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; supporting all seven schools to achieve excellent OfSTED outcomes and driving 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.
Stuart Dixon – Chief Operating Officer
Stuart joined the Trust on 10 September 2018 as the newly created Chief Operating Officer. Stuart’s remit has overall responsibility for the strategic leadership of HR, asset management, contract management, compliance, ICT (including MIS systems), legal issues, Health and Safety and by strategic oversight the School Office Managers and Site Managers. He is also responsible for maintaining high standards in back office functions across the Trust, the ongoing development and embedding of the ‘Learn, Enjoy, Succeed’ vision and delivering the BPET 3 Year Strategic Plan.
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.
Alison Knight – Office Manager
Alison started at the Trust in March 2018 and provides administrative support to the team, including facilities management and the role of Clerk. Alison takes minutes at all senior level meetings and provides the administrative structure and framework for the Trust operations at the Central Office.
Alison has previously worked at Exco Futures and then as a Deputy Treasury Manager at JH Minet, Lloyds insurance brokers. Following a period of 17 years bringing up her three children as a full-time Mother, Alison returned to work in the City of London family-owned business of HR Consulting for a period of six years, where she specialised in the vetting and screening of client company staff.
We also work with additional advisers:
Nigel Battey – Senior Leader Mentoring & Leadership Development
Nigel supports the Trust through leadership development activity, initially mentoring new Heads to training senior and middle leaders. This is a key area of improvement across the Trust.
Nigel runs his own education consultancy company – NB Learning – where he offers leadership and professional development training for staff throughout the education sector. Having worked as a Senior Adviser at Cambridgeshire County Council for over seven years, as well as leading the delivery of senior leadership programmes at the Eastern Leadership Centre (including NPQH), Nigel brings an extensive knowledge of leader mentoring and leadership development to BPET. Nigel also has over eight years’ experience as a Headteacher combined at two schools, where Ofsted has noted his “inspirational leadership”.
Robert Wilne – Specialist Maths Adviser
Robert works in a specialist maths adviser capacity for BPET. As a ‘critical friend’ to our schools, he assesses the quality of teaching and learning, recommends strategic developments to the headteachers and maths leaders, and then supports them to implement these. Robert wants all children in BPET schools to be confident, enthusiastic mathematicians who develop now the skills, understanding, resilience and resourcefulness that they will need for success and achievement later in their formal education, and in their future lives thereafter.
Robert has over 20 years’ experience as a teacher and leader of maths. He was Head of Maths and then Deputy Head at Highgate School, from where he was appointed to be the founding Principal of the London Academy of Excellence in Newham, the first post-16 free school. LAE is very prestigious and hugely successful: as a result of the exceptional A-level results and Oxbridge success of Robert’s first cohort of students, LAE was awarded ‘The Sunday Times Sixth-form College of The Year’ in 2015.
Robert brings to BPET a deep understanding of the very best global practice in maths teaching. As a Director of the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics, he co-led the “teaching for mastery” research in Shanghai that is now at the heart of the government’s primary maths education policy. He is a Series Editor for a brand new primary maths programme being published by Oxford University Press, and also the UK consultant for OUP’s new secondary maths books. Alongside his BPET role he works three days a week as Director of Maths for the Atlas Partnership, where he leads maths across the Haberdasher’s Federation of schools in south-east London and also supports schools in the borough of Lewisham.
Outside the classroom, Robert bakes (and consumes!) sticky cakes frequently, and runs rather less often than he knows he should. He is a regular and eclectic cinema-goer: he is as much a fan of Batman as Bergman.
Sue Perry – HR Consultant
Sue supports the Trust by providing specialist HR advice on policy development, employment updates, training for Office Managers and complex employee issues.
Sue was previously a Primary School Teacher before moving into HR in 1990. Having worked for a number of different organisations including Tower Hamlets Education, Crisis, ActionAid and MIND, Sue set up her own HR consultancy in 2001 working for Waltham Forest Education, CEA, Southwark, Turning Point, British Film Institute, Western Union before joining E-ACT in 2009 as an HR Manager. Sue left E-ACT in 2013 to pursue her interest in Environmental Education working for Essex Wildlife Trust and Wilderness Foundation before re-establishing her HR Consultancy business and Forest School business – Branching Out-Woods. Sue has run INSET training for staff at Halley House and supported Forest School at Rutherford House School.
Mike Ford – Interim Financial Accountant
Mike has 11 years senior financial management experience in Academies, working directly for 3 large multi academy trusts and has been a consultant for a number of other Trusts since leaving full time employment in 2014. As an experienced financial adviser, Mike has supported the Trust on an ad-hoc basis over the past few years and is currently supporting the Trust with the year-end close-down, until the end of December 2018.
Staff Declaration of Interests
All senior BPET staff have completed a Declaration of Interest Form for 2018/19, in order to ensure openness within the organisation. To view the forms, click here.
Last updated: September 2018