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Alastair Da Costa
Partner & Executive Director, HGF Group

Alastair has over 25 years of international board and executive level leadership experience. He is currently Chair of Capital City College Group, which through mergers in 2016 and 2017 became one of the largest further education college groups in the UK. He is a board director/Council member of The London School of Economics and Chair of the digital education business, 01 Founders Limited, which provides innovative coding and software development training leading to employment for a diverse cohort of learners. Alastair previously served as a Council member of the University of Sussex and from August 2022 will take up the role as Chair and Pro-Chancellor of The University of Leeds.

Between 2018-21 Alastair served as a Commissioner to the UK Government’s Social Mobility Commission where he was lead commissioner for further education and adult skills. The Commission’s 2021 State of the Nation report provided a comprehensive, evidence-led post pandemic recovery programme.

Alastair has also served as executive director of a leadership development company, as Executive Chair of a boutique executive search business and was the first CEO of an international youth charity.

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Sanna Jordansson
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.

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Asfa Sohail
Principal and Chief Learning Officer LSEC

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.

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Nicole Morgan
Director of Strategy and Impact at the Royal Society of Chemistry

Nicole works with the executive team of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) to develop and implement the organisation-wide strategy. Nicole is also responsible for internal governance, oversight of strategic risks and the portfolio management office. She is a Fellow of both the Chartered Management Institute and the RSC, with extensive experience in a broad range of leadership, management and governance roles.Previously Nicole served on the Education Board of City and Islington College, and was a Chair of Governors at an outstanding first school in Hertfordshire. As well as this, she was a  PSRB specialist on the TEF Natural Sciences and Engineering Pilot Panels for the Office for Students.

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Toyin Odutayo
Vice President, Business Line Anti-Financial Crime Advisory

In his current role, Toyin liaises with global transaction banking and corporate finance business lines. He provides advice and support on financial crime, manages high-risk cross-regional client relationships, and supports the development of protocols for business engagement. He has extensive expertise in conducting anti-money laundering and enhanced due diligence efforts on behalf of the banking industry.

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.

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Chris Hyams
Board Advisor

Chris is currently the non-executive Chair of Wilson Partners a chartered accountancy firm based in Maidenhead. During his remunerated career, he was a Big 4 private equity partner, board advisor and divestment & acquisition specialist, expert in challenging and implementing complex financial and business strategies for major PE and PE-owned organisations. He was an accounting firm partner for over 15 years and advised private equity houses for over 20 years as they buy, optimise and sell companies. In recent years, alongside his extensive business acquisition and disposal experience, Chris has held multiple private equity leadership roles at UK, international and global level. He is a chartered accountant and has a modern languages degree from Durham University; he has lived and worked in both New York and Paris.

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Amelia Sussman
Independent Consultant

Amelia was most recently the Director of Strategy at Social and Sustainable Capital Investment. Prior to that she was a Director at Impetus Private Equity Foundation, a venture philanthropy funder, which she joined in 2005.  Before this, she was the Chief Operating Officer at Common Purpose, a social enterprise running leadership programmes internationally.  Having trained as a solicitor, and qualifying in England and Israel, Amelia worked in central and local government and then as an in-house lawyer in the IT sector.  Amelia has deep knowledge of the education, youth and reducing re-offending sectors in the UK, having worked closely with 15 organisations from these sectors, whilst at Impetus PEF.

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Professor Anthony Smith
Vice Provost, University College London (UCL)

Anthony Smith was appointed Vice Provost (Education and Student Affairs) at University College London (UCL) in 2012 where he takes the strategic lead for all matters related to education at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.  Prior to his appointment at UCL, he was Principal and Dean for six years at the School of Pharmacy, University of London.  The School merged with UCL in January 2012.  He is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Fellow of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society.  He is Chair of Trustees at Pharmacy Research-UK, a Trustee of Villiers Park Education Trust and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

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Dr Angela Herbert
Violent Crime Prevention Board, Chair

Dr Angela Herbert MBE has been engaged in various aspect of the Criminal Justice System for over 38 years. Angela Chair’s the Violent Crime Prevention Board and has a keen interest in equality, diversity, and the provision of opportunities for all, in particular marginalised groups who historically experience poorer outcomes. She believes that leadership is important to ensure that staff and learners enjoy positive teaching and learning, achieved through the implementation of policies and procedures.

