Burnt Mill Academy Trust

The Board of Directors


Helena Mills CBE 



Helena Mills left the Royal Holloway London University in 1989 with a B.A. Hons in History, and after completing a PGCE in History at the Institute of Education began teaching at the Brampton Manor Comprehensive in 1990.

Between ’93 and ’95 Helena was head of History at Bonus Pastor Comprehensive School before returning to Brampton Manor as Head of Humanities for five years, and Assistant Head from 2000 - 2002.

2002 saw the start of a 7 year period as a Deputy Head starting at St Catherine’s Comprehensive for Girls with 5 years at St Bonaventure Comprehensive for Boys.

Helena Mills joined Burnt Mill School as Head Teacher in January 2010 having taught and led in East London where she lives, and has led the rapid improvement of the school from 27% 5A – C including English and Maths to the 2013 results of 76% and the 2014 results of 86%. In November 2012 the school was judged by OFSTED to be outstanding in all categories. Helena led Burnt Mill through its conversion to an Academy in December 2011. In September 2015 she has taken on the full time role of the CEO of Burnt Mill Academy Trust.

In July 2013 Helena became a National Leader of Education. As an NLE she offers support to a range of Head Teachers both nationally and locally. Helena was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in June 2017 for her services to education, both locally and regionally. Helena is also a lead and team inspector for Ofsted. Helena remains a passionate teacher, teaching English at GCSE.

Ffion Griffith

Interim Chair

Ffion Griffiths has worked as a HR Director in law firms since 1998 before which she was a senior HR practitioner in a number of other sectors and industries, including publishing, IT and the professional body for General Practitioners. Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development. Currently a NED on the Board of Inmidtown, a Business Improvement District. Ffion joined the Board of Directors as a non-executive Director in November 2015.

Dan Kolinsky

 Chair Designate


Dan Kolinsky is a Barrister whose practice covers planning, environmental, rating, local government and public law. He frequently acts as an advocate in the High Court and Court of Appeal, at public inquiries and before the Upper Tribunal. His clients include central government, local government, developers, interest groups, ratepayers, individual claimants and NGOs. He is a member of the Attorney General’s "A" Panel. He is also a CEDR accredited mediator.

Dan joined the Board of Directors in July 2013 and was appointed Vice Chair in July 2014.

Bev Tyne


Bev Tyne has worked in banking for 26 years, as Branch Manager for the last 16. She has worked in Edinburgh, London and various locations in Essex, gaining different types of managerial experience. Bev joined the Board of Directors as the Trust was originally formed. Bev is also Chair of the Burnt Mill Local Advisory Board.
Ashley Reid Ashley Reid is a Financial Analyst with over 25 years’ experience. Head of UK Discretionary Wealth Portfolio Management, HSBC Global Asset Management. Ashley joined the Board of Directors as a non-executive Director in October 2015.
Nick Tesseyman Nick Tesseyman is a Managing Director, Financial Institutions Business group, European Bank for Reconstruction & Development and former charity trustee. Nick joined the Board of Directors as a non-executive Director in October 2015.
Roy Sanders Roy Sanders is an Honorary Professor in Plastic Surgery, University College London. Chairman, Fund Raising Committee, Royal Free Hospital. Roy joined the Board of Directors as a non-executive Director in November 2015.

Registers of Business Interests can be viewed below.

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