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Our Vision

Changing lives through education that makes a fundamental difference to living standards and access to learning.

Advisory Board

Our Advisory Board, comprising accomplished experts with a broad collective experience, assists us with making the best decisions for our students and partners. Our board members offer us advice and dynamic perspectives on the strategic direction and governance of the institute.

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Mr Stanley Johnson

Chairman of the Advisory Board

Mr. Stanley Johnson is a passionate environmentalist and advocate for animal welfare, and he continues to travel the world to speak on these pressing issues. He is an ambassador for the UNEP Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals. He is a recipient of the Greenpeace award for Services to the Environment.

He worked with the European Commission from 1973 to 1979 as Head of the Prevention of Pollution Division. Following this he served as MEP for Wight and Hampshire until 1982. He also served on the staff of the World Bank.

Mr. Johnson is an accomplished novelist and prize-winning poet.

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Sir Tim Lankester

Advisory Board Member

Sir Tim Lankester studied economics at Cambridge and Yale. In 1973, he joined the British Civil Service. He held senior positions at the Treasury: Under-Secretary for Monetary and Financial Affairs, and then as Britain’s Director on the boards of the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and the European Investment Bank.

Later, he served as Permanent Secretary of the Department for International Development, and finally in the Department for Education. From 1978 to 1981 he was Private Secretary (Economic Affairs) to Prime Ministers Callaghan and Thatcher. From 1981 to 1983 he was seconded from the Civil Service to the investment bank, S.G. Warburg. He was knighted for public service in 1994.

Sir Tim Lankester is also an accomplished author of several books on international aid and economics.

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Lady Gabriella Windsor

Advisory Board Member

Ella Windsor is a seasoned advisor and a writer. 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. Ella contributes to The London Magazine (literary periodical).

She has also written for The Daily Telegraph, the Evening Standard and Monocle Magazine amongst publications. Ella is involved with several philanthropic ventures. She is an Advisor to AMA Foundation for marine conservation in Mexico and a Board Director of the Playing for Change Foundation, a global non-profit organisation promoting music and arts education.

Ella is also a Director of Toucan Ventures, which supports creative entrepreneurs. She holds a BA in Comparative Literature from Brown University and an MPhil in Social Anthropology from Oxford.

Executive Leadership

Our leadership team advances our vision through strategic and operational oversight of our activities and direction. 

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Professor Don Pennington

Executive Board Member

Professor Donald Pennington has a career of over thirty years in UK Higher Education, working at a number of universities and latterly at the GBS in a senior management role as Director of Quality Enhancement. Professor Pennington has extensive experience with quality assurance, quality enhancement and partnership working, and is currently a reviewer for the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA).

He has worked for the GBS since 2017 and is a member of the School’s Executive Management Board. Previously, Professor Pennington was Pro-Vice Chancellor at Coventry University and, more recently, worked as Director of Quality and Academic Standards at the Institute of Education, University College London.

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Dr James MacAskill

Executive Board Member

Dr James MacAskill has experience of public and private sectors, holding senior management roles in Biotech, IT and Higher Education, ultimately as College Principal. Dr MacAskill’s career within Higher Education has focused on innovation and entrepreneurship in practice and learning.  He has directed business innovation, diversification and economic development projects across the UK and EU.

Currently, Executive Dean at GBS, his role oversees the School’s learning & teaching strategy. He is an external examiner at a number of universities, and his previous roles have included Special Advisor and Economic Advisor at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

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Dr Melissa Willby

Executive Board Member

Dr Melissa Willby brings with her 30 years’ experience in both American Study Abroad and UK Higher Education sectors. She is accomplished at developing quality programmes that bring businesses and NGOs into the classroom to enhance learning.

Dr Willby was formerly Academic Director of the Mountbatten Program in London, Dean at Hult International Business School and former Internship Director at Syracuse University’s London campus. Before this she was a lecturer at Richmond, the American International University in London. Her passion for education also manifested in her role as Director of the educational charity, the Rudolf Steiner Book Trust, for over twenty years. 

In her current role as Dean at GBS, Dr Willby is responsible for the School’s academic administration and external relations. She supports and promotes the highest quality educational programmes, research and public service.

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Dr Vishwajeet Rana

Chairman of the Executive Leadership

Dr Rana is the Chairman of our executive board. He completed his MBA from Ohio University and earned his MS and PhD from Stevens Institute of Technology. Dr Rana has executed a number of complex cross-border equity/debt structured investments and financing transactions in the UK, Canada, Australia, South Africa and Hong Kong jurisdictions while working at HSBC New York office. He enjoys evaluating different global education models and applying them to unlock the potential of students through Higher Education.

Policies and Procedures

This document sets out the principal policies and procedures that will form an essential part of the contract between the GBS and our students.

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Good practice

The QAA review team identified the following feature of good practice at GBS:

The strategic focus on employability and extensive careers support for students which enables them to develop their academic, personal and professional potential.

GBS is taking further actions to improve which can be found here

Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education in the UK

GBS has undergone an educational oversight monitoring visit by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) and have received its final report,
which is available in full at: QAA website

  • The maintenance of the academic standards of awards offered on behalf of degree-awarding bodies and/or other awarding organisations meets UK expectations.
  • The quality of student learning opportunities meets UK expectations.
  • The quality of the information about learning opportunities meets UK expectations.
  • The enhancement of student learning opportunities meets UK expectations.