Stephen Howlett CBE, DL, Hon FRIBA - Chair
Stephen was Chief Executive of Peabody from 2004 to 2017. Founded in 1862, Peabody is one of London’s oldest and largest social housing charities. The Peabody Group now owns and manages 55,000 homes across the capital, and runs a range of employment and community projects. It has a development pipeline of over 8,000 homes, and has ambitious plans to regenerate Thamesmead in south-east London. Stephen has a particular interest in education and skills and completed his term of office as Chair of the Court and Pro-Chancellor of the University of Greenwich in 2017 from which he graduated. He is a Trustee of Open-City, London's leading architecture education organisation and organiser of Open House London.
He is a member of the Commercial Development Advisory Group of Transport for London which advises on property and development matters and chairs their Sustainable Development Advisory Panel.
He is a board member of Orbit Housing Group and chairs the board responsible for their housing service.
Stephen was commissioned as a Deputy Lieutenant of Greater London in 2017 and awarded a CBE in the Queen's 2018 New Year's honours for services to housing.
Stephen lives in South East London.
Mark Burnett FCMI - Vice Chair
Mark is an experienced and successful senior leader within the education sector. He currently leads a rapidly growing Multi-Academy Trust in the South East of England. He was previously the Group Director of Operations for one of the largest and most successful Multi-Academy Trusts. He is Vice Chair and Non-Executive Director of a Group Education Board overseeing 4 Colleges, 7 Academies and an Apprenticeship company.
He is highly motivated and passionate about education, young people and public service.
He is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute (FCMI), a Fellow of the Institute of School Business Leadership (FISBL), and a Professional Member of the Institute of Leadership and Management (MInstLM).
He voluntarily serves on a number of working parties, including the DfE Commercial Team reference group.
David Eastgate - Vice Chair
David is Chairman of London Skills for Growth and had held this position for four years prior to the charity joining LSEEG. He is an experienced senior executive and finance professional having previously been Chief Executive and Finance Director at The Hyde Group, a large South East London-based housing association, and Chief Operating Officer at Leonard Cheshire Disability, a major provider of services to disabled people. He is currently a Consultant Director in the Affordable Housing Consultancy Team at Savills specialising in the strategic business development and corporate financial management of housing associations. David is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and a Corporate Member of the Chartered Institute of Housing.
Dr Sam Parrett OBE
Sam was appointed Principal of Bromley College in 2010 and oversaw its first merger with Orpington College in 2011. In 2013, the College set up a new multi-academy trust, incorporating four special and alternative provision schools in the Borough. Following this success, Sam went on to lead the College through the country’s first three-way college merger with Bexley College and Greenwich Community College – creating London South East Colleges in August 2016.
London & South East Colleges Group, headed up by Sam, was established in 2017 as the overarching organisation encompassing London South East Colleges, London South East Academies Trust (which has now grown to eight schools) and London Skills for Growth.
Sam started her career in the HR sector. She then managed a training provider and worked for a funding agency before joining the FE sector in 1997. She took up posts in three colleges before being appointed Principal at Bromley.
Sam is a fellow of the CIPD and a fellow of the RSA, as well as a Vice-Chair of Mixed Economy Group (MEG). She was awarded an OBE for services to Further Education in 2016 and achieved her Doctoral Degree in Education in 2019. Following this, Sam became a National Leader of Further Education (NLFE) - one of just eleven in the country and was appointed as an advisor to the Disabled Students’ Commission - a new independent group, set up to support disabled students.
In October 2020, Sam was recognised as FE Leader of the Year at the TES Awards 2020.
Chris Philpott is a Reader in music education at the University of Greenwich, London. Until recently he was Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor and then interim Pro Vice-Chancellor in the University’s Faculty of Education and Health. Before moving to Greenwich he was a secondary music teacher for 16 years, with a background in the Brass Bands of East Kent, and then became a teacher educator at Canterbury Christ Church University. He has written and edited books, online texts and resources which are used in initial teacher education (ITE) programmes throughout the United Kingdom and has led government funded projects in relation to ITE in music. He is also an experienced school governor and trustee.
Allan lives in Bromley and is a Chartered Accountant. He is currently the Deputy Chief Executive of Croudace Homes Group Limited which he joined in 1988 as Group Finance Director and has extensive experience in residential property development and commercial property investment. He is particularly interested in the development and training of young adults through apprenticeships and graduate schemes.
Warwick is the Director of Academies and Maintained Schools at the Education and Skills Funding Agency.
Before that he was Principal Private Secretary to three Education Secretaries leading Private Office Directorate at the Department for Education.
He has ten years experience in education policy and has written a book called The Educated Guess about inevitable biases in the choices we make about education. Warwick has been a teacher in a secondary school and a governor of a primary school.
Marek Michalski - Chair of Audit Committee
Marek has extensive experience in the private sector and held various management positions in a global telecoms company. He subsequently moved to the public sector where he works as a Programme Manager at the Department for Education. He has experience of project/programme management, financial management, policy delivery, business planning/management, commercial management, audit/risk management, and overseeing major transformation programmes.
Mark is CEO of a group of companies who design web-based software to support the work of FE colleges. Mark leads a nationwide team who work with both some of the largest college groups and the smallest colleges in the country.
Having graduated with a degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Mark’s career started as Software Systems Engineer at GEC Marconi Avionics (latterly BAE Systems). He worked as a member of the Flight Systems division Requirements Team, writing the software requirements for the Eurofighter Typhoon Fighter Jet Flight Control Computers to meet critical safety standards and high-performance avionics engineering. This led to working on the Flight Control Computers of Concorde, Airbus and Bombardier aircraft.
Mark ‘fell’ into the education sector as a guest lecturer at his former college, Bromley, and he soon completed a PGCE at Greenwich. It was during this time that Mark identified the need for a better way to measure student progress and performance. This led to his creation of eTrackr-ILP software, which has been occupying him ever since.
Jennifer Pharo - Clerk
Jenny is Group Executive Director of Governance, a role she commenced in April 2019. Prior to this she was Group Executive Director of Corporate Services with strategic and operational management of key Group Corporate Services areas of IT, HR, MIS, Funding, Planning and Performance, Exams and administration services. She has strong and proven project and change management skills, leading and delivering on a number of educational, curriculum, customer and information systems projects, including college mergers, business acquisitions and business process re-engineering.
She has significant management experience in both the public and private sectors with a career portfolio providing insight and knowledge of operational and strategic business and resource planning in most business services areas. Her career began in legal and company secretarial, transferring to the investment banking and financial services sectors where she worked for c20 years.
Jenny retrained as a Business and IT teacher in 2001 and moved into the FE sector 18 years ago, as part of the senior management team at another large London FE College where Jenny led on business operations, MIS, Exams, Planning, Funding and Performance, before moving to London South East Colleges in 2015.
She is the Group Data Protection Officer for London & South East Education Group.