The Board

The Board

London Learning Consortium (LLC) benefits from a highly experienced Board of Non-Executive Directors (NEDs). The role of the Board is to set directions, establish policies, ensure accountability, and provide leadership that enhances developments and supports learners at LLC. The Board draws a clear line between governance and management and operates at a strategic level.

The Board is made up of NEDs, the CEO and executive team and a staff representative. NEDs are appointed for a three-year period (after which they can be re-elected). They collectively bring a rich range of expertise, ensuring an appropriate balance of skills, knowledge and experience provides both support and constructive challenge.

The Board meets formally four times a year. Between meetings, Board members serve on one of the Board’s three committees – Quality Curriculum and Performance, Growth and Business Development or Finance, Audit and Risk. Board members may also be asked to assist with matters on an ad hoc basis.

At meetings, Board members are expected to provide support and constructive challenge based on an impartial assessment of the available facts and hence act and vote according to conscience and judgment. On a less formal basis, Board members support LLC events and functions and are its advocates within the wider community.

Dr Calvin Pike 

Chair of the Board. Interim Chair of the Quality Curriculum and Performance Committee (QCAP)

  • Appointed as Chair of the Board in 2019, Calvin brings the same passion to enable all learners to realise their potential that has fired his career in education over four decades.
  • An invited Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
  • From life as a teacher, he has enjoyed roles as MBA course director, lecturer and Dean of the College of Teachers and leadership positions in schools, a local authority and as an inspector.
  • His business experience grew quickly in starting his own company which won Ofsted, DfE, TDA and other client contracts to support schools and education organisations in the UK and overseas.
  • Since his role as Director of Inspections for S.E. England, Calvin has had a busy but exciting time as a consultant to Multi-Academy Trusts, Free Schools, Local Authorities, Challenge Partners, and a range of schools in the maintained and independent sectors.
  • He has been a member of various boards before being attracted to LLC by its focus on making a positive difference for individuals, communities, and society as a whole.
  • Happily married with two adult sons, Calvin loves the arts in all forms and tries to find time for swimming, Latin dancing, fair-weather gardening, international travel, and practising Italian.

Lola Barrett 

Vice-Chair of the Board

  • As a former CEO of a leading South London specialist housing Charity for over 25 years, Lola brings substantial expertise.
  • She has extensive people management and leadership skills, an Inspirational Mentor, and a high-level influencer. Her presentation helped the Borough win the prestigious MJ Award Best Achieving Council.
  • As an experienced Chair, Lola oversaw the production of a ground-breaking Strategic Plan for a local BAME Network of Charities.
  • She is able to undertake clear and focused risk assessments – examples of which enabled the Charity to demonstrate how they had exercised leadership and forward-thinking in the aftermath of any incident.
  • Successful collaborator – being regularly invited to partner government and council senior officers.
  • Interests – Socialising, travel, planning and design, long walks, events, table tennis.

John M de C Hoare

Vice-Chair of the Board. Chair of the Finances, Audit & Risk Committee (FARC)

  • John is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and a Member of the Institute of Export.
  • His rich background includes educational and fine art publishing; international development finance; natural and made-made textile manufacturing in UK and Europe; the oil industry (Arabian Gulf); interior contracting (Middle East and North Africa) and, the supply of agricultural, educational, and emergency aid requirements for projects financed by the World Bank, IFAD, IDA and other aid agencies.
  • Company Secretary of a primary trading charity engaged in publishing hard-copy and electronic directories, online subscription funding websites, courses, seminars, training, and research for the charitable and not for profit sector.
  • Self-employed offering part-time interim financial and commercial management services.
  • John’s interests are good company, theatre, cinema, fine art, sculpture, visiting historic houses or sites, classical music, classical ballet, history, geopolitics, watching Formula 1 motor racing.

