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 team. The staff in our central team are:
Mark Greatrex – Chief Executive
Mark has extensive experience in the academy sector, starting working with academies in July 2004 within the Department for Education, when there were just 5 open academies. Mark predominately supported the brokering and feasibility of under-performing schools to become academies. Mark has subsequently held senior roles in three multi academy trusts, driving the growth of the first he joined in 2009 from six academies to 35 within four years. Mark joined a smaller trust in 2013, converting three failing schools that were all judged as Good schools by OfSTED at their last inspection.
Mark has been at Bellevue Place Education Trust for five years, growing the organisation from 189 pupils to 2,300 pupils. His main achievements have been overseeing the growth of seven Free Schools to capacity, introducing a BPET 3 Year Strategic Plan; develop the BPET School Improvement Strategy that supported seven schools through their first OfSTED inspection, all judged as Good or better, with two rated Outstanding. In February 2020, Mark led the approach and subsequent conversion of an eighth school to join BPET, following an initial approach from the Department for Education.
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 and 2019 for the Royal Society for Blind Children charity.
Laura Gregory – Director of Education
Laura Gregory joined BPET as the Director of Education on 1 September 2019. Laura’s role is to support the educational standards in all BPET schools along with overseeing the annual School Improvement Review Cycle, offering and designing CPD programmes for staff and facilitating strong collaboration across our schools.
Prior to this, Laura was Principal of a large outstanding primary academy in Hertfordshire – one of the first designated Teaching Schools in England, within a Trust. While in this role, Laura became an additional OfSTED Inspector for primary and early years and gained the Professional Qualification for School Inspectors (PQSI), before leaving to be a School Improvement Adviser for Buckinghamshire Local Authority (LA). Here she supported over 25 LA authority schools from two very different contextual locations. Laura then moved on to be the Primary School Improvement Lead for a Trust of seven schools, with both Primary and Secondary schools. All of the schools apart from one were in special measures, so a fair amount of her work was targeted on rapid change and improvement.
Laura is also a Fellow of the Chartered College for Teachers, a leadership coach for Ambition Institute and a MAT reviewer for Challenge Partners.
Richard Crompton – Director of Operations
Richard’s role as Director of Operations 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 will also responsible for maintaining high standards in back office functions across BPET, the ongoing development and embedding of the ‘Learn, Enjoy, Succeed’ vision and delivering the BPET 3 Year Strategic Plan.
Richard started his career at Marks and Spencer before moving to work for the John Lewis Partnership for five years, holding several operational roles in shops and leading a number of change and simplification projects across the business.
Prior to joining BPET, Richard was Head of Estates, Facilities and Operations at The David Ross Education Trust, where he was responsible for the strategic operational oversight of 34 schools from Yorkshire to London. Living in North London with his Partner and son, he is a keen runner and hiker.
Marwa Sadek – Director of Finance
Marwa’s role is to establish, monitor, and evaluate the effectiveness of all financial systems, policies, and procedures, reviewing and refining as necessary and to create robust budgets and forecasts, ensure financial records meet compliance standards, provide analysis and insight to support decision making, lead and support key projects and ensure financial sustainability.
Marwa is responsible for ensuring that the Trust operates with good financial governance in line with the requirements of the Academies Financial Handbook, which is published by the Education & Skills Funding Agency (ESFA). Her role involves liaising with the Department for Education (DfE), the ESFA, auditors, and other external advisers, suppliers, and contractors.
Marwa provides a strategic leadership for and development of the finance functions of the BPET trust; She provides strategic financial direction and information for the Chief Executive Officer/Headteacher and the Trustees.
Marwa has more than 15 years of hands-on experience in schools’ finances and operations serving in both public and private sectors. Marwa is the appointed Chief Financial Officer for BPET.
Claire Kevin – Executive Assistant
Claire Kevin is Executive Assistant to the Director of Education and Chief Executive and responsible for overseeing the administrational structure of the School Improvement Review Cycle across the BPET Schools, CPD Offer for all staff, Collaboration groups with school and support Management meetings and Headteacher Performance Management processes. Claire is responsible for ensuring the arrangements and organisation of these core business functions are efficient and well organised.
Claire has over 20 years of Executive Assistant and office administration experience and prior to joining BPET was EA to the CEO and Education Director at Bellevue Education for almost three years.
Jane Aust – Operations Manager
Jane’s role is Operation’s Manager; she works with Richard Crompton on asset management, contract management, compliance, ICT, Health and Safety and will be supporting the Office and Site Managers across the trust.
