Trustees

  • Dr S Smith – Chair of Trustees

I am now retired but was an inspector of primary and secondary schools, and Lead Inspector of primary schools for Ofsted, from 2002 until 2015.

I entered the teaching profession in 1977 and taught in four secondary schools, two selective and two non-selective, over a period of 20 years, holding middle and senior leadership posts for most of my career. In 1997 I was appointed to a team which set up the new Education Authority of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, when the county authority of Berkshire was broken up into six Unitary Authorities. In 2001 I moved to the London Borough of Bexley and was appointed a Local Authority senior school improvement officer working with primary, secondary, special schools and academies in Bexley, and across London and the South East.

Prior to my appointment as Chair of Trustees I was a governor of two Bexley schools.

  • Mrs B Ojo - Vice Chair of Trustees

I have been involved in education and management for over twenty five years. I worked for the Greater London Council and several London Boroughs before retiring from the public sector as head of Lifelong learning and Youth Service in Bexley. I have been a Governor of several primary schools over the years including being on the Governing Board of a local college. More recently I have worked in international development. I served as a VSO volunteer in Africa working to increase access to quality education for girls in Northern Nigeria and a brief stint in Rwanda on improving school management and teaching English. I do some part time work as a trainer and serve in several capacities in the voluntary sector. Prior to joining the Unity Trust, I was a governor at a local primary school.

  • Mr K Bradshaw

I am a communications specialist, with experience as a journalist for some of the country's biggest news organisations. I currently work at Sky News on a whole range of stories across TV, radio and online.

I've previously worked in corporate communications in the public sector, in both the police service and NHS. In these roles I handled publicity and public relations for high-profile campaigns and managed crisis communications on sensitive matters of policy.

I hope to use my experience in marketing and communications to help further improve the schools of Unity Academy Trust.

I have previously served as a Trustee at the University of Sussex Students' Union, where I sat on the Board of Trustees and also served as a Company Director.

I went to primary and secondary schools in the London Borough of Bexley, where I lived with my family since a young age.

  • Mrs S Brooks - Trust CEO

I feel privileged to hold the position of Interim CEO of Unity Academy Trust.

I believe it is essential to support all children to experience a successful start to their education, and to foster a lifelong love of learning, both within Bexley and beyond.

I have a passion to help others improve the life-chances of all children, both within Bexley and beyond and I have valuable experience in the primary education sector to be able to do this. I have held the roles of Head Teacher and Executive Head Teacher of a federation of schools, one of which is a National Support School and lead school for the Bexley Teaching School Alliance. Currently, I am also CEO of Ignis Academy Trust in Bexley, a National Leader of Education and Ofsted Inspector.

I look forward to working with Unity Academy Trust for the benefit of our Bexley children.

  • Mr R Clifford

I’ve predominantly worked within Financial Services in roles across technology, strategy and product at Barclays, Bank of America Merrill Lynch and EY. I now work at Finastra, a financial technology company, leading external developer relations for their API platform.

I have a passion for inspiring the next generation into technology and equipping students with the skills to problem solve, build confidence and think creatively. I achieve this through my work with the Tech Allies Network, which involves working collaboratively with universities, companies and charities.

I’m proud to be Bexley born and raised! Having gone to primary and secondary school in the Borough, and previously involved with Bexley’s Youth Council, I’m excited to make an impact to the children as a Trustee.

  • Mr S Doubleday

I am a career civil servant who has worked a number of different Government departments including the Cabinet Office, Ministry of Justice and Wales Office. Currently I work in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office dealing with matters relating to the Polar Regions.

I moved with my family to Bexley in 2012, having grown up in Medway. I was appointed as co-opted Governor to Gravel Hill Primary School in 2013 and have transferred from the Gravel Hill Local Governing Body to the Board of Trustees for Unity. I have strong interest in the teaching of History and Sport, and in safeguarding issues.

  • Mrs T Tanner

This is my first Trustee role and I am very excited to become involved in the local community having recently got married and moved to Plumstead Common.

I am a Chartered Accountant with the ICAEW having qualified at the National Audit Office. There I spent 3 years working with the Department for Education and Education and Skills Funding Agency and became interested in financial management in schools and ways of targeting funding to achieve better educational outcomes. I have also worked in private equity and at Trainline, a high growth private equity backed business, where I was on the international growth team and responsible for the growth plans. I’m now working in the Strategy and Transformation team at BT where I have led a number of projects delivering financial and operational benefits in different parts of the business.

Outside of work I really enjoying walking my dog Monty along the Green Chain walk! I’m a keen traveller and also enjoy swimming and tennis.

I’m really excited to use my experiences to help advance the aims of the school.