OUR PEOPLE

Our team are here to help!

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

Lee Boyce
Lee Boyce

Position - Chief Executive

Lee is Chief Executive 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 services.  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. View profile

Paul Claydon
Paul Claydon

Position - Senior School Improvement Adviser, Secondary

Paul is an accomplished senior leader with a successful record in Primary and Secondary education. View profile

Kate Gooding
Kate Gooding

Position - Senior School Improvement Adviser and Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

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. View profile

Mike Ormerod
Mike Ormerod

Position - Head of Central Services and Operations and Safeguarding Strategic Lead

Mike is our interim Head of Central Services and Operations and is responsible for ensuring the central services team provides first class administrative and systems support to the organisation. View profile

Nicole Leah
Nicole Leah

Position - Senior Inclusion Adviser

As Senior Inclusion Advisor, Nicole is responsible for developing new and innovative ways to improve provision for children and young people with SEND. Nicole has over 20 years educational experience and, prior to joining BDSIP, ... View profile

Hannah Hamid
Hannah Hamid

Position - Senior Inclusion Adviser

Hannah is a Senior Inclusion Adviser at BDSIP, with experience specialising in whole school inclusive practice, SEND strategic leadership and developing high quality first teaching. View profile

Andre Abbey
Andre Abbey

Position - Employer Engagement Manager

Andre is a work experience manager who is responsible for sourcing and securing work experience placements for LBBD students and building meaningful relationships with employers within East London and beyond. Andre has over 10 ... 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

Joanne Atkinson
Joanne Atkinson

Position - Executive Support to SLT

As Executive Support to SLT 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 ... View profile

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

Adedayo Badipe
Adedayo Badipe

Position - Principal Data Analyst

As Principal 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

Debbie Rose Baker
Debbie Rose Baker

Position - Associate Careers Adviser

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Helen Baker
Helen Baker

Position - Secondary Science Adviser

Helen is an experienced Deputy Headteacher, Head of Science, and teacher. Having completed her Zoology degree at the University of Liverpool, Helen began teaching in 2004 via the Havering Beacon Partnership Graduate Teaching ... 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

Agnes Ban
Agnes Ban

Position - Associate Counsellor

Agnes is a BACP-registered integrative Counsellor at BDSIP working in an SEN Secondary school in Southwark, London. View profile

Beverley Bannister
Beverley Bannister

Position - Associate Careers Adviser

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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

Noomi Bates
Noomi Bates

Position - Associate Counsellor

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Rekha Bhakoo
Rekha Bhakoo

Position - Associate School Improvement Adviser

Rekha Bhakoo CBE is a highly experienced school leader, Lead School Inspector and a former Headteacher and Executive Headteacher. She is a Lead Assessor and Ambassador for the Inclusion Quality Mark Award and was a Regional Director ... 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

Debbie Brisco
Debbie Brisco

Position - Associate Careers Adviser

Debbie is a Careers Adviser offering one to one careers advice and guidance to students in schools.   Debbie started her long career as a teacher.  She worked at the University of East London for 28 years within the area of ... View profile

Helena Brooks
Helena Brooks

Position - Inclusion Adviser, SEND and SEMH

Helena is an Inclusion advisor specialising in SEND and SEMH. After completing a Psychology degree, Helena worked in a specialist school for Autism and then went on to complete her PGCE at a residential SEMH school in Essex. Helena ... View profile

Molly Clarysse
Molly Clarysse

Position - Associate Inclusion Adviser

As an Associate Inclusion Advisor for Primary Schools, Molly is keen to share a wealth of experience to support schools in meeting diverse and complex needs. She can provide support to develop engaging and productive learning ... View profile

Claire Clinton
Claire Clinton

Position - Associate RE Adviser

Claire has been an advisory teacher for over 20 years 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

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

Tracy Evans
Tracy Evans

Position - Lead Attendance Adviser

Tracy is an Attendance Advisor with many years’ experience in supporting families and young people to improve school attendance, enhance their life chances and achieve a increased sense of wellbeing. She has played an integral part in ... View profile

