Advisers & Consultants

Jerry Goddard – Education Adviser

Jerry is an experienced education adviser. Leading and developing high quality learning and teaching is his passion. He is currently the Managing Director of JRPG Educational Consultants Ltd. He gained an honours degree at Southampton University and followed this with an MA. As a teacher he wrote several books before becoming a science adviser, an Ofsted Inspector, CPD Adviser and the Attached Inspector for over a dozen primary and secondary schools. He is very experienced in observing and judging teaching having led an LA’s AST Team as well as being part of the National Assessment Agency.

His current work includes supporting schools and their Senior Leadership Teams in their strategic development. He worked with the University of Chichester, developing its role as an Academy Sponsor resulting in the formation of the University of Chichester Academy Trust. He recently retired from the role of its Director of Standards and Effectiveness and has become one of its Board members. He is a member of the Education Committee of Bellevue International Education Group.

Stephanie Hilder – Specialist English Adviser

Stephanie Hilder is an experienced education consultant specialising in English.

With a strong interest in the development and assessment of writing, Stephanie has collaborated extensively with the Standards and Testing Agency (STA) in the production and training of national materials, and moderated writing at KS1 and KS2 for three local authorities, as well as for the STA.

Additionally, Stephanie is a lecturer in Reading for Pleasure (RfP) at The Open University, where she works on the whole school RfP programme. She thrives on working collaboratively with schools, teachers and leaders, actively engaging with them to develop their priorities for English.

Furthermore, she serves on the editorial board of English 4-11 magazine, demonstrating her commitment to sharing knowledge and expertise with a wider audience.

Nathan Crook – Specialist Maths Adviser, Berkshire

Prior to becoming a maths consultant, Nathan taught children in Years 1-6 across three Oxfordshire primary schools, including those in both urban and rural settings. During this time, he qualified as a Maths Specialist Teacher (MaST). This consequently led to him becoming part of the National College for Teaching and Leadership’s ‘small schools making an impact’ programme.

Driven by his passion for helping to ensure that all children access mathematics learning to the full, Nathan has more recently worked both in-person and remotely as an NCETM accredited independent maths consultant to support schools across the country in delivering high quality teaching and learning.

As well as providing training, he has continued to work alongside classes and groups of children, as well as their teachers and support staff, to explore how they learn best. He also believes in the power of mentoring and coaching, around which he has refined his skills whilst completing the National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH) programme.

Nathan is an active member of the National Association of Mathematics Advisers (NAMA), which develops his understanding about the national mathematics landscape. He has previously sat on the Executive of the Mathematics Association until summer 2022.

David Colenso – Specialist Maths Adviser, London

David has been Head of School at a large primary on the Richmond and Hounslow border for over 20 years, teaching all year groups and settings. He has consistently driven up standards to enable all pupils to achieve well – especially in maths – despite the demographic presenting well above average percentage of FSM, EHC plans, EAL and mobility.

Throughout his career, David has also supported school improvement in Richmond and Kingston, and his particular expertise is the development of strong and effective maths curriculums.

He is passionate about developing a strong assessment for learning culture, developing teacher subject knowledge and working with school leaders to provide a highly effective curriculum, as well as effective use of additional adults in the classroom.

Amanda Letch – Education consultant

Amanda started her career in 1985 with Mark & Spencer, undertaking their graduate training scheme after university, where she attained a BA Jt Hons in Economics and Economic History. After several years in the retail world, Amanda took a break to have a family and returned to work in the City as VP Logistics for BIA Investor Relations.

Her corporate background proved invaluable for Amanda when, having been Chair of Governors at her children’s primary school, she decided to re-train as a teacher. Amanda qualified in 2008 and has had a meteoric rise to Headship which she achieved in 2014, and has been Head of the Ofsted ‘outstanding’ Thomson House School in Richmond for the last 8 years. She is also a qualified SENCO, having attained the Postgraduate Diploma in Special Educational Needs in 2012.

Amanda also sits on the Richmond Music Trust and was Chair of the Richmond Primary Heads and Academy Representative on Schools Forum for many years. Most recently she has begun acting as an Educational Consultant for BPET and has joined Best Practice Network as mentor and coach to senior leaders in the world of education.

Outside of education Amanda has her own family of four children, a house in France and a cycling-obsessed husband to look after. She enjoys all types of music, live performance and loves nothing more than a good conversation based on gastronomic food and wine.

Ian Mullins  – B.Ed(Hons), M.Sc – Education Adviser

Ian began his teaching career in Gillingham Kent as a mathematics and physical education teacher in a state secondary school. After a number of years he moved into the independent sector carrying responsibilities as head of department, housemaster, deputy head and headships in two schools. He is currently employed by the Licensed Trade Charity (LTC) as Executive Director for Education and Operations and has enjoyed this role for the past 15 years. During this time Ian has been the driving and innovative force behind the development of the existing LVS Ascot school (an independent school of 850 pupils aged 5-18 years) and the creation of two special needs schools in Oxford and Brighton covering the ages of 11-18.  

More recently, Ian has secured an education consultancy and management position at the English College of Dubai bringing in substantial revenue for the charity between 2016-2018. He is currently expanding overseas operations in a number of countries, including China, in addition , to his oversight of education and operations at the UK schools.

Ian has served in various volunteer roles within the sector namely Chairman of ISC is and ISA London and South East, registered inspector, member of the ISA finance committee. He has spoken regularly on various topics to new heads and proprietors in membership of the Independent Schools association.

Ian was brought up in Wales and is a passionate Welsh Rugby fan. Having studied a Bed (Hons) and MSC in Educational Management, he has devoted his career to education and held many varied positions of responsibility in his move to headship. Ian also overseas marketing and Support & Care services for the Charity and in addition has the responsibility for estate management of all sites, the general management of the lettings operation and Health & Safety.

Outside of his work, Ian is a keen squash player, attends the gym on a regular basis and is an avid reader. He is a member and warden for the London livery company.

Christopher Sanderson – Safeguarding and Compliance Consultant

Christopher has provided consultancy and training to BPET since its inception. He runs his own company, Amadeus Consulting and Training, offering consultancy in many aspects of nursery, primary and secondary education to schools, groups and associations both in the UK and overseas.  His experience and empathy make him a welcome advisor in many schools. 

Chris worked as a school inspector for 20 years, leading inspections in Early Years, primary, secondary and international education in the UK and in British schools overseas. He has also worked as a School Improvement Partner and a GCSE examiner in French and maths. Chris runs training and speaks at conferences for a number of organisations. In addition, he is Director of Compliance and Policy with a leading group of UK schools and nurseries, a consultant for the Association of Muslim Schools, and a music examiner with Trinity College, London.

His four headships together spanned an age range from 2 to 19, including boarding, day and international schools, in both the independent and maintained sectors. Prior to headship, he held positions of Head of Modern Languages, Director of Music and Head of Cricket and Hockey.

Originally from Yorkshire, he still maintains a keen interest in the fortunes of Halifax Town and Yorkshire Cricket; he plays cricket at home in his Cambridgeshire village and for a club in Brittany. Outside school, his main interests are in music, sport and renovating an old farmhouse in Brittany.  He is a former conductor of the National Children’s Choir and spent several years singing as a cathedral lay clerk.   

Last updated: February 2024.