NCB Advisory Group

Tehmina Hashmi

Chair of the NCB Advisory Group

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Tehmina was born in 1966 in Nairobi, Kenya and came to England in 1972 when her parents were forced to leave a country that was becoming politically unstable. Having a relatively affluent lifestyle in Africa the family found themselves starting from scratch in Salford, Manchester where she grew up until leaving for University and marriage (at the same time!) in 1985. She qualified as a Biochemist and after having her three children, she became a teacher. Teaching for 28 years in Bradford, with a short spell in Manchester, she has recently taken early retirement. Her most recent leadership role was as Executive Principal at an All-through Academy in BD4 which serves some of the most disadvantaged children in the community. She has always worked in challenging schools and finds the rewards of nurturing ambition and aspiration outweighs these challenges. From a teaching background and with a passion for science, she enjoyed the very different challenge of school leadership. Getting to grips with running a business with 280 staff and a turnover of 13 million seems very far away from the training she had as a teacher of science. She has enjoyed her leadership roles and looking forward to exploring more restful pursuits in the future!

Vicky Clifton

Vice Chair of the NCB Advisory Group

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Vicky is the Head of Learning at the National Science and Media Museum. Her career in education has spanned over 25 years with a focus on inclusivity and equity in both formal and informal education for children, young people and their parents and carers. Vicky places high value on parents as powerful co educators of their children and advocates and campaigns for increased parental engagement and advocacy in learning. Vicky’s work at the National Science and Media Museum has been instrumental in supporting the Museum’s ambition to become more closely aligned with Bradford and as a result has seen the number of schools in Bradford visiting the Museum, double and the annual education visitor numbers increase year on year. The Bradford Science festival has continued to be delivered throughout Covid as well as a core programme of STEM learning for schools and families through the distribution of over 100,000 printed resources. Vicky has been a core member of the team bringing a successful stage one National Lottery Heritage bid to the museum this year. Her team’s work with communities, schools and families has attracted international attention and Vicky has been part of a two-year professional exchange programme with the Museum of Tomorrow in Rio de Janeiro and has spoken about her work at national conferences. Vicky is a graduate of the Jo Cox Women Leaders programme and Chairs the Creative Industries Careers and Technical Education Board.

Dominic Wall

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Dominic Wall is the Executive Principal of Co-op Academy Southfield in Bradford, having established the school from new in 2010 and worked with BSF architects to build a new, inclusive campus where his school is co-located with Co-op Academy Grange. During his career Dominic has worked as a headteacher in SEMH and LDD special schools in Blackburn, Oldham and Bradford, and for the local authority in Bradford as Strategic Adviser for SEN, overseeing the building of eight new special schools. Representing the academies sector on the Schools Forum in Bradford since 2013, Dominic served as Chair from 2015-17, during which period he is proud to have achieved difficult decisions through consensus across all sectors of education. Designated by the Department for Education as a National Leader of Education, Dominic is a member of the DfE’s SEND Reference Group which is consulted about developments in national policy for specialist settings. From 2019-22 Dominic was seconded part-time to NICE as an Education Topic Advisor on SEND.

Martin Priest

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Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Informatics and 50th Anniversary Chair – Professor of Tribology (lubrication, friction and wear) at the University of Bradford. The Faculty comprises all the engineering disciplines, computer science and media design and technology (interactive media, film and television production, computer animation, games and computer applications). Before moving to Bradford in 2015, Martin held the Jost Chair of Engineering Tribology at the University of Leeds, where he worked for 28 years. Born and raised in Salford, Martin has spent most of his professional life in Yorkshire and his two children were born and educated locally. He is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (UK), a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IoM3, UK), a Fellow of the Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers (USA) and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (UK).

Sidiq Ali

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I am the CEO of a supported accommodation project and hold a 3 year local government tender to accommodate Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children Looked after by Bradford, Wakefield and Calderdale Councils. I am a qualified and registered social worker and a member of the British Association of Social Workers (BASW). I have practiced in local Government as a social worker and Manager within Educational Social Work, Fostering Services and Leaving Care Services. Currently I practice as a self employed Independent Social Worker undertaking various freelance work including complaints panels and assessment work. I hold the position of Independent Children’s Advocate and Education Advisor for a private fostering Agency called Unity Foster Care. I was a parent governor from 2007 to 2013, and then took a position of Trust Director at the Beckfoot Trust from 2013 to 2019. I was a member of the trust board and audit committee during this period. The Trust grew from 2 schools to 10 schools during my time on the board with a £40million budget. I was a Parent Governor representative on Bradford Council’s Children’s Services Overview and Scrutiny Committee from 2014 until 2019. I have a 16 year old son who is part of the first cohort to join NCB in September 2019. He is studying his A levels in Business, Economics and Accounting.

Katie Miller

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Katie is a Strategic Business Account Manager for the Crown Commercial Service (CCS), the largest public procurement organisation in the UK. Katie works in the East Midlands and East of England regions, and has a specific focus on engagement with universities and education providers, as well as supporting wider public services, enabling these organisations to benefit from significant savings when accessing CCS procurement frameworks.

Prior to this Katie worked at the University of Bradford for seven years, managing the UK & EU Student Recruitment Team. This role enabled Katie to champion strategies linked to raising aspirations and promoting higher education across the UK and Europe, a significant part of Katie’s role also involved working to reduce gaps between those most, and least, represented in higher education.

Katie has also worked in a number of recruitment and employability roles, delivering careers guidance, and managing a diverse range of business stakeholders across the West Yorkshire area. Katie has lived in Bradford since birth and is passionate about ensuring young people across the district are provided with quality information and guidance about their future options, and that all individuals have the opportunity to reach their full potential.

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