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Director’s Profile

Dr Cheron Byfield - Founder/Chairperson

Dr Byfield, the founder of King Solomon International Business School, listed in the Powerful Media Powerlist,  is a visionary, trailblazer, transformational leader, author and co-founder of the educational charity Excell3. The vision for King Solomon International Business School has emerged from Dr Byfield’s Christian faith and her long standing passion for both enterprise and education. Dr Byfield  has over 20 years business experience and has worked as a Business Advisor (supporting 100’s of people to start, expand and diversify their own businesses) an Enterprise Training Manager, Business Studies and Management Lecturer, Director of an Enterprise Agency and as a  Head of a university Enterprise and Careers Department.

Dr Byfield, the author of the researched-based book, “Black boys Can Make it… how they Overcome Barriers to University in the UK and USA”, published by Trentham books and endorsed by Lord Adonis, the then Schools’ Minister, also developed an OCN accredited course based on the book which has served to equip young people across the nation to access university. Dr Byfield has also written a number of booklets for parents including the DFE commissioned ‘Help Your Children To Learn’, as well as articles for academic journals and chapters in edited books including ‘Establishing a New School and Getting it Right from the Start’, produced by Woodard Schools and SSAT (the Schools, Students and Teachers Network).

Dr Byfied was voted by Keep the Faith Magazine as one of the top ten most influential Black Christian Women in England and is featured in Powerful Media’s 2018 Powerlist as being among the top 100 most influential Black people in England.  She also featured in ‘It’s My Thing’ on BET TV over a two year period on the theme of ‘Transforming Lives through Education’ and has been invited on several occasions to meet with Prime Ministers.

Dr Byfield leads by example in pursuit of academic excellence having obtained 4 degrees including a BA in Economic History, an MSc in Human Resource Management, an MBA (with distinction) and a doctorate from the University of Oxford.


Jaz Boora

Mr Boora, a practicing Christian, brings to the Board of Directors a wealth of professional experience within a multi-disciplinary context. He has worked extensively with children, young people, adults and families for decades as a Senior Youth worker, Youth Offending Case Manager, Preventing Violent Extremism Officer and Team Leader (mental health, LD and Complex needs) in various sectors including the private, public and voluntary sectors.  Mr Boora has extensive expertise in  issues on radicalisation, terrorism and counter-terrorism. He has lectured on undergraduate crime and security studies degree programmes, trained a number of professionals, delivered many speeches at conferences and on sky TV, been involved in a documentary, written a number of published articles, hosted a number of his own conferences/events involving contributors from leading academia, researchers, professionals and practitioners, trained a range of professionals and is the author of an independent research book entitled ‘Safeguarding from Extremism; a New Approach Post 7/7’, published in 2015 with the 2nd edition due late 2019/2020. He is currently completing his Master’s Degree in Terrorism, Crime and Global Security.

Mr Clive Bailey - BA FISM

Clive, a co-founder of Excell3 is an experienced international business and product development manager having worked as the Global Project manager for an international company for over 20 years, identifying market opportunities, initiating and executing strategies. Clive is a Fellow of The Institute of Sales & Marketing Management (UK). He has been a school governor for over 11 years in a secondary school (Ofsted rated ‘Good’), serving as a Parent and Community Governor where he also sits on the Teachers’ Appeals panel.


Mrs Carol Brown - MSc FCIPD - Vice Chair

Carol brings to the governing body an impressive combination of extensive corporate and strategic leadership for a number of service areas with hands on experience of driving the Human Resources and Organisation Development (HR//OD) agenda, spanning three large unitary authorities, Birmingham, Dudley and Walsall and also Worcester City (District) Council. She has been Corporate Director and Chief Strategic Advisor for a local authority, where her portfolio included HR/OD, Health & Safety, Equalities, Corporate Policy and Performance, Procurement, Internal Audit, Legal and Democratic Services, Scrutiny, Communications and Engagement and Shared Services – Commissioning. In addition she has been a statutory Monitoring Officer for a local authority. Carol also has a keen interest in education, sports and physical activity and actively promotes the importance of health, nutrition and sports/ physical activity.

Susan Lawrence - Finance, Audit & Resources Committee

Susan Lawrence FCCA

Susan is an FCCA qualified accountant and brings with her impeccable financial knowledge, including leading on change management and implementing accounting systems resulting in large savings within public and blue chip private organisations.

Susan has worked within the education sector lending her experience and financial advice to a range of institutions, from nurseries to universities. She has served on finance committees within schools and the higher education sector which included supporting a Multi Academy Trust on budget management.

Susan has a passion for seeing young people reach their full potential, and has travelled across the world doing charity work in the education sector.

