Dame Christine Braddock graduated from the University of Birmingham’s School of Education with a BPhil (Ed).
Her career started in the Probation Service and she became Senior Education Adviser for the Home Office, managing and co-ordinating education policy and provision in 43 Midland prison establishments. She went on to work at Dudley College as Deputy Principal, then Principal and Chief Executive of Matthew Boulton College (and afterwards Birmingham Metropolitan College when Matthew Boulton College merged with Sutton Coldfield College).
During her years as a Principal, Dame Christine managed major change, including restructuring and relocating Matthew Boulton College into a £40 million new building in the centre of Birmingham. She led the merger between Sutton Coldfield and Matthew Boulton Colleges in 2009 and Birmingham Metropolitan College is now the largest college in the West Midlands.
Dame Christine was the first female member of the Birmingham and Solihull LEP Board. She is a past President of the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce Group. Dame Christine is a Council Member of CBI West Midlands and was previously Chair of Birmingham Children's Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.
Christine was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire for services to education in 2013. Christine was High Sheriff in 2013/14 and is a Deputy Lord Lieutenant.