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Board of Trustees

Matthew Congreve

Trustee

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Gillian Day

Trustee

An alumna of the Secondary School Exchange programme, Gillian is keen to extend the ESU’s international reach and development network.

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Barbara Firth

Trustee

Barbara’s 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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Emma Gleave

Trustee

A solicitor and successful businesswoman, Emma hopes to bring the skills she has acquired during her long professional career to the ESU.

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Sarah Hawkins

Trustee

Sarah has worked with local, national and international charities for over 20 years and will bring this experience and dedication to her position on the Board of the ESU.

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RICHARD HUMPHREYS QC

Trustee

As a professional advocate, Richard is keen to encourage and promote public speaking and debate in all its forms.

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Bilal Mahmood

Trustee

As an alumnus himself, Bilal has seen the benefits of the ESU’s programmes, and has contributed to their development for over 20 years.

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Philip Maunder

Trustee

Chair of the Devon & Exeter branch of the ESU, Philip is a great believer in the importance of communication. He is an insurance broker and has a long history of charitable work.

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Laurence Mutkin

Trustee

Laurence has a background in finance and financial markets research and has worked for companies including Morgan Stanley and BNP Paribas. He is an alumnus of the Secondary School Exchange.

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James Probert

Trustee

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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Danny Preiskel

Trustee

A former ESU SSE scholar, Danny is dedicated to helping young people from a wide variety of backgrounds to build educational confidence and knowledge that will benefit them for the rest of their lives.

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Stephen Purcell

Trustee

Chair of the South Wales branch of the ESU, Stephen has held a range of senior roles in education and continues to work in examinations and as an educational consultant.

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Professor James Raven

Deputy Chair

Writer, academic and broadcaster Professor James Raven is a Fellow of Magdalene College, Cambridge, and Professor of History at the University of Essex. He has over 30 years’ experience of the ESU, from participating in its competitions as a schoolboy, to holding various branch and national positions including Chair of the board.

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Sue Riley FRSA

Trustee

Sue has experience in the education, local government, PR and charity sectors and is an advocate for skills development in young people. She is the CEO of the National Association for Able Children (NACE).

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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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David Shaw

Deputy Chair

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

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Jonathan Sobczyk-Boddington

Trustee

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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Miles Young

Chair

Miles Young is Warden of New College, Oxford, and a professional in the field of communication, having worked with global communications network Ogilvy & Mather for over 30 years, rising to become its Chair and CEO.

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