LEADERSHIP - DIRECTORS
ILONA BOND - CHAIR
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.
DR ALAN LEE – CEO
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.
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.
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 two and a half years. 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.
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.
During a successful 30-year career, David specialised in risk management within a number of well-known financial houses, ending his career with the European Bank for Reconstruction & Development. David has significant experience of leading business reorganisations and consistently promoted best-in class risk management, governance, policies and internal controls in complex financial institutions. He was frequently granted significant personal delegated authority in these institutions.
In early 2017 David took early retirement and became involved in local education. David currently holds board positions with a Hertfordshire Multi-Academy Trust, and a leading independent school in Hertfordshire. In both institutions David also chairs and sits on various committees including Finance and Audit. David is currently a member of Professional Risk Management International Association (PRMIA), and a member of the Institute of Directors.