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Trust leadership team

The BET leadership team exemplifies a dynamic blend of visionary leadership, unwavering commitment to educational excellence and a collaborative spirit. This team is characterised by its ability to set a clear and inspiring vision for the Trust's schools, ensuring that every pupil receives a great education. The team possess a deep understanding of pedagogy and the evolving landscape of education, enabling them to make data-driven decisions that drive continuous improvement. Moreover, their dedication to fostering a culture of inclusivity and innovation empowers staff and pupils and places wellbeing at the core of its offer. 

The Trust is led by Alex Russell, Chief Executive Officer ('CEO').

Core Team
Alex Russell CEO
Kate Sanders/Rob Isaac Chief Operating Officers (job share)
Penny Alford Chief Education Officer

Gayle Jenkins Education Director (CAS & Woking clusters; DSL; Assessment; Primary Lead)
Paul Hemmings Education Director (Hampshire & Richmond clusters; Assessment; Secondary Lead)
Rochelle Richmond Education Director (Epsom cluster; SEND)
Claire Hayes Estates Director
Paul Ransley Finance Director
Matt Gibson IT Director


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