Sir Roger Fry CBE
Sir Roger Fry was born in Portsmouth and educated in London and entered the teaching profession. In 1969, he founded King’s College, The British School of Madrid. He subsequently founded eight other schools in four countries: The United Kingdom, Spain, Panama and Latvia.
From 1996 to 2011 he was chairman of the Council of British International Schools and is now its President. He served as a Director of the Independent Schools Council for four years. He is a Governor of The Royal Grammar School Worcester, and a member of the Education Advisory Group of the British Council. He holds an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Portsmouth and is an Honorary Fellow of Trinity College Oxford.
In 2012 he was awarded a knighthood for his services to UK Education Internationally.
Sir Roger Chairs the Board of Trustees for King’s Group Academies.
Mrs Elena Benito
Ms Elena Benito is the CEO of the King’s Group, which she joined in 2011. Prior to joining our Group, she worked as CFO for Zed Latam, and Finance Director for Monsanto in Spain and Portugal. Ms Benito trained as a Chartered Accountant at Deloitte in both Spain and the UK, and is a member of the Spanish Institute of Chartered Accountants. She has a degree in Economics and Business Administration from the San Pablo CEU University of Madrid, and a degree in Law from the UNED. She won her MBA from ESADE in 2009.
Mr Graham Best
Graham Best is the highly experienced teacher and, most recently, Principal of St. John’s College, Southsea and also a Governor of Highbury College in Portsmouth. As an ISI Inspector he brings considerable experience in the running of highly successful schools.
Miss Sue Collins
Finance Director (Non-Voting)
Sue Collins has worked as a finance lead for both standalone academies and MATs since the programme started. She has many years’ experience of productively discussing finance with Principals, governors and other senior colleagues, for whom financial management is not their natural environment. Sue is also widely experienced in procurement and supports both the Board and local governing bodies.
Mr Michael Cooper OBE
Michael Cooper has had a distinguished career in education in England in both the independent and maintained sectors, as well as in Schools overseas in Europe in Africa and Asia. After a Headship of a 1,200 pupil secondary school in East Sussex he became Principal of the British School in the Netherlands, a 3-18 school on four sites with 1,400 pupils on the roll. From there he returned to the UK as Head of The Latymer School, Edmonton, London, with 1,350 pupils including a sixth form of 440. He has been a governor of Middlesex University and is currently Chair of the Peninsular Learning Trust, a MAT in Cornwall.
Dr Alan Davison
Alan Davison has extensive experience in English state education. He was headteacher of Dame Alice Owen’s School for 11 years, building it into one of the most successful state schools in England. As well as serving as our Education Trustee, Alan works extensively for the DfE, advising on free school bids, and brokering support for schools in challenging circumstances.
Dr Amanda Harris
Amanda Harris is an experienced HR professional and a Chartered Occupational Psychologist. She has extensive experience of both private and public sector HR working at all levels up to and including Group Director. Amanda has extensive international experience having spent six years as head of HR at the Institute of Ismali Studies for the Aga Khan.
Cllr. Michael John Holloway OBE
Michael John Holloway was British Ambassador to the Republic of Panama between 2011-2013 before leaving the UK’s Diplomatic Service to pursue other interests. In addition to being a Board Member of the King’s Group, he is currently a Special Representative of the Foreign Secretary, and a District and Town Councillor for the District of Dover, and town of Sandwich respectively.
Mr Nigel Lelew
Nigel Lelew is an experienced civil engineer. With extensive experience in high worth technical bids with Balfour Beatty, he brings a knowledge of capital programs and has a particular expertise in school builds. Nigel advises the Board on estates and property matters.
Mrs Dianne Smith
Interim Chief Executive Officer
Di is an expert strategic leader and change manager with 40 years experience in the public service sector. She had an outstanding career as a school head before joining the Training and Development Agency to implement key national reforms across the South East of England.
As Founder Head at the Admiral Lord Nelson School in Portsmouth, she created an award winning, dynamic ICT rich learning environment which was used as a blueprint for new schools. She is an outstanding leader (OFSTED) with an excellent track record of raising standards, coaching and mentoring aspiring new headteachers and those in schools facing challenging circumstances. Dianne has advised and supported Government at national, regional and local level on workforce reform to tackle standards and raise achievement focusing on professional development, performance management and the Change for Children agenda particularly in the delivery of Extended Services in and around schools.
Dianne also works as a senior education advisor for a number of organisations, including the Virtual Staff College as project manager for the Succession Planning and Leadership Development Program and training and developing over 200 public service senior officers from Children’s Services, Health and the Voluntary sector for 19 Local Authorities.
Di has opted not to serve as a Trustee.
Mr Bhavya Shah
Bhavya Shah has a wealth of experience in financial management and marketing. He is currently Chief Operating Officer for the worldwide marketing function across the retail bank and wealth management divisions of HSBC. Bhavya has a keen interest in education and is fluent in four languages.
Mr Ben Williams
Ben Williams has extensive experience in the banking sector and is the Managing Director of JP Morgan Private Bank where he has worked for the last 17 years. Ben chairs the Finance and Audit Committee and brings considerable financial expertise to the Board.