Safeguarding Lead

Non executive director

Ilona has always been passionate about education and the importance of empowering young people to be aspirational in life and aim for ‘the higher gifts’. Ilona believe that education should offer a breath and variety of learning experiences but must also develop high standards and values. Ilona has a strong faith which is very important to her and this has helped her to lead through service and example.

Ilona qualified as an English and PE teacher in 1976 and went on to teach in secondary schools in London, Birmingham and Bedford until she retired in July 2015. Ilona held the posts of Head of Department, Head of Year, Assistant Head and Deputy Head and during all of these roles she learned a lot, as well as supporting others (students and colleagues) in their learning.

Through Ilona’s senior leadership roles she has worked closely with Bedford Local Education Authority; especially in the areas of, inclusion, behaviour and safeguarding.

Non executive director

Paul has lived in Stotfold for 30 years and has a special interest in education provision in the local area.  Paul started his working life in education as a university lecturer, researcher and administrator. Paul has commercial experience in publishing, including running his own company.  Paul has recently retired from his last full-time job at the University of London where he led a commercial services team. Paul is married with three children and three grandchildren. Paul’s grandchildren are working their way through the local schools, and two grandsons are currently studying at Etonbury where he was a governor for two years.

Executive director

Alan Lee is an educationalist. He is the Chief Executive Officer of BEST, a National Leader of Education, former Lead Ofsted Inspector, academic and public speaker.  As both an Executive Principal and Headteacher he has led schools, across all phases to outstanding status, securing numerous awards and exceptional year-on-year outcomes. As leader of both a National Support School and Teaching School he has successfully delivered school improvement projects across the South East. 

Alan’s doctoral thesis on Distributed Leadership, was the BELMAS Thesis of Year Runner-Up in 2009; he has published a number of papers in different journals (see Boundary Spanners, NCSL: 2010); and, he is remains the only non-US recipient of the Excellence in Educational Leadership Award (UCEA, 2009). Alan has visited, studied and presented papers to a range of audiences in some of the highest performing jurisdictions in the world, including: Singapore, New South Wales and Massachusetts. 

Non-executive director

David has been a school governor for 9 years, Chair of Governors and Chair of Bedfordshire East Schools Trust (BEST) for 5 years; he has also been a Director and Trustee at BEMAT/BEST since 2011.  After a 30 year career in commercial banking, many as a corporate manager, David now acts as a financial consultant and undertakes a number of voluntary roles. David is a parish councillor and since May 2015, a Central Beds Ward Councillor. David is married to a head teacher and has two sons both in engineering apprenticeships; the eldest has joined the RAF.

Non-executive director

Claire is currently Deputy Director for the East of England and North East London Regional Schools Commissioner, Sue Baldwin, and has been in the role for one year. She leads on MAT capacity and development across the region and is place lead for Essex, Southend-on-Sea, Thurrock and the eight north east London boroughs. She joined the Civil Service in 2007, and her other roles included Head of Adult Learner Support programmes and Senior Advisor for academy compliance within the Education Funding Agency. Previously Claire was a nationally recognised leader of adult and community learning in Bedfordshire and Head of Lifelong Learning in Northamptonshire.

Non-executive director

Anthony has a passion for education and worked in the Further Education Sector for thirty five years.  Starting as a part-time teacher he went on to become the Quality Director at Bedford College, Curriculum Director at Hammersmith and West London and later Vice Principal of a large College in Surrey.  He has always believed that students of any age have the right to expect and receive a quality of education that is second to none.

Anthony qualified as teacher gaining his Cert Ed in 1985 and went onto achieve his Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA) in 2001.  His career in teaching and educational management took him across the country from the South East to Yorkshire and Anthony continues to run his own management consultancy business in the education sector.

Anthony lives in Northamptonshire with his wife who works in local government.