Governor and Academic Board appointments bring new experience to the Bell Educational Trust

The Board of the Bell Educational Trust is delighted to announce the appointment of three new Governors and two new Academic Board members, each bringing a wealth of experience to help drive forward the Trust’s plans to provide education, training and cultural experiences to even more people around the world.

The new governors are:

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. Robbie commented on his appointment: “I’m looking forward to applying my knowledge and experience to benefit a different type of business. I’ve had hands on exposure working across all business functions, so understand what is needed to run a large, complex international business.”

Eileen Milner has worked at a 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. Talking about her appointment, Eileen said: “I’m passionate about helping organisations look at new ways of working to maximise their potential. As a Bell governor I’m keen to look at ways we can develop the Trust to deliver language training to even more students across the globe .” 

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. Nick commented: “I have been involved with international education at a variety of levels for over 25 years. Through working with students, parents and agents, I have a deep understanding of the key drivers that motivate students to seek education abroad. With this knowledge, I look forward to working with the board and senior management team to guide the growth of the Trust.”

Eileen Milner will also join Bell’s Academic Board, which oversees the Trust’s academic activities and standards. Joining Eileen on the Academic Board is Peter de Voil. Peter has spent his career in education, most recently he has worked as a Headmaster at an independent school in Prague.

Welcoming Nick, Robbie, Eileen and Peter to the Bell Educational Trust, Ellen Fleming, Chair commented: “We are delighted to have such talented and experienced individuals appointed as Governors and Academic Board members of Bell. Each brings a formidable track record from their sector and the combined effect of their differing areas of expertise will play a major role in helping the Trust achieve its ambitious plans. In this period of economic uncertainty experience and strong leadership are essential and so I am particularly pleased to welcome on board such high calibre recruits.”

All members of the Bell Educational Trust’s board of governors and non-executive members of the Academic Board work on a voluntary basis and meet throughout the year to guide the Trust’s development. The boards works closely with the senior management team, which is led by David Pottinger, Chief Executive.


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Notes to Editors

About Bell

Bell is a leading educational charity and one of the largest British-owned providers of English language education services. Each year, Bell helps over 100,000 students, from more than 120 countries through one of its 37 worldwide teaching centres and e-channels, primarily to learn English and other languages. Bell operates 9 centres in the UK, including a boarding school for international students.

The organisation also provides teacher training, educational management, consultancy and project services to international organisations, universities and governments.


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