FET Members

Our members are statutorily responsible for appointing Trustees/Directors to run Forward Education Trust (FET).

Members of the FET

Constance Henry

Constance is an acknowledged leader with a detail-oriented personality and work ethic, having years of substantial executive leadership accomplishments in regulatory environments.

Constance has worked as a manager for many years in OFCOM, part of the BT Group PLC.

Constance has led the operational performance of c.1000 exchanges and delivery of work to agreed budgets of £22m.


Gregg Barton B.Sc, M.Sc, MA

Gregg is a Partner and Programme Director with Arcadis, a national design and consultancy company.

He is an experienced professional with over 15 years experience coordinating and delivering complex construction projects, from PFI through to smaller extension schemes. He has been involved in every stage of procurement: as a surveyor, contractor, client, proposer, and project manager.

He has familiarity with both regional and national frameworks, the routes to market and the forms of contracts utilised. He has vast knowledge of the project management and procurement processes, both domestically in the local and national government sector as well as internationally.


Simon Topman MBE DL – Chair

Simon is a seasoned professional business executive and non-executive leader with a track record of innovation and success in organisations already established and in those starting from scratch needing drive and commitment.

Simon is currently the Managing Director of Acme Whistles and the Chairman of Millennium Point in Birmingham.

Simon also holds the position of Honorary Vice President of the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists.


Catherine Canty LLB (Hons)

Kate is currently the Clerk to the Lord-Lieutenant of the West Midlands which involves working with the business and voluntary sectors across the region, participating in civic activities, acting as liaison with the armed forces and supporting Royal visits to the County.

A qualified solicitor with over 20 years in commercial property law, subsequently becoming a business and property consultant, Kate has a strong background in constitutional law and governance.

Kate has had various voluntary positions in the employment and skills sector in Birmingham and is currently a director of Millennium Point which promotes education in the field of innovation and technology.


Navdeep Kainth BA (Hons)

Navdeep graduated from London Guildhall University in 1994 with a BA (Hons) in Business and has had a career in financial services for over 15 years as an independent financial adviser. Navdeep went on to travel extensively around Europe spending time in mostly Italy and Romania as a consultant to several businesses and has more latterly been a Director and Responsible Person for a pharmaceutical wholesaler.

Navdeep is currently involved in the business development of a new range of food supplements and working with an electric vehicle charging company providing a holistic approach to transitioning to a new lower carbon world.

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