OUR PEOPLE

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Our people are key to delivering great services, so we have great people!

Ben Spinks
Ben Spinks

Position - Chief Executive

Ben is responsible for the leadership of BDSIP and for creating the environment in which the organisation can flourish as a successful social enterprise. As Chief Executive, Ben leads BDSIP’s relationship with key customers, including ... View profile

Lee Boyce
Lee Boyce

Position - Principal Adviser, SEND & Inclusion

Lee is Principal Adviser for Education and Inclusion at BDSIP.  A highly passionate and committed leader, she is responsible for ensuring BDSIP delivers consistently excellent support on schools-led priorities across all our inclusion ... View profile

Aasiya Hassan
Aasiya Hassan

Position - Head of Careers, Higher Education and Work Experience

As Head of Careers Education and Work Experience, Aasiya is responsible for leading in-school Careers Advisors, the Aim Higher Programme and the Work Experience Programme. Aasiya has over 15 years experience of working in ... View profile

Kate Gooding
Kate Gooding

Position - Senior School Improvement Adviser (primary)

Kate is a senior school improvement adviser with over 30 years’ experience of teaching and senior leadership in inner London schools. Kate is also the appropriate body lead and moderation manager at BDSIP. Prior to joining BDSIP, ... View profile

Paul Hammond
Paul Hammond

Position - Secondary School Improvement Advisor

As the Secondary School Improvement Advisor Paul leads a team of specialist associates who provide subject and school improvement support for senior and middle leaders. Prior to joining BDSIP, Paul was Principal at Oasis Academy ... View profile

Richard Akerele
Richard Akerele

Position - Employer Engagement Manager

As the Employer Engagement Manager, Richard is responsible for developing relationships with employers and helping young people in the Borough make the most of work experience opportunities. Richard has over five years of ... View profile

Naheem Akhtar
Naheem Akhtar

Position - Finance Coordinator

Naheem is our Finance Coordinator, who joined us in June 2021. He is responsible for answering finance enquiries, ensuring payments are processed on time and general finance administration. He also provides support to our team of ... View profile

Sacha Akinyemi
Sacha Akinyemi

Position - Associate Counsellor

Sacha is one of our experienced person-centred Counsellor’s here at BDSIP she specialises in group and one-to-one work. Sacha has worked with numerous clients helping them shape their perspective into a healthy and productive ... View profile

Joanne Atkinson
Joanne Atkinson

Position - Operations Manager

As Operations Manager Joanne has played a key role in the set up and smooth operation of BDSIP’s business processes. Predominately her role is to support and facilitate the requirements of colleagues and to ensure that our service is ... View profile

Adedayo Badipe
Adedayo Badipe

Position - Principal Data Analyst

As Principle Data Analyst, Dayo leads on the completion of vital and statutory management information returns; collating, analysing, and reporting on the data collected to support schools. She keeps abreast of government statutory ... View profile

Ben Ballin
Ben Ballin

Position - Associate Geography Adviser

Ben Ballin is a primary consultant specialising in geography.  As well as his work for BDSIP, Ben leads subject networks for Staffordshire, Shropshire and the London Borough of Havering, As a consultant to the Geographical ... View profile

Joy Barter
Joy Barter

Position - Associate Group Manager, Early Years

Joy is the Head of the Council’s Early Years Service. In this role she works closely with schools and early years settings to ensure that provision for children in foundation stage provides the best opportunities for learning and ... View profile

Hansa Bhatt
Hansa Bhatt

Position - Education Data Management

Hansa advises and supports schools with key DFE statutory returns for school staff, pupil data and attainment, requiring liaison with the DFE, schools and several LBBD Teams. Prior to joining BDSIP, Hansa worked for LB Barking and ... View profile

Sophie Bhoarla
Sophie Bhoarla

Position - Associate Counsellor

Sophie joined the team of associate counsellors at BDSIP in September 2020, and specialises in providing counselling for Secondary age children. Prior to joining BDSIP, Sophie worked for a local charity, Mind, as a counsellor for ... View profile

Gillian Bratley
Gillian Bratley

Position - Advisory Teacher

Gillian is an Advisory Teacher for Primary Computing and is responsible for supporting Barking & Dagenham primary schools in developing the computing curriculum, using technology, Google Classroom, Microsoft Teams and online ... View profile

Dr Tony Breslin
Dr Tony Breslin

Position - Associate Post-16 Advisor

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Paul Claydon
Paul Claydon

Position - Associate English Adviser (Secondary)

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Claire Clinton
Claire Clinton

Position - Associate RE Adviser

Claire has been an advisory teacher for over 20 year working in Essex, Redbridge, Newham and most recently in Barking and Dagenham. Nationally Claire has worked for DfE, QCDA, TDA and RE Today services. She is passionate about ... View profile

Elena Constantinou
Elena Constantinou

Position - Associate Counsellor

Elena is originally from Cyprus, and has been living in London since 1998. She offers therapy in both English and Greek – which is her first language. Four years ago, she trained as a humanistic counsellor and has since worked and ... View profile

