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About us

Bedford Traded Services began in April 2019. Bedford Borough education providers from all phases have purchased our school improvement package. Three more schools have joined since we began and we are now proud to work with 54 schools and settings.

We are held to account by the Bedford Traded Services Governance Group. Our key performance indicators are:

  • Nationally published performance data and Ofsted judgements.
  • Headteachers, principals, governors and trustees’ views of our service.
  • Our financial performance, including our revenue trend.

We are proud to be a fully committed partner of every one of our schools.

Aims

Bedford Traded Services will:

  • Have excellent impact on school effectiveness and outcomes for learners.
  • Use revenue from schools efficiently, effectively and fairly.
  • Work collaboratively with our partners and stakeholders to achieve our aims.
  • Be fully held to account by the Bedford Traded Services Governance Group.
  • Be a key driver in realising Bedford Borough Council's aims, especially school improvement strategy priorities.

The Team

The administrative team is run by:

Monday-Wednesday: Rebecca Olney-Ogden 01234 276792 rebecca.olney-ogden@bedford.gov.uk

Wednesday-Friday: Gabby Moss 01234 276711 Gabby.Moss@bedford.gov.uk



Click on a name for further information about the education team.

Judith Lovely, senior school improvement advisor

Judith is a senior school improvement advisor. She has over 30 years’ experience in education and has held senior leadership roles in primary and secondary schools (including headship) and in three Local Authorities. Her areas of expertise include quality of education, leadership and management, coaching, arts and culture, assessment for learning, behaviour and attitudes, and personal development. Through her work as an improvement advisor, Judith supports primary schools.

Barney Geen, interim senior school improvement advisor

Barney is a senior school improvement advisor and was headteacher of Grange Academy, Bedford, until 2018. In addition to his work in Bedford, he is a lead Ofsted inspector of special and primary schools and chair of governors across a group of schools. Barney holds the National Professional Qualification for Headship and a masters degree in education. His areas of expertise include, quality of education, leadership and management, safeguarding, SEND, behaviour and attitudes, and personal development. Through his work as an improvement advisor, Barney supports primary and nursery schools.

Roger Grant, school improvement advisor

Roger has over 30 years experience of working in education and was headteacher of Trinity Primary School in Henley until 2013. Since then, through consultancy, he has supported a range of schools. He is currently vice chair of governors for a large primary academy. Roger holds the National Professional Qualification for Headship. His areas of expertise include, strategic planning, leadership and management, developing high-performing teams, teaching and learning, safeguarding and English. Roger supports primary and special schools.

Judith Tinsley, school improvement advisor

In addition to her work in Bedford, Judith is an interim executive headteacher (part time) for a federation of schools in Worcestershire. In recent years, Judith has been CEO of an multi-academy trust and a Local Authority senior advisor in the West Midlands. She has a masters degree in education (Inclusion and diversity). Her areas of expertise include, quality of education, leadership and management, safeguarding, and assessment. Judith supports primary schools.

Devinder Riat, school improvement advisor

Devinder has held several headships, including leading a school providing both primary and secondary education. Currently he is an executive headteacher and director of school improvement for a multi academy trust. He is an Ofsted inspector, a British schools overseas inspector, and an accredited Level 3 safeguarding trainer. Devinder holds the National Professional Qualification for Headship and a masters degree in education management. His areas of expertise include, leadership and management, quality of education, performance coaching. safeguarding, and all primary school subjects. Devinder supports primary schools.

Neil McDonough, school improvement advisor

Neil has held headships in both primary and secondary schools. For the past few years he has worked as an interim headteacher, mainly in primary schools. In addition to his work in Bedford, he works as an education consultant. He has worked as a local authority school improvement partner and as an advisor for the Anglican Schools’ Partnership. He is a foundation governor at a London secondary academy. Neil holds the National Professional Qualification for Headship and a masters degree in education. His areas of expertise include quality of education, leadership and management, safeguarding, behaviour management, and teacher and leadership coaching and development. Neil supports primary schools.

David Bray, school improvement advisor

David has extensive experience as a school leader and has worked in senior roles for three local authorities. He provides school improvement support for local government, central government, individual schools, trusts and multi academy trusts. He is a qualified teacher, has a masters degree in education and holds the National Professional Qualification for Headship. He is studying for a PhD. David has skills in school leadership, management, evaluation, data and review. David supports secondary and middle schools.

Ian Lindsay, education advisor in the school improvement team

Ian specialises in supporting schools in all phases to improve behaviour and attitudes. He is also the Borough Lead for the induction of Newly Qualified Teachers. Ian has a masters degree in education and was previously a Secondary school teacher for over 27 years, reaching the position of Assistant Head teacher at a local Secondary school.

Nicola Millard, advisor for teaching and learning for EYFS

Previously Nicola has been a nursery teacher and reception teacher in inner and outer London. More locally, Nicola was a children’s centre teacher, before taking up the advisory role for Bedford Borough in 2012. She is the moderation lead for EYFS and is trained in both ECERS and ITERS. Nicola has a BA Hons degree specialising in Early Years and Primary education. She is also a qualified nursery nurse. Her areas of expertise include quality early years education, learning through play, EYFS data analysis and curriculum planning. Nicola supports preschools, day nurseries, primary and nursery schools.