Trustee Name Brief Biography

Bill Watkin CBE

Appointed March 2017

  • Chair of Trustees
  • CEO of the Sixth Form Colleges Association
  • Daily working with ministers and officials to inform and shape education policy initiatives and developments
  • Stakeholder engagement and representation with media, regulatory authorities, unions and professional associations
  • Formerly Director of Academies at SSAT, delivering the DfE’s Academy Support Programme
  • Author and editor of a number of publications on big issues in education

Ash Ali

Appointed September 2019

  • Chief Executive Officer
  • History and Politics Teacher - 2003 onwards
  • Advanced Skills Teacher New Technologies 2005 onwards
  • Senior school leader in London schools since 2008
  • Led the development for Richmond Council of curriculum provision for post-16 education across all borough schools.
  • Headteacher of Chessington School from 2015

Han Ley Tang

Appointed June 2020

  • Vice Chair of Trustees. Finance and Risk & Audit Committees.
  • Currently the Chief Information Officer of Clarion Housing Group. With 360,000 residents in 125,000 homes and a presence in more than 170 local authorities, Clarion Housing is the UK's largest housing association. 
  • Expertise in digital transformation, with previous roles at AJW Aviation, VetCT, UBS, PwC, and Deloitte.
  • Fellow of the British Computing Society. 
  • Degree in Natural Sciences from Trinity College, University of Cambridge

Isabella Donnelly

Appointed March 2021

  • Standards and Performance Committee
  • Entrepreneur, Co-founder, and former Managing Director of a leading education marketing consultancy
  • Currently running own education consultancy business, including coaching and mentoring
  • Accomplished and renowned trainer in the field of strategic education marketing
  • Recently launched a new creative upcycling business
  • Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing
  • Governor for Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • Non-Executive Director of an IT recruitment agency
  • Volunteer for several local charities including Teddington & Hampton Wick Voluntary Care and Kingston NHS Hospital
  • Published author

Julian Knott

Appointed June 2020

  • Finance and Risk and Audit Committees
  • CEO of Monte Alto Solutions - a Strategic Consultancy and Systems Integrator (specialising in the Travel, Tourism, Transportation and Hospitality Industry and wider ecosystem).
  • Combining Boardroom strategy / IT strategy / Marketing strategy / transformation and change / employee management engagement and connectivity / futureproofing / leading edge IT and cloud
  • Specialist consultant/ trainer on ESG/ CSR and GDPR and corporate culture
  • Providing Training services to IATA for Management in the Travel sector
  • Chair of Grey Court School (previously Chair of Fern Hill School)
  • Formerly Chair of Inspire Hounslow - Charity focussed on programmes benefitting disadvantaged / disenfranchised young people
  • Advisory Board member of Springboard - charity focussed on benefitting young people joining the Hospitality sector
  • RNLI Teddington - DLA and Admin manager
  • Background: leadership roles in Global Travel organisations based in the UK, US and Middle East, MD Dynorod (Director British Gas) / Franchise Organisations
  • Background Charity organisations: Community Initiatives Partnerships  Operations Director  / plus long term board level project roles in Marie Curie / Victim support / VSO and Help the Hospices

Clare Webb

Appointed January 2021

  • Finance and Risk and Audit Committees
  • Recently retired from role as Managing Director, Global Banking, BNP Paribas, UK
  • Trustee for Reigate and Banstead Community Fund
  • Specialised in managing client relationships with large multinational and utility companies
  • Experienced in risk management and knowledge of financial markets
  • Track record in business development and negotiations
  • Extensive stakeholder management and leadership role in a multicultural environment
  • Responsibility for budget setting and monitoring
  • Member of BNP Paribas UK Sustainability Committee
  • Previously board member of National Skills Academy Financial Services, NSAFS, and volunteer at Staywell charity

Symeon Dagkas

Appointed January 2022

  • Standards and Performance Committee
  • Provost and chief academic officer at St Mary's University
  • Responsible for overseeing all academic activity across the University's three faculties.
  • Provides leadership in defining and advancing the University's vision, mission, and priorities for student experience, learning, teaching, academic partnerships, research, and workload distribution for academic staff.  
  • Previously served as head of the School of Human and Life Sciences at Canterbury Christ Church University.  He has also served as director of Research and Deputy Associate Dean, Research at the University of East London, as well as head of the Sport Pedagogy Department in Birmingham University's School of Education, where he spent 13 years in various roles.

Clair Craven

Appointed March 2021

  • Standards and Performance Committee, Designated Safeguarding Trustee
  • Marketing Consultant with over 20 years experience in ICT growth organisations. 
  • Board Director with leadership roles in global sales, marketing and product development 
  • Senior level experience of aviation, financial services, banking and public sector; defence, health and education
  • Post grad diploma in Professional Marketing (CIM), Diploma in digital and interactive marketing (IDM). BA Hons Business Studies.
  • LLG & Chair of Governor’s to two Surrey Infant schools

Mo El Guindi

Appointed January 2021

  • Chair of Finance Committee
  • Chairman and CEO of Bluekeep Investments, a private asset management company
  • Previously worked for over 30 years in various international investment banking roles, latterly with Credit Suisse.  
  • Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA)
  • Director, Roehampton Club
  • Member of Committee that helped create an attractive children’s playground in Barnes in conjunction with Richmond Council
  • Adviser to the philanthropy team at the British Red Cross
  • Treasurer for Barnes Cricket Club


  • Standards and Performance Committee


  • Risk and Audit Committee