 Fiona Orchard

Fiona Orchard Fiona is the Headteacher for Presfield, an outstanding all through school in Shropshire.
Fiona’s varied teaching career began in Hampshire, before moving to Shropshire in 1992,  initially teaching primary years with music, then becoming a specialist teacher and adviser on Special Educational Needs and Inclusion, both at school and county level. These experiences led to her specialism in teaching and learning which brought her to Prestfelde in 2009.  She has developed teaching and learning throughout the School, ensuring that the child is always at the centre of their own learning, Fiona has also been instrumental in establishing an expert team of teachers who know and understand the children and are able to get the best out of them in positive and enjoyable ways.
Fiona is married to Rob and they have four children; Charlotte, William, Ross and Daniel.  Her hobbies include travelling (with her family), sharing her music with friends and keeping fit and active through running, tennis and the gym.

Marlene Douglas - B'Ed hons, M'Ed, NPQH (Advisor without voting rights)

Marlene Douglas is a headteacher with over 15 years leadership experience and is currently serving as Head Teacher of a primary school. Marlene started her career in Birmingham and has worked in a range of primary schools in predominantly socially deprived areas. She has considerable experience of Ofsted and has successfully turned around a school in a category to receive a good rating with outstanding in some areas.

Developing her career as Deputy Head Teacher and then as head teacher in a large primary school in Birmingham she had responsibility for raising assessment and achievement and this has been a continuing thread to her career. Marlene also has expertise in analysing data, curriculum development and safeguarding. 

Dr Mark Yeadon - CPA EPA 

Mark holds an honours degree in Engineering Science from the University of Oxford and a doctorate in Metallurgy and Materials from the University of Birmingham. Since graduating he has worked in University and Government research laboratories in both the United States and South East Asia, and held a faculty position as Lecturer in Materials Science at the National University of Singapore. Upon returning to the UK Mark qualified as a UK and European patent attorney and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys.

As a patent attorney Mark works closely with companies and organisations at the leading edge of innovation in science and technology, including start-up companies, SMEs and MNCs. He has a keen interest in preparing the next generation of entrepreneurs to not only survive but thrive in the continually changing.

Samantha Mian - Parent Governor

Samantha is one of our parent Directors. She is a qualified EAL teacher and is working in a local Secondary school as a support teacher for children whose first language is not English. The students she works with come from a variety of cultures and backgrounds.

As a parent of children who attend King Solomon she is committed to the school, the vision and all children of the school. 

Charlene Taylor Bcs RGN Bsc - Parent Governor

My name is Charlene Taylor and I am currently working as a community staff nurse (District Nurse) for a private company treating NHS patients in their own homes.  I have always been passionate about the health and well-being of young people, and this was the catalyst that started my nursing career.  I have a very keen interest in the facilitation of personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE) at school and this led me to start my own company delivering sex and relationship workshops to secondary age children. 

As the Primary Parent Director, I have a son in primary who started at King Solomon in reception in the school’s first year of opening back in 2015.  I wholeheartedly believe in the vision of the school and believe with the help of our eclectic and diverse parent population we can bring that vision to fruition. 

I was previously the Vice Chair of King Solomon's Parent School Partnership (PSP) and believe that helping parents to realise their value and potential impact as shareholders, is what will make the 'sleeping Giant' that is King Solomon, awake.

As a Director I currently have responsibility for attendance and punctuality and will take particular interest in this aspect of the school’s life.

Associate Members (without voting rights).

Jill Saunders - BEd Hons - Scrutiny Committee 

Jill has a wealth of experience in education having had a successful teaching career to a senior level in Birmingham and the West Midlands including Post 16. She worked for Birmingham City Council Education Department firstly as an 11-19 adviser, then Senior Adviser for Secondary School Evaluation and Quality Assurance, including link adviser to and School Improvement Partner to primary, secondary and special schools.  She introduced, led and managed the government initiated School Improvement Partner Programme in Birmingham and  became Principal Adviser for Learning and Achievement across all phases managing a large team of advisers and having strategic responsibility for wide ranging government initiatives.

She worked with Department of Education supporting Birmingham schools and Governing Bodies with the Academies programme and worked closely with the National College in supporting schools in developing appropriate teaching and learning strategies as well as in developing the Local Leaders of Education programme.

Since January 2012, Jill has developed a freelance education adviser role across the West Midlands working with schools, academy trusts, legal companies and a range of educational institutions on school improvement. She delivers training for governors, mentors new chairs of governors and coaches inexperienced governing bodies. Jill is an experienced external adviser for senior leadership performance management.