Hermann Farrington
Hermann Farrington

Position - Associate Inclusion Adviser and School Improvement Partner

Hermann is an Associate Inclusion Adviser and School Improvement Partner, with 25 years experience of leading and teaching in a wide range of educational settings. He specialises in SEND strategic leadership, SEMH, curriculum ... View profile

Tracy Forsyth
Tracy Forsyth

Position - Associate Counsellor

Tracy has been an Associate Counsellor at BDSIP since September 2020 and has experience of working in both primary and secondary settings. She has a Level 4 Professional Diploma in Integrative Counselling and, while she is naturally ... View profile

Melissa George
Melissa George

Position - Associate Counsellor

Melissa is an Associate Counsellor at BDSIP working with Secondary school settings in Essex. A registered member of the BACP with a Level 4 Advanced Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling, she works with an integrative approach drawing on ... 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

Melanie Griffith
Melanie Griffith

Position - Associate Counsellor

Melanie has been an Associate Counsellor at BDSIP since 2019, providing support for children and teachers in Dagenham primary schools.     A trained nutritionist, Melanie led a wellbeing clinic for 11 years before training as a ... View profile

Rosalind Hall
Rosalind Hall

Position - Associate Careers Adviser

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Mohammed Abu Hanifa
Mohammed Abu Hanifa

Position - Data Analyst

Abu advises and supports schools with the completion of statutory returns, producing analytical reports and identifying trends and supporting the school improvement team to target any initiatives. He provides effective analysis to ... View profile

Yasmine Hanna
Yasmine Hanna

Position - Work Experience and Employer Engagement Coordinator

Yasmine is a Work Experience & Employer Engagement Coordinator, who is responsible for sourcing and securing work experience placements for LBBD students, and building up good working relationships with LBBD schools and with local ... View profile

Louise Harding
Louise Harding

Position - Literacy Intervention Lead

Louise is currently seconded to BDSIP from Grafton School as a Literacy Intervention Lead. She is offering training for schools in the Early Literacy Skills Programme; Laurel Trust Group Reading for key Stage 1, 2 and 3; Literacy ... View profile

Neil Harvey
Neil Harvey

Position - Associate School Improvement Adviser

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Naomi Hiscock
Naomi Hiscock

Position - Associate School Improvement Adviser

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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

Fauzia Hoque
Fauzia Hoque

Position - Associate Counsellor

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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

Rehanna Hussain
Rehanna Hussain

Position - Specialist Practitioner for EYFS

Rehanna is our specialist practitioner for EYFS, offering support in Early year settings for children with additional needs. View profile

Beatrice Joseph
Beatrice Joseph

Position - Careers Adviser

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

Joanna Kain
Joanna Kain

Position - Primary Inclusion Adviser

Joanna is a Primary Inclusion Adviser at BDSIP. She is responsible for raising of standards and achievements along with developing new and innovative ways to improve provision for primary-aged pupils with SEND with a focus in ASD ... View profile

Sue Lewis
Sue Lewis

Position - Associate SEND and Inclusion Adviser

Sue Lewis is a qualified teacher and teacher of the deaf, and Associate SEND and Inclusion Adviser with BDSIP. Alongside her work with BDSIP, Sue has worked in mainstream schools, resourced provision, special schools and local ... 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

Naomi Lovell
Naomi Lovell

Position - Associate Counsellor

Naomi joined BDSIP as an associate counsellor in September 2022. Her key focus is working with our primary school pupils from year one through to year six..   Naomi works to support children and young people as they ... View profile

Rebecca Mawson
Rebecca Mawson

Position - Inclusion Adviser for Autism and Complex Needs

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Jacqui Maye-Smith
Jacqui Maye-Smith

Position - Careers Adviser

Jacqui is a Post Graduate QCG qualified Careers Adviser, responsible for providing a safe and confidential space for young people to explore career ideas through career counselling and providing information, advice, and guidance to ... View profile

Sonia Mills
Sonia Mills

Position - Associate Careers Adviser

Sonia is a careers adviser with twenty eight years of experience working in the Careers Service. Her role is to deliver careers advice and guidance to students in schools.   Prior to joining BDSIP, Sonia worked as a Special ... View profile

