Members of the Trust
Angela Hands - Member
Angela was a director at the National Audit Office where she had responsibility for preparing reports to parliament on a range of issues including local government and education. During her career she has also worked as a director and chief executive in the NHS. Angela joined the governing body of Orpington College in 2005 and was the chair for three years until 2011 when the College merged with Bromley College. Angela was the first chair of the merged Bromley College of Further and Higher Education from 1 August 2011 to July 2013.
Marek has extensive experience in the private sector and held various management positions in a global telecoms company. He subsequently moved to the public sector where he works as a Programme Manager at the Department for Education. He has experience of project/programme management, financial management, policy delivery, business planning/management, commercial management, audit/risk management, and overseeing major transformation programmes.
Stephen Howlett CBE, DL, Hon FRIBA - Member
Stephen was Chief Executive of Peabody from 2004 to 2017. Founded in 1862, Peabody is one of London’s oldest and largest social housing charities. The Peabody Group now owns and manages 55,000 homes across the capital, and runs a range of employment and community projects. It has a development pipeline of over 8,000 homes, and has ambitious plans to regenerate Thamesmead in south-east London. Stephen has a particular interest in education and skills and completed his term of office as Chair of the Court and Pro-Chancellor of the University of Greenwich in 2017 from which he graduated. He is a Trustee of Open-City, London's leading architecture education organisation and organiser of Open House London.
He is a member of the Commercial Development Advisory Group of Transport for London which advises on property and development matters and chairs their Sustainable Development Advisory Panel.
He is a board member of Orbit Housing Group and chairs the board responsible for their housing service.
Stephen was commissioned as a Deputy Lieutenant of Greater London in 2017 and awarded a CBE in the Queen's 2018 New Year's honours for services to housing.
Stephen lives in South East London.
London South East Colleges
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.