She is a member of the Birmingham Diocesan Board of Education, chairs the diocesan Standards Committee, and is a member of the diocesan governors group.  She is the  Chair of Governors at two schools and is a member of the Titan Education Trust MAT Board where she is vice chair of a alternative 14 -16 provision academy.

Kevin Fearon - MBA, MCIH - Finance Audit & Resources Committee

Kevin has been working in the social housing and community regeneration sector for the last 28 years with particular expertise in property development and asset and housing management, and is fully committed to enhancing the educational potential of young people throughout the West Midlands. He currently serves as Operations Director for Nehemiah Housing Association and is the chair of the Resources Committee for Wolverhampton Homes. 

Dionne Gravesande - Scrutiny Committee

Dionne Gravesande is Head of Church Advocacy at Christian Aid, the official development agency of 41 sponsoring churches in Britain and Ireland.  Dionne has over 25 years of experience working with the Church in the UK and across the global, and continues her work in the community through her governance roles in both secondary and primary schools as well serving on several national charity bodies.


Can be made through Sue Cooke, our Clerk to the Directors on admin@kingsolomonibs.com

Governance Structure


Board of Directors Remit

The key powers of the Board are set out in Article 5 of the Articles of Association of King Solomon, and the following is based directly on the points set out in that Article. The Board is a strategic body and as such is concerned with the overall objectives and management of King Solomon. It should not be involved in every detail of every decision. The Board must direct King Solomon ‘affairs in such a way as to promote its objects and is responsible for the strategic management, direction and overall control of King Solomon. The functions of the Board include: defining and ensuring compliance with the values and objectives of the company and establishing policies and plans to achieve those objectives; approving each year’s budget and accounts before publication; establishing and overseeing a framework of delegation of its powers to Committees and employees under Article 105 with proper systems of control; keep under review the funding agreement, and ensure compliance; monitoring King Solomon’ performance in relation to its plans, budget controls and decisions; appointing (and if necessary removing) Senior Officers; satisfying itself that King Solomon’ affairs are conducted in accordance with generally accepted standards of performance and propriety; and taking appropriate advice on the items listed in Articles 5 and in particular on matters of legal compliance and financial viability.

Finance Audit and Resources Committee Remit

Chairperson: Susan Lawrence

This committee has delegated powers from the Full Governing Body to deal with all financial, buildings, IT, other school resources, and admissions and marketing matters on behalf of the Governing Body. On finances, this committee is expected to ensure that the school operates within all appropriate Financial Regulations, to help the school to maximise ethical income opportunities and to set the terms for prudent expenditure. The resources remit of this committee is concerned with the maintenance and use of premises, grounds, infrastructure (such as IT, catering), school transport and extended school facilities. It should act on behalf of the Governing Body in all issues relating to accommodation, grounds, caretaking, cleaning, decorating, maintenance and community use. It will monitor efficient use of resources and utilities maintaining an overview of costs and lettings policy of premises. Risk Assessment and Health and Safety issues also fall within this remit. The admissions and marketing role of this committee is to develop the profile of King Solomon in the community, to encourage pupil applications and oversee the admissions process. This will also involve making partnerships with other organisations, making King Solomon an effective educational resource at the heart of the Birmingham.  This committee is also responsible for ensuring that the vision and Christian ethos of the school is effectively embedded into all areas of the school.

Scrutiny Committee

Chairperson: Clive Bailey

This Committee has been established to drive rapid and sustained progress in the school. The Committee will ensure that good practice is effectively embedded into the school, holding the senior leaders to account and monitoring the schools Post Ofsted Action Plan, ensuring it has clear actions, timescales, success driven criteria, and responsibilities covering the main areas for improvement which have been agreed.

For more information or to make contact with our Board of Directors, please contact our Clerk to the Governors (Sue Cooke) at admin@kingsolomonibs.com

Attendance at meetings  

All Directors are member of the full Board. In addition most Directors also sit on one or two other Committees; this is reflected in their overall number of meetings attended.

Updated NOVEMBER  2019





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hr consultant

member of c.i.p.d – f.c.p.d

director at yardsdale

Cheron Byfield


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Member and Director








finance director

telford & wrekin cuncil

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director of Yeadon ip limited

member of IET

fellow chartered institute of patent attorneys CIPA








Dionne Gravesend







































head of primary








Rev David Illingworth


Self Employed Management mentor and coach


Dr Sola Adesola


Employment – Oxford Brookes University

Director of advantage Global Positioning Ltd

Trustee at Bridge Builders Trust MK

Board Member at Fellow, Higher Education Academy



Dr Cheron Byfield


Excell3 LTD

A Trust member is a Director of Excell3

Excell3 may appoint one Trustee