Meet our governors
Alastair Da Costa
Partner & Executive Director, HGF Group
In November 2018 Alastair was appointed a Commissioner to the UK Government’s Social Mobility Commission which aims to undertake research into social mobility challenges and hold Government and other stakeholders to account in improving social mobility. Alastair has a law degree from the University of Leeds, an MSc in Development Management from The London School of Economics and is a qualified solicitor.
Anthony Impey MBE
Serial Entrepreneur & Business Leader
He is chair of the Federation of Small Business new policy think tank, the UK government’s Apprenticeship Stakeholder Board and the Mayor of London’s Apprenticeship Advisory Group.
He was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s 2018 New Year’s Honours for Services to Apprenticeships and Small Business.
Principal for Lewisham College (part of NCG)
Asfa has more than 23 years’ experience of working in the further education and skills sector. She has experience in leading and managing a broad range of cross college remits including English and maths, additional learning support, higher education, and further education programmes. Asfa’s subject specialism is in mathematics, business management, information technology and computing programmes. She is an experienced and active education and training practitioner, a qualified teacher and holds a Masters in Business Administration. Asfa has a wealth of experience in working with employers, stakeholders and communities. She brings strategic and operational experience to the Board.
Formerly Investment Director, Impetus – Private Equity Foundation
Curriculum Leader for School of Enterprise, City and Islington College
Desmond is a former City-based solicitor and senior partner in boutique general law practice. He is an experienced project manager, with excellent organisational, administrative and communication skills, underpinned by a commitment to succeed. He currently works as Curriculum Leader for School of Enterprise at City and Islington College, one of the three colleges in Capital City College Group.
Lord David Triesman
Executive Director, Salamanca Group and Member of the House of Lords
David has extensive commercial and political experience at senior levels in business and government. By training an economist, he holds visiting fellowships at Warwick, the LSE and Cambridge Universities and is a Doctor of Laws. He is on the Governing Council of the University of Northamptonshire. Currently he is an Executive Director at Salamanca Merchant Bank and Chairman of Funding Affordable Homes and Mandela Concerts, and a Non-Exec Director of Havin Bank and Salamanca Topaz (real estate).
He formerly chaired The Football Association and Templewood Merchant Bank and was on the Board of Wembley National Stadium and Advisory Board of UBS. In political life, after serving as General Secretary of the Association of University Teachers, David assumed responsibility for the Prime Minister’s political organisation (2001-2004) and has served as Under-Secretary of State in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and subsequently in the Department of Innovation, Universities and Skills. He held Ministerial roles in Energy, Business, Higher Education and Europe. He is a Lord in Waiting to HM the Queen; and plays rock and blues guitar.”
Director of People and Engagement, Broadway Malyan
Sanna leads the global People and Engagement strategy for Architecture, Urban Planning and Design firm Broadway Malyan where she is also an equity partner. Prior to moving into the creative sector was leading HR functions in private banking and fund management at the Swedish global bank Handelsbanken. Her Board engagements include her work as a Trustee at the social mobility organisation Making the Leap and UK Social Mobility Awards. Additionally she is an Executive Coach and leadership & change consultant.
Chief Investment Officer, Elton Capital
Maarten serves as the Chief Investment Officer of a single-family investment firm. In addition to his full-time responsibilities, Maarten retains a number of non-executive and charitable board positions. Maarten holds an Executive MBA from Columbia Business School & London Business School, and a Masters in Economics from the Erasmus University in Rotterdam.
Professor Anthony Smith
Vice Provost, University College London (UCL)
Chief Executive, Tottenham Hotspur Foundation
Sharon is a qualified Executive Coach. She works with boards and individual executives on their leadership development. Her passion for coaching and developing people to achieve their full potential has also led to her taking up other roles, such as coaching young entrepreneurs as well as becoming a Commissioner for the Princess Royal Training awards, which recognise the best standards of corporate training nationally.
Vice President and the Business Line Anti-Financial Crime, Corporate Finance Lead for UK and Ireland at a global financial institution.
Toyin was a Senior Consultant for Exiger’s where he supported the Court appointed and world’s largest Corporate Compliance Monitor, overseeing a global financial institution’s implementation of the US Department of Justice deferred prosecution agreement.
He has extensive expertise in conducting anti-money laundering (AML) and enhanced due diligence (EDD) efforts on behalf of the banking industry. He joined Exiger from Credit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank where he was a Director responsible for AML & EDD Advisory in the Financial Crime Team.