Ingrid Blades 

Vice-Chair of the Quality, Curriculum and Performance Committee (QCAP)  

  • Ingrid has Board level experience spanning private and not for profit sectors.
  • Following an early career in the NHS, successfully transitioned to the commercial world, and has held senior executive roles in a number of sectors, including pharma, IT, and finance.
  • Her international career includes being the Global Director for Strategy & Change for Cap Gemini Ernst & Young, USA.
  • She served as Amnesty International’s Director of Transformation when they reorganised world operations to build their capabilities in the global south.
  • More recently Ingrid has combined these experiences with her professional background in psychology and human behaviour, focussing her work on mental health and wellbeing in organisations and communities.
  • She joined LLC inspired by its commitment to link strategic planning and governance to enhance outcomes for all.

Jonathan Buttriss 

  • Having built his first computer as a 10-year old, Jon started his working career as a simulations programmer but quickly moved into the world of service transformation in major multinationals.
  • He is recognised as a highly successful international executive leader in the fields of Change Leadership, Digital Transformation and Learning & Development.
  • Over the last 30 years, Jon has led successful growth and transformations of commercial, charitable, and public-sector organisations delivering strategic purpose and customer value.
  • Currently works as a Head of Service Transformation, Revenue Service for the States of Guernsey and spends time volunteering as a Non-Executive Director for community interest organisations such as LLC and the International Institute of Business.
  • Other interests include Charitable fund-raising; attending (and occasionally playing) all types of sports; listening, especially to music (although he can’t play a note); and Learning each and every day from Life’s journey.

Sue Campbell 

Vice-Chair of the Finances, Audit & Risk Committee (FARC)

  • A strategic Business Leader with over 25 years of financial management, operational leadership and consulting experience in professional services, recruitment process outsourcing (RPO) & talent acquisition advisory.
  • Born and raised in Australia, Sue moved to London in 2000. In 2010, she relocated to Hong Kong for 8 years as Managing Director Asia for Korn Ferry Professional Services. During her time in Asia, she was also a Board Director and Vice-Chair of a charity focussed on delivering legal and counselling services to victims of human trafficking.
  • Inspired by creating a solution to plastic pollution, in 2018 she returned to the UK to launch KIND2, a range of solid, plastic-free shampoo and conditioner.

Deborah Collier 

  • Deborah is an influential strategic futurist business and education leader with 18-years of company director experience.
  • She has 14-years’ experience developing and delivering professional skills programs and certifications, and built an online educational membership network acquiring over 100,000 business leaders, department heads and professionals around the globe.
  • As a joint CEO / CMO she was listed in Richtopia’s ‘Top 100 Most Influential Marketing Officers in the World’.
  • She is known internationally for strategy & digital business, having developed commercial marketing, business, information, and digital strategies for over 20-years, delivering strategic advice and training to leaders and teams at government ministries and organisations, blue-chip companies, and SMEs around the globe.
  • Her strategic accomplishments include the creation of a global industry-recognised Awarding Body for Advanced Digital and Business Skills, a Digital Governance Framework and Strategic Planning Frameworks & Methodologies for digital business, marketing and advertising used by leaders and professionals at government ministries and organisations, blue-chip companies, start-ups, and SMEs around the globe.
  • Successful strategy and completion of group restructures to support optimisation, growth and investment.
  • With several years’ organisational policy-making experience and expertise, she has appeared as an expert on Channel 4 News and live radio.
  • Deborah contributes a wide range of industry experience and skills and is the President & Founder of the Digital Skills Authority and an Executive Producer in Film & TV.
  • Invited Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Member of Mensa.
  • Passionate about a positive future enabled by technology, linguistics, the arts, innovation, and creativity, she also enjoys writing, music, dancing, science and future tech, art and design, architecture, fashion, backgammon, languages, travel, scuba diving, hiking, and good food.

Mel Nebhrajani 

Vice-Chair of the Growth and Business Development Committee (GBDC)

