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.

Gregg Barton B.Sc, M.Sc, MA

Gregg is a Partner and Programme Director with Arcadis, a national design and consultancy company.

He is an experienced professional with over 15 years experience coordinating and delivering complex construction projects, from PFI through to smaller extension schemes. He has been involved in every stage of procurement; as a surveyor, contractor, client, proposer, and project manager.

He has familiarity of both regional and national frameworks, the routes to market and the forms of contracts utilised. He has vast knowledge of the project management and procurement processes, both domestically in the local and national government sector as well as internationally.

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.

Navdeep Kainth (Hons)

Navdeep graduated from London Guildhall University in 1994 with a BA (Hons) in Business and has had a career in financial services for over 15 years where he was an independent financial adviser. Navdeep went on to travel extensively around Europe spending time in mostly Italy and Romania as a consultant to several businesses and has more latterly been a Director and Responsible Person for a pharmaceutical wholesaler.

Navdeep is currently involved in business development of a new range of food supplements and working with an electric vehicle charging company providing a holistic approach to transitioning to a new lower carbon world.

Minutes of Members Meetings


13.12.17 Members Minutes 405.35 KB 47 downloads


13.12.18 Members Minutes 935.10 KB 10 downloads


12.12.19 AGM Minutes 635.22 KB 33 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 2020-21 - Members
    Name Term of office (start/end dates) Business Interests

    (Include relevant business and pecuniary interests – if ‘none’ this should be clearly stated.  Include any other school governor posts held and any connections between governors and school staff)

    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 - Chair 21 November 2018 to 20 November 2022 ·  Academy Council Member None. None. None. None.
    Connie Henry - Member 5 April 2017 to 4 April 2021 None. None. None. None. None.
    Ava Sturridge-Packer - RESIGNED 6 March 2019

    Date of Resignation:
    4 November 2020

    ·  A.S.P Education Solutions Limited (My own Company)

    ·  Summit Trust Oaklands Academy Acocks Green. Chair of local governing body.

    ·  King Edwards Foundation Grammar School for boys Handsworth. Governor.

    ·  Cromwell Education Trust. Trustee

    ·  Sturridge Foundation. Trustee

    ·  Amadeus Wolverhampton. Trustee

    None. None None None
    Catherine Canty  - Member / Director


    5 April 2017 –

    7 July 2019



    8 July 2019  to

    4 April 2021


    ·   Elms Farm School, Governor

    ·   CEO West Midlands Lieutenancy

    None None None None
    Gregg Barton - Member 17 April 2020 to 16 April 2024 ·None. None. None. None. None.
    Navdeep Kanith Academy Council Member None None None None