Meet our Governors

The Board of Governors has the ultimate responsibility for the well-being of the Trust, its finances, and for its key policies and strategies, including setting the key objectives for the organisation and its top management. The Board also has to ensure compliance with Charity Commission requirements and relevant legislation. Governors are non-executive Directors of the Trust and bring very considerable high level experience and expertise together in advising and directing Senior Management and the Academic board.

Photograph of Ellen Fleming

Ellen Fleming (Chair)

Retired solicitor, formerly a corporate partner at Field Fisher Waterhouse (1998-2008) and Allison & Humphreys (1979-1997). Acted as a solicitor for television and communication sector clients and others on a range of corporate transactions and joint ventures. Trustee of various charities, currently including The Grierson Trust, which promotes excellence in documentary film making through the annual Grierson Awards.

   
Photograph of John Robinson

John Robinson (Vice Chairman)

Managing Director of The Bee Clothing & Supply Co. Ltd  (suppliers of unsecured consumer credit) 1988-date.  Self-employed Consultant providing business support services 1998-date.  Vice President & Executive Director Corporate Services, Addison Wesley Longman (now called Pearson Education) 1973-1997; Articled Clerk, Audit Senior & Trainer of Articled Clerks, Price Waterhouse, 1966-1973.

   
Photograph of Robbie Baird

Robbie Baird

Former Regional Director of British Airways (BA), has over 30 years’ experience working in an international environment. At BA, Robert helped shape corporate strategy and direction as well as having responsibility for commercial strategy and leadership

   
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Andrew Fellows

Retired former CEO of a charitable Housing Association.  Former Chairman of Governors of Bedgebury School and former Chairman of The Bedgebury Foundation, a grant making charity providing support to individuals requiring specialised education or training.  Now practicing as a freelance housing and property consultant. Chairman of Kingsown Properties.

   
Photograph of Peter Mackenzie Smith

Peter Mackenzie Smith

Consultant in international education and training, and a director of Getenergy Ltd.  Previous career involved 28 years in the British Council in various positions, including director for educational contracts, for export promotion, and for South Asia and Africa.  A member of UK Trade and Investment’s advisory committee on education and skills. From 1997 to 2003, a Director of Education for GEC and for Marconi, with responsibility for designing and implementing partnership programmes with a number of universities in the UK, the US, and Europe and for the company’s relationships with the education sector in the UK and overseas. Was seconded by Marconi to UK Trade and Investment as their first export promoter in the education and training sector.  For three years was chairman of UK Trade and Investment’s working group on education and training for Iraq, and is a trustee of the Arab British Chamber of Commerce Foundation and of the Dakhleh Trust.

   
Photograph of Eileen Milner

Eileen Milner

Former posts include senior leadership level in public service and educational consultancy. She has helped large, complex public service organisations deliver successful change and sustained improvements in performance. Eileen has also worked in education as the Head of the School of Law, Governance and Information Management and Director of Postgraduate Studies at the University of North London.

   
Photograph of Nick Tellwright

Nick Tellwright

Former Global Director of Embassy CES and Group Marketing Director of Study Group, joins the board with extensive international experience in global educational brand building, business development, corporate acquisition and leading high performing teams.