  • Mel is a qualified barrister who practised in chambers until 1998 with specialisms in property, charity and trusts. She joined the Government Legal Service in 1998, spending a year at the Charity Commission. Since then, she has advised a variety of departments including the Cabinet Office and Number 10.
  • From 1999 to 2001 Mel was a junior lawyer at the Education Department and returned in 2008 spending 6 years as a Deputy Director where she headed up a number of different legal teams, including the team advising on the careers service, those Not in Education, Employment or Training, and on Further Education. She was the Legal Director at the Department of Health and Social Care from 2016 to 2020, most recently leading the legal work in support of the department’s COVID-19 response. Since November 2020 she has been Director of Litigation, the largest Group in the Government Legal Department, leading litigation across all Whitehall departments.
  • Mel has four children and, because of them and her work at the Education Department, she is passionate about how education makes the key difference to the lives of individuals and the progress of our society as a whole. She is herself a committed lifelong learner and is currently learning Mandarin at the City Lit, London.
  • Mel was shortlisted for the Asian Women of the Year Award 2020 and was highly commended by the judges for her public service.
  • In the 2021 New Year’s Honours list, Mel was appointed Companion of the Bath (CB).

Keith Smith 

Chair of the Growth and Business Development Committee (GBDC)

  • Keith brings over forty years of commercial business experience to LLC.
  • As an experienced international business leader, he has successfully launched and grown a number of US technology companies in the UK and Europe, holding positions as Managing Director, VP of EMEA and President of the Board. Extensive experience in mergers, acquisitions, and joint ventures.
  • Managed and grew a multi-million dollar training business as Director of Oracle Education, working on the UK, EMEA and US education management teams. Keith then moved into education technologies launching an early version of a Learning Management System, eLearning platforms and dynamic content creation tools. Keith holds a passion to promote life-long learning and making it easily available to everyone.
  • A Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, with experience in sales, marketing, operations, and finance.
  • In recent years has been working with start-up organisations in Europe and Asia, who are focusing on developing environmental solutions to combat, waste management, pollution, and climate changes.

Jermaine Sterling 

  • Jermaine is an experienced housing specialist plying his trade within Local Authorities and a Housing Association for over 15 years.
  • Has extensive experience in leadership and is a Director of Operations within a Housing Association in Kent.
  • He has strong interests in mental health, technological innovation, youth engagement and social inequality. Jermaine is a big believer and absolutely committed in ensuring younger people have a voice in their future, and tackling and discussing current issues.
  • Jermaine is also a Trustee for the Mary Seacole Trust where he is Chair of their Education Committee.
  • He is a big football fan, with a strong love for Motorsport, in particular MotoGP and an avid and experienced skater and skier.
  • As a younger Non-Exec Director, Jermaine joined us to continue supporting our LLC Board to better reflect our local communities, stakeholders, and students.

Malcolm Weston 

Nominated NED for Safeguarding

  • Malcolm is Chairman of the Governing Committee at an Academy; Associate Governor at a maintained High School; and, a Trustee of the Charity Youth Experience in Sports.
  • He was former Chairman of British Telecom (BT) Ethnic Minority Network whose aim was to develop a network of successful, positive, self-empowered employees that add value to the business and contribute to the community.
  • With an M.Sc. n Business Systems Analysis and Design. Malcolm’s career has spanned various fields from engineering, electronic services, project management development to business systems transformation.
  • Charged with a passionate about learning and enabling opportunities for all he started a school mentoring programme for Years 10 and 11 students with the aim of inspiring young people and raise their aspirations by introducing them to business professionals from similar backgrounds.
  • Malcolm is interested in all sports: Captain at a rowing club and participant in badminton, golf, and the occasional game of dominoes.

Andy Wilson 

  • Andy was involved with establishing the London Learning Consortium and was Chair from 2007 to 2016. He brings experience from 16 years of architectural practice encompassing local, regional, and national government and private practice.
  • Thanks to a mid-career switch and qualifications in Youth Work and Counselling he also brings extensive experience of working with young people in open, targeted, residential, and training settings.
  • From 1997 to 2007, he was Chief Executive of City YMCA which he grew from a one-building project with a turn-over of £700k to a four-building project with a turn-over of £3.5m.
  • He gained a wealth of experience, and enthusiasm, in working with the wider not-for-profit sector and moved to be CEO of Sutton Centre for the Voluntary Sector.
  • Now retired, he continues to exercise his passion for the not-for-profit sector through advising on governance issues and organisational development and has various trustee positions with charities, including a YMCA and the London Learning Foundation of which he is Chair.

During the Christmas holidays, LLC offices will be closed from the 18th December 2020 and we will re-open the 4th January 2021.

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.