Group Chief Finance Officer and Deputy CEO Trust
John is the Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary of the Trust. John is also the Deputy CEO and Chief Operating Officer of London South East Colleges and has been working at senior level in the education sector for 10 years.
John is a fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and has a track record of achieving excellent performance, leading through periods of change and implementing significant improvements. John is responsible for overseeing all of the business support services that are delivered for the London South East Academies Trust.
Jenny is Group Executive Director of Governance, a role she commenced in April 2019. Prior to this she was Group Executive Director of Corporate Services with strategic and operational management of key Group Corporate Services areas of IT, HR, MIS, Funding, Planning and Performance, Exams and administration services. She has strong and proven project and change management skills, leading and delivering on a number of educational, curriculum, customer and information systems projects, including college mergers, business acquisitions and business process re-engineering.She has significant management experience in both the public and private sectors with a career portfolio providing insight and knowledge of operational and strategic business and resource planning in most business services areas. Her career began in legal and company secretarial, transferring to the investment banking and financial services sectors where she worked for c20 years. Jenny retrained as a Business and IT Teacher in 2001 and started her career in the FE Sector. She soon after joined the senior management team at another large London FE College where she led for 14 years on MIS, Planning & Funding, Performance and Exams. She joined London South East Colleges in 2015.
She is the Group Data Protection Officer for London & South East Education Group.
Bev is the executive head of New Horizons Federation in Bexley, which provides co-ordination and develops a coherent and effective outreach provision through close collaboration and improved services offered to SEBD pupils and their families across the borough. It covers a full spectrum of services and provision for children with minor or short term difficulties, to those with long term and severe and complex needs. A number of pupils also have needs that cover a range of issues including education, youth offending, social and family problems. Bev was previously headteacher at Horizons Academy Bexley, an alternative provision school which provides education for pupils who have been permanently excluded.
Deputy CEO of London South East Academies Trust
Neil Miller is Executive Headteacher of the schools within London South East Academies Trust. He was a senior leader in secondary mainstream education for many years including Headship before joining the Trust.
Neil has a real passion for working with our learners and his expectations for each and every one is extremely high. This is achieved with a quality first learning experience so the students are able to grow both academically and emotionally, becoming purposeful young adults.
Madelaine is the Executive Head Teacher of the Belmont Woodside Federation within the London South East Academies Trust. The Federation is relatively unique as it combines a mainstream primary school (with additional resourced provision) and an all age special school for children and young people with autism and other learning needs.
She has over 35 years’ experience in education, 30 years of those in educational leadership. She is secondary trained and has significant experience in special education. Prior to this Madelaine worked in social care within a residential setting.
Madelaine has worked in special, secondary and primary settings. She has worked as a senior inspector, a link inspector for special schools, an Ofsted inspector, a School Improvement Partner and as a Head of School Improvement.
Group Chief Transformation Officer
After working in West Sussex Advisory and Inspection Service during which she gained a Masters degree in School Improvement, Louise went on to work in the voluntary sector, undertaking a range of Business Development and Communications roles. These included 7 years at the Youth Sport Trust from which she went on as Director of Fundraising and Communications to establish the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust, before joining Westway Trust as Director of Development 2013. In September 2015 Louise joined Bromley College of Further and Higher Education, and with her Executive Colleagues worked towards a successful merger and the formation of London South East Colleges in August 2016.
Dr Sam Parrett OBE
Group Principal and CEO of London & East Education Group
Dr Sam Parrett OBE is an experienced principal, whose drive and determination to improve FE across South London has resulted in the expansion of high quality education routes for all, as well as ensuring FE is at the centre of the communities it serves.
Sam was appointed principal of Bromley College in 2010, overseeing a merger with Orpington College the following year. Then in 2016, she led the country’s first three-way College merger, bringing together Bromley College, Bexley College and Greenwich Community College to form London South East Colleges – which now has over 13,000 students, c1000 staff and a total group turnover of £60m.
Strong progression into college has been supported by Sam’s successful establishment of a multi-academy trust – London & South East Education Group – which includes seven alternative, special and mainstream schools and an apprenticeship provider.
Success rates across every college campus have risen steadily over the last three years, with record numbers of students passing their vocational qualifications and putting the merged college in the top 25% of all colleges in the country. Ofsted rated the College as Good in March 2019.
Sam was awarded an OBE for services to Further Education in 2016 and has recently achieved a Doctoral Degree in FE Policy. She sits on the Board of Advance HE and is the Chair of Collab London. Sam is a fellow of the CIPD, RSA and the Chartered Institution of Further Education.
In October 2020, Sam was recognised as FE Leader of the Year at the TES Awards 2020.
Christine Whatford, CBE
Advisor to London South East Academies Trust.
Christine has been working with the College in a number of capacities recently including the UTC bid. She has a strong background in education having served as a Headteacher and a Director of Education. She has recent experience in consultancy work and has served on, or Chaired, a significant number of Boards and Committees including serving on the Corporation of Ealing, Hammersmith and West London College between 2002 and 2014.
School Improvement Education Advisor incorporating London South East Academies Trust.
Carolyn Unsted is an Education Adviser at the Department for Education. She has over 30 years of teaching secondary age (11-19) students, leading secondary schools and local authorities, advising on and enabling school improvement and policy making experience at senior levels in and across Early Years, primary and secondary schools, in central and local government in inner and outer London and Kent. She has worked for 4 years as an Ofsted inspector and 6 years as a School Improvement Partner. Carolyn now works 2 days a week as an Education Adviser for the Department for Education. Her specialties include Education Leadership and Management, raising attainment and progress, school improvement, organisational monitoring and evaluation and student voice. Carolyn has been appointed as the Secondary School Adviser for the Trust.
AP and Special Education Advisor incorporating London South East Academies Trust.
Diana is currently an independent education consultant having previously led a small team of school improvement advisers for special schools and Pupil Referral Units in Kent. Before this advisory work she held two primary headships and has held a number of posts in primary and secondary schools. She is also the representative for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Advisers and Consultants on the Special Educational Needs Consortium steering group.