Prior to joining the central team, Jane worked as the Office Manager in one of our schools; she has worked in education, both class and office based across the primary age range 3 – 11 since 2003 and strongly believes in the approach; happy children learn. She uses this belief to ensure the BPET vision of ‘Learn, Enjoy, Succeed’ is embedded.
Jane has two children and in her spare supports Reading Football Club where she is a season ticket holder.
Zhenzhen Chen – Management Accountant
New to the education sector Zhenzhen will be supported to develop understanding of the Trust and School finance structures.
Zhenzhen has over six years accounting experience, with responsibility for management accounts, PAYE, VAT and revenue reconciliation.
She likes Yoga, Pilates and play badminton.
Farzia Hussaini – Finance Assistant (Apprentice)
Farzia joins us as an apprentice and will be supporting the Finance Team, She is working under the direction of the management accountant and responsible for providing financial administrative services while studying to achieve the ACCA qualification.
Most recently Farzia has graduated from Hertfordshire university with a BSc Financial Mathematics degree, she also has been an accountant assistant for a training and recruitment business. She has also taught Mathematics and English to girls in Afghanistan.
Farzia enjoys running, fitness and reading classical Persian poetry.
Jose Otero – Finance Assistant (Apprentice)
Jose joined BPET in September 2020 to start his apprenticeship whilst studying for A levels in Business, Media and Spanish.
Having successfully accomplished his first Apprenticeship Jose has now moved into the finance team and has started a finance apprenticeship and he is studying towards completing AAT level3.
Jose’s main tasks are dealing with data input and invoices into our finance system, liaising with schools and suppliers. He is also maintaining the finance inbox and allocating emails to the relevant schools, checking suppliers statements and requesting copy invoices as appropriate, as well as responding to supplier queries.
Eamon Roach – Clerk to the BPET Board
We also work with additional advisers:
Sue Perry – HR Consultant
Nigel Battey – Senior Leader Mentoring & Leadership Development
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”.
Jerry Goddard – Education Adviser
Jerry is an experienced education adviser. Leading and developing high quality learning and teaching is his passion. He is currently the Managing Director of JRPG Educational Consultants Ltd. He gained an honours degree at Southampton University and followed this with an MA. As a teacher he wrote several books before becoming a science adviser, an Ofsted Inspector, CPD Adviser and the Attached Inspector for over a dozen primary and secondary schools. He is very experienced in observing and judging teaching having led an LA’s AST Team as well as being part of the National Assessment Agency.
His current work includes supporting schools and their SLTs in their strategic development. He worked with the University of Chichester, developing its role as an Academy Sponsor resulting in the formation of the University of Chichester Academy Trust. He recently retired from the role of its Director of Standards and Effectiveness and has become one of its Board members. He is a member of the Education Committee of Bellevue International Education Group.
Stephanie Hilder – Specialist English Advisor
A commitment to teacher research and joint practice development, underpins much of Stephanie’s work with teachers: practice strengthened through a master’s degree in Education and experience leading and collaborating on a range of school-based projects. These include a two year ‘writing’ project for sixty primary schools (in association with Edge Hill University) and an equivalent reading campaign with the National Literacy Trust. As the Advisor for Curriculum and Assessment in Buckinghamshire, Stephanie co-ordinated successful projects which involved school clusters tackling low achievement in phonics for disadvantaged pupils and developing practice to support pupils aiming for ‘greater depth’ in their writing.
As an LA moderation manager and English advisor Stephanie has navigated countless schools through national changes to assessment and curriculum frameworks, going on to fulfil specialist roles for the Standards and Testing Agency (STA), supporting moderation and teacher assessment at the national level.
Stephanie is an advocate of Reading for Pleasure (RfP) and leads a Teachers’ Reading Group in association with the Open University and United Kingdom Literacy Association (UKLA). She also sits on the editorial board of English 4-11, a subject-centred magazine for primary teachers jointly published by the English Association and UKLA.
Nathan Crook – Specialist Maths Adviser
Prior to becoming a maths consultant, Nathan taught children in Years 1-6 across three Oxfordshire primary schools, including those in both urban and rural settings. During this time, he qualified as a Maths Specialist Teacher (MaST). It consequently led to him becoming part of the National College for Teaching and Leadership’s ‘small schools making an impact’ programme.
