Throughout Everton’s forty-year career in further education thirty of those in leadership roles, he has championed the benefits of education by guiding young people on the pathway to adulthood and work.  The embodiment of social mobility himself Everton began his career as an apprentice chef, his positive work ethic and determination ensured he rose through the ranks to become Assistant Head Chef.  Wanting to share his passion for lifelong learning he became a Lecturer in Food Production at East Birmingham College.  Relishing the challenges this brought, his leadership skills became evident and he was promoted, taking more senior roles at colleges around Birmingham.


Everton holds a number of senior leadership roles within the West Midlands and beyond. His reputation as an educator and senior leader are much sought after.  He is currently Chairman of Burton and South Derbyshire College, Chairman of The African Caribbean Reference Group who work with West Midlands Police, Vice Chair of AIM Qualifications and Assessment Group, Vice Chair of YMCA Heart of England, he is an Education Consultant and is a member of the Further Education Panel.


Everton was awarded the OBE in 2019 and became a Fellow of the Chartered Institution for further Education (FCFE) in 2021.