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Trustees’ Register of Interests

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 Meet our Members and Trustees


Sue Brooks, Chief Executive Officer & Trustee, Ignis Academy Trust 

Sue is passionate about providing firm foundations for all children, both locally and nationally, through the provision of excellent teaching and learning, along with the development of a love of learning at all stages of an individual’s education and beyond. 

Sue is CEO and a Trustee of Ignis Academy Trust, a MAT of three schools, Executive Head Teacher of the Bedonwell Federation, National Leader of Education, Co-Chair on the Bexley Strategic Education Partnership Board, and Ofsted Inspector. She is currently working towards achieving an Executive Masters in Business Administration (EMBA). 

Sue has a wide range of experience of effective strategic school improvement, leading her team to achieve two consecutive ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted judgements and the school to gain Teaching School Status (2010 – 2021) and National Support School status (current), as a Head Teacher. 

More recently, Sue has proven experience of strategically leading her teams within Ignis to raise standards significantly across two trust schools, which demonstrated requires improvement and inadequate standards of education on conversion. Both schools achieved ‘Good’ Ofsted judgements within two years. Sue also acted as Interim CEO, supporting another small trust through transition of leadership (academic year 2019 – 2020).



   Rob Weaver, Chair of Trustee Board and a Member 

Rob Weaver has been passionately committed to supporting the provision of an excellent education at Ignis Academy Trust and its schools for over twenty years.

His involvement has included the roles of Chair of Trustees at Ignis Multi Academy Trust and prior to that, Chair of Governors of Bedonwell Infant and Nursery School, and in turn, The Bedonwell Federation Board, from which he has developed a wealth of governance experience and expertise.

Rob is a retired chartered surveyor who led a team with special responsibility for health and safety, and disability within a Local Authority. He is able to use his expertise to advise the Trust on related issues.



Toks Oyegunle, Trustee, Ignis Academy Trust

 Toks K. Oyegunle is the Director, Privacy and Cybersecurity at SaP Lyceum, a Consultancy and Training company that specialises in the provision of privacy, data protection and cybersecurity solutions.

 As an award-winning Technology Executive / Entrepreneur, he has amassed over 27 years’ experience across Privacy, Data Protection, Cybersecurity, Financial Technology, Consultancy and Technology Entrepreneurship. 

 He started his career in the City of London where he worked with investment banks such as JP Morgan, Credit Suisse, Nomura and Schroeders. After this he progressed into technology entrepreneurship with ventures in recruitment, electronic banking software, electronic payment solutions and consultancy. 

 Today, Toks is a Thought Leader in the Privacy, Data Protection and Cybersecurity industry where he regularly trains, coaches, and mentors professionals. 




 Geoff Spencer – Trustee and Chair of Finance, Audit & Risk Committee

Geoff is a retired International Banker with particular expertise in Risk Management and Organisational Transformation.  He holds an MBA from University of Rochester, New York.

Since retirement Geoff has been engaged in developing and delivering training courses for staff, mentoring Senior Managers and assisting in the redesign and delivery of new policies, procedures and systems for a number of Institutions globally.

Geoff has always believed it is essential for the positive development of society that we provide our children with every opportunity to develop their talents, knowledge and experience to the best of their abilities in a safe and nurturing environment from an early age.  He has applied these principles in raising his own children and grandchildren and joined the Ignis Board to support this shared vision.

 One of Geoff’s daughters is an early years primary school teacher which gives him a useful insight into the unique pressures and rewards of teaching from a practical perspective.


                                      John Fuller, Trustee, Ignis Academy Trust


John is passionate about education and has been a school governor in the past. John was Cabinet Member for Education for 3 years overseeing and supporting schools borough wide.

John has been a local Councillor and Chairman of several committees including Bexley Council Planning, SEN and Youth Employment and Apprenticeship Committees.

John has a background as a Manager in banking and stationary manufacturing. He has also worked to facilitate new soccer centres for Goals Soccer Group, and more recently he has been working in TV production in a self-employed capacity. 



Karen HerbertKaren Herbert: Trustee, Ignis Academy Trustee

 Karen is Head Teacher of Dulverton, a locally maintained Primary School and has been an IGNIS trustee since February 2023. Before moving into Education approximately 20 years ago, she worked in Human Resources and as a Training Consultant. She was Deputy Head Teacher and SENCo at Barrington Primary School at the time it joined the Bedonwell Schools as Ignis Academy Trust. Karen began her teaching career at Old Bexley Church of England Primary School where she taught Years 3 to 6. Her experience working in both Maintained and Multi Academy Trust schools has given her an insight into the aspects of these two different sectors.

 Karen is passionate about ensuring every child can achieve ‘the best version of themselves’, and has a particular interest in the UNICEF “Rights Respecting Schools” programme. She is a member of the Bexley Schools Forum and part of the local authority group which focuses on the issue of inclusion and attendance. Karen is about to commence study for National Professional Qualification for Executive Leadership.