Angela is the Founder Director of IOTC-Solutions Coaching, and an executive and life coach, teacher, facilitator, and public speaker. Having spent her career invested in male service users, Angela founded Made on Purpose in 2021, as a philanthropic initiative giving 100% of profits to organisations delivering services to girls and women.

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Nana Brew
Curriculum Leader for Performing and Visual Arts, City and Islington College

Nana is an experienced educational leader with fourteen years of teaching experience within primary, secondary, further, adult, and higher education. Nana has a proven track record of successfully managing curriculum and staff to improve learning experience and outcomes for learners and strives to continuously improve learners’ experiences.

Nana’s role as a curriculum leader at CCCG requires the ability to understand, communicate and implement the strategic aims of the college group, particularly the CANDI Sixth Form College’s (SFC) priorities and the day-to-day operations of their department and the impact on students.

Nana has previously served as governor at Barnet and Southgate college, Jubilee Primary school, and Fernbank Children’s centre and is committed to ensuring an anti-racist FE system and adopts the Black FE Leadership group’s 10-point plan to bring about real and sustainable change across the sector. Nana hopes to uphold her own and CCCG’s shared values of inclusivity, equality, and diversity.

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Sharon Saxton
Executive Coach

Sharon is a highly experienced HR Director who has worked with trustees and on boards for over 25 years, transforming businesses to ensure they are sustainable and can deliver on their core purpose and strategy. Her experience is in complex and highly regulated sectors, such as education, aviation, professional services, environmental health and media. She has held senior positions in high profile businesses including Walt Disney, Virgin Atlantic and the City & Guilds Group. She works with multiple stakeholders and is skilled at combining the culture and assets of organisations to achieve their goals.

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.

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Assistant Manager

Vincent qualified as an accountant in 2021 and is currently working as an Assistant Manager on Grant Thornton UK LLP’s Strategic Leadership Team. Vincent is passionate about diversity and inclusion leading to him co-found his firm’s Ethnicity Network, aiming to increase representation at the top level and reduce his firm’s ethnicity pay gap.

Alongside this, Vincent is the co-founder of The Open Private School, a charity which seeks to provide state school educated students with the opportunity to learn from the best talent in their chosen career path and the former Director of the non-profit organisation, the Chartered Accountants Student Society for London, charged with the stewardship of 5000+ ICAEW students.

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Weiye Kou
Financial Analyst

Weiye is an experienced financial analyst and risk management specialist. For five years she has worked in the economic consulting sector, with positions held in major financial advisory firms including KPMG. Weiye has worked with high profile businesses in multiple sectors, such as retail, banking, real estate and asset management, to offer advice on international business structuring and the impact of the economy on their businesses.

In her current role, she serves as a macroeconomic risk specialist at an international investment bank, providing management advice and support with respect to business, regulatory and audit requirements for risk analysis. Weiye has actively volunteered with multiple education organisations on international education and international student issues.

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Student Governor

Chanel is studying a Level 3 National Diploma in Health and Social Care at the Centre for Applied Science (CANDI, CAS) – and is aiming to become a nurse.

“I applied to be Student Governor because I wanted so to show other students like me who have hidden learning disabilities that anything is possible and that we can achieve great things if we put our mind to it. By having a student like me who is of diverse learning, I can provide better insight into the education of students and assist the board in their decisions”.

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Student Governor

Susan is a part-time adult learner who is currently studying a Level 5 Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling at the Centre for Lifelong Learning (CANDI, CLL).

Susan’s current role as an Apprenticeship Skills Coach at a central London university involves coaching and mentoring students on Project Management degree courses. As well as undertaking regular progress reviews with apprentices & their employers, Susan works with academic lecturers to support & enhance the apprentice experience to ensure end point assessments & gateway routes are completed successfully.

Susan is also a part-time volunteer counsellor at Headstrong Counselling offering integrative talking therapy to clients.

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