LSEC Dr Sam Parrett CBE Jan 2022 V2

Dr Sam Parrett CBE

Group Principal and CEO 

Dr Sam Parrett CBE is an experienced CEO and Principal , whose drive and determination to improve education across London and the south east has resulted in the expansion of high-quality pathways and outcomes for learners.

Sam was appointed principal of Bromley College in 2010, overseeing a merger with Orpington College the following year. 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.

Sam also established a successful Multi Academy Trust in 2013 – London South East Academies Trust - which now includes seven alternative provision and special schools and one mainstream school across Bromley, Bexley and most recently, Surrey.

The network of schools has grown and developed under Sam’s leadership of the FE college-led Trust. The unique Group structure is ensuring that children and young people, many with a range of special educational needs, have access to high quality provision and care from birth right through to 25 and beyond. 

College success rates have risen steadily each year, with record numbers of students passing their vocational qualifications. Ofsted rated the College as Good in March 2019 and it was named Overall FE provider of the Year at the TES FE Awards 2021, as well as receiving a Social Value Award for Public Sector Leadership. Sam was named TES FE Leader of the Year in 2020 and the College was also awarded the prestigious Queen’s Anniversary Prize in 2020.

Last year Sam was awarded a CBE for Services to Education, building on the OBE she was presented with in 2016 for Services to Further Education. These honours reflect the work Sam is doing across the sector, positively impacting many people’s lives throughout the region and beyond.

Sam achieved a PhD in FE Policy in 2019 and currently sits on the Boards of the Association of Colleges, Education and Training Foundation and is an elected member of the CBI London Council. She is a fellow of the CIPD, RSA and the Chartered Institution of Further Education. Sam is also a designated National Leader of Further Education and undertakes improvement work across the sector, including the mentoring and coaching of new and aspiring principals.


John Hunt

John Hunt

Deputy Group CEO and Group Chief Financial Officer

John joined the College in 2013 as Vice Principal Finance and Resources, before progressing to the role Group Chief Financial Officer, and subsequently Deputy Group CEO. 

John is a fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accounts and started his accountancy career in manufacturing, before spending 10 years working in forensics.  He moved into senior finance roles within the education sector in 2007, and has also spent 5 years working as a part-time lecturer in a Further Education College.  Having helped to set up London & South East Academies Trust in 2013, he has considerable knowledge of both the Further Education and Academies sector.

John has an excellent track record and wealth of experience which includes leading through periods of change, implementing significant business and financial improvements, strong financial stewardship, and governance. 

In addition to being responsible for all matters relating to financial strategy, financial performance and risk management, John is also responsible for overseeing a range of business support services together with the Estates, IT and Sustainability Strategies for the College.


Neil Miller

Neil Miller

Deputy CEO of London South East Academies Trust

Neil Miller is the Deputy CEO Academies with operational accountability for all the schools within the Trust.

He was a senior leader in secondary mainstream education for many years including Headship before joining the Trust as Executive Headteacher six years ago.
Neil has a real passion for working with our learners with his expectations for each and every one being extremely high. This is achieved with a forensic focus on quality first learning experience so the students are able to grow both academically and emotionally, becoming purposeful young adults.

Neil has a real expertise in leadership and has gained his NPQEL. Relationships with the staff teams is key for Neil and ensuring the Trust is able to get the very best from everyone is important.


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Kate Shiner

Director for Strategic Development

Kate Shiner is the Trust's Director for Strategic Development. She is on secondment from the Department for Education where most recently she was the Programme Director for the National Tutoring Programme. In the year prior to that, Kate led on planning, delivery and cross-cutting Covid policy in the DfE’s Covid Response Unit.

Kate has 18 years’ experience working at the centre of UK government in both the Department for Education and the Ministry of Justice in a range of roles including the South London and South East Regional School Commissioner’s Office, digital transformation, strategies to reduce reoffending rates for different offender groups, online court reform, and setting up the first User Centred Design Lab in the Department for Education.

Kate lives in Lewisham, and is Chair of Governors in a local secondary, and Vice-Chair in a local primary.


Madelaine Caplin

Madelaine Caplin

Director of School Improvement and Bexley Music

Madelaine is the Director of School Improvement and Bexley Music and works as part of the central team within the London South East Academies Trust. Madelaine leads on all aspects of school leadership, school to school support and support from external partners. She also leads Bexley Music, which includes the Music Hub for Education. Bexley Music is based at Belmont Academy but works across all Bexley Schools and settings.

Madelaine 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.


Louise Wolsey

Louise Wolsey

Group Chief Strategy Officer (London South East Colleges)

Louise’s career commenced in Secondary education and extended into Special and Primary provision in her role within West Sussex Advisory and Inspection Service. Whilst in this role Louise completed a Master in School Effectiveness with Sussex University. Building on this, Louise progressed into leadership roles in national charities supporting children and young people, and supported the implementation of national education and school improvement strategies with networks of schools nationally.

Since joining the Trust in 2015, as a member of the Executive Team, Louise has supported the growth and expansion of the Multi Academy Trust and continues to do so as the Group Chief Transformation Officer for London & South East Education Group, which incorporates both the Trust and London South East Colleges. With a turnover of £70m the Group serves 12,000 children, young people and adults, and employs 1300 people.

As the GCTO Louise provides the joined-up thinking and action required to promote the position of the Group externally, whilst designing and implementing change and transformation programmes internally, improving effectiveness and efficiency across all aspects of the Group’s activities to enable sustainable growth. Louise is the Executive lead for Group Marketing and Internal and External Communications, Research, Development and Innovation, Policy and Insight, Fundraising and Strategic Growth, National Social Action Campaigns and External Affairs. Louise also leads the implementation of the Group Strategy, which has embedded the ambition of creating social value and building community wealth across organisational practice.

Externally Louise is also a Board Member for the national school improvement charity Challenge Partners, a Trustee of Woodland Academy Trust in Bexley and the South East London Chamber of Commerce.


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Jennifer Pharo

Governance Professional, Company Secretary and Clerk to the Trust Board

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 governance, legal, project and change management skills, leading and delivering on a number of governance, 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 20 years. Jenny retrained as a business and IT teacher in 2001 and started her career in the FE sector, progressing into a senior management role.

Since her move into the Governance Professional role in the College, Jenny has achieved qualification status in the ICSA Diploma in Academies Governance, NGA Clerking Certificate and the ETF Governance Professional Intermediate Programme.

She is the Group Data Protection Officer for London & South East Education Group.