Health Futures’ Governors bring a wealth of skills and experience to the Board, which provides an essential role by supporting the Principal and his team, and acting as a ‘critical friend’ tasked with questioning and challenging as required. This approach helps ensure that Health Futures’ have robust, well-developed policies and practices, and that high educational standards are set and achieved. Governors have wide ranging powers and duties including general responsibility for the overall conduct of staff and students. In addition to the Governors listed below, Health Futures will appoint a Parent Governor to the Board to ensure that parent and student issues and interests are fairly represented.

Governance Structure

Health Futures Governing Body is made up of nominees of the University of Wolverhampton, nominees of Health sector partners, the Principal and up to two Parent Governors. It meets at least four times per year to consider the performance and strategic direction of the UTC and has three Sub-committees who also meet at least four times a year to undertake business on its behalf and report this business to the board:

Academic Standards
This Committee considers educational aspects of the UTC’s performance including; the quality of teaching and learning, the progress of students and their outcomes, the quality of the curriculum and the quality of pastoral care.

Finance and General Purposes
This committee considers the non-educational aspects of the UTC’s performance including; financial planning, performance and compliance, legal compliance, health and safety and maintenance of buildings.

Remuneration and Nomination
This committee considers appointments and pay. This includes; the appointment of the Principal and their pay arrangements, arrangements for performance management, pay ranges and reviews for all other staff.

The UTC also has lead Governors for; Safeguarding and SEND and Health and Safety.

The roles and responsibilities of each of our Governors are included in their Biographies below.

Meet our Governors

Our current Governors have each prepared a short biography about themselves by way of introduction to parents and students.

Professor Linda Lang

Dean, Faculty of Education Health and Wellbeing University of Wolverhampton, Chair of Governors Health Futures UTC

Chair of Governors, Vice-Chair of Remuneration and Nomination

Dean of the Faculty of Education, Health and Wellbeing and Project Lead on behalf of the University of Wolverhampton for the Health Futures UTC

Professor Lang qualified as an Allied Health Professional. Her PhD is in child growth and development. She has international experience in India and the USA.

In her present role, she leads a team of over 400 multidisciplinary staff. The Faculty delivers undergraduate and postgraduate courses.  Subjects include all levels of teacher education and responsibility for five research centres, including research centres focused on aspects of education.

Linda brings experience of inter-professional learning, project development and delivery in health and social care. She is committed to working in productive partnerships, to improve health and social care outcomes, whilst fostering interactive relationships between service providers and education, in all the areas encompassed by the Faculty she leads.  Linda brings to the governing body, a wealth of understanding of the health and education sectors, and has been involved in the Health Futures UTC from the initial development of the proposal, through to every stage of its development to date. She is also the deputy chair of the Project Steering Group.

Professor Michelle Lowe

Director, Institute of Education, University of Wolverhampton - Vice Chair Of Governors HEalth Futures UTC

Chair of Academic Standards, Member of Remuneration and Nomination

Professor Michelle Lowe is the Director of the Institute of Education at the University of Wolverhampton. Michelle’s skillset includes educational leadership and management, curriculum development, quality assurance and enhancement, governance and regulation in schools, financial acumen and professional development for education staff.

Michelle has extensive experience across all sectors in Education. She began her career in the Primary school sector and, drawing on her subject expertise in literacy, began working across Primary and Secondary schools as a Literacy consultant for a Local Authority, focused on improving standards. She has a particular interest in early literacy development and the importance of community literacies. Michelle has experience of educational leadership, gained as a Primary head teacher and as the Head of a School of Education in a University. She has significant understanding of school governance and accountability frameworks, having led early years’ settings, schools and a University through OfSTED inspections. Michelle serves as a Governor and Trustee in the region and has been instrumental in establishing various types of schools, including a Multi Academy Trust. Michelle has extensive experience of the training and development of new senior leaders in education and her research area is the development of the wider education workforce in schools.

Jon Crockett

BA(Hons) Hons DSc Visiting Professor of Health Management and Leadership, University of Wolverhampton

Chair of Finance and General Purposes, Member of Remuneration and Nomination

Jon was born and brought up in Wolverhampton, after his schooling locally, he completed a degree in economics at Staffordshire University. He began his career in public service in 1976 with Wolverhampton Council before joining the NHS in Wolverhampton in 1985. He was appointed chief Executive of the former Wolverhampton Health Authority in 2001 before becoming Chief Executive of Wolverhampton City Primary Care Trust on its creation in April 2002, a position he held until retiring in September 2011.

During his NHS career Jon served on a number of regional bodies. He chaired the Cardiovascular Network, the Newborn Network, Workforce Locality Stakeholder Board and the Project Board for Transforming the Workforce.  Nationally he was a member of the Modernising Scientific Careers – Reference Group and a member of the National Pathology Services Project Board (Carter Review).   He was a director of the Black Country Consortium, a member of the Black Country Employment and Skills Board as well as Chair of Wolverhampton (Strategic) Partnership for ten years.


