As directors of a charitable trust, our Board ensure that they comply with charity and company law.
The Board of the BET has two core functions: they are to set the strategic direction of the organisation and to ensure financial probity. The Board is supported by the Executive Group (comprising the CEO, all the headteachers in the Trust and Chief Operating Officer (COO).
As a multi-academy trust, the Board is responsible for all of the academies in the Trust. We exercise this responsibility by delegating functions to the Local Governing Committee of each academy through our scheme of delegation.
Chair of the Board
Chief Executive Officer
Chief Operating Officer
Chair of Resources Committee
Chair of Performance and Standards Committee
Chair of Audit and Risk Committee
Clerk to the Board
To maintain oversight of the Board of Directors.
Sara Lipscombe, Chair of the Board (member and director)
Former governor and vice-chair at Epsom and Ewell High School
Communications director with 30 years’ experience of project management and marketing
Currently leads team of 150 communications professionals in a FTSE 200 organisation employing 18,000 people worldwide
Visiting professor, INSEEC Business School, Paris, lecturing on its MBA programme.
Experienced governor and chair of governors
Qualified Actuary, with significant senior management and local board experience in insurance and pensions
Former Surrey Area Manager for The Prince’s Trust.
Over 25 years’ experience of business development in publishing and advertising
Specialist in multi–site business management across the UK
Leader of programs focussing on employee engagement and change management
Extensive experience of performance management and developing high performance teams.
Chair of governors at Jubilee High School (2014-17) and school governor for 10 years
Consultant for the Diocese of Guildford
Extensive experience in social services including management of residential care services
Qualified social worker
Diploma in management studies.
Governor at a local primary school
Chair of governors for Englefield Green
Over 50 years’ experience in business.
To oversee the strategic direction of the Trust, ensure full compliance and hold its executives to account.
Business and HR leader with over 20 years’ experience
Chartered fellow of the CIPD
Expert in HR Strategy, OD, change management, talent attraction and retention, employee engagement, employment law, pay and reward and employee benefits and succession planning.
Specialist in sales leadership, business development, strategic partnerships and sales strategy
30 years within the IT and telecom industries at VP, managing director and CEO level
Executive MBA from INSEAD.
Business transformation leader within education
Specialist in business development, organisational and cultural change
Extensive experience within education services, including assignments for the Director General, University of London and International Baccalaureate
Fellow of Chartered Management Institute.
Management consultant with extensive experience within the NHS both nationally and locally
Expert in strategic planning, critical thinking, facilitation and stakeholder management, governance and organisational structures and partnership working
Experienced chair of governors and additional skills governor; specialising in raising standards and strategic awareness.
Chair of governors at Epsom and Ewell High School (2013-17)
School governor with 6 years’ experience and advanced skills governor
Business development manager for a major US listed company for the UK and Ireland
Chair of Sutton and Epsom Rugby Club.
Former director of operations within an education trust now specialising in consultancy and project management for the state funded education sector
Former local councillor and cabinet member for Children’s Services in the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham
Experience of governance both at school and trust level
Regional advisor for Academy Ambassadors.
Alex Russell, CEO
Highly successful headteacher with 12 years’ experience of transforming schools
Executive headteacher of Everest Community Academy
National leader of education
CEO, Bourne Education Trust.
Business transformation leader within the healthcare sector
Finance specialist with over 15 years experience in strategic planning and implementation at CEO/CFO level
Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.
Qualified CIMA Accountant with 20 years’ experience in FMCG and retail businesses
Worked with the Global Property at Prêt-á-Manger, supporting its global expansion
Managing Director of Citywide Financial Partners
Worked with small businesses as Finance Director of several investee businesses in Unilever’s start-up and early stage venture capital fund and through various consultancy roles.