Dr Sam Parrett CBE
Group Principal and CEO
Dr Sam Parrett CBE is an experienced CEO and Principal , whose drive and determination to improve education across London and the south east has resulted in the expansion of high-quality pathways and outcomes for learners.
Sam was appointed principal of Bromley College in 2010, overseeing a merger with Orpington College the following year. In 2016, she led the country’s first three-way College merger, bringing together Bromley College, Bexley College and Greenwich Community College to form London South East Colleges.
Sam also established a successful Multi Academy Trust in 2013 London South East Academies Trust - which now includes seven alternative provision and special schools and one mainstream school across Bromley, Bexley and most recently, Surrey.
The network of schools has grown and developed under Sam’s leadership of the FE college-led Trust. The unique Group structure is ensuring that children and young people, many with a range of special educational needs, have access to high quality provision and care from birth right through to 25 and beyond.
College success rates have risen steadily each year, with record numbers of students passing their vocational qualifications. Ofsted rated the College as Good in March 2019 and it was named Overall FE provider of the Year at the TES FE Awards 2021, as well as receiving a Social Value Award for Public Sector Leadership. Sam was named TES FE Leader of the Year in 2020 and the College was also awarded the prestigious Queen's Anniversary Prize in 2020.
Last year Sam was awarded a CBE for Services to Education, building on the OBE she was presented with in 2016 for Services to Further Education. These honours reflect the work Sam is doing across the sector, positively impacting many people's lives throughout the region and beyond.
Sam achieved a PhD in FE Policy in 2019 and currently sits on the Boards of the Association of Colleges, Education and Training Foundation and is an elected member of the CBI London Council. She is a fellow of the CIPD, RSA and the Chartered Institution of Further Education. Sam is also a designated National Leader of Further Education and undertakes improvement work across the sector, including the mentoring and coaching of new and aspiring principals.
Group Chief Technology and Information Officer
David joined the College in 2004, initially as Head of Construction and Engineering before progressing through a variety of management positions within the College and moving into his current position as Group Chief Technology and Information Officer. In this role he oversees the College’s management information systems and IT infrastructure.
Coming from a teaching background, David is particularly interested in using these skills to think about and input into the future of teaching - with a specific interest in developing the College’s digital teaching and digital learning experience.
Before starting his career in Further education, David worked in construction, serving an apprenticeship as a Carpenter before moving into site and project management.
Group Chief Strategy Officer (London South East Colleges)
Louise’s career has spanned working across the public, voluntary and private sectors, working with large corporate partners on the development of CSR strategies, adding value to and creating social change in communities nationally. Currently, Louise is the Chief Transformation Officer for London & South East Education Group, which incorporates London South East Colleges and London South East Academies Trust. With a turnover of £70m the Group serves 12,000 children, young people and adults, and employs 1300 people.
Since joining the College in 2015, as a member of the Executive Team, Louise supported the successful three way merger with Greenwich and Bexley Colleges and led the team which secured external capital investment of over £20M, funding to support the development of a sustainable aviation centre with London Biggin Hill Airport, development of a new campus in Greenwich, and investment in Mayoral Construction Hubs, the latter of which was recognised in the College being awarded the esteemed Queen’s Anniversary Prize in 2019. Equally, in this time, Louise has supported the Multi Academy Trust, seeing it grow from two schools in 2015 to eight schools in 2021.
As the GCTO Louise provides the joined-up thinking and action required to promote the position of the Group externally, whilst designing and implementing change and transformation programmes internally, improving effectiveness and efficiency across all aspects of the Group’s activities to enable sustainable growth. Louise is the Executive lead for Group Marketing and Internal and External Communications, Research, Development and Innovation, Policy and Insight, Fundraising and Strategic Growth, National Social Action Campaigns and External Affairs. Louise also leads the implementation of the Group Strategy, which has embedded the ambition of creating social value and building community wealth across organisational practice.
Externally Louise is also a Board Member for the national school improvement charity Challenge Partners, a Trustee of Woodland Academy Trust in Bexley and a Director of South East London Chamber of Commerce.
Group Executive Director Governance
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 Group Corporate Services areas of IT, HR, MIS, Funding, Planning and Performance, Exams and administration services.
She has strong and proven governance, legal, project and change management skills, leading and delivering on a number of governance, 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 started her career in the FE Sector and progressing into senior management role in Further Education.
Since her move into the Governance Professional role for the Trust, Jenny has achieved qualification status in the ICSA Diploma in Academies Governance, NGA Clerking Certificate and the ETF Governance Professional Intermediate Programme.
She is the Group Data Protection Officer for London South East Education Group.
Group Chief Financial Officer and Deputy Group CEO
John joined the College in 2013 as Vice Principal Finance and Resources before progressing to the role Group Chief Financial Officer, and subsequently Deputy Group CEO.
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 moved into senior finance roles within the education sector in 2007 and has also spent 5 years working as a part-time lecturer in a Further Education College. Having helped to set up London South East Academies Trust in 2013, he has considerable knowledge of both the Further Education and Academies sector. John has an excellent track record and wealth of experience which includes leading through periods of change, implementing significant business and financial improvements, strong financial stewardship and governance.
In addition to being responsible for all matters relating to financial strategy, financial performance and risk management, John is also responsible for overseeing a range of business support services together with the Estates, IT and Sustainability Strategies for the College.
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.
Deputy CEO of London South East Academies Trust
Neil Miller is the Deputy CEO Academies with operational accountability for all the schools within the Trust.
He was a senior leader in secondary mainstream education for many years including Headship before joining the Trust as Executive Headteacher six years ago.
Neil has a real passion for working with our learners with his expectations for each and every one being extremely high. This is achieved with a forensic focus on quality first learning experience so the students are able to grow both academically and emotionally, becoming purposeful young adults.
Neil has a real expertise in leadership and has gained his NPQEL. Relationships with the staff teams is key for Neil and ensuring the Trust is able to get the very best from everyone is important.
College Principal and Chief Learning Officer
Strategic Development Director London South East Academies Trust
Kate Shiner is the Trust's Director for Strategic Development. She is on secondment from the Department for Education where most recently she was the Programme Director for the National Tutoring Programme. In the year prior to that, Kate led on planning, delivery and cross-cutting Covid policy in the DfE’s Covid Response Unit.
Kate has 18 years’ experience working at the centre of UK government in both the Department for Education and the Ministry of Justice in a range of roles including the South London and South East Regional School Commissioner’s Office, digital transformation, strategies to reduce reoffending rates for different offender groups, online court reform, and setting up the first User Centred Design Lab in the Department for Education.
Kate lives in Lewisham, and is Chair of Governors in a local secondary, and Vice-Chair in a local primary.