David Willey

Chair of Holy Trinity Church of England Primary Academy

David was borne in Walsall in the Midlands in 1953 attending various local schools. At sixteen years old David left school and joined Staffordshire Fire Service as a full time Junior Firefighter on a two-year training scheme having to live away from home. From the age of sixteen David attended various Colleges of Further education, became a Mensan and attended University as a mature Student until the age of thirty-three. David served for thirty years in the Fire and Rescue Service working in Staffordshire, West Midlands and spent three years with the Home Office Fire Service Inspectorate. Whilst in the West Midlands David also served for three years as an Assistant Chief Fire officer responsible for all matters concerned with Human Resources.

On retirement from the Service, David was appointed to an Assistant Director of Human Resources at Birmingham Children’s Hospital and was also appointed as a National Assessor for the NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme together with secondments to the Commission for Health Improvement, the fore runner of the Care Quality Commission. David also undertook the Human Resources lead for safeguarding within the Hospital Trust. After 12 Years David retired for a second time and was then appointed to a Senior position with Birmingham City Council working with a team of consultants who provided Employee Relations advice to over three hundred Birmingham Schools Headteachers and Chairs of Governors. For five years of the eight with the City Council David was also the Chair of the Interim Executive Board for a through school of 4- to 16-year-olds in East Birmingham.


David has been involved with various voluntary roles within the community of Birmingham. David has recently relocated with his wife Ellen to Derbyshire and has therefore had to leave his role as a PCC (Parochial Church Council) member with a Church of England Parish Church in Sutton Coldfield which he held continuously for 28 Years. David has though continued with his Chairmanship of the Local Academy Board, Holy Trinity Primary Academy, Handsworth (21 years). Chairman of The Birmingham Trust for Psychoanalytical Psychotherapy (15 years). Justice of the Peace and Presiding Justice at Victoria Law Courts (20 years). Additionally, David also is a Company Member of the Firefighters Charity and has been associated with this voluntary work in many roles within the charity since 1986.


David since the age of seven years old has been interested in spending most of the spare time that he has, watching football or cricket at all levels of the sport.