LASEEG strategic plan

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Dr Sam Parrett OBE

Group Principal and CEO

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.

Group Principal and CEO of London & South East Education Group expenses can be seen here.

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David Lambert

Deputy CEO and Principal 

David joined the College in 2004, initially as Head of Construction and Engineering before progressing to his current position.Before starting his career in Further Education, David worked in construction, serving an apprenticeship as a carpenter before moving into site and project management.

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Louise Wolsey

Group Chief Transformation Officer

After working in West Sussex Advisory and Inspection Service during which she gained a Masters degree in School Improvement, Louise went on to work in the voluntary sector, undertaking a range of Business Development and Communications roles. These included 7 years at the Youth Sport Trust from which she went on as Director of Fundraising and Communications to establish the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust, before joining Westway Trust as Director of Development 2013. In September 2015 Louise joined Bromley College of Further and Higher Education, and with her Executive Colleagues worked towards a successful merger and the formation of London South East Colleges in August 2016.

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Jennifer Pharo

Group Executive Director Governance

Jenny was appointed Executive Director for College Services in September 2015. Her career began in the legal, investment, banking and financial services sectors. Jenny then retrained as a Business and IT teacher and moved into the FE sector 17 years ago. As part of the senior management team at a large London college, Jenny led on business operations, resources and MIS before moving into her current role at London South East Colleges.

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John Hunt

Group Chief Financial Officer and Deputy CEO Trust

John joined the College in June 2013 as Vice Principal Finance & Resources, before progressing to the role Group Chief Financial Officer for the Group.

John is a fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accounts and started his accountancy career in manufacturing, before spending 10 years working in forensics. He joined the education sector in 2007, and has also spent 5 years working as a part-time lecturer in a Further Education College. He has track record and wealth of experience of delivering significant business improvements, leading through periods of change, and managing business support services.

John is also the CEO of our charitable subsidiary, London Skills for Growth.

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Jo Southby

Group Executive Director Education Standards and Safeguarding

Jo is the executive head of New Horizons Federation in Bexley, which provides co-ordination and develops a coherent and effective outreach provision through close collaboration and improved services offered to SEBD pupils and their families across the borough. It covers a full spectrum of services and provision for children with minor or short term difficulties, to those with long term and severe and complex needs. A number of pupils also have needs that cover a range of issues including education, youth offending, social and family problems. Jo was previously headteacher at North West Kent Alternative Provision Service, a cross phase pupil referral unit catering for pupils covering a wide geographical area in North West Kent.

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Janet Curtis Broni

Group Chief People Officer

Janet joined in the Group in January 2020 as the Group Director for HR and Organisational Development. In July 2020, she became the Group Chief People Officer. Janet has 18 years’ experience in the Further Education Sector, including 13 years’ experience in Senior Leadership roles. Her role in the Group, includes implementing the People Strategy to ensure the Group develops the capability and culture to deliver its ambition to have a positive impact on lives and communities across the region.

Her role also entails providing high quality, expert services across the Group, ensuring a positive and constructive people focused environment, where staff are engaged and people are at the heart of decision making. She also leads on Equality Diversity and Inclusion across the Group to ensure that EDI is embedded within the Group’s culture and working practices.

Janet is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), a trained mediator and Coach.