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Ian Comfort

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Ian has worked with AET since 2009 and joined the company full-time in 2012 taking responsibility for governance, risk and compliance across the group. Ian started his career as a mathematics teacher and progressed to become a director of education with local authorities judged by Ofsted to be outstanding. As Chief Education Officer for the City of London, he was adviser to the Lord Mayor of London and City livery companies and led on setting up the City of London Academies in Southwark, Islington and Hackney.

He has subsequently acted as an adviser to a number of academy trusts and has led on the conversion of over 100 schools to academy status. He has worked internationally as an adviser to the Saudi Arabian Government Investment Agency on the development of education infrastructure for new economic cities and Khazanah Nasional Berhad as adviser on the development of trust schools in Malaysia. Ian is a Barrister member of the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple and a Chartered Member of the Institute of Personnel and Development.

The AET Board is pleased to announce the appointment of Ian Comfort, currently Group Secretary and General Counsel, as Interim CEO.

Beverley Perin

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Beverley is a member of the Executive Education team at AET full-time as Director of Challenge and Intervention. She previously served as Headteacher and Director of Educational Strategy at Hasmonean High School (Girls). Beverley has also undertaken roles as Associate Principal of two academies in challenging situations, leading on interventions in school improvement.

Beverley is a practising lead inspector in both the primary and secondary phases and has supported a range of schools to improve leadership, provision and pupil outcomes. She has been a development coach on the Teaching Leaders programme and an NPQH coach for training headteachers. Before joining AET full-time, Beverley supported AET primary and secondary academies in a consultancy role.

Beverley's key role is to lead on monitoring and intervention across all our academies, advising and supporting all areas (education and professional services) on all aspects of Ofsted and performance. Beverley leads the work of a team of Improvement Advisors and ensures that academy self-evaluation and action planning are high quality and lead to quantifiable improvement. She also works as a Regional Director of Education supporting both Primary and Secondary Academies in Lincolnshire. She has an MBA in international educational leadership.

Malcolm Reeve

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Malcolm Reeve, the AET’s National Director of Education for Special Needs and Disabilities, has worked in the field of SEND for thirty years. In that time he has worked in adult provisions, mainstream schools and special schools. He has worked in with children throughout the age range and with learning difficulties ranging from moderate to profound.

Malcolm has been Headteacher of three schools and one federation. He was Chief Executive of Columbus School and College from its establishment to December 2012, leading it to Outstanding.

Malcolm is a National Leader of Education and Chair of the Federation of Leaders in Special Education.

Karen Redmond

posted 24 Feb 2014, 07:46 by Google Google



Karen has a wealth of experience as a PA in executive administration both in merchant banking and education at a senior level. Having previously acted as PA to the chair of a merchant bank, who also held a number of other directorships and trusteeships, Karen brings a wealth of experience in managing an extremely busy environment to a high standard for the CEO of the AET. Having been part of the team, which opened four academies in Essex, Karen monitors and co-ordinates projects on behalf of the CEO.

Zoe Goodwin

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Zoe has been working in education for over twenty years. As National Director of Academy Programmes she is responsible for the AET Leadership Academy and its associated programmes, resources and audit tools. Together with her team she also leads on staff development across the AET, establishing a learning-centred culture with the entire school workforce, including the CEO, AET officers, teachers, governors and educational support staff.

Through her team's work she focuses on the design, co-ordination and monitoring of coherent and effective development activities and training programmes that address the challenges and barriers facing both the AET and each academy, embedding development and training as the central component of workforce development and school improvement.

High quality leadership and development opportunities are, therefore, provided for all staff through the design and delivery of a blend of in-house programmes and external courses aligned to both individual career needs as well as the needs of the AET and each Academy, underpinned by an ongoing culture of coaching and mentoring. Success, impact and value for money are evaluated on an ongoing basis to sustain improvement and maintain capacity for growth.

