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Board of Governors

The Rt.Hon the Lord Paul Boateng

Chairman

Lord Boateng was elected Chair of the English-Speaking Union in January 2015.

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Rod Chamberlain

Honorary Treasurer

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

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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

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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Prof. James Raven

Governor

James joined the ESU as a student, was twice an ESU exchange scholar and has served as a Branch Chairman, President, Member and as the Chairman of various Regional and National ESU Committees.

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James Scruby

Governor

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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Ellen Punter

Governor

Ellen joined the ESU in 2016; now working part time, she decided to use some of her free time in a constructive way within her local community and its schools, working alongside like-minded people to promote a real appreciation of the power of the spoken word.

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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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April Heard

Governor

Formerly a Police Detective Inspector, April joined the ESU Board of Governors in 2017 as a safeguarding specialist.

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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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Andrew Hay

Governor

Andrew became a governor of the ESU on his appointment as Chairman of the Audit and Risk Committee in 2015.

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