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.


David has lived in Henlow for most of his life attending Bedfordshire schools. He is married to a recently retired Headteacher with 2 adult children who both went through the schools he now represents as a Governor and Trustee. He has been a school governor since 2007, Chair of Governors of an outstanding school and Chair of Bedfordshire East Schools Trust (BEST) since 2010. Also in 2011 David became a Member and Trustee of Bedfordshire Schools Trust where he currently chairs the Finance and Audit committee. He is director of BEST Nurseries Ltd a subsidiary of BEST that runs two large local nursery provisions at Shefford and Arlesey.

David spent 30 years in Commercial Banking; he became a Relationship Manager lending money to corporate clients. He also spent some time on internal Audit reviewing systems and procedures. Over the past 14 years David has split his time between working as a financial consultant and a number of voluntary roles. In 2015 David was elected as a ward councillor for Arlesey at Central Beds Unitary Council where he is on Children’s Services overview and scrutiny and the Audit committees. This role enables David to further influence the direction of education in the area with a view to improving outcomes for local children.

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.