Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary
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 Bromley Educational Trust.
Executive Director of Finance incorporating London South East Academies Trust.
Shahnaj has spent a total of eight years working in the education sector. She has a proven track record of implementing strong budgetary and financial controls to improve financial performance. Shahnaj is responsible for overseeing the effective and efficient operation of financial services provided to London South East Academies Trust.
Executive Director of Corporate and Strategic Development incorporating London South East Academies Trust.
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.
Executive Director of College Services incorporating London South East Academies Trust.
Jennifer has a career portfolio that includes working for a number of years within the legal, investment banking and financial services sectors. Primarily engaged in project management business processes, IT and data management solutions for global markets, before switching to the education sector and retraining as a teacher/trainer in Business and IT. Jennifer started her career in further education 16 years ago for a large South East London College as a middle manager progressing to a senior manager post in business operations, resources and MIS before joining Bromley College as executive director of college services in September 2015. Jennifer has extensive knowledge and experience of qualification reform, business processes and operations, funding and performance metrics associated with and impacting on the FE and Education Sector. She has proven skills in strategic and operational management, leading and managing large teams through change projects and merger, re-engineering business processes and financial and business planning.
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.
Jo 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. Jo was previously headteacher at North West Kent Alternative Provision Service, a cross phase pupil referral unit catering for pupils covering a wide geographical area in North West Kent.
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.