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Bullers Wood Multi Academy Trust Members

Our Members are responsible for appointing our Trustees and holding them to account for the successful governance of our Trust. 

Elizabeth Allen CBE

From her first teaching post in 1967, Liz has managed curriculum initiatives that open up opportunities for young people to aspire to high personal achievement.

In her first headship (1993-2001), in a Church Of England Comprehensive School, Liz worked on national guidelines for School Improvement, formative assessment and target setting.

Headteacher of Newstead Wood School from 2001-2012, Liz encouraged students and teachers to work creatively and to lead the development of innovative and challenging educational practice. Newstead became a leading Specialist School and a National Support School: both students and staff were encouraged to take every opportunity to engage in local, national and international education initiatives.

Liz is a National Leader of Education, supporting schools nationally and internationally in their drive for excellence in teaching and leadership, including three years as Director of Secondary Education for a MAT in the North West, building the capacity of senior leaders and recruiting teachers who were able subject specialists.

Since 2011, Liz has served on The Academic Steering Group of The Prince’s Teaching Institute, advising on its strategic objectives and having responsibility for the design and delivery of subject-specific CPD for Secondary NQTs subject specialists.

A Trustee of NACE (The National Association for Able Children in Education), Liz is actively engaged in research. Continued work as a consultant and researcher keeps her up to date with development in national education strategies and gives the opportunity to contribute to the Education Debate.

From her experience as a Headteacher, Trustee and Governor, Liz understands the vital importance of building the right relationship between the board and senior leaders. At the heart of the relationship, there is a shared vision and a deep trust in each other’s commitment to the best learning experience and life chances for all young people and a shared duty of care for the well-being and professional advancement of the staff.

Alan Le Fort

Alan lives locally and has over 40 years’ experience of advising clients in the areas of business start-ups, tax planning to Income Tax, Corporation Tax, Inheritance Tax, Value Added Tax, Development Land Tax, communicating with Government Agencies such as HM Revenue & Customs, Companies House and the Central Office of Statistics.

He qualified as a Chartered Accountant (FCA) with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales in 1970, and with The Chartered Association of Certified Accountants (FCCA) in 1980. Alan commenced his own business in 1976 and currently maintains a successful Practice.

Christine Patrick

Chris is a freelance business researcher, and concurrently a Trustee of the Condor Trust, an educational charity which works in Ecuador.

Chris has all-round business management skills, including strategic planning, leadership and teamwork. She is very familiar with financial reports and accounts, and is well equipped to approach them in a critical but positive way. Chris speaks a number of languages (French, German, Spanish and Japanese).

Chris first became involved in Bullers Wood when she helped organise “Japanese Days” for some of the students. She was a Governor from 1996 to 2008 and then Chair of Governors from 2008 to 2011. Chris has always been impressed by the enthusiasm, competence and effectiveness of the staff and Governors, and is totally sympathetic to the ethos and principles on which the Multi-Academy Trust is based.

Christopher Rees

Chris is a solicitor with a London law firm and works as a specialist planning and environmental lawyer.

After five years inside local authorities, he has spent the last 34 years in private practice.

Most of Chris’s professional life has been spent promoting development proposals. These have included schools universities and colleges – usually as a result of enabling developments. He is good at structuring planning deals and negotiating the best possible outcomes for clients, who include land owners, institutions, developers, housing associations, banks and local authorities (including education authorities).

Chris has a good working knowledge of the education acts so far as they relate to planning matters, and has a strong professional and personal interest in the ever changing education system and the challenges and opportunities it presents.

Lorraine Sansom

Lorraine is an Education Consultant and Pathway Tutor (Secondary Phase) for Bromley Schools’ Collegiate.

Now a retired Physics Teacher, with 25 years teaching experience at Bullers Wood, Lorraine continues to be passionate about Education and establishing a safe and inspiring learning environment where all students can flourish. Helping students to develop resilience and a love of learning as they deepen their knowledge and understanding were core principals demonstrated throughout her career. These factors and her ability to motivate and convey positivity to her students were reflected in the increase in the number of students choosing to take Physics at Advanced Level and beyond including degree qualifications in a range of STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). Lorraine has also been recognised as an expert in her field through a number of teaching/teachers’ awards from the DfE and other external agencies such as the Royal Society of London and the Institute of Physics.

Lorraine also has years of managerial and leadership experience. As Assistant Headteacher for Teaching and Learning, she introduced new initiatives and led a team overseeing implementation of policies; quality assuring teaching and learning and devising CPD opportunities for all staff. As a Senior Mentor and Induction Tutor, Lorraine was involved in the recruitment, training and assessment of numerous cohorts of trainees and newly qualified teachers.

Lorraine is a lifelong learner and educator who is committed to high-quality education for all, regardless of background. As a Member of the BWMAT, she is delighted to work with all stakeholders to ensure that the ethos and core values of Bullers Wood are maintained and effectively conveyed to staff and students.