WMG Academy for Young Engineers is overseen by the WMG Academy Trust. The Trust is made up members from industry and the University of Warwick who have led the development of WMG Academy and oversee its running from a strategic perspective.
The Trust Board is chaired by Stuart Baker, who can be contacted via telephone: 024 7646 4661 or
Email: [email protected]
or c/o The Chief Executive Officer
WMG Academy for Young Engineers
Stuart Baker, BEng (Hons), FRAeS, Operations Executive – Control Systems, Rolls-Royce Civil Aerospace – Chair of the Trust Board
Stuart joined Lucas Aerospace in Birmingham after graduating from Leicester University in 1991 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering with Computing. He has held a variety of management roles in engineering, programme management, manufacturing and quality, prior to the company’s recent acquisition by Rolls-Royce. Stuart’s most recent role was to manage a £75m investment to create a state of the art manufacturing and engineering facility in Solihull which will be home to 1,200 Rolls-Royce employees.
Stuart has been a trustee director of the Rolls-Royce Engine Control Systems pension scheme since 2009, he is the Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP’s skills champion for Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering, he was a member of Birmingham City Council’s Green Bridge Supply Chain investment board, and is also a Vice President of Solihull Chamber of Commerce.
Outside of work, Stuart is a UKCC level 2 qualified Badminton coach, and works on a voluntary basis for Hartshill Hayes Junior Badminton Club. He is married, with two teenage children, and in any remaining spare time he loves to repair all things mechanical, particularly old clocks and watches.
Sally Lucas, BA (Hons), CIPD – Executive Director of Coventry & Warwickshire Chambers of Commerce Training
Sally joined Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber Training after graduating from Coventry University with an honours degree in Psychology, followed by a post graduate diploma in Personnel Management. She has held a number of management positions within the organisation, prior to taking up the post of Executive Director in 2001.
Key responsibilities include setting the strategic vision and leading one of the largest vocational training and development organisations in Coventry and Warwickshire, providing Apprenticeships and other training for over a thousand young people and adults, alongside an extensive range of business to business courses.
As head of Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber Training, a wholly owned subsidiary of Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce, Sally is responsible for delivering high quality workforce development solutions which support businesses and individuals to grow. This includes developing strategic partnerships, including membership of local, regional and national skills bodies, including the British Chambers of Commerce Skills Forum and the Jobs and Skills Business Group of Coventry and Warwickshire LEP, where her role is to champion Apprenticeships, particularly for young people.
Rosie Drinkwater OBE – Group Director of Finance, University of Warwick
Rosie leads the finance function at Warwick, with a particular focus on the commercial areas and strategic projects. She is responsible for overseeing all financial arrangements of the University, reporting to the Vice-Chancellor and President. She is supported by her senior finance management team to whom routine management and operational matters are delegated. Rosie is a member of the Senior Management Team and is extensively involved in the University’s strategy and implementation.
Rosie first came to Warwick in October 1993 when she was appointed as Senior Assistant Finance Officer with specific responsibility for the University’s Earned Income Group. Before that she worked at senior manager level at the accountancy firms Grant Thornton and Price Waterhouse, specialising in advising family-owned businesses, SMEs and professional partnerships.
She is a graduate of St Mary’s College, Durham (Mathematics and Economics) and is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and a member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation.
Rachel Cooper – Assistant Professor, Centre for Teacher Education at the University of Warwick
Rachel Cooper has a wealth of experience within secondary education. She began teaching in 1998
and has worked within a variety of challenging schools, predominantly in pastoral leadership roles.
Rachel joined Warwick University’s Centre for Teacher Education in 2014 as a member of teaching
staff on the secondary PGCE programme. Rachel is currently the Designated Safeguarding Lead
within CTE and also the Religious Studies subject lead.
Rachel is currently undertaking her PhD research which focuses on how safeguarding is effectively
taught to pre-service teachers on PGCE programmes.
Nicola Constant – Chief Financial Officer, WMG at the University of Warwick
Nicola joined the University of Warwick in in 1990 and has held many roles within the University since. Currently she leads the finance function as CFO for WMG, an Academic Department within the University which is known for its close links to industry and the founding Department for the Academy. Nicola is accountable for the financial aspects WMG, reporting to the Head of Department and the Group Finance Director of the University, whilst being part of the Executive Team within WMG. Nicola is a member of the Chartered Institute for Management Accountants, and holds an MBA from the University of Warwick.
James Morgan – Chief Engineer, Jaguar Land Rover
Jim is an experienced leader and digital transformation professional having over 15 years’ experience in automotive diagnostics systems. He is currently Jaguar Land Rover’s (JLR) Chief Engineer for Connected Diagnostics and has been engaged throughout his career in leading organisations in the strategic development, planning and execution of complex technology programmes mostly, although not exclusively, in automotive environments.
He is now leading the Strategic-Connected Diagnostics Platform for JLR and the ‘Software over the Air’ programmes, the goal of which is to ensure JLR’s vehicles are operating with up-to-date software, and able to host state of the art features in the luxury automotive segment.
An Engineer by background Jim obtained his BSc (Hons) Degree in Engineering from Coventry University, and is passionate about using Engineering as a force for change, making a difference to the lives of others.
