Our members are statutorily responsible for appointing Trustees/Directors to run the Forward Education Trust (FET).


Members of the FET

Constance Henry

Constance is an acknowledged leader with detail-oriented personality and work ethic, having years of substantial executive leadership accomplishments in regulatory environment.

Constance has worked as a manager for many years in OFCOM, part of the BT Group PLC.

Constance has lead the operational performance of c.1000 exchanges and delivery of work to agreed budget of £22m.

Amil Khan BA (Hons), PgDL

Amil’s professional background is in public affairs and policy, with his career including research, campaigning, and stakeholder engagement with individuals and organisations from across a broad range of sectors.

Amil has been a governor at a special school which has enabled him to acquire considerable experience in the area of school governance. His responsibilities as a governor include serving as Vice-Chair of the Full Governing Body, chairing the Finance and Buildings Subcommittee, as well as being the lead governor for Health and Safety.

Amil also serves as a Non-Executive Director of the Warwickshire Cricket Board and produces regular columns for the Birmingham Post.

Simon Topman MBE DL

Simon is a seasoned professional business executive and non-executive leader with a track record of innovation and success in organisations already established
and in those starting from scratch needing drive and commitment.

Simon is currently the Managing Director of Acme Whistles and the Chairman of Millennium Point in Birmingham.

Simon also hold the position of Honorary Vice President of the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists.

Catherine Canty LLB (Hons)

Kate is currently the Clerk to the Lord-Lieutenant of the West Midlands which involves working with the business and voluntary sectors across the region, participating in civic activities, acting as liaison with the armed forces and supporting Royal visits to the County.

A qualified solicitor with over 20 years in commercial property law, subsequently becoming a business and property consultant, Kate has a strong background in constitutional law and governance.

Kate has had various voluntary positions in the employment and skills sector in Birmingham and is currently a director of Millennium Point which promotes education in the field of innovation and technology.

Ava Sturridge-Packer CBE, NLE, NPQH

Ava is an awarded educationalist with over thirty years in education.

She has gained considerable skills and knowledge as a successful Executive Head Teacher, National Leader of Education and Director of a teaching school.

More recently she has been working with the Department for Education in an advisory capacity.

Ava sits as a Trustee on two Multi-academy Trusts and is an advisor to Birmingham Education Partnership.

Minutes of Members Meetings


13.12.17 Members Minutes 405.35 KB 33 downloads


13.12.18 Members Minutes 935.10 KB 4 downloads


    Register of Business and Pecuniary Interest

    Please see below our Register of Pecuniary and Business Interests for all our members of the Forward Education Trust (FET).

    Register of Business Interests and Third party transactions 2019-20 - Members


    Name Term of office (start/end dates) Business Interests Close relationship with employee or provider of services to the Trust Third party declaration Transactions with Academy Trust Names of close family with related party interests
    Simon Topman - Member 21 November 2018 to 20 November 2022 ·        Millennium Point Trust Trustee / Director since 2013.

    ·        J. Hudson & Co (Whistle) Ltd. Director

    None TBC    
    Connie Henry - Member 5 April 2017 to 4 April 2021 None None Entity influenced - FET None None
    Amil Khan - Member 5 April 2017 to 4 April 2021 ·        Remembering Srebrenica. Director, from January 2020.

    ·        Warwickshire Cricket Board. Director.

    ·        Conservative and Unionist Party. Member.

      Entity influenced - FET None None
    Ava Sturridge-Packer 6 March 2019 to 5 March 2023 To be confirmed        
    Catherine Canty - Member / Director


    5 April 2017 – 7 July 2019

    8 July 2019 to 4 April 2021

    ·   Elms Farm School, Governor, Chair of Finance Committee.

    ·   Millennium Point Trust, Trustee


    None West Midlands Lieutenancy None None