Leading Professionals Join Respected Sutton Coldfield Multi-Academy Trust

Alex Yip

Former National Schools Commissioner Sir David Carter joins the ATLP membership, while Birmingham City Councilor Alex Yip (Sutton Wylde Green) is a Trustee on the ATLP Board.

ATLP CEO Richard Gill CBE said: “We are delighted and privileged to welcome David and Alex to our family of schools.

“Both are highly regarded in their professions and both are committed to improving education and opportunities for the children and communities we serve. They join us during an exciting time of growth and development as we realize our “One Trust” vision to help all schools excel.

“I also want to thank the brilliant Mick Waters, who is leaving ATLP after five years of dedicated service as a member.”

Sir David was the National Schools Commissioner from 2016 to 2018, with a focus on building capacity and improving schools in multi-academy trusts. Prior to his appointment, he served as the first regional school commissioner in the Southwest.

He graduated in music from the University of London and has taught music at comprehensive schools across the country since he started teaching in September 1983. In 1997 he became headmaster of Cirencester Deer Park School in Gloucestershire.

He was principal of John Cabot City Technology College in Bristol in 2004, before becoming CEO of the Cabot Learning Federation from 2007 to 2014. And he led the federation’s growth to include 12 schools and successfully applied to become the one of the first teaching schools. in the countryside. He was one of the first National Education Leaders (NLE) and was awarded a Knighthood for his services to education on the Queen’s Birthday in 2013.

Sir David, who joins the ATLP as a member, said: “I am delighted to join the ATLP. This growing partnership is committed to raising standards, leading the school improvement agenda. I have known Richard for a number of years and look forward to working alongside such a dedicated and inspiring leader, as well as other professionals who are committed to improving outcomes and experiences for all children.

Councilor Yip has been a Birmingham magistrate since 2009, a school governor since 2007 and a trustee of the City of Birmingham Orchestra (CBSO) since 2018.

After earning a Masters in International Relations from the University of Leicester in 2004, he taught English in Shanghai for a year after volunteering in Ghana and Zambia. He has since returned several times, spending a lot of time volunteering across Africa with the Curatorial Friends of International Development (CFID) programs, teaching budding entrepreneurs business skills in Rwanda and Tanzania in 2017 and 2018.

Currently a member of the Shadow Cabinet for Vulnerable Children and Families, he focuses on SEND issues for the city. He was also a parliamentary candidate for Edgbaston in the 2019 general election.

He was a board member of the Conservative Christian Fellowship (CCF). He is a passionate supporter of mental health awareness, regularly fundraising for mental health MIND before. As a property developer, Alex previously ran a Chinese takeout chain.

Cllr Yip, who joins the ATLP Trust Board as a Trustee, said: “I welcome this opportunity to serve on the ATLP Board. I am passionate about educating and supporting our communities. Through this work, we can make a lasting difference in the lives of so many people, and it’s a rewarding prospect.


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