Our Team

Bellevue Place Education Trust (BPET) schools are supported by a central team which works with the schools to deliver the BPET vision. The central team helps by:

  • Reinforcing the educational vision and purpose of the family of schools.
  • Support the creation of networks to encourage the sharing of knowledge, good practice and resources, as well as career development opportunities across the schools.
  • Holding schools accountable and helping them improve their performance through regular monitoring visits and data analysis.
  • Providing educational and operational support services to the schools.

The Board of Trustees oversees the central organisation.  The staff in our central support team are:

Mark Greatrex – Chief Executive

Mark is the Chief Executive of Bellevue Place Education Trust, who joined the Trust in May 2015.  Mark’s role is to ensure the vision of the Trust is delivering high standards of education to all pupils, in all BPET schools.

Mark has extensive experience in the academy field, starting working with academies in July 2004 within the Department for Education, when there were just 12 open academies.  Mark supported the brokering and feasibility of under-performing schools or new provision as what is now known as ‘sponsored’ academies throughout the country.  Mark has worked for three academy trust’s, the first he joined in 2009 working up to be the Director of Strategy and Business Development, growing them from six academies to 35 within four years.  Mark moved to become Director of Operations for an academy trust in September 2013, supported an group from two primary academies to successfully sponsoring five open academies and two further academies in the pipeline – one a 2,220 pupil all-age Free School.  He coordinated the conversion of three schools – two have since been inspected as Good Schools (both formerly in Special Measures) following excellent SAT results in 2015 – moving from an average of 58% Level 4 or above in 2014 to 82% Level 4 or above in 2015.  An increase of 24% in one year across the three schools.

Since Mark has been at Bellevue Place Education Trust, his main achievements have been to introduce a 3 Year Strategic Plan; develop the BPET School Improvement Strategy with an effective School Improvement provider; and supported further collaboration between the schools, sharing best practice across the Trust.

Mark has also worked closely on the production of a book called ‘Education, Education, Education’ by Lord Adonis and ran the London Marathon in 2017 for the Royal Society for Blind Children.


Simon Ward – Operations Director

Simon Ward is the Operations Director of Bellevue Place Education Trust and his role covers supporting the four new building programmes underway across the Trust, building development and maintenance support, HR support and procurement of Trust-wide contracts between £10K and £40K.  Simon is also the Company Secretary to the Board.

Simon was previously Development Director of Cuckoo Hall Academies Trust, responsible for leading on the operational growth of this Outstanding multi-academy trust. He was also responsible for project managing the development of Kingfisher Hall Primary Academy and Heron Hall Academy (a 8FE secondary free school), and for initiating and writing successful capital bids for the Academies Capital Maintenance Fund. Simon provided the leadership and business management in the schools, setting up the systems and structures, including new financial systems. He undertook day to day responsibility for providing an HR service to the schools and then managed the HR Manager after their appointment. Simon also:

  • Line managed the Site Manager and his team
  • Led on the project management of large capital build projects and responsible for the bidding for capital funding for capital projects
  • Ran the Health and Safety Committee and led on Health and Safety
  • Led on the ICT procurement for two free schools and, in conjunction with the ICT Manager, managed the performance of the ICT contractor Simon is also a Governor at his local maintained infant school.
  • Prior to working with CHAT, Simon had an extensive career working as a School Business Manager for a number of schools, and as education officer with responsibility for finance and ICT in two London authorities as well as providing interim management support on a long term basis to 3 unity authorities.

Amanda Burgess – Head of Finance

Amanda Burgess joined the Trust in October 2015 as the Head of Finance and is responsible for all aspects of financial management; budgets, final accounts, financial control, monitoring, regularity and reporting and systems.  Since 1 September 2016, Amanda is the appointed Chief Financial Officer for the Trust.

Amanda has previously worked at Oasis Community Learning where she was the Finance Director for 2 large secondary schools and 1 Primary school and previously to that supported 8 Primaries in Birmingham when they converted to academies as part of the Oasis Trust. Amanda was also the Finance Manager in a special school in Hertfordshire and has been in the education sector for over 5 years and prior to that was working in Local Government finance for over 25 years including Children’s, Leisure and Central services. Amanda is also a volunteer parent Trustee of a small charity providing play schemes and respite care for children with special needs and their families.

Mehreen Faryad – Management Accountant

Mehreen joined the Trust in May 2017 having previously worked at a large multi-academy trust where she began as an apprentice and worked her way up to an experienced Assistant Financial Accountant.

Mehreen supports Amanda in the the monthly account procedures which include preparing monthly budget reports, bank reconciliation, income & VAT reconciliation, along with the monthly close-down procedure and assisting with the co-ordination of the annual audit.

For the previous year Mehreen has been gaining further financial experience as a Fleet Accountant based in a shipping company in Piccadilly.


Aseel Ahmed – Finance Assistant

Aseel joined the Trust in October 2016 as the Finance Assistant. Aseel is responsible for helping to ensure effective, efficient and accurate financial and administrative operations. Working as part of a team, Aseel liaises with our Management Accountant and reports to the Head of Finance.

Aseel has had work experience at Barclays Bank where he gained invaluable financial experience. Aseel is a valued member of the team and continues to build on his financial skills during his apprenticeship.



Jenny Hawken – Marketing Executive

Jenny joined the Trust in November 2016 to support the schools with their branding, communications and marketing as they continue to grow.

This role involves creating and implementing marketing strategies for individual schools, managing social media accounts and creating copy for websites to ensure that the excellent practice within schools is communicated to prospective parents. Jenny liaises with office staff throughout the admissions cycle to ensure parents have everything they need to make an informed decision by helping to organise regular events and communications.

Prior to this, Jenny gained marketing and communications experience during her voluntary role at a social enterprise whilst studying for her Geography degree at Sheffield University.



Staff Declaration of Interests

All senior BPET staff have completed a Declaration of Interest Form for 2017/18, in order to ensure openness within the organisation.  To view the forms, click here.


Last updated: October 2017

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