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Board of Governors

Professor James Raven

Chair

In 2020 we welcome our newly appointed Chair, Professor James Raven.

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James Scruby

Honorary Treasurer

As well as his role as Honorary Treasurer, James is involved with the ESU’s charitable activities at branch and regional level as an organiser of the ESU-Churchill National Public Speaking Competition for Schools.

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Derek Morgan OBE, DL, CCMI

Deputy Chairman

Derek has been a member of the English-Speaking Union for 11 years. Together with a team of highly committed colleagues he has grown the South Wales branch from 18 to 380 members.

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Dr Tony Wood

Deputy Chairman

He is passionate about providing opportunities for young children to improve their self-confidence to speak, debate and challenge the views of others.

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Rod Chamberlain

Governor

An alumnus of the ESU, Rod has served on the Board of Governors since 2009.

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Barbara Firth

Governor

Barbara’s particular passion is to ensure that more able children and young people have the provision and opportunities to achieve their very best whatever their background or circumstances.

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David Shaw

Governor

David was awarded an OBE in 2014 for services to the retail industry and charitable work.

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Anikka Weerasinghe

Governor

Anikka joined the ESU in 2015 and is a communications strategist with extensive experience in media relations, corporate communications and reputational management

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Jonathan Sobczyk-Boddington

Governor

Jonny is equally passionate about enterprise and education, and is committed to improving the life chances of the young people he works with.

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Alex Just

Governor

As an alumnus of the English-Speaking Union, Alex joined the Board of Governors to help steer the future direction of debating

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Lady Susan Inkin

Governor

Susan is a Member of South Wales Region of the ESU, and has been part of the committee that has overseen its growth to become the second largest after London.

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Emma Gleave

Governor

Newly appointed in 2020. Biography to follow shortly.

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James Probert

Governor

Newly appointed in 2020. James’s involvement with the ESU began through the public speaking competition and his local branch; he was named ‘Young Member of the Year’ in 1997.

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Bilal Mahmood

Governor

Newly appointed in 2020. Biography to follow shortly.

Matthew Congreve

Governor

Newly appointed in 2020. Biography to follow shortly.

Gillian Day

Governor

Newly appointed in 2020. Biography to follow shortly.

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