Lord David Puttnam currently serves as chair of the Advisory Board. He has been a member of the Advisory Board since August 2010. Lord Puttnam has also served as senior non-executive director of Promethean World PLC since 2008, been a director of Enigma Productions Ltd since 1978, and chairman of Atticus Education in Ireland since 2011.
Lord Puttnam is the UK Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Burma. He is Digital Champion for Ireland, President of the Film Distributors’ Association and Adjunct Professor of Film Studies and Digital Humanities at University College Cork. Lord Puttnam spent 30 years as an independent producer of award-winning films, winning ten Oscars, 25 BAFTAs and the Palme D’Or at Cannes. From 1994 to 2004, he was Vice President and Chair of Trustees at the British Academy of Film & Television Arts (BAFTA) and was awarded a BAFTA Fellowship in 2006. In 1998 he founded the National Teaching Awards, which he chaired until 2008, he also served as founding Chair of NESTA (the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts) from 1998 to 2003, and of the General Teaching Council for England from 2000 to 2002.
From July 2002 to July 2009, Lord Puttnam was President of UNICEF UK. From 2006 to March 2014, Lord Puttnam was Chancellor of the Open University, a post he was appointed to following ten years as Chancellor of the University of Sunderland. Lord Puttnam is also a trustee of Teach First, a charity which recruits graduates to teach in state schools, a trustee in the vocational education charity Edge and a governor of the Baker-Dearing Trust, which supports the establishment of university technical colleges. In 1997, Lord Puttnam was appointed a life peer and sits in the House of Lords.
David Willetts was MP for Havant from 1992 to 2015.He served as an official in No 10 and in HM Treasury. He served as a Minister in the Cabinet Office and BIS. His book The Pinch was published in 2010.
David is Chair of Tes Global's Higher Education Advisory Board.
Lord Andrew Adonis is currently a member of the Advisory Board. He has been a member of the Advisory Board since May 2012. Lord Adonis is also a non-executive director of RM PLC and a non-executive director of Dods (Group) PLC.
Lord Adonis was a journalist at the Financial Times for five years (1991-96) before moving to the Observer as a political columnist. He joined Tony Blair’s Number 10 Policy Unit in 1998, first as education adviser and then, after 2001, as Head of the Policy Unit. Lord Adonis was Minister for Schools from May 2005 until October 2008, Minister of State for Transport from October 2008 until June 2009, and Secretary of State for Transport from June 2009 until May 2010. He currently serves as Shadow Spokesperson for Treasury (since 2011). He holds an MA in modern history from Keble College, Oxford, and a PhD in modern history from Nuffield College, Oxford, where he also held a fellowship. Lord Adonis was appointed a life peer in 2005 and sits in the House of Lords.
Owen Lynch is currently a member of the Advisory Board. Mr. Lynch has been a member of the Advisory Board since 2010. Mr. Lynch previously served as CEO of the British Educational Communications and Technology Agency (BECTA), a position he held from 1998 to 2006. Since stepping down in 2006 as CEO, Mr. Lynch has operated as a senior consultant in the educational policy, strategy and procurement field to international private sector companies, Government departments and Government agencies. He received a B.Ed. (Hons) degree from Leeds University. Mr Lynch is currently leading an international team of education and technology consultants for the purpose of developing and delivering a strategic and ubiquitous education ICT change programme for the UAE education system across six Emirates.
Baroness Morris is a member of the Advisory Board, which she joined in June 2011. She is a Deputy Speaker in the House of Lords and the Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy for Jordan, Kuwait and the Occupied Palestinian Territories. She is Chairman of the Conservative Middle East Council. She is a director of The Move Partnership. Baroness Morris was made a Life Peer in June 2004 and joined the Conservative Front Bench as a Whip in September of that year. She was successively the Shadow Minister for Education & Skills, including Higher Education, Children, Schools & Families, and Women, before standing down from the Front Bench, at her own request, in 2010. Before she entered the Lords, she was Vice-Chairman of the Conservative Party with responsibility for candidates. She instigated and oversaw fundamental changes in the selection procedure to increase both the quality and diversity of Parliamentary candidates. Baroness Morris is President of World Travel Market and Chairman of the Governance Board of Treatments You Can Trust. She is currently President of Medical Aid for Palestinians, Patron of OXPIP—the Oxford Parent Infant Project, Co-Chair of Women in Public Policy and President of the National Benevolent Institution. In Parliament, she is Chairman of the All Party Group for Qatar and Vice-Chairman of the British Palestine Group. She served as Vice-Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Groups for Breast Cancer, Children and Families and Chaired the Group for the Arab League.
Baroness Morris was the First Chancellor of the University of Bolton, from 1st January 2010 to 31st December 2013. She currently chairs the Centre for Islamic Finance at the University. She received an OBE in 1997, was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant for Greater Manchester in 2008, and has two honorary doctorates from the University of Bolton (Doctor of Laws and Doctor of Philosophy).