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London (England), 27 July 2020 (12:00)—Higher education provider Global Banking School (GBS) announced today the appointment of Professor Ray Lloyd as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Professor Lloyd will assume the role beginning September 2020.

Professor Lloyd joins GBS from Leeds Trinity University, where he has served as Deputy Vice-Chancellor since 2013. A leading sports scientist, Professor Lloyd has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals (specifically in the area of human athletic performance), and previously worked with prominent sporting organisations such as Leeds United FC, Yorkshire County Cricket Club, the LTA Regional Academy in Leeds, and the Botswana Athletics Association.

“We are delighted to welcome Professor Lloyd as our new CEO,” said Dr Vishwajeet Rana, Chairman of the Executive Board. “Professor Lloyd has been a lifetime coach, great academic, and savvy administrator. The GBS community looks forward to benefitting from his experience as we move to the next stage in developing both international collaborations and furthering our work in widening participation.”

Dr Rana will remain on as GBS’s Chairman of the Executive Board.

Before joining Leeds Trinity University Professor Lloyd held academic posts at the University of Abertay (where he was Dean of the School for Social and Health Sciences) and Leeds Metropolitan University.

He holds a PhD and a Master’s degree in Sport Science from Leeds Beckett University, a PGCE from Goldsmiths, University of London, and a BSc in Mathematics from the University of Manchester.

Commented Professor Lloyd: “I am delighted to be appointed as CEO of GBS and look forward to contributing to the School’s growth and development as it seeks to offer high-quality educational opportunities to even more students from communities typically under-represented in higher education. I am particularly impressed by GBS’s student-centred approach and its focus on maximising the return on the investment of time and money made by students, and I hope to build on this further.”

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.”

Higher Education provider GBS announces the appointment of Dr Melissa Willby as Dean to its Executive Leadership Board, augmenting its governance and administration.

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 where she oversaw the day-to-day running of academic programmes, managed Student Services and maintained Mountbatten’s accreditation with the BAC. Prior to this, she was Dean at Hult International Business School where she oversaw the successful and rapid expansion of the academic programme and launched the Entrepreneurship major, keeping Hult competitive.

She was previously the Internship Director of Syracuse University’s London campus, where she developed an internship and service-learning initiative and introduced a community outreach programme. 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.

Higher Education provider GBS announces the appointment of a distinguished new member to its Advisory Board, bolstering its governance and scrutiny. Joining the Advisory Board is Sir Tim Lankester. 

Sir Tim Lankester studied economics at Cambridge and Yale. In 1966, he joined the World Bank as an economist, working in Washington, D.C. and then serving in the Bank’s New Delhi office. In 1973, he joined the British civil service. He held senior positions at the Treasury: Undersecretary for monetary and financial affairs, and then as Britain’s director on the boards of the IMF, the World Bank, and the European Investment Bank. Later, he served as Permanent Secretary in 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.

After retiring from the civil service in 1996, he became Director of the School of Oriental and African Studies in the University of London, from 2001 to 2009 he was President of Corpus Christi College, Oxford. During his time in Oxford, he chaired the Admissions Executive, the body responsible for the university’s undergraduate admissions system.

He chaired the Council of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine between 2008 and 2014. From 2007 to 2015 he chaired the governing body of the London Contemporary Dance Trust and was a board member of the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama. Earlier he was a governor of the Royal College of Music. For ten years he was a member of the UK-India Roundtable.

In the private sector, he has served on the boards of several major organizations: CGU plc (later renamed Aviva), Smith and Nephew plc, Mitchell and Butlers plc, and the London Metal Exchange. He chaired the board of the Simba Fund (a closed-end fund investing in Africa and managed by ING Baring) and was on the management advisory board of the private equity firm, Actis.

Currently, he is on the management board of the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Art and Culture at the University of East Anglia He is a member of the Joint Advisory Board of Georgetown University in Doha; vice-chairman of the Tokyo-based charity Worldwide Support for Development; chairman of the Wells Maltings Trust, a multi-arts center in Norfolk; and advisor on Indonesia with the consulting firm, Oxford Analytica.

He has lectured and published articles on international aid, the 2008 international banking crisis, and on the Indian and Indonesian economies. In 2012, his book – “The Politics and Economics of Britain’s Foreign Aid: the Pergau Dam Affair” – was published by Routledge.

