Biographies

Independent Chair – David Royle

David Royle recently retired after a career in international educational publishing and consultancy. He worked on a number of donor-funded education projects in Asia, the Balkans and former CIS countries. He has substantial experience as a primary and secondary school governor in both Sawbridgeworth and Bishop's Stortford and is currently a primary school governor in Bishop's Stortford. He has strong connections with local schools though the Bishop's Stortford Rotary Club's Youth Opportunities and Interact activities. As a Sawbridgeworth town councillor he also has an interest in the effective provision of additional high-quality education in the district and in parental choice as development projects evolve.

He particularly supports the vision and ethos of BSET and its determination to support the new schools collaboratively as they develop, drawing on the strengths and expertise within the Trust, while also giving the new senior leadership teams and governing bodies the autonomy to create their own identities.

Chair of Secondary School Consortium - Principal of Hockerill Anglo-European College – Richard Markham

Richard and Hockerill Anglo-European College were attracted by the opportunity of working collaboratively with other the Bishop's Stortford schools to create a local, workable solution to the challenges posed by the construction of three new schools in the north of the town. A local solution which is supported by multiple schools must be the best solution and Hockerill is delighted to be involved.

Principal of Birchwood High School – Chris Ingate

Chris has spent the last 20 years of his teaching career working as a senior leadership in a range of comprehensive, community schools, including 12 years as a school principal. Chris is keen to work with colleagues in primary and secondary schools to ensure that the new BSN schools work in a complementary manner to the diverse range of existing providers. He is particularly excited by the wider remit that BSET offers to ensure that all our schools, including the new builds, work together as equal partners on a range of educational objectives.

Having recently completed his PhD on Education Leadership, Chris also works on a consultancy basis for The University of Cambridge and UCL and is keen to ensure that we provide effective provision into Higher Education.

Headteacher of The Bishop's Stortford High School – Dale Reeve

Dale has been Headteacher at The Bishop's Stortford High School since January 2014, having worked in both mixed and single sex schools in the area for most of the last 20 years. He has taught in Harlow, Hertford, Buntingford and Sawbridgeworth, as well as spending two years teaching in New Zealand, and has been in senior leadership roles for the last 12 years. This diversity of experiences, as well as previously chairing the Pastoral Deputy Headteacher's group in Bishop's Stortford, has given him a strong feel for what underpins the well-being and successful education of the young people in this area.

The Bishop's Stortford Education Trust is an excellent vehicle for expanding the high quality education provision within the town, to meet the growing need, and Dale feels this strong collaborative partnership between so many local primary and secondary schools creates a very exciting prospect for the town.

Headmaster of Bishop's Stortford College – Jeremy Gladwin

Jeremy has 32 years teaching experience and has been an Independent coeducational boarding/day through-school (4-18yrs) Headmaster for 11 years. He inspects for the independent schools inspectorate and formerly inspected boarding for Ofsted. He is on the national Professional Development Committee of the Headmaster's' and Headmistresses' Conference (HMC). He has already worked in informal partnership with Mossbourne Academy in Hackney. His Cambrdge Masters degree is in Educational Leadership and School Improvement.

Jeremy is excited to be part of what is, quite possibly, the only formal collaboration between both state and independent schools to set up a new Multi-Academy Trust. This will draw on the strengths of and expertise contained within a diverse group of very fine schools in our town and is, for him, the essence of community working together.

Headteacher of Leventhorpe School – Jon Locke

Jon has been Headteacher of Leventhorpe School for the past 8 years having previously worked on the senior leadership teams of 2 other successful Hertfordshire Secondary Schools. He led Leventhorpe to an Ofsted Outstanding Rating in 2012 before becoming a National Leader of Education (NLE). After an intensive period of work with another failing school Leventhorpe School were successfully accredited as Teaching School in 2012. This has seen staff from Leventhorpe supporting numerous other secondary and primary schools in Hertfordshire. Jon's professional skills include leadership, curriculum, quality assurance and self-evaluation, school improvement and change management.

Jon's has always believed in the value of working collaboratively with colleagues from other schools in order to share ideas, provide constructive challenge and to develop mutual learning opportunities. With a national agenda that seems to be increasingly tempting schools to work independently in a competitive, introspective way, Jon feels that BSET provides a superb vehicle for all of our local schools to improve our local provision collaboratively.

Headteacher of St.Mary's Catholic School – Andrew Celano

Andrew started as Headteacher of St. Mary's in April 2015. Between 2008 and 2015 he worked as Deputy Headteacher at Sir John Lawes School, and Assistant Headteacher at St. Edmund's College, Ware. Before then he was Head of Humanities at Birchwood High School, and his own education was as a pupil at St. Mary's, Bishop's Stortford. Andrew's connection with education in Bishop's Stortford is therefore very strong. He is driven by the moral imperative to contribute to the common good, and this for him means being a part of a diverse community of schools who are combining their experiences together to further high quality education provision in Bishop's Stortford.

Chair of Primary School Consortium – Headteacher of All-Saints CofE Primary – Heidi Otranen

Heidi Otranen is the Headteacher of All Saints CE Primary School and Nursery and has been in post there since September 2012. Previous to that she worked at Reedings Junior School as a Deputy Headteacher. Heidi is the Chair of Bishop's Stortford Primary Headteachers' Consortium and, as part of BSET, represents 21 schools in Bishop's Stortford and its surrounding areas. She is very keen to strengthen links between primary and secondary schools and believes the consortium involvement in BSET with its truly collaborative approach will enable this.

Vice Chair of Primary School Consortium – Headteacher of Furneux Pelham Primary – Brigid Dyson

Brigid has 30 years experience in primary education working in a wide range of settings from small village schools to larger 2 form entry town schools across Hertfordshire and Essex. She has also been involved as part of the Senior Leadership Team in opening a brand new school. Since September 2012 she has been Headteacher at Furneux Pelham C of E School. She is committed to ensuring high quality educational provision across the Bishop's Stortford area and the wider opportunities that collaborative working, embodied in the BSET ethos, will bring.