Louise is a lawyer who was a senior legal adviser to the Civil Aviation Authority before joining De La Rue plc. As General Counsel and Company Secretary, until retiring in March 2009, she was responsible for the provision of legal services to the Group and advising the Board on legal and governance matters and ensuring that appropriate systems were in place. She chaired the Risk Committee of the Board. She developed a business code of conduct and training programmes for the Board and other levels of management on legal and regulatory matters, and introduced a process for appraising Board performance. She has been chairman of the Employed Barristers Committee of the Bar Council and vice chairman of the Training for the Bar Committee and is a master of the bench of Gray’s Inn. She is a Trustee of Farnham Castle. Louise lives in Richmond, and her interests include music, theatre and the arts generally, as well as politics and travel. She was appointed to the RACC Board in 2009.
After a spell in the City, Tim taught in secondary schools before teaching teachers at what is now Roehampton University. He has studied and worked in America and Pakistan, where he was principal of Edwardes College, Peshawar, from 1982 to 1987. He retired in 2002 after 11 years as Director of the Westminster Pastoral Foundation. He is currently a non-executive director of an NHS Mental Health Trust. He is a long-term resident of Kew, married with 3 adult children. He has been a regular student at RACC since he retired.
Alberto has a Masters in Industrial Engineering and an Executive MBA from the London Business School. After working initially in his native Spain, he moved to England in 2004 as a development manager of large retail and mixed use developments. After a period as a director of a leading London fund manager, in 2008 he was appointed director of an asset management company. He has several years’ experience of the formulation of business strategy, its approval and delivery gained while working in a number of European Countries as well as the UK, He and his wife have been Richmond residents for over five years, and share a personal interest in and commitment to further education. Alberto’s interests include diving, reading, languages and food, and he was appointed a Governor in September 2010.
Kevin is currently working with the Prospects group to develop their services. He set up an education and training consultancy in January 2008 and has worked on Further education mergers, leading on governance and management. He has also delivered Governance and Management training for the further education sector. Kevin has been a London Principal for eight years. In his last role he achieved outstanding for leadership and management and gained Beacon status for his College. He began his employment as a quality manager in paper manufacturing. He then went onto youth work in East London before entering further education. He began as a lecturer at Bournville College in Birmingham then worked in Leeds and became Deputy Principal at Chelmsford College in Essex in 1995. He then became Principal of Orpington College in south London and then Ealing Hammersmith and West London College. He has worked with the Open University for ten years as a tutor counsellor on a variety of social sciences courses. Delivered management programmes to the West Yorkshire Police, and contributed to social policy courses at Birmingham University. Kevin has been a south London Learning and Skills council member for the last six years, and has served on the London review for supported learning. He is passionate about the place of the student voice in colleges and continues to work closely in this area. He recently visited Beijing and Mumbai in order to make links with vocational Colleges and develop learning opportunities. Kevin was appointed to the Board of RACC in 2008.
Omkar Joshi is the CEO of Company Reporting, a fast-growing publishing business focussed on constantly changing financial reporting practices of public companies. Company Reporting has been influential in the monitoring and development of IFRS reporting for over two decades, and is the primary source of best practice research for professional and corporate accountants, regulators and academics throughout the world. Prior to joining Company Reporting, Omkar spent over 8 years working with Thomson Reuters, one of the largest publishers of tax and accounting information in the world, in a number of roles within Strategy and Finance. Omkar has several years of technical accounting expertise gained through previous senior management positions and as an independent consultant assisting companies such as Reuters, BBC, Chrysalis and CBS with their financial reporting, particularly IFRS implementations. Omkar holds an MBA with Distinction from the London Business School and is a KPMG-trained qualified accountant. He also holds a Bachelors degree with distinction from the Mumbai University. Conversant in four languages, Omkar is passionate about cricket and loves travelling.
Andrew is Professor of Molecular Immunology at Imperial College London, where he is also Director of both the Graduate School, which has more than 6000 Doctoral and Masters students, and the School of Professional Development, which oversees external short courses and the training of academics to teach. His laboratory conducts research on understanding how to manipulate the immune system to treat disease, in particular in relation to transplantation. In addition Andrew has a strong interest in the ethics and regulation of research, and is the Chair of the National Research Ethics Advisors’ Panel and a Trustee of Action Medical Research. He lives with his family in St Margarets, and was appointed to the board in October 2011.
A chartered accountant with a Masters degree in Finance from the London Business School, Naren worked in India and Africa before moving to England in July 2005. He worked initially as a financial analyst and manager for a leading commodities trading company. He joined Lehman Brothers (subsequently acquired by Nomura Investment Bank), where he worked on strategic reviews, mergers and acquisitions and finance-related projects across a number of sectors in Europe. Since March 2010, Naren has been a senior adviser for UK Financial Investments, a company set up to manage the UK Government’s investments in financial institutions including RBS, Lloyds, Northern Rock and Bradford & Bingley. Naren’s belief in the transformation potential of education is based on his own experience. Interested in cricket, reading and movies, Naren was appointed a Governor in September 2010.
Amanda is Chief Economist and Director of Analysis at the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS). Her previous job was as Chief Economist and Director for Children and Families at the Department for Work and Pensions. She has also been Chief Economist at the Office for National Statistics (ONS), and the Competition Commission, and has held senior posts with Oxera economic consultants, the Department for International Development (DFID), the European Commission, and HM Treasury. Amanda was on the Council of the Royal Economic Society; has recently been Treasurer of two other charities and Vice Chair of a fourth; and was runner up “UK Trustee of the Year”. She has extensive board level experience, and a keen interest in education and training, as well as a desire to make a contribution to her local community. Amanda has three children at local schools, and was appointed a Governor in 2010.
Mike qualified in medicine in 1968 and specialised in child and adolescent psychiatry. He ran an inpatient psychiatric unit for adolescents in Epsom until 2003 and is currently working part-time in the SW London and St Georges NHS Mental Health Trust. He has had a lifelong interest in the work of voluntary organisations and has been a professional advisor to Cruse and Relate. He was also a Governor at his children’s primary school in Kingston, where he still lives. Mike is married with two married children and is an enthusiastic RACC student. He became a student Governor of RACC in 2008.
David has almost thirty years experience of working in the voluntary and community sector, mainly in the health and social care sector. He was Director in a London Dial-a-Ride agency and has held principal posts in a number of organisations including Chelsea Social Council, and Age Concern in both Hackney and Wandsworth. David has been Chief Executive at Richmond Council for Voluntary Service (RCVS) since February 2007. David has worked as a trustee on a number of boards, was chair of a trade union branch for many years and chaired a housing association. As CEO at RCVS, David represents the voluntary sector on key planning structures including the Local Strategic Partnership, its Executive group, and performance management structures. David’s interests include Victorian literature and music. His main passion, however, is running - particularly long-distance - and he is a member of Worthing and District Harriers. He was appointed a Governor in September 2009.