Prior to joining JLR in 2012, Jim worked with a number of Global automotive manufacturers, mainly in the Engineering and Aftersales domains.
Outside his role at JLR Jim is married, with 2 young children. He was a School Governor for Caludon Castle, an Academy School and part of the Castle Phoenix Trust. His hobbies include running and cycling.
Dr Andy Mottershead – BEd Hons,PhD
Andy taught Economics and Business Studies for 36 years, teaching at Tettenhall College Wolverhampton, where he was the Senior Master.
Andy was also a Principal Examiner for an A level Business paper
An author of several business textbooks and an independent school inspector.
He provided INSET courses for new teachers and examiners.
He was a keen sportsman playing for Lancashire U19s soccer team and played cricket In the Staffordshire and Birmingham leagues.
Now retired he is a volunteer at a Taunton theatre and is ever hopeful Somerset ccc can finally win the County Championship!
Stewart Tait – Chief Executive Officer, WMG Academy Trust
Stewart is an ex-officio Trustee by virtue of his role as Chief Executive Officer.
Stewart joined the WMG Academy Coventry as part of the executive team prior to its opening in September 2014 and has worked for the Trust ever since taking on the role of Principal of the WMG Solihull Academy when it opened in September 2016. He now oversees the running of both academies – Coventry and Solihull. Prior to joining the WMG Academy Trust, Stewart held a number of senior positions within schools and worked as a LA Strategy Advisor.
Professor Christine Ennew – Formerly Provost, University of Warwick
Christine has extensive experience of academic leadership, domestically and internationally. For 7 years, she was Provost at the University of Warwick where she led the development and delivery of the University’s academic strategy. She was responsible for all aspects of academic performance with a particular focus on finances, human resources and space. She also provided leadership in relation to recruitment/admissions, online/distance delivery, EDI/inclusion and sustainability.
Before joining Warwick, she was Provost at the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus with responsibility for all aspects of campus strategy and operations, both academic and non-academic. She spent 5 years as Pro Vice Chancellor at the University of Nottingham and 3 years as Dean of Social Sciences.
Christine graduated from Cambridge University and completed her PhD at Nottingham. In 2016, Chris was awarded an OBE as part of the Queen’s Birthday Honours, for services to Higher Education and British-Malaysian Relations.
Dr Andy Hind – BSc, PGCE, MEd, PhD, FCCT. Head of The Centre for Teacher Education, The University of Warwick
Andy joined the University of Warwick in August 2019 as Head of Secondary Teacher Education leading on the Secondary PGCE courses and International ITE provision before being appointed as Head of The Centre for Teacher Education in September 2023.
Before this, Andy worked first as a science teacher in the north of England, before moving to the University of Leeds as a researcher on an ESRC network project on evidence-based practice in science education. At the end of this project Andy returned to secondary teaching as a Head of Science in a secondary school in Leeds and then moved on to work in teacher education in various roles for the Open University, University of Manchester and Newman University, Birmingham.
For the last seven years, Andy has also chaired the board of governors at his children’s school in Stafford.
Jenny McMillan – Make UK’s Company Secretary and Business Performance Director
Jenny leads on corporate governance, including the company’s legal and regulatory compliance. Jenny also has responsibility for business performance, including strategic oversight of the performance and operations of our Health, Safety & Sustainability business services.
Jenny graduated King’s College London with an LLB Law. Her career spans the public and charitable sectors with roles across HM Government, Old Royal Naval College and the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. During a decade at the heart of Government she worked directly with Prime Ministers and Cabinet Ministers including as Private Secretary to the Home Secretary. She was awarded an OBE in 2011 for her work at the Cabinet Office.
- Philippa Glover – Deputy Director of Finance (Assurance), University of Warwick
- Claire Morris – Associate Principal, WMG Academy Solihull
- Fiesal Mahroof – Associate Principal, WMG Academy Coventry
- Louise Green – Finance Director, WMG Academy
- Belinda Lowe – Clerk to the Trust Board and Governing Bodies (Governance Professional)
- Graham Thompsett – Resigned September 2019
- Glenda Kershaw – Resigned January 2020
- Ben Story – Resigned September 2021
- Dave Williams – Resigned September 2021
- Mike Wright – Resigned May 2022
- Kate Tague – Resigned August 2022
- Jo Lopes – Resigned September 2022
- Charlotte Horobin – Resigned September 2023
WMG Academy Trust Members
- University of Warwick – represented by Andrew Smith
- Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce – represented by Corin Crane
- EEF, trading as Make UK – represented by Richard Greenway
Declarations Of Interest
Trust Board Declarations of Interest Table 2022-2023
The WMG Academy Trust Board oversees governance across the entire trust, with some powers and responsibilities delegated to committees, sub-committees and local governing bodies. You can find out more about the overall governance structure below and about the local governing bodies for each academy by clicking on the respective academy below.
Overarching WMG Academy Trust Governance Structure
WMG Academy Coventry Local Governing Body
WMG Academy Solihull Local Governing Body
TRUST BOARD MEETING ATTENDANCE 2021-2022
Parents can request access to meeting minutes by emailing [email protected].