Sir David Bell
Chair of Trustees
Sir David Bell is also a non-executive director of The Economist and is Chairman and board member of numerous organisations and universities. David was educated at Cambridge University and the University of Pennsylvania. He received his knighthood for services to industry, the arts and charity.
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Luke is the SVP, Direct to Consumer at The Walt Disney Company, joining the company in January of this year. Prior to that Luke served as Chief Marketing Officer for Sky UK & Ireland, responsible for brand strategy and all product and content marketing across Sky’s TV, broadband and mobile businesses. He also previously worked at BBC Worldwide as Head of Strategy and then Managing Director and at media consultancy Spectrum Strategy Consultants.
Philip Graf CBE
Philip Graf CBE is Chairman of CfBT Education Trust, a leading education consultancy, and an associate of Praesta Partners LLP. He is also Vice Chairman of Crisis. He has worked extensively in various sectors, including culture, media and sport, finance, and journalism.
Philip graduated with a degree in Law from Cambridge University.
Mike Green is the Chief Operating Officer of the Department for Education (DfE) and Director General of the Operations directorate. He joined DfE in 2012. Mike is a member of the Department for Education board, audit and risk committee, implementation committee and the department’s leadership team.
Mike is a graduate of the Major Projects Leadership Academy (MPLA) at Saïd Business School, Oxford University and is Senior Responsible Officer for two of the department’s major programmes.
Before joining the Civil Service, Mike was a civil engineer and spent his career in the private sector working for companies such as Boots.
Josh Krichefski is currently CEO EMEA at MediaCom, the UK's largest and most successful media and communications agency. He is responsible for developing the agency's strategic business plan each year and ensuring it is delivered. In 2013 Josh conceived and executed a full company re-structure which has significantly benefitted the agency in terms of both effectiveness and efficiency.
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Human Resources Trustee
Fiona is Chief Operating Officer at UCL and is responsible for Professional Services including finance, IT, estates, HR, legal, procurement and the Shared Services Centre.
Prior to joining UCL, Fiona looked after the HR, Communications, Corporate Responsibility and Business Excellence teams for Compass Group UK & Ireland.
Fiona also has extensive experience of HR management and operations at retailers including Comet, Dixons and Asda, where she established new apprenticeship and graduate programmes to benefit young people and early career colleagues.
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Lord Newby has been an adviser to The Talent Foundry since its inception in May 2009, and was subsequently elected as a Trustee.
Lord Newby is leader of the Liberal Democrat Group in the House of Lords, and has previously worked for the Lib Dems as Treasury Spokesperson, Government Deputy Chief Whip and Chief Whip. He has also worked extensively in consultancy and communications.
Sarah Richardson has been an Ambassador at The Talent Foundry for a number of years. She is group editor at Research Professional News, a leading global specialist research and higher education news service published by Ex Libris. She also has overall responsibility for all editorial coverage in the regional titles Research Fortnight, Research Europe and Research Africa, and regularly appears as a conference speaker on issues relating to higher education and research policy.
Her broader journalistic experience includes work for the New Statesman and arts publication Three Weeks, and she co-edited the 2014 annual report for homelessness charity CRASH. She studied English at the University of Cambridge.
Mohsen Ojja is the Deputy CEO of The Mossbourne Federation. He was Principal of The Crest Academy and has been promoted to the roles of Regional Education Director and National Education Director at E-ACT. His career history, including being an integral part of our Headteacher Advisory Group for a number of years, has given him a unique insight into the work needed to support The Talent Foundry in its next phase. He understands complex communities and has an uncompromising commitment to social justice, the equality of opportunities for all and to closing the gaps in schools.
Duncan Scott is a Director in PwC’s Risk practice, specialising in the resilience of banks’ operations and their risk management approaches.
Duncan leads some of PwC’s most significant banking projects in these areas, including the support of a number of the UK Government's Covid-19 support schemes and advising the world's largest banks in implementing upcoming regulation.
Duncan was previously an Ambassador for The Talent Foundry before making the transition into the role of Trustee.