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

Philip is a founder of UCFB, with campuses in Wembley, Burnley and Manchester. UCFB opened in 2011 as the first HE institution to offer degrees and executive education in the sports and leisure industries, delivered in the professional environment of a working football stadium. Philip has an MBA in Football Industries from the University of Liverpool.

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.

Fiona Pocock
Board member

Fiona is Principal of Bosworth Independent College, an independent school in Northampton. An Oxford resident, Fiona was Principal of Oxford Tutorial College for eight years, lecturer at Oxford Brookes University and taught languages in local schools. A former Chair of CIFE, the professional association of independent sixth form colleges, she also has experience in the commercial sector.

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.