John Daniell
John Daniell

Position - Associate School Improvement Adviser

John has been a senior leader within mainstream schools in London. In 2010, he was appointed as one of Her Majesty’s Inspectors (HMI) for schools and was Ofsted’s National Lead for modern foreign languages. Since 2018, John has ... View profile

Simon Davies
Simon Davies

Position - School Performance and MIS Support Manager

Simon is responsible for the operational running of the Education Data Management (EDM) and Management Information System (MIS) Support services as well as related work undertaken on behalf of Barking & Dagenham Council. Prior to ... View profile

Jackie Day
Jackie Day

Position - Governor Services

Jackie is responsible for advising chairs of governors and headteachers on a wide range of governance issues and procedures, organising parent and staff governor elections, booking governor training sessions, and handling ... View profile

Julia Eduardo
Julia Eduardo

Position - Associate Counsellor

Julia has been counselling for the past 4 years and completed a Diploma a year beforehand in counselling skills. Wanting to continue her studies for better future opportunities, she went on to do her degree in Integrative counselling ... View profile

Grace Elliott
Grace Elliott

Position - Project Coordinator

Grace is a project co-ordinator, supporting colleagues in the planning and delivery of BDSIP’s education services and projects, including work experience and the Early Career Teachers Framework. Grace joined BDSIP in July 2021, ... View profile

Tracey Evans
Tracey Evans

Position - Attendance Adviser

Tracy is an Attendance Advisor with many years’ experience, supporting families and young people to improve attendance, enhance life chances and wellbeing. Before to joining BDSIP, Tracy worked in a SEND Provision as a Family ... View profile

Tracy Forsyth
Tracy Forsyth

Position - Associate Counsellor

Prior to joining BDSIP Tracy worked in a pupil referral unit, working with young people with social emotional and sometimes challenging behaviour. Tracy supported them in overcoming any barriers they had in a Therapeutic ... View profile

Howard Gough
Howard Gough

Position - Associate Integris Assessment in Schools Consultant

Howard’s work involves supporting schools using the RM Integris MIS system track pupil attainment and progress. This is using both the National Data Collection for Reception, Phonics, Y2 and Y6, and the LBBD attainment tracking ... View profile

Beca Hamburger
Beca Hamburger

Position - Associate Maths Adviser

Beca now works as an independent consultant and is part of the Chartwell Primary Maths Partnership, working directly with schools or as part of support commissioned by local education authorities, including Barking and Dagenham, Kent ... View profile

Yasmine Hanna
Yasmine Hanna

Position - Work Experience and Employer Engagement Co-ordinator

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Patricia Hannam
Patricia Hannam

Position - Associate History Adviser

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Neil Harvey
Neil Harvey

Position - Associate School Improvement Adviser

Neil has worked as an independent consultant for the past five years in a variety of school improvement roles nationally and internationally. He is a practising Team and Lead Ofsted Inspector in London. Over a number of years Neil ... View profile

Susan Hodgson
Susan Hodgson

Position - Early Years Advisory Teacher

Susan Hodgson is an Early Years Advisory Teacher for BDSIP. She joined us in 2009 and is responsible for managing the EYFS profile moderation programme. Susan originally qualified as a Primary teacher before taking on the role as ... View profile

Richard Hunter
Richard Hunter

Position - Associate School Improvement Adviser

Richard was invited to become a DFE Consultant with a focus on challenging inner-city schools. He reviews international schools in Spain and Panama in preparation for their ISI inspections as part of his role as Director of Primary ... View profile

Beatrice Joseph
Beatrice Joseph

Position - Careers Advisor

As a post-graduate qualified practitioner – Beatrice is responsible for providing impartial advice, information and guidance to young people in schools and 6th forms. By utilising counselling skills and guidance practice she is able ... View profile

Shaheena Khan
Shaheena Khan

Position - Advisory Teacher for EAL

Shaheena is responsible for providing bespoke support to teachers and schools. She delivers school-based and central training for Early Years, teaching assistants, newly qualified teachers and class teachers, as well as leading ... View profile

Sue Lapido
Sue Lapido

Position - Associate School Improvement Adviser

Sue is now a school leadership partner, working with a wide range of schools across London. She supports schools in developing and strengthening leadership at all levels, able to evaluate themselves accurately against the school ... View profile

Eva Louzao
Eva Louzao

Position - Associate Integris Assessment in Schools Consultant

Eva has many years’ experience of working for a local authority supporting schools with their MIS system. Since 2011 she has worked as an independent consultant specifically supporting RM Integris software. She has provided ... View profile

Rebecca Mawson
Rebecca Mawson

Position - Inclusion Advisor (Autism)

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Karen Noble
Karen Noble

Position - School Improvement and Inclusion Adviser

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Surinder Panesar
Surinder Panesar

Position - Associate Maths Adviser (Secondary)

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Saima Qaiyum
Saima Qaiyum

Position - Associate Counsellor

Saima is a counsellor at BDSIP and currently working in schools, in her role, Saima supports children who are experiencing a range of emotional issues both at school and at home. Saima has experience in the primary and secondary ... View profile

