KEY PERSONNEL

Kathryn Burns
CEO

Kathryn provides creative, strategic direction and leadership to the Beacon Academy Trust; developing with Trustees and leaders the vision, values and key aims for the MAT. She balances her time between BMAT central activity and working closely with the Trust Executive securing buy-in across the MAT to the vision, values and aims; identifying key polices and initiatives to help embed commitment and make the vision and values real. Thus aligning people and development plans to work towards the agreed goals by constantly reviewing and evaluating progress and impact to refresh the vision. Kathryn has a wide-ranging background that includes: school and corporate leadership, advisory and consultancy work both locally and nationally; a former Head of English and author of literacy texts. Most recently founding BMAT leading on establishing its’ constitution, incorporating the teaching alliance, SCITT (School Centered Initial Teacher Training) and BBIH Free School successful applications, whilst building the central services infrastructure to support the BMAT schools.

osoobadoo@beaconacademytrust.co.uk
020 8418 2617

Térèse Wilmot
Principal – Beal High School

I am proud to be the Principal of Beal High School. It is inspiring to work alongside colleagues, parents and carers to ensure that our students benefit from extraordinary opportunities to learn and thrive as members of both our campus and local communities Beal is a positive learning environment where young people can aspire, be challenged and excel in an atmosphere of safety and purpose; our students are courteous and kind. We are proud of what we achieve but not complacent. We reflect, we evaluate and we design.
We are pleased to be outstanding; we are working towards exceptional.

admin@bealhighschool.co.uk
020 8551 4954

Will Thompson
Principal – The Forest Academy

As the Principal of the Forest Academy since May 2010, it is an honour to serve our local community in ensuring all of our young people thrive at school.  We are on a journey of rapid improvement as part of the BMAT Trust, and I am very fortunate to have such talented staff and students working with me; every person in the school is a key part of our community, starting with the youngest in Year 7, as they begin their seven year journey in school, right through to year 13, where they will embark on their journey into the world as young, confident adults. Our school supports, encourages and challenges every individual to be the very best that they can be and we are rightly ambitious for their aspirations and achievements. We want all to have the personal qualities, skills, experience and qualifications to be a success in the next stage of their life. Our fundamental belief is that each student only gets one chance of secondary education and we must make it the very best it can be. The school is a uniquely welcoming environment, of which all are proud.

w.thompson@theforestacademy.co.uk
020 8500 4266

Lise Thompson
Principal – BBIH

From the start of this term, I will be the new Principal of Beacon Business Innovation Hub and am looking forward to taking the School to the next successful steps in its development.

I have for the last 30 years worked in Redbridge, in schools presenting challenging circumstances. I have worked at The Forest Academy and have contributed to its journey from a school in special measures to a good school.

This has allowed me to develop a range of skills and gain a deeper understanding of how schools operate within the wider context of education. My aim has always been to nurture and facilitate learning and guide children to become the best they can be.

I strive to ensure that students are successful whichever pathway they choose, and that the provision on offer equips them for progression and life. Beacon Business Innovation Hub needs to be synonymous with Creating excellence and a supportive ethos for all.

lthompson@bbih.org

Phil Bray
Principal – NELTA

I take a lead on the activities of the teaching school alliance including our initial teacher training provision. We offer School Direct teacher training in both the salaried and non-salaried routes working with UCL and King’s College.

NELTA is also an accredited teacher training provider of School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) in its own right. I co-ordinate the professional development training programmes, lead the provision of subject networks and support school to school support activities.

admin@nelta.co.uk
020 8551 4954

Miz Mann
Primary Executive Principal
Beacon Multi-Academy Trust

Miz joined in September 2017 as the Primary Executive Principal of BMAT. In September 2010 she was appointed Headteacher of Aldersbrook Primary School and the school was judged as ‘outstanding’ in December 2014. Previous to this she was the Headteacher of a school in Newham and has been teaching since 1995. She has a strategic overview of the whole school ensuring rigorous and robust systems are in place, to ensure they strive to raise outcomes and give our children the best learning opportunities and experiences.

Miz is looking forward to sharing her expertise and knowledge at BMAT to develop the primary aspect of teacher training, networking with other primary schools, as well as working on transition programmes from Year 6 to Year 7.

The Montessori ethos has been embedded into our Early Years and aspects of it throughout the school. I am very proud of the achievement of leading on being the first primary maintained school in Redbridge to be accredited with the Montessori Award.

This April, I trained to run my first ever London Marathon and even set up a running club for children at school!”

mmann@beaconacademytrust.co.uk
020 8551 4954 Ext 540

Ouma Soobadoo
Trust Manager

The fundamental aspect of Ouma’s is role is to deal with all Trust associated matters. If you need any further information regarding BMAT, please do not hesitate to contact Ouma in the first instance. She works closely with the BMAT Managing Director, and the Trust Executive, providing managerial, administrative and clerical support to all; in liaison with the Trust Clerk. She leads on marketing and PR for the Trust including the development of the Trust websites ensuring our compliance and that they provide clear, succinct information

In addition, she runs the calendars for the BMAT Managing Director, Kathryn Burns and Beal High School Principal, Terese Wilmot,
She maintains utmost confidentiality as well as remaining calm under pressure at all times.

osoobadoo@beaconacademytrust.co.uk
020 8418 2617

Sabina Augustin
HR Director

Sabina leads the Human Resources (HR) function which involves everything related to the employer-employee relationship. She is responsible for supporting and managing the organisation’s people and associated people processes; incorporating advising on all people related matters to implement the direction, development and deployment of the HR strategy across the Trust, whilst supporting overall strategic business aims. Sabina has implemented and adapted HR systems to meet the bespoke needs of the Trust. Sabina works very closely with the Managing Director and the Trust Executive, advising on high risk people matters and the strategic impact.

HR operates as a core business function essential to the Trust’s effective operation and currently runs as a central service. Please contact Sabina if you are interested in joining our HR Management Information System, payroll or require HR advice or training.

hr@beaconacademytrust.co.uk
020 8418 2640

Recruitment

beasuccess@beaconacademytrust.co.uk
020 8418 4718

BMAT operate from a preferred suppliers list. Recruitment agencies should email the above address with contact details. The PSL is reviewed every September only.

Deep Bamrah
Finance Director

Deep joined Trust in June 2017 as the Finance Director. His key responsibilities include the strategic financial management and the long term financial viability of the Trust.  Deep works very closely with the CEO and the Trust Executives, advising on financial matters and key strategic matters.

Deep trained and qualified as a Chartered Management Accountant (ACMA CGMA) and has worked across a range of businesses and sectors. These include health care, global logistics, asset management, online travel and public relations. He has had the opportunity to experience a wide range of commercial challenges ranging from business start-ups, mergers and takeovers.

finance@beaconacademytrust.co.uk

Ebrahim Vawda
Clerk to the Trust

Ebrahim as Clerk to the Trust. His role is to provide support to Trustees and Local Governing Bodies and Committees on governance, constitutional and procedural matters, in their duties to provide support and challenge to the Executive Team. The role also involves liaising with the members of the Executive Team, Chairs of Trustees and Local Governing Bodies, arranging and managing meetings, maintaining a database of membership, and ensuring vacancies are filled in line with requirements of the constitution and maintain total confidentiality.

clerk@beaconacademytrust.co.uk
020 8551 4954 Ext 164