I have served as a Trustee of Reach2 Academy Trust since 2012, following a career in the banking technology industry. I have been a material shareholder and active board member of a number of successful software businesses and continue to act as a management consultant in the sector. I have three children, two at university and youngest studying for her A levels.

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.

Safeguarding Lead


I attended both Robert Bloomfield School and Samuel Whitbread Academy, I went on to gain a doctorate in Physics and now I do research in Astrophysics at the University of Hertfordshire. I was Chair of Governors at SWA for several years. My children attended SWA, Robert Bloomfield Academy and Henlow Middle school; my daughter is in 6th form and one of my sons is a trainee teacher at SWA. I believe that all the local schools are there to provide high quality education for all the children of our community, now and in the future. I will support BEST to achieve this.


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

Since retiring from a thirty-year career in telecommunications Ian has been Chair of East and North Herts Hospital Trust; a lecturer at University College London and a charity trustee for the Letchworth Centre for Healthy Living.  Ian has a number of other voluntary roles working with young people, including: an assessor for the Duke of Edinburgh award and as a business advisor and mentor for The Prince’s Trust.  Ian’s daughter has completed her education in the state sector and his granddaughters’ are just starting primary school.


Martin has been in the construction industry for almost 40 years and currently works as a Director of a local construction company who serve a great diversity of markets and industries.  It is within the educational sector where Martin has gained a wealth of experience, constructing environments that enhance the lives of the people who use them. 

After attaining his Fellowship with the Chartered Institute of Building, Martin became a CIOB champion for further education in the construction industry and proactively promotes the training and progression of staff through training and apprenticeship programmes.

Martin is married with 4 daughters and 4 grandsons one of which will soon be starting primary school in the local area.