Driven by his passion for helping to ensure that all children access mathematics learning to the full, Nathan has more recently worked as an NCETM accredited independent maths consultant to support schools across the country in delivering high quality teaching and learning.
As well as providing training, he continues to work alongside classes and groups of children to explore how they learn best.
Nathan also believes in the power of mentoring and coaching, around which he has refined his skills whilst working to complete the National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH) programme. He now provides leadership training to support schools with growing capacity.
In addition to his day job, Nathan works on the Executive of the National Association of Mathematics Advisers, which develops his understanding about the national mathematics landscape.
Ian Mullins – B.Ed(Hons), M.Sc – Education Adviser
Ian began his teaching career in Gillingham Kent as a mathematics and physical education teacher in a state secondary school. After a number of years he moved into the independent sector carrying responsibilities as head of department, housemaster, deputy head and headships in two schools. He is currently employed by the Licensed Trade Charity (LTC) as Executive Director for Education and Operations and has enjoyed this role for the past 15 years. During this time Ian has been the driving and innovative force behind the development of the existing LVS Ascot school (an independent school of 850 pupils aged 5-18 years) and the creation of two special needs schools in Oxford and Brighton covering the ages of 11-18.
More recently, Ian has secured an education consultancy/management position at the English College of Dubai bringing in substantial revenue for the charity between 2016-2018. He is currently expanding overseas operations in a number of countries, including China, in addition , to his oversight of education and operations at the UK schools.
Ian has served in various volunteer roles within the sector namely Chairman of ISC is and ISA London and South East, registered inspector, member of the ISA finance committee. He has spoken regularly on various topics to new heads and proprietors in membership of the Independent Schools association.
Ian was brought up in Wales and is a passionate Welsh Rugby fan. Having studied a Bed (Hons) and MSC in Educational Management, Ian has devoted his career to education and held many varied positions of responsibility in his move to headship. Ian also overseas marketing and Support & Care services for the Charity and in addition has the responsibility for estate management of all sites, the general management of the lettings operation and Health & Safety.
Outside of his work, Ian is a keen squash player, attends the gym on a regular basis and is an avid reader. He is a member and warden for the London livery company.
Paul Bevis – Education Adviser
Paul has spent over 44 years working in all ability 5-18 schools within the independent sector as teacher, academic and pastoral leader and most latterly as Headteacher of Claire’s Court Girls and Sixth Form in Maidenhead. Paul has been an A Level Chief Examiner and is the co-author of three text books and teacher guides.
He has a strong interest in early child development in literacy and oracy and the subsequent impact on educational outcomes. In 2019 Paul was granted the status of Founding Fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching.
Married with two grown up daughters and one grandson he is now working as an Independent Education Consultant with schools and education professionals in both the independent and state sectors. Paul’s main areas of focus are school development and improvement, leadership and management, school inspection, curriculum planning, and recruitment, appraisal and performance management. Outside of education he enjoys mountain walking, music and good conversation.
Christopher Sanderson – Safeguarding and Compliance Consultant
Christopher has provided consultancy and training to BPET since its inception. He runs his own company, Amadeus Consulting and Training, offering consultancy in many aspects of nursery, primary and secondary education to schools, groups and associations both in the UK and overseas. His experience and empathy make him a welcome advisor in many schools.
Chris worked as a school inspector for 20 years, leading inspections in Early Years, primary, secondary and international education in the UK and in British schools overseas. He has also worked as a School Improvement Partner and a GCSE examiner in French and maths. Chris runs training and speaks at conferences for a number of organisations. In addition, he is Director of Compliance and Policy with a leading group of UK schools and nurseries, a consultant for the Association of Muslim Schools, and a music examiner with Trinity College, London.
His four headships together spanned an age range from 2 to 19, including boarding, day and international schools, in both the independent and maintained sectors. Prior to headship, he held positions of Head of Modern Languages, Director of Music and Head of Cricket and Hockey.
Originally from Yorkshire, he still maintains a keen interest in the fortunes of Halifax Town and Yorkshire Cricket; he plays cricket at home in his Cambridgeshire village and for a club in Brittany. Outside school, his main interests are in music, sport and renovating an old farmhouse in Brittany. He is a former conductor of the National Children’s Choir and spent several years singing as a cathedral lay clerk.
Staff Declaration of Interests
All senior BPET staff have completed a Declaration of Interest Form for 2021/22, in order to ensure openness within the organisation.
Last updated: February 2022