years starting as a trainee and ending as an Area Manager with multiple outlets. I have experience with many aspects of general management eg HR, Finance, Procurement, Marketing etc. I started my own Financial Services business in 2003 which I still run today.

Motivation: My son is a student at The Hive so I have the benefit of a parents perspective. I hope to combine my experience outside of the education environment and knowledge that comes with having a son with a learning disability to assist in any way that I can.


Dave Bennett

Title: Dave Bennett,

Operations Innovation & Improvements Director Engineering Services UK&E

Experience and Skill Set : Dave is a Chartered Civil Engineer with over 30 years’ experience in the design and construction of infrastructure projects. Dave joined Atkins in January 2021 to lead Operations, Improvements and Innovation across the UK and Europe business.

About Dave : He has previously led business Operations in the Civil Infrastructure and Buildings markets across UK, Europe, Middle East and Africa and has also led the development of a Social Value strategy ensuring investments and activities target the communities that need most support.

Dave is also a Non-Exec Director of Jericho Construction, a Social Enterprise aimed at helping people become fulfilled, skilled, and employed. Often the people they help just need a caring, supportive employer who will give them a chance to shine in work and in life.