A qualified accountant he was elected president of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy for the Midlands in 2003 and continues to serve on its regional council. He is a Governor of the City of Wolverhampton College and chair of their Audit Committee. Jon is a trustee and co-chair of the Believe to Achieve, a local children’s charity, and also a Board Member of Wolverhampton Citizens’ Advice Bureau. Jon is a Director of the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety (PACTS) and a board member of The Children’s University. Jon is a board member of Heantun Housing Association and Heantun Care Ltd and is a co-opted as a member of the National Housing Federation Regional Committee.

He was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Science Degree by the University in 2010 for his considerable contribution to the provision of health and well-being in the region.

Jon has been working with the University on a wide range of projects including Leadership, Public Service commissioning and Dementia.

Mr Adrian Wilkinson

Bsc. Pharm (Hons) Group General Manager, Co-operative Healthcare (part of Midcounties Co-operative Society)

Member of Finance and General Purposes, Lead Governor for Health and Safety

As a qualified community pharmacist and a founding member of the UTC PSG, I have a keen interest in continuing my support for Sandwell UTC as a Governor. I am the Group General Manager for a chain of 45 community pharmacies, many of which are in the communities in which the UTC students will come from.  I firmly believe that the strong support of the healthcare employers to date has helped the UTC to move from concept, to an exciting reality and the strong student numbers is testament to the fact that student and their responsible adults believe that the UTC will give them great employment opportunities later in their lives.

My current role involves full trading, profit and loss accountability for a £42m turnover chain of pharmacies. I am responsible for all aspects of this business including Health and Safety of my 450 employees as well as ensuring that we operate within legal and ethical boundaries.
I have been a school governor in the past and therefore fully understand the high level of responsibilities that a governor must accept. I am currently a Non-executive Director (NED) for 2 Pharmacy Organisations and have been a NED for the Black Country Reinvestment Society in the past. As a result I have a good understanding of the importance of governance.

Finally, as a pharmacist I am well versed in safeguarding for vulnerable adults and children.

Dr Alexandra Hopkins

RN, PhD, MSc, MBA, RNT, RCNT, DANS Dean of Academic Development and Enhancement Offices of the Vice-Chancellor, University of Wolverhampton

Member of Academic Standards

I started professional life as a registered nurse and moved to hospital management and then nurse education in a variety of settings before taking up managerial posts in the higher education sector. I have retained my professional registration through working with a range of health care providers and I have specialized in curriculum development and academic innovation, locally, nationally and internationally.

For several years I supported local schools through participation as a member of the Parent Teacher Association and believe my career and my volunteering experience will enable me to support the UTC in ensuring the curriculum offer retains strong emphasis on contemporary healthcare and is aligned to professional health disciplines in this respect.

Dr Cheryl Etches

OBE, MBA, RN Chief Nurse and Deputy Chief Executive, The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust

Member of Academic Standards, Lead Governor for Safeguarding and SEND

Cheryl is the Executive Lead for Safeguarding Children and Adults for the Trust, working with partners across the City to ensure effective systems, processes and training programmes are in place. Cheryl has held the post of Chief Nurse since 2005 and has been Deputy Chief Executive since 2012.
Cheryl accepted an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Wolverhampton in September 2013 for her contribution to nursing developments through education and research. With her executive responsibility for the nursing workforce and education she recognised the value of investing time and effort into the development of the UTC and was very happy to be an active member of the Project Steering Group since its inception.
The UTC will provide ongoing opportunities for her staff to engage with and motivate students to pursue their ambitions of future careers in healthcare.

Professor Nazira Karodia

Professor of Science Education, University of Wolverhampton

Member of Finance and General Purposes

Nazira holds a PhD in Chemistry from the University of St. Andrews and has worked and done research at the University of Natal, The University of Florida and at the University of Bradford. Nazira has served as a governor and trustee of a secondary school specializing in science.
Her work beyond Chemistry has been in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) reskilling from school flowing through to further and higher education and work. She is passionate about numeracy and STEM literacy as a social project for an employed and fairer society. Some of her recent work has been in interventions to promote gender equality for researchers. She works with the Institute of Gender Studies at the Johannes Kepler University, Linz, to enable student sensitivity to questions of gender relations in science and society.
Nazira’s research area is primarily in Green Chemistry and science education. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Dr Karen Grandison

Educational Psychologist

Member of Academic Standards

Karen is a Parent Governor with a daughter in Year 12.  She is an Educational Psychologist for Walsall Local Authority.

Declaration of Business Interests

Our Governors are required by law to declare any business interests which may conflict with their role as a Governor of Health Futures UTC.  This is to ensure that a Governor cannot benefit personally from any spending decisions that the Governing Body might make.  None of our Governors have declared any business interest.