Our board

Board of Directors

Independent HE is governed by and for its members. The Directors are elected by the members and any member representative can stand for election.

Paul Kirkham
Vice Chair

Paul is owner and Chief Executive of the Institute of Contemporary Music Performance. Paul acquired The Institute, a leading school in London for students of popular music, in 2003 following a 15-year career as a senior business executive, during which time he managed large and complex companies all over the world.

Philip Wilson

Professor Philip Wilson is Chief Executive of the private provider Condé Nast College (part of the global Condé Nast International). He is also Chair of the Olympic governing body, British Wheelchair Basketball, to lead through and past the Tokyo Olympics and is a co-founder and Trustee of Burnley Football Club in the Community.

Sue Edwards
Vice Chair

Sue is Director of Compliance and Accreditation for Kaplan International Colleges in the UK and Ireland, and a Board member of English UK. Sue was appointed by Kaplan following its acquisiton of the Aspect group of colleges, where she was a college principal, Director of Academic Programmes and on the team that established their first university pathway programmes.

Graham Able
Board member

Graham is Chair of Exporting Education UK, Deputy Chair of the Alpha Plus Group and SVP of Dulwich College Management International. He was Master of Dulwich College for 12 years and led the development of Dulwich schools in China. A former HMC Chairman and President of the International Boys School Coalition, he is a governor of two schools.

Matthew Batstone
Board member

Matthew is Head of the Professional Programme at New College of the Humanities. He has an MA in English Literature from Clare College, Cambridge University and an MBA (distinction) from INSEAD. Matthew has had an extensive career in advertising, TV and media, and was on the management board at The Economist Group where he was responsible for marketing, strategy and corporate development.

Roxanne Stockwell
Board member

Roxanne is the Principal of Pearson College London, the first higher education institution to be set up within a FTSE 100 company.  A graduate of the University of Sydney, she has worked as a corporate lawyer, in theatre management, and for the past 20 years in HE. She was previously a director at BPP.

Lizzie Terry
Board member

Lizzie is Director of ACCENT London Study Centre, working with faculty and administrators to design high-quality study abroad programmes and ensure their smooth running. Lizzie studied History of Art at UEA and History of Modern Architecture at UCL. She has worked with American students in London for over 10 years.