Who We Are
Nusrat Faizullah - Chief Executive
Nusrat comes with a strong pedigree in the educational field and significant experience in social entrepreneurship and social innovation, both of which will support the future of the BCSE's work. Nusrat previously was on secondment as the Development Manager at the Studio Schools Trust, leading the development of the curriculum model of a new model of state school for 14 -- 19 year olds for all abilities. They seek to address the growing gap between what young people require to succeed in life and the skills and knowledge that the current education system provides.
Nusrat was an inaugural member of the TeachFirst Programme which addresses educational disadvantage by transforming exceptional graduates into effective, inspirational teachers and leaders in all fields. Through this she taught science at a school in east London. Nusrat then worked at the Young Foundation a centre for social innovation that works across the UK and internationally -- carrying out research, influencing policy, creating new organisations and supporting others to do the same. Here she worked on a number of different projects including developing a number of pilots to support unemployed young adults, managing a venture fund for social innovation focused around education and as the lead researcher for a project that investigated why certain places were better at innovating to meet social needs than others.
Nusrat has had significant experience of working with central government, local authorities, schools and colleges, educational bodies such as PFS and OFSTED as well as Think Tanks and Quangos. She is passionate about education and the need to create the best learning environments for young people.
Brigid Coady - Operations Director
Brigid's background is in Project Management and as an IT consultant with substantial experience within central and local government projects and also rail, retail and education. She is an experienced project/programme manager within a service provider environment and also as a client and has experienced in working as an IT consultant for new builds, refurbishments and relocations.
Tracy Llewellyn - Finance
Martin Lipson - BCSE Fellow
Martin was the founding Programme Director for the 21st Century Schools Programme in Wales from 2009 until July 2011, leading a small Welsh Government-funded team based at the Welsh Local Government Association. He was previously Schools Programme Director from 2006-2009 at 4ps, the local government organisation that provided expertise, support and advice on project delivery to all English local authorities. 4ps was acknowledged as the centre of expertise in local authority partnerships and project delivery. The 4ps Schools Team, which Martin had led since 2002, was engaged in the development of the Government's Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme from its inception. The team fulfilled a national role building capacity and skills in the local authorities for their role as "expert clients" in the procurement of BSF projects.
Martin was also "Design Champion" for HM Treasury's Project Review Group, was a member of the Local Government Construction Taskforce, and a regular contributor to conferences. He trained as an architect and later worked as a senior manager in design and property departments in both the public and private sectors.
Jenny Thomas - BCSE Fellow