Sylvia Morris
Sylvia Morris

Position - Associate School Improvement Adviser

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Evelyn Ngugi
Evelyn Ngugi

Position - Associate Careers Adviser

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Debbie Mary Nigli
Debbie Mary Nigli

Position - Associate Careers Adviser

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Sarah Noel
Sarah Noel

Position - Associate Counsellor

Sarah is an Associate Counsellor at BDSIP. Sarah’s background is in social worker where she has worked for over 15 years with years with children and families.   Sarah has a degree in Health Studies, MSc in Social Work and ... View profile

Yinka Omolabi
Yinka Omolabi

Position - Associate Careers Adviser

Yinka is a Careers Adviser, offering careers guidance to pre 16 pupils in schools around the Borough of Barking and Dagenham.   Yinka has over 30 years’ experience, having begun her career with Hackney Careers Service, ... View profile

Surinder Panesar
Surinder Panesar

Position - Associate Maths Adviser (Secondary)

Surinder has been involved in teaching and learning of mathematics for the over 25 years.  He studied Mathematics & Physics (BSc), Control Engineering and ICT (MSc) and completed his PGCE at Kings College London (under the ... View profile

Brenda Powis
Brenda Powis

Position - Associate Careers Adviser

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Haydn Pyle
Haydn Pyle

Position - Associate Counsellor

Haydn is an Associate Counsellor working for BDSIP within a special school setting. She has a Level 4 degree in Therapeutic Counselling and is qualified as a Person-Centred Counsellor. Haydn has experience of counselling both young ... View profile

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

Adriana Ribpinto
Adriana Ribpinto

Position - Associate Counsellor

Adriana provides her clients with a confidential non-judgmental space in which they can feel safe to tell their story, express their feelings and fears and feel heard. View profile

Kath Sewell
Kath Sewell

Position - Associate SIP (Primary)

Kath is an experienced headteacher, backed with years of classroom practice in all areas of the school. Moving to London from New Zealand in 2004, Kath has taught and led in two countries and several different boroughs, creating a ... View profile

Melanie Stephenson
Melanie Stephenson

Position - Associate Counselling Service Supervisor

Melanie has been the Associate Counselling Service Supervisor at BDSIP since September 2022. In this role, she provides regular supervision for all BDSIP Associate Counsellors in line with BACP guidelines.    She has a MA in ... View profile

Masuma Sultana
Masuma Sultana

Position - Associate Counsellor

A Person-Centred Counsellor who works in an integrative way. Meet Masuma Sultana, who is a dedicated and compassionate Associate Counsellor at BDSIP since 2021, who has made a profound impact on the lives of both primary school ... View profile

Gwendoline Tackney
Gwendoline Tackney

Position - Associate Careers Adviser

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Tanya Taylor
Tanya Taylor

Position - Attendance Adviser

Tanya is an Attendance Advisor, working with schools to support pupils and their families to improve attendance and therefore their prospects. Prior to joining BDSIP, Tanya has several years’ experience working in primary schools ... View profile

Esther Thompson
Esther Thompson

Position - Careers Adviser

As a Careers Adviser, 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

Jacqueline Thomson
Jacqueline Thomson

Position - Attendance Adviser

Jacqui is Attendance Adviser at BDSIP, with experience specialising in Inclusion particularly school attendance, parental engagement and safeguarding. View profile

Melvi Viela
Melvi Viela

Position - Business Administration Apprentice

As Business Administration Apprentice, Melvi plays a vital role in streamlining business processes across BDSIP and ensuring operational efficiency within the core team. View profile

Michelle Walters
Michelle Walters

Position - Associate Counsellor

Michelle is an Associate Counsellor at BDSIP, with experience of working in primary settings.    She has a Level 5 Advanced Diploma in Integrative Person-Centred Counselling with training in therapeutic counselling and ... 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 and Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)

Karen is an Attendance Adviser, responsible for supporting improved attendance in a number of schools.  She is alsof our DSL with responsibility for safeguarding within BDSIP.  She has a degree in Youth & Community Work, is 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 and Board of Trustees Safeguarding Officer

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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.

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