Teresa Regan
Teresa Regan

Position - Associate Integris Assessment in Schools Consultant

Teresa has many years’ experience of working for a local authority supporting schools with their MIS system. She has provided support and training which has enabled staff in schools to meet data management obligations and encourage ... View profile

Louise Rylatt
Louise Rylatt

Position - Associate Counsellor

Louise is a school counsellor based at one of our Dagenham primary schools. She has experience in specialist and mainstream schools and the NHS. Louise has worked with children and young people with health conditions and developmental ... View profile

Lucy Studham
Lucy Studham

Position - Associate Counsellor

Lucy has work experience in many areas including hospitality and retail, in finance and more recently with charities.  She worked in a pastoral capacity for nearly 15 years in Essex and East London, supporting people in difficult and ... View profile

Siân Thomas
Siân Thomas

Position - Associate Maths Adviser

Siân Thomas is an independent maths consultant with significant experience of working with a range of schools, educational settings and at local authority level. She is passionate about her subject and where it sits within our ... View profile

Esther Thompson
Esther Thompson

Position - Careers Advisor

As a Careers Advisor, Esther co-ordinates the careers delivery in two schools, and negotiates the programmes of work to be delivered with head teachers, careers leaders and other staff members. She offers guidance and information on ... View profile

Michelle Vincent
Michelle Vincent

Position - Careers Advisor

Michelle is a Careers Adviser based in schools offering one – one advice, guidance and information interviews to students aged 14-19yrs. Her role is to assist students in making decisions about their future and achieving their full ... View profile

Rowan Waller
Rowan Waller

Position - Associate Maths Adviser

Rowan now works as an independent consultant and is part of the Chartwell Primary Maths Partnership. She teaches one day a week in a primary school developing mastery approaches to teaching of mathematics. Rowan’s roles include ... View profile

Michelle Walters
Michelle Walters

Position - Associate Counsellor

Michelle is a qualified person-centred counsellor, trained in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy, with a core approach is Person Centred Therapy using Psychodynamic and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy tailored to the client’s ... View profile

Peter Warwick
Peter Warwick

Position - Associate Maths Adviser

Peter Warwick is a Maths specialist with over 25 years’ teaching experience, including class teacher, deputy head and inclusion manager. The latter is where his particular interest for supporting children with special needs and ... View profile

Karen Watch
Karen Watch

Position - Attendance Adviser

Karen is an Attendance Adviser and the DSL for BDSIP, responsible for supporting improved attendance in a number of schools and safeguarding within BDSIP.  Karen has a degree in Youth & Community Work, is a qualified DSL and ... View profile

Kathryn Webb
Kathryn Webb

Position - Inclusion Advisor

Kathryn is a primary and secondary senior adviser with twenty years of experience specialising in SEND, Social and Emotional Mental Health, and Wellbeing. Prior to joining BDSIP, Kathryn worked as a secondary teacher, and then as a ... View profile

Steve Wilks
Steve Wilks

Position - Associate School Improvement Adviser

Steve is a leadership consultant working across a several local authorities. He has over 20 years’ experience as a senior leader in schools in Barking and Dagenham and Redbridge. This included 16 years as a headteacher in a school ... View profile

Malcolm Willis
Malcolm Willis

Position - Associate School Improvement Adviser

Malcolm is a highly motivated and successful educational consultant, trainer and coach with a strong track record of leading and transforming schools. He is an Ofsted Inspector with the Qualification for School Inspectors gained ... View profile

Georgina Wright
Georgina Wright

Position - Events and Marketing Coordinator

As an Events and Marketing Coordinator, Georgina is responsible for overseeing and facilitating our CPD courses, networks and conferences. She also ensures our events are promoted across social media and email communications. Prior ... View profile

Simon Abeledo
Simon Abeledo

Position - Director

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Philip George
Philip George

Position - Chair of Board

Philip is a solicitor and now a consultant to Birkett Long of Colchester, Chelmsford and Basildon, where he was previously Managing Partner. He headed up the firm’s Commercial and Corporate Finance team for many years and successfully ... View profile

Hafi Ali
Hafi Ali

Position - Independent Director

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Jacqui Barnard
Jacqui Barnard

Position - Director

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Kim Cerri
Kim Cerri

Position - Director

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Gail Clark
Gail Clark

Position - Director

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Marcello DeMello
Marcello DeMello

Position - Independent Director

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Jamie Goate
Jamie Goate

Position - Director

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Sarah Kinnaird
Sarah Kinnaird

Position - Director

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Richard Paul
Richard Paul

Position - Director

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Tony Roe
Tony Roe

Position - Director

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Alison Stuart
Alison Stuart

Position - Director

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How we can help your school

We work in partnership with each school to agree their priorities, tailoring our services to meet each customer’s needs. 

All of our delivery staff have deep expertise in their chosen field, with most having worked recently as teachers and senior school leaders.

Training & CPD

We offer a wide range of training and CPD to meet your school and staff’s needs. Book a training course, conference or network, find out about upcoming events, and learn about our partners in CPD and training here.

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