Higher Education provider GBS announces the appointment of a prominent new member to its Advisory Board, enhancing its governance and scrutiny. Joining the Advisory Board is Mr Stanley Johnson.

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 UNEP Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals. He is a recipient of the Greenpeace award for Services to the Environment and the RSPCA Richard Martin Award for Outstanding Services to Animal Welfare.

He worked at the European Commission from 1973 to 1979 as Head of the Prevention of Pollution Division. He served as Senior Adviser to DG Environment and as Director of Energy Policy from 1984 to 1994. Following this he served as MEP for Wight and Hampshire until 1982. He also served on the staff of the World Bank.

Mr Johnson has been an adviser to Price Waterhouse Coopers, a director of an environmental consultancy called ERM and a trustee of the Earthwatch Institute.

He is an accomplished novelist and prize-winning poet. He has published numerous books about environmental issues, including the Politics of the Environment, the Earth Summit and the Environmental Policy of the European Communities. He has also published nine novels, including The Commissioner which was made into a film in 1998.

Mr Johnson previously wrote a weekly column for The Guardian and continues writing for various papers and magazines, often on environmental issues. He is a literary patron of The London Magazine. He has also written an autobiography entitled Stanley, I Presume, published in 2009.

The Financial University under the Government of the Russian Federation has won this year’s Global Valuation Olympiad.

Richard Bingley, Global Banking School’s Managing Director, said:

“From several hundred team bids, this year’s winning team showed high levels of competence across all of the panel judges criteria. We congratulate the Finance School and its team members on their fine presentation, as well as the clear thinking rationale that underpinned it. This result is not just a success for the team, but demonstrates the strengths of Russia’s government education system.”

Ten teams – including from business hubs in India, Germany and Ireland – presented at a high-pressured final event hosted in the Global Banking School’s headquarters, beside Canary Wharf, a leading global banking location.

Former investment banker and GBS founder, Dr Vishwajeet Rana led the team of four judges, all of whom hold significant corporate management and leadership experience.

There has been a lot of political activity and it has been confirmed that the EU leaders have agreed in principle for the UK to remain within the EU until the end of a new three-month extension (31st January 2020).

Although the political situation remains turbulent, the underpinning values and delivery approach of GBS remains consistent. With many employees and learners from diverse, communities, GBS remains committed to delivering our leading applied business education to those who pass our independent admissions process.

GBS remain committed to lobbying with our sector peers to ensure that any new arrangements provide a favourable and supportive environment for our students and staff, particularly in relation to supporting widening participation communities, as well as access to finance for education and mobility.

The new Withdrawal Agreement agreed by the Government with the EU, but not yet agreed by the UK Parliament, will mean:

  • EU citizens’ rights are guaranteed under the UK-EU settlement scheme for those arriving until the end of the Brexit transition period
  • Full UK participation in the Horizon 2020 and Erasmus research and student mobility schemes to the end of 2020
  • To date, formal UK association to Horizon Europe and Erasmus is being negotiated in a positive mode for post-2021 access

The final presentation of the Global Investment Banking Valuation Olympiad is upon us and the final candiates have been revealed!

Final presentation is at 10am on Friday 15th November 2019 at Republic – Import Building, 2 Glove Cres, Poplar, London E14 2BE

1 Andrey Zenin Financial University under the Government of the Russian Federation
2 Sai Shravanth Reddy Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani (Pilani Campus)
3 Pranjal Vaish Birla Institute Of Technology and Science, Pilani
4 Timo Paumen Heinrich-Heine Universität Düsseldorf
5 Gulsah Uslu Jacobs University Bremen
6 Akif Divrak Frankfurt School of Finance & Management
7 George Baskhaev CEMS (Graduate School of Management SPBU & University College Dublin)
8 Ojas Jhamb Shaheed Sukhdev College of business studies, University of Delhi
9 Sachit Mehrotra Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay
10 Amal Prabhakaran Indian Institute of Management, Raipur

Congratulations to candidates who have made it this far!

22 teams from university institutions around the world have successfully qualified for Stage 2 of the GBS ‘Global Valuation Olympiad’.

Richard Bingley, Manging Director of GBS, said: “Global Banking School hosts this competition each year for student teams who are tasked with valuing international firms. The finalists will come to London this Autumn and, judging from the excellent work that we have seen so far, this year’s final will be very competitive.”

Teams successfully through to Stage 2 are: