Mark Burnett FCMI - Chair/Member
Mark is an experienced and successful senior leader within the education sector. He currently leads a rapidly growing Multi-Academy Trust in the South East of England. He was previously the Group Director of Operations for one of the largest and most successful Multi-Academy Trusts. He is Vice Chair and Non-Executive Director of a Group Education Board overseeing 4 Colleges, 7 Academies and an Apprenticeship company.
He is highly motivated and passionate about education, young people and public service.
He is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute (FCMI), a Fellow of the Institute of School Business Leadership (FISBL), and a Professional Member of the Institute of Leadership and Management (MInstLM).
He voluntarily serves on a number of working parties, including the DfE Commercial Team reference group.
Jennifer Pharo (Clerk)
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 and 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.
Max Bero - Vice Chair
Maxwell is Chief Internal Auditor for Flood Re Ltd. He is responsible for providing assurance over the design and operating effectiveness of the company’s internal control environment, information systems and governance processes.
He has over 15 years’ experience in Assurance and Financial Control covering insurance, Reinsurance, Asset Management. He is a Chartered Accountant, Chartered Internal Auditor and a Chartered Company Secretary.
Maxwell has a keen interest in alignment of education with employer requirements.
Chris Philpott is a Reader in music education at the University of Greenwich, London. Until recently he was Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor and then interim Pro Vice-Chancellor in the University’s Faculty of Education and Health. Before moving to Greenwich he was a secondary music teacher for 16 years, with a background in the Brass Bands of East Kent, and then became a teacher educator at Canterbury Christ Church University. He has written and edited books, online texts and resources which are used in initial teacher education (ITE) programmes throughout the United Kingdom and has led government funded projects in relation to ITE in music. He is also an experienced school governor and trustee.
Corinne is the Chair of Governors for the Horizons group of schools in Bexley, which provide primary and secondary services for SEBD pupils and their families in the borough and includes Bexley PRU.
Her career was in Education as a secondary teacher in Kent, Croydon and Bromley specialising in creative arts and English and she was a Deputy Headteacher in Bromley before taking up the Headship of Westwood College, a mixed secondary school in Bexley, in 2003. She retired in 2012 and has been Chair of the Horizons Group governors since its inception. Corinne is committed to the provision of high quality educational opportunities for students with Special Educational Needs.
Louise Wolsey – Co-opted Trustee
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
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.
Charles has extensive board level experience in both the public and private sectors with a strong commercial perspective. He is the Managing Director of CmY Consultants, a strategic and financial consulting firm. Previously, he was an Associate Director at the accountants Grant Thornton and before that at an investment bank where he arranged finance for £14 billion of large projects. He is engaged with the local community as the Treasurer of the 4th Bromley Scouts group . His two sons have benefited from attending Bromley College.
Dr Tom Pey
Following a successful career in senior financial and marketing positions in international corporations, Tom took up a senior role in investment banking, which he held until he lost his sight at the age of 39. Tom was determined not to be a victim of sight loss, and was appointed Chief Executive of the Royal Society for Blind Children after 11 years at Guide Dogs as Head of External Affairs. Using techniques gathered from across the world, he has changed how services are delivered to blind children in the UK, transforming the organisation into a national charity that tackles the real problems being faced by those losing their sight in youth.
Tom is a member of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) where he co-authored the world’s standard for audio-based navigation. Tom is also Executive Chair of the tech start-up, Wayfindr.org. that undertook research into how blind and partially sighted people could benefit from audio based turn by turn navigation. In 2018, Tom, along with two other people, founded a set up, Waymap Ltd, a company that will provide highly accurate, fully ITU Standard compliant (F921) integrated turn by turn navigation, both indoors and outdoors.
Tom is a long time advocate for the rights of disabled people and a Trustee of Vista.
David Bailey (PGCE, BSc) is an experienced Senior Executive/Partner. He has a high degree of business and commercial skills gained in multi-national consultancy including, EY, PA Consultancy Group and British Telecom. David has experience of delivering high-risk complex projects and turnarounds whilst working with investors and executives. David brings an innovative approach to problem solving, negotiating, leadership and management.
Denise has worked in education for over 35 years and as well as being a qualified teacher she holds a BA, MA and Diploma in Special Education. She has spent most of her career working in special education and has been, for the last 17 years, leading an Outstanding all age special school in Bromley.
She completed the training to be a Local Leader of education so that she could act as a mentor to new Head teachers and support schools with their school improvement issues.
From 2014, Denise worked as an Ofsted inspector alongside her role as a Head teacher. She carried out inspections of mainstream primary and secondary schools as well as Special schools and independent schools.
Denise is retiring at the end of August 2019 and is looking forward to using her skills and experience as a Trustee.
Dr Sebastien Chapleau
Sebastien is an educational leader and community organiser and has been supporting schools and colleges on issues of civic leadership for over 10 years.
Prior to training as a teacher and becoming a community organiser, Sebastien studied for a PhD at Cardiff University, where he wrote a thesis on children’s literature and critical pedagogy. Sebastien trained and has been working with Citizens UK since 2008, and has spent a lot of his time coaching Headteachers across the UK, supporting them around issues of leadership and community engagement.
Sebastien was the founding Headteacher at La Fontaine Academy between 2014-2020, establishing from scratch what quickly became a thriving community school heavily focused on student leadership and on ensuring that parents, teachers, students, and neighbours work together to take responsibility for the wellbeing of their neighbourhood.
Sebastien’s positive contribution to community life was recognised in 2012, when he received a Community Champion Award from then Mayor Boris Johnson. More recently, the Company of Educators – a Livery Company in the City of London focusing on Education – decided to give him their Inspirational Educator Award for his contribution to education in the UK.
He is a Senior Associate at Innovation Unit, a Governor at a Primary school in Rochester and a Secondary School in Bromley, as well as a Trustee for Trees for Cities, and a Non-Executive Director at Maintenant – Sustaining Now.
Janet is the Chair of Governors of the Belmont Woodside Federation which is the recent addition to the London South East Academies Trust. The Federation comprises the unusual combination of a mainstream primary school and a special school enabling the sharing of best practice.
Her career has spanned 40 years in education having been a primary school Headteacher and a Primary Inspector in Greenwich. She was Chair of Sure Start South Greenwich setting up services for young disadvantaged families in an area of high deprivation.
Janet is committed to ensuring that the best possible educational opportunities are present for our young people.
Emma is a Team Leader at the Department for Education. She manages stakeholder relationships with the largest, national academy trusts on behalf of the National Schools Commissioner and co-ordinates related regional activity.
She has over 12 years work experience within the public sector and at a public body, previously working for the UK financial regulator as an Associate in roles across enforcement, supervision and change management.
Emma is a qualified teacher and has previously taught KS2. She is also Vice-Chair of the New Horizons hub of schools in Bexley.
Emma has a passion for education and strongly believes that all children, no matter their background, should be given the best opportunity to succeed in life. As school is the foundation for a child’s education, she wishes to positively contribute to that opportunity for growth and success.Janet is the Chair of Governors of the Belmont Woodside Federation which is the recent addition to the London South East Academies Trust. The Federation comprises the unusual combination of a mainstream primary school and a special school enabling the sharing of best practice.