Our Board

Our Board is currently made up of eleven Trustees. The Board oversees the work of THE Partnership and meets around five times a year. The Chair of the Board also chairs the Annual General Meeting of members where Trustees are re-elected.

Currently there is one Board sub-committee – the Finance and Audit Committee – which meets three times a year.

Aziz Choudhury

Aziz is Chair of the Spitalfields Small Business Association, with whom he has worked for over 30 years. In the 1980s and 1990s he was Finance Director at Spitalfields Housing Association.

He formed the Spitalfelds Business Club, ran the local business newspaper, East End Enterprise, and has been involved in the governance of many local community projects: East London Small Business Centre; ELBA; Bangla Housing Association and Consortium of Bengali Associations.

He was a Director of the Montefiore Centre until August 2016. Aziz also founded Jalalpur Degree College in Sylhet, and is General Secretary of the ROSAE Trust, which helps hospitals in Bangladesh.

Brenda Landers

A qualified teacher for 28 years and a National Leader of Education, Brenda has worked in Tower Hamlets since 2005 and has been Headteacher of Swanlea School, an Ofsted outstanding secondary school, since 2011.

During this time she has worked collaboratively with 7 local primary schools in the East 1 Partnership and is keen to use her commitment to collaboration to build the capacity of THEP to support school-led school improvement.

Bukky Yusuf

Bukky Yusuf has undertaken a number of leadership roles within mainstream and special schools and is also an ambassador for Leadership Matters. Furthermore, Bukky is also a Network Leader for WomenEd and a BAMEEd coach.

Bukky has a variety of EdTech experiences that includes participating as a judge for The EdTech50 Schools and BETT Awards. She is co-chair of the EdTech Leadership Group to support the Government’s EdTech strategy.

Michael Keating

Michael first became a school governor in 1986, serving several local schools and Tower Hamlets College. From 1994 to 2002 he was a councillor and served as Chair of the Education Committee and Lead Member for Education.

He later worked as a senior council officer with responsibilities including scrutiny, equality, cohesion and partnerships.

Michael is currently supporting the development of integrated health and social care in Tower Hamlets and has been chairing the Advisory Council of THE Partnership.

Nessa McNeela

Nessa is currently Head of Finance at British Airways and is responsible for the Strategic and Reporting finance functions of the company, as well as being a member of the Finance Leadership Team.

She is a KPMG-trained Chartered Accountant, and prior to being appointed at British Airways, she held several Finance Leadership roles in the Banking and Fintech sectors both in the UK (Temenos) and Australia (Westpac Banking Corporation, Commonwealth Bank of Australia).

Owen O'Regan

Since 2015, Owen has served as Headteacher at Lansbury Lawrence Primary School, having previously been impressed with collaborative leadership in Tower Hamlets when helping establish the LETTA initial teacher training programme. He is particularly interested in how THEP collaboratively delivers high quality professional development linked to pupil outcomes.

Robert Crothers


Rob has served as a school governor in Tower Hamlets for over ten years, including as a member of the Interim Executive Board of a school in special measures.

He is also a partner at Clifford Chance LLP and was a member of THE Partnership Steering Group , which was key in the development of THE Partnership from its earliest beginnings.

Shahanaz Begum

From 2017 to 2018, and between 2010 and 2012, Shahanaz worked for Tower Hamlets Council as a Strategy, Policy and Performance Officer and as a Diversity and Equality Coordinator. Prior to 2012, she managed the Prevent strategy roll out across all London boroughs and contributed to the development of national policy on Prevent as the Regional Prevent Manager for the Government Office for London.

Shahanaz is currently the Chair of the Camden Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education and is a part of the only co-educational training programme for Muslim scholars at Ebrahim College in Whitechapel. She has also taught for Rashidun, an Islamic supplementary school based in Whitechapel, as well as developing and managing its Camden branch.

Sir Alasdair Macdonald

Alasdair was Headteacher of Morpeth School for 21 years until 2013, a school which was one of 12 schools nationally recognised by Ofsted as ‘Achieving against the odds’.

Alasdair has also worked in Malawi and Papua New Guinea, was a member of the DfE’s Headteacher Reference Group and led a national review of PSHE. He is currently working for the Welsh Government on their Schools Challenge programme and as Advocate for their Pupil Premium initiative.