Dr Byfield, the founder of King Solomon International Business School, is s a visionary, trailblazer, transformational leader, author and co-founder of the educational charity Excell3. The vision for King Solomon International Business School emerged from Dr Byfield’s Christian faith and her long standing passion for both enterprise and education. Dr Byfield has over 20 years business experience developed not only though her own business ventures but also through her work as a Business Advisor (supporting 100’s of people to start, expand and diversify their own businesses) an Enterprise Training Manager, Business Studies and Management Lecturer, Director of an Enterprise Agency and as a Head of a university Enterprise and Careers Department.
Dr Byfield, the author of the researched-based book, “Black boys Can Make it… how they Overcome Barriers to University in the UK and USA”, published by Trentham books and endorsed by Lord Adonis, the then Schools’ Minister, also developed an OCN accredited course based on the book which has served to equip young people across the nation to access university. Dr Byfield has also written a number of booklets for parents including the DFE commissioned ‘Help Your Children To Learn’, as well as articles for academic journals and chapters in edited books including ‘Establishing a New School and Getting it Right from the Start’, produced by Woodard Schools and SSAT (the Schools, Students and Teachers Network).
Dr Byfield leads by example in pursuit of academic excellence having obtained 4 degrees including a BA in Economic History, an MSc in Human Resource Management, an MBA (with distinction) and a doctorate from the University of Oxford.
Ralph Turner is an author of ten published books and works mainly as a ‘ghost writer’ of Christian autobiographies, as well as writing biographies and teaching books. His most popular books are ‘Greater Things’, the story of the New Wine movement and ‘Gerald Coates – Pioneer’, a successful biography.
Ralph is Team Pastor for Mission24, an evangelism team. This involves teaching and oversight of the School of Ministry & Mission students. In addition, he is a Trustee of the ministry and teaches at their conferences. Ralph is particularly passionate about church history and has a Masters in Practical Theology.
Ralph was Chair of the Leprosy Mission, England &Wales and a Trustee of Challenge Ministries UK, supporting work in Eswatini. He served as a school governor of a secondary school for 17 years –13 of these as Chair.
Ralph worked in senior management in the pensions industry for over 40 years for a number of businesses including Mars Group, ICI and Lloyds Bank. In addition to his work in industry, Ralph, along with his wife Roh, has led a church, helped plant and establish a number of churches and has run a small charity in India, supporting churches as they reach the poor and disenfranchised.
Nowadays, Ralph &Roh are part of the leadership team at Chroma Church in Leicester – a fast growing church in an exciting city. Ralph and Roh have four adult children serving God in various parts of the world.
About the book
A compelling vision. An impossible challenge. A gracious God.
A journey from vision to reality starts with a step. A step into controversy, politics, backstabbing and lies. A step into achievement, success, thanksgiving and worship. This is the story of the fight for a Faith School. This is the King Solomon story.
Chester Morris, former Local Authority Principal Education Officer and Additional Ofsted Inspector
This is a powerful story of resilience, forbearance, growth, triumph and disappointment. At its core are issues of race, gender and religious discrimination.
Christopher Wright, Director of Education, Woodard Schools
This book presents an inspiring and radically new way of bringing God into the heart of a Christian school.
Nicole Taylor BEM, one of the youngest recipients listed in the 2022 Queens Honours list
Without this book my generation would never know or understand the depth of the struggles Dr Byfield, the team and other Black pioneers who have dared to enter the unwelcoming and hostile mainstream education sector as providers, had to endure.
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