Zoe has her roots firmly placed in leadership, initial teacher training and ongoing professional development. In addition to her work within the AET she is also trained as an Ofsted inspector in ITE and has worked as both an external assessor for local graduate teacher programme providers as well as an Open University Associate Lecturer and Subject Tutor for the flexible PGCE distance learning course. She is accredited to deliver MLDP training through the National College and has completed associated OFAT programme. She is trained as a 'Zing' facilitator, in 'Speed of trust' through the Franklin Covey group, in 'Situational Leadership 2' through the Ken Blanchard companies and has also worked with Essex University to write and deliver a Masters module on Mentoring and Coaching for our teachers and leaders across the AET.

Sam Gallacher

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As National Director of the NTSA, Sam is building a school improvement system based on the ‘Teaching School’ model to create a sustainable strategic platform for our Academies to progress.

Currently AET is developing improved initial teacher training with its 16 partnerships with "Outstanding" and "Good" Providers including Universities and SCITTS. AET will train the largest number of teachers of any school group and will show a marked improvement in the quality of new entrants in 2014.

Previously Sam was the Regional Adviser for The East of England on behalf of the Training and Development Agency for Schools (“TDA”). At the TDA Sam had responsibility for the School Improvement Planning Framework, Performance Management in Schools, Extended Services and the roll-out of the Disadvantage Subsidy. He was also responsible for the changes to Systematic Synthetic Phonics in ITT in the South of England.

Sam has been an outstanding Headteacher of three schools in different socio-economic parts of the country and was appointed to HMI during his third headship. With three other heads he set up the first school-based teacher training programme.

Sam was also the Lead National Presenter for the National Remodelling Team and KPMG, TDA and the NCSL. He led the FMIS roll-out in partnership with KPMG.

Sam was a co-creator of the Consultant Leader Programme and trained and assessed the candidates for SIP programmes. He has considerable experience in NCSL programmes including construction and delivery.

Sam has extensive international experience including leading Leadership Development with the Governments of Jamaica and Brazil.

Sam was the highly commended International Consultant for Leadership to the People's Republic of China and UK DfID/ Mott McDonald (South China Basic Education Programme - the world's biggest education change programme) from 2004-2011.

Presently he leads a very talented NTSA team at AET developing a sustainable school improvement system.

David Fuller

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David has extensive experience in the leadership of schools, school improvement, intervention in schools facing challenging circumstances and the development of educational leadership teams. The experience has been developed through the substantive headship of seven schools from 1990 both in the independent and maintained sector. This includes headship of mainstream and special needs schools as well as significant senior leadership responsibility in four City Academies.

As Executive Headteacher of Hasmonean High School in North London, David led a school recognised by OFSTED as having outstanding Leadership and Management, Achievement and Standards and Personal Development and Well-Being and has High Performing School status. It is consistently in the top 2% of schools nationally for the progress of its students between KS2 and KS4 and was classed by the Financial Times as the best non-selective comprehensive state school in England for its performance at ‘A’ Level out of the top 1000 schools.

A National Leader of Education, David has been fully involved in successfully leading five schools in seriously challenging circumstances or in special measures to become good schools. As a trained OFSTED inspector David has extensive experience of the inspection framework and the processes of school improvement. David has worked with Dr Allen Mendler from New York on a Discipline with Dignity programme, which puts effective behaviour management processes into challenging schools. He is also a trainer for Stephen Covey’s work on the Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.

Ian Deans

posted 24 Feb 2014, 07:07 by Google Google



Ian Deans has a wealth of commercial, financial and operational management and leadership experience in major multi-site FTSE 100 companies. With a track-record of success in Healthcare (provision of elective hospital care and GP walk in centres with the NHS and the Department of Health), Hospitality (Intercontinental Hotels Group, Holiday Inn and Crowne Plaza), Drinks industry (Britvic Soft Drinks and Scottish & Newcastle Breweries) and the fast moving consumer goods sector (TONKA toys).

Ian brings experience of growing a commercial business and building a strong group finance team, with Partnership Health Group and Care UK, from an SME start-up to a large regional organisation. This experience has included project management, business rationalisation and contract negotiation alongside corporate financial change management and strategic business building.

Ian is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Certified Accountants and holds a BSc (HONS) Chemistry degree from Nottingham University.

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