Month: May 2020

Dear Colleagues,

I hope you are all safe. I wanted to take this opportunity first of all to thank you for your continued hard work and good spirit during these unprecedented times. I also wanted to share with you briefly some highlights of GBS’s response since the UK Government announced new COVID-19 measures on 23rd March 2020:

  • GBS was able to switch to 100%-Live online teaching within four business days of the Government lockdown announcement.
  • I had pledged with all of you when I addressed you that GBS will be standing with you in this difficult time, even though we had very little information of this unfolding disaster, and I am happy to report to you that we have stood together. During the last two months GBS has paid full salaries to all employees; this included employees who were sick during this period for more than four days and would ordinarily have received statutory sick pay (SSP).
  • GBS has not signed up for the Government’s ‘furlough’ scheme and has not claimed any taxpayer money from the UK Government during this time. This is our way to say # THANK YOU!

Following our Prime Minister’s address to the nation, GBS will remain alert and maintain social distancing at work. Please note that you are more than welcome to work from the campus if required. HR team will be sharing more information on transitioning back to the office during this week.

We are observing the same level of engagement from our students, and I take this opportunity to say thank you to you for maintaining the high level of teaching and individual support, in order to keep them moving forwards in their studies without interruption.

Best wishes,



Lady Gabriella Windsor, a consultant, writer and philanthropist has joined the advisory board of higher education provider GBS.

Lady Gabriella holds a BA in Comparative Literature from Brown University and an MPhil in Social Anthropology from Oxford University.

As a consultant, she advises Latin American companies expanding into the UK, and vice versa. She draws from her experience living in the region and from her work with Latin America’s public and private sectors over the past twelve years.

As a writer, under her byline Ella Windsor, Lady Gabriella contributes to The London Magazine (literary periodical). She has also written for The Daily Telegraph, the Evening Standard and Monocle Magazine amongst publications.

Lady Gabriella is involved with several philanthropic ventures. She is an Advisor to the AMA Foundation for marine conservation in Mexico and a Board Director of the Playing for Change Foundation, a global non-profit organization promoting music and arts education. Lady Gabriella is also a Director of Toucan Ventures, which supports creative entrepreneurs.

“GBS is keen to develop a diverse board, with representation from different sectors beyond financial services,” said Dr. Vishwajeet Rana, Chairman of the Executive Board. “We are delighted and honored to be joined by Lady Gabriella, who will bring her unique background and experience. We look forward to working with her and benefiting from her counsel and input, which will no doubt strengthen the Board and bolster GBS’s commitment to changing lives through education.”