Meet our governors
Alastair Da Costa
Executive Director, Nicholson McBride
Alastair has over 20 years’ experience developing teams in various sectors across the UK, Asia Pacific and the Middle East. He is an executive director of Nicholson McBride, one of Europe’s leading business psychology and leadership consultancies, which he joined following a career which has included roles as: Partner, Managing Director (for Asia Pacific and Middle East), Global Board and Executive member at international law firm DLA Piper where he also practised as a corporate lawyer, CEO of Prince’s Trust International which Alastair helped set up, and Chairman of Capital City College Group which through mergers in 2016 and 2017 became one of the largest further education college groups in the UK. Alastair is also Advisory Chair to Boyden, the global talent management firm, and he is a director/Council member of The London School of Economics. Alastair has a law degree from the University of Leeds, an MSc in Development Management from The London School of Economics and he is a qualified solicitor.
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.
Formerly Investment Director at Impetus – Private Equity Foundation
Amelia was most recently an Investment Director at Impetus Private Equity Foundation, a venture philanthropy funder, which she joined in 2005. Prior to that, Amelia was COO 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.
Dr Leslie Brissett JP
Principal Consultant & Company Secretary, Tavistock Insitute
Leslie has been involved in FE governance for over 20 years, having been a governor at College of North East London (where he was Vice Chair and acting Chairman), Sussex Coast College, Hastings and Westminster Kingsway College. He has held roles in NHS and charity governance, both at Non-Executive Director level and senior management. He has worked in and with large complex organisations, including two Chief Executive appointments. He leads on Board Dynamics for the Tavistock Institute and consults to Group Relations clients in China, Argentina, Peru, USA, Israel and across the EU. He is a leadership coach to senior teams in Government and at Board level in industry.
Fiona has worked as an independent consultant and researcher focussed mainly on the energy sector, international development and foreign direct investment, and has served as a board member of several not-for-profit organisations including CARE International UK, where she was vice chair. She is currently a director and chair of the audit committee of Forum for the Future and serves on the board of Transparency International UK and the Overseas Development Institute. She is also a member of the audit committee of the UK Department of International Development. She is a UK Chartered Accountant, has a PhD in international development and has lived and worked in India, Brazil and South Africa as well as the UK.
Head of HR at Process Systems Enterprise
Catherine has worked for a number of start-up and high growth research and technology businesses for over 20 years. She has experience in setting up HR for global organisations, creating consistent cultures and change management. She is currently Head of HR at Process Systems Enterprise, a global process modelling software and consultancy company. She was previously Global Head of People at Hall & Partners and before that worked as a Research Director in several market research companies, presenting consumer marketing insights about advertising and branding to FTSE 100 clients. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and holds a Social Psychology degree from Sussex University.
AoC Area Director - East & West Midlands
Shane has worked in further education for the last ten years and has held a number of roles in policy and campaigning in the sector, including Vice President (FE) and Deputy National President at the National Union of Students and now Head of Policy and Public Affairs at Learning and Work Institute. In that time, he has held other Board roles at City College Plymouth and Learning South West, and has completed a teacher training course at City and Islington College. Shane has a monthly column in sector newspaper FE Week where he writes about the latest developments in skills and employment policy from Westminster.
Chief Investment Officer, Elton Capital
Maarten serves as the Chief Investment Officer of a single-family investment firm. In addition to his full-time responsibilities, Maarten retains a number of non-executive and charitable board positions. Maarten holds an Executive MBA from Columbia Business School & London Business School, and a Masters in Economics from the Erasmus University in Rotterdam.
Lord David Triesman
Executive Director of Salamanca Group and Member of the House of Lords
David has extensive commercial and political experience at senior levels in business and government. By training an economist, he holds visiting fellowships at Warwick, the LSE and Cambridge Universities and is a Doctor of Laws. He is on the Governing Council of the University of Northamptonshire. Currently he is an Executive Director at Salamanca Merchant Bank and Chairman of Funding Affordable Homes and Mandela Concerts, and a Non-Exec Director of Havin Bank and Salamanca Topaz (real estate).
He formerly chaired The Football Association and Templewood Merchant Bank and was on the Board of Wembley National Stadium and Advisory Board of UBS. In political life, after serving as General Secretary of the Association of University Teachers, David assumed responsibility for the Prime Minister’s political organisation (2001-2004) and has served as Under-Secretary of State in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and subsequently in the Department of Innovation, Universities and Skills. He held Ministerial roles in Energy, Business, Higher Education and Europe. He is a Lord in Waiting to HM the Queen; and plays rock and blues guitar.”
Keith Brown MBE
Keith worked for 40 years in economics, finance and investment management. He was Chairman and CEO of WorldInvest which he founded through a management buyout from the Bank of America, and has been a Director of Union PLC, New Star Institutional Managers and Great Gaddesden Wines. He was the Chairman of the Board of The College of Haringey, Enfield and North-East London before it became part of CCCG, was a Director of the Haringey Enterprise Board, is a Trustee of the Tottenham Foundation (an education charity) and a Member of the Haringey Local Government Pension Scheme Board. He has a BA in Economics from the University of Nottingham.
Chief Executive, Tottenham Hotspur Foundation
Sarah was appointed Chief Executive of the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation, the football club’s charitable body, in April 2018. She has worked for over 20 years at senior level in local and regional government including roles at the London Boroughs of Lewisham, Hackney and Islington, and as Deputy Chief Executive of the London Development Agency and director at the Government Office for London. In addition, she has provided a range of project management, strategy development, facilitation and coaching services on a self-employed basis. Sarah chairs the Newlon Housing Trust, and was previously chair of the Bernie Grant Arts Centre and the Stephen Lawrence Trust.