Afshan Baksh - CEO
Specialism: International and UK Education, Leadership, Business Development, Coaching
22 years of leadership roles in education and the private sector. I’ve developed an expertise in a range of areas from quality, change management, teaching and learning, leadership development and coaching. My many roles have allowed me to develop a good overview of how organisations run and how best to build capacity in staff to achieve organisational goals.
Snowdon Reid - Associate Director, Partnerships
Specialism: UK and International VET Sector – Project Management, International Student Recruitment, Setting up Infrastructure and Operating Overseas Campuses, Overseas Market Intelligence, Securing international education opportunities.
I have worked at both national and international levels across my specialisms and now accumulated over 25 years experience in a wide range of roles from deputy CEO to director to senior management within education. As a former director of the board at UKCISA (UK Council for International Student Affairs) I was directly involved in lobbying for the benefit of international students in the UK. I have won awards from Birmingham City Council for global collaboration and the British Council for successful delivery of international skills projects. I am an experienced international key note speaker at several international conferences and was vice-chair of the AoC’s (Association of Colleges) International Development Unit for TVET.
Louise Taylor - Associate Specialist
Specialism: International and UK vocational education, English language development, Leadership and Management and Staff Development, Teacher Education, Quality Improvement, Observation and development of Teaching and Learning, Coaching
I have 25 years of experience in a wide-range of roles within further and English language education from teaching to senior management in UK and overseas. I have worked on a range of national projects and research including observation of teaching and learning. I was awarded a NIACE tutor of the year award and received a University of Westminster Fellowship for excellence in teaching and learning. Recent projects have included whole-organisational development, management programmes and strategic planning and quality improvement in London further education colleges.
Richard Hollywood - Associate Specialist
Specialisms: Strategic Leadership & Change Management, Technical and Vocational Education and Training, Individual and Team Development, Coaching and Mentoring, Quality Improvement Strategy and implementation
I am a senior educational advisor and consultant with over 24 years’ experience in a range of leadership and management roles within further & higher education in the UK and the Middle East. During that time I have achieved performance improvement at curriculum, business support and organisational levels and driven large and complex projects including major building and accommodation plans, staffing restructures and college mergers. I have experience of strategic formulation and execution; quality improvement; achieving growth and diversifying income; innovative curriculum design and learning; and strategic leadership in Further and Higher Education (including Apprenticeships).
Isabel Nunes - Expert External Advisor
Specialism: EU programmes, Project Management, Development of Innovation, Quality Assurance, External Evaluation, Education and Training, Counselling, Business Coaching, Mentoring
With educational background in Clinical Psychology, HR Management and Science of Emotions and certification as trainer and business coach, I have accumulated over 15 years of experience in Portugal and Austria as project manager, responsible for proposals development, contents design, team mentoring, coordination of transnational partnerships and engagement of stakeholders. My key areas of expertise are related with EU frameworks and tools, creativity and innovation, human capital development, career development, work-life balance, youth and adult education, community empowerment, social inclusion, migration, interculturality, soft skills.
Michael Geddes - Associate Specialist
Specialism: Project Management & Small Medium Enterprise Procurement specialist
Specialising in developing strategic relationships working with International private and public sector organisation, delivering large scale European Regional Development Funded (ERDF) programmes on best practice approaches when developing local supply chains and procurement contract opportunities for local businesses. He also works as a business mentor to Start-ups, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMES) using best practice procurement and supply chain methodologies to enable them to become ‘fit to compete’ for private and public sector contracts. Through this private and public sector engagement and SME advisory model, he has been able to broker multi-million pound contracts.
Somanah Achadoo – Associate Director
Specialism: International and UK Education, EU and International Funding, Business Development, Coaching
An experienced and adaptable consultant with a proven track record over the past 15 years of leading and delivering ambitious targets in various sectors such as education & training, housing, immigration, charity and public sectors, at a local, regional, national, European and international level. I have experience in Financial, Operations, Human Resources, Change, Marketing and Project & Programme Management as well as Fundraising & Income Generation, Business Strategy and Quality Assurance. I am also supporting organisations through coaching and mentoring including peer mentoring. My brief is on capacity building and organisational development, i.e. supporting and training staff, managers, volunteers and board of trustees.
Henna Stone - Office Manager
Specialism: Project Management, Accounting, Training and Development, Business Development for SMEs
I started my career at British Airways in Marketing and Operations and went on to have success in Banking and Project Management roles before eventually setting up and running my own company for over 10 years. I have invested in my personal development by gaining teaching qualifications. I hope to bring a well organised, multi-talented methodology to my role at Evolve Global Solutions Ltd.