Sam Updated September2019

Dr Sam Parrett OBE

London & South East Education Group CEO and Executive Principal of London South East Colleges

Sam was appointed Principal of Bromley College in 2010 and oversaw its first merger with Orpington College in 2011. In 2013, the College set up a new multi-academy trust, incorporating four special and alternative provision schools in the Borough. Following this success, Sam went on to lead the College through the country’s first three-way college merger with Bexley College and Greenwich Community College – creating London South East Colleges in August 2016. London & South East Colleges Group, headed up by Sam, was established in 2017 as the overarching organisation encompassing London South East Colleges, London South East Academies Trust (which has now grown to seven schools) and London Skills for Growth. Sam started her career in the HR sector, she then managed a training provider and worked for a funding agency before joining the FE sector in 1997. Sam took up posts in three colleges before being appointed Principal at Bromley. Sam is a fellow of the CIPD, a fellow of the RSA, a fellow of CIFE, as well as a Board Member of Advance HE. She was awarded an OBE for services to Further Education in 2016, and achieved her Doctorate Degree in Education in 2019.

Group Principal and CEO of London & South East Education Group expenses can be seen here.


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David Lambert

Group Executive Director Academic Performance, Standards and Customer Experience

David joined the College 13 years ago, initially as Head of Construction and Engineering before progressing to his current position.Before starting his career in Further Education, David worked in construction, serving an apprenticeship as a carpenter before moving into site and project management.


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Mary Herbert

Chief Operating Officer Colleges

Mary joined the College in August 2017 as Vice Principal of Curriculum. In November 2018 she was appointed to the role of Chief Operating Officer. She has worked in Education for over eighteen years and began her career in teaching, progressing through management roles within the Further Education sector.  Mary is also an Ofsted Inspector.


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Louise Wolsey

Group Executive Director Strategy, Communications and Organisational Development

After working in West Sussex Advisory and Inspection Service during which she gained a Masters degree in School Improvement, Louise went on to work in the voluntary sector, undertaking a range of Business Development and Communications roles. These included 7 years at the Youth Sport Trust from which she went on as Director of Fundraising and Communications to establish the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust, before joining Westway Trust as Director of Development 2013. In September 2015 Louise joined Bromley College of Further and Higher Education, and with her Executive Colleagues worked towards a successful merger and the formation of London South East Colleges in August 2016.


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Jennifer Pharo

Group Executive Director Corporate Services

Jenny was appointed Executive Director for College Services in September 2015. Her career began in the legal, investment, banking and financial services sectors. Jenny then retrained as a Business and IT teacher and moved into the FE sector 17 years ago. As part of the senior management team at a large London college, Jenny led on business operations, resources and MIS before moving into her current role at London South East Colleges.


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John Hunt

Group Chief Financial Officer

John joined the College in June 2013 as Vice Principal Finance and Resources. He is a fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accounts and has a track record of implementing business efficiencies and other significant improvements together with leading through periods of change.