Our board

Board of Directors

Independent HE is governed by and for its members while its strategic direction is overseen by a Board of Directors. The majority of the Board is elected by the members and any member representative can stand for election. An Honorary Treasurer and Independent Board Member were appointed in 2019.

Roxanne Stockwell
Chair of the Board

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.

James Pitman
Vice Chair of the Board

James is Study Group’s Managing Director of Development for UK and Europe, having joined the business in 2007. He has held a variety of senior international roles in the music industry and education publishing and graduated from the University of Cambridge, followed by an MBA from IMD.

Colin Castelino
Honorary Treasurer

Since 2015, Colin has been Finance Director at Le Cordon Bleu and is responsible financial oversight of the School, as well as admissions and strategic relationships with partner institutions. Having graduated from LSE, he qualified as a Chartered accountant with Deloitte and has over 20 years’ experience as a Finance Director.

John Fairhurst
Board Member

Since September 2012, John has been the Managing Director and Academic Principal of Bloomsbury Institute, responsible for strategic and operational leadership. He has over 20 years’ previous experience working in UK universities, his last position being Professor and Head of the School of Law at Birmingham City University.

David Howell
Board Member

David is CEO at Met Film School and has worked at many other independent providers. David has an in-depth knowledge of delivery models, academic standards, quality assurance, data, student admissions and enrolment, and associated activities. He also specialises in the area of international development and led ICMP’s international strategic and operational activities.

Robin Middlehurst
Independent Board Member

Robin is an Emeritus Professor of Higher Education at Kingston University London and an educational leader in corporate and academic governance and leadership development. She has 25 years’ experience of working at director and senior management levels in national policy agencies and universities, and building effective relationships with senior government officials, stakeholders, clients and partners.

Victoria Stears
Board Member

Victoria is Deputy Director of Global Admissions and Recruitment at Sotheby’s Institute of Art and has worked in the higher education sector for the past ten years, holding roles at the University of Kent and London Business School. Victoria has an educational background in politics and governance and also works closely with Westminster Education Forum.

Hema Tank
Board Member

Hema is the Associate Dean at The London Institute of Banking & Finance. Hema has over 20 years of experience in academic administration, developing HE strategy and policy, student experience and enabling strategic change. Hema has previously worked at UCL, Cass Business School and Brunel University as well as in the USA and India.

Lizzie Terry
Board Member

Lizzie is Director of CIEE Global Institute London, working with faculty and administrators to design high-quality study abroad programmes and ensure their smooth running. Lizzie has nearly 20 years’ experience working with U.S. students in London, first as Director of the University of Delaware’s London Centre and then as the Director of ACCENT London.