Mark Burnett FCMI - Chair
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.
Denise James-Mason - Vice Chair
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.
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.
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.
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 Christopher Philpott
Chris Philpott is Emeritus 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, Health and Human Sciences. 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.
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.
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.
Prof Lynn Revell
Lynn Revell is a Professor of Religion and Education at Canterbury Christ Church University where she is also Director for Research in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Education. She is trained as a secondary school teacher of Religious Education and worked in schools in Manchester and Buckinghamshire. After working as a lecturer in special educational needs at South Kent College she gained her doctorate in 2000 and joined Canterbury Christ Church University as a senior lecturer in Primary Teacher Education. She has written and produced many resources for schools and continues to lead professional development sessions for teachers of RE across the country.
Lynn has worked with young people who are unable to enter or have been excluded from mainstream education over a period of years. Between 2010 and 2016 she supported the Prince of Wales Education Centre in Canterbury teaching and developing their curriculum and between 2015 and 2018 she worked with Lernejo, teaching secondary aged pupils who were unable to remain in schools or a PRU.
She writes and researches in the area of Islam and Christianity in education and leads the International Network on Education and Extremism for the World Educational Research Association. She is currently working with schools in London and the South East to develop approaches to racism and anti-racism in education.
Errol Ince has worked within education for 27 years and within that time he has gained extensive senior management experience in both curriculum and quality. He is a highly experienced practising Ofsted inspector, and has also been senior examiner for a number of awarding bodies. His current post is Vice Principal of Quality & Digital Transformation, and his responsibilities include quality assurance and working closely with curriculum to raise standards.
Nick Linford is founder of FE Week and Schools Week and an expert in further education funding and performance systems.
He runs a series of popular workshops, conferences and webinars about funding and data, which have been attended by more than 20,000 people in the last ten years.
Nick is also author of the Complete Guide to Funding Apprenticeships and two books about funding and data published by Pearson.
Prior to setting-up Lsect in 2010 Nick established an education think tank at the publishers Pearson, and before that was for seven years Director of Planning and Performance at the Lewisham College, during which time they achieved an Ofsted grade one.
Sunil is an experienced and successful senior leader within the education sector. He has over the last twenty years held Headteacher/CEO posts in two large secondary schools. Sunil Started his career as a Maths teacher, teaching in schools in the boroughs of Southwark, Lambeth and Greenwich before taking -up a senior leadership posts in London Borough of Bromley and subsequently Kingston-upon Thames.
Sunil has over the last 15 years as a senior leader, headteacher, and CEO overseen major improvements in standards and outcomes in several different educational establishments.
Sunil is very determined and passionate about ensuring that all young people have the best possible education that they are enabled to make the most of their abilities and talents, whatever they may be.
Sunil is also a keen cricket player – aging but keen, and has a passion for the theatre, books and the performing in arts in general. He is also a trustee of Brixton House a community theatre in Lambeth.
Dr Sam Parrett CBE
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.
Jennifer Pharo (Governance Professional, Company Secretary and Clerk to the Trust Board)