Executive team

Rob Grimshaw
Rob Grimshaw CEO
Rob Grimshaw - Chief Executive Officer

Rob Grimshaw is the CEO of Tes Global, having joined the company in November 2014.

Previously,  Rob led the successful development of digital at the Financial Times in his role as Managing Director, FT.com. He was also responsible for the FT¹s print subscriptions, events business and its New York Institute of Finance professional development subsidiary. Rob joined the Financial Times in 1998, holding a series of commercial roles before taking responsibility for FT.com.

He holds a Bachelor's degree in Philosophy & Politics from the University of Warwick.

Nathan Runnicles
Nathan Runnicles - Chief Financial Officer

Nathan serves as Chief Financial Officer and oversees group finance, legal and corporate development.

Prior to joining Tes in September 2015 Nathan was CFO at Research Now Group Inc., the global leader in online survey data collection with operations in 14 countries and 1,250 employees. Nathan was first appointed CFO in 2007 when Research Now was a UK public company, before its sale in late 2009 to investors including TA Associates and Polaris Partners, and subsequent sale in early 2015 to Court Square Capital.

Before Research Now, he served as EMEA Finance Director at Fitch, a subsidiary of WPP Group plc, and led corporate finance and investor relations at Cordiant Communications Group plc from 2001 until Cordiant's acquisition by WPP in 2003. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers in 1998.

Nathan has a Bachelor of Science in economics and accounting from the University of Bristol.

Trevor Barratt
Trevor Barratt - Managing Director THE

Trevor Barratt is Managing Director of Tes Global’s higher education assets, which include the World University Rankings, THE and the Summit Series of events. Trevor joined Tes Global in June 2014; prior to this he had a portfolio of interests ranging from Non-Executive Board positions within media-related companies to financing and running various exhibitions. Trevor had his own consultancy firm and worked with a number of media owners including Tes Global.

Trevor is a highly experienced media professional and owner with over 30 years’ experience managing data, event and content related assets, including twenty years’ experience at board level, with the majority as CEO.

Trevor was CEO of Ocean Media Group from 2007 to 2012, and before that Managing Director at both United Business Media and Aprovia UK (Builder Group and Barbour Index). His formative years were spent at Reed Elsevier.

Trevor is married with five children and lives in Tunbridge Wells, Kent.

Kathleen Jones
Kathleen Jones Tes Global Group HR Director
Kathleen Jones - Group HR Director


Kathleen Jones is the Group HR Director for Tes Global. She has worked in a variety of business and HR roles during her career and her early career in Financial Services with TSB led to Kathleen specialising in training and development and management consultancy. She then went on to undertake Head of HR roles for multiple businesses with Lloyds TSB. Kathleen subsequently broadened her HR and commercial experience through a number of senior positions including Head of HR for the Multinational division and Global Placement practice within Marsh, a global insurance broker. She subsequently undertook organisational change consultancy work in DEFRA before returning to financial services in 2010, ultimately as the Senior HR business partner for the Retail Consumer Distribution division of RBS and NatWest in the aftermath of the financial crisis managing significant organisational change programmes. In 2012, Kathleen joined Centaur Media as their Group HR Director where she was able to support the business through their business and HR transformation challenges.

Clifton Cunningham
Clifton Cunningham - Chief Technology Officer

Clifton Cunningham is currently Chief Technology Officer at the Company, having joined the Company in May 2014. Mr Cunningham was previously the CTO of the MailOnline, and was responsible for building the technology team and platform that helped to more than double the user base in three years to well over 180 million monthly unique browsers in 2014. He was also previously the Head of Web Platforms for Capgemini UK, the Head of Enterprise Architecture at ITV and spent a period from 2004 to 2009 in Accenture’s UK technology consulting practice in the United Kingdom. Mr Cunningham received an Electrical Engineering degree with First Class honours in 1999 from The University of Queensland.


Tom Glover
Tom Glover - Communications Director

Tom Glover is the Communications Director for digital education company Tes Global where he has responsibility for all global external, internal and digital communications. He has over 15 years experience in-house and agency, successfully managing the corporate reputation and advising the C-suite executives of some of the world’s biggest education, technology, mobile and media brands. In his previous role, Tom was the SVP Strategic Communications at Pearson with responsibility for education technology corporate communications and global corporate digital, social media and content communications strategy. At the FT, Tom’s roles included Deputy Director of Communications and Acting Director of Communications where he was responsible for helping shift perceptions of the company from a traditional publisher to a digital news organisation and led the company’s social media strategy.

Jim Knight, The Rt Hon Lord Knight of Weymouth
Jim Knight, The Rt Hon Lord Knight of Weymouth - Chief Education Adviser

Jim Knight is Chief Education Adviser at Tes Global. In his previous role at the company he was the Managing Director of Online Learning, where he built an online teacher development platform.  He is a member of the House of Lords and a visiting Professor at the London Knowledge Lab of the Institute of Education. As a minister his portfolios included rural affairs, schools, digital and employment.  He attended weekly Cabinet in 2009-2010, before joining the Lords after the 2010 General Election. Jim is also involved in developing solar powered digital projectors for wireless use with iPads in schools in Africa and Asia, and on malaria diagnosis using smartphones. He is chair of the Tinder Foundation and the Nominet Trust.

Brigitte Ricou-Bellan
Brigitte Ricou-Bellan - Managing Director Digital

Brigitte is Managing Director, Digital at Tes. Brigitte joined the business in July 2015 to create a new division focused on growing a global teacher2teacher marketplace as well as developing a Professional Development business under the TES Institute brand.

Brigitte joined from eBay inc. where she built and lead StubHub international. Under Brigitte’s leadership StubHub successfully launched in the UK and in Canada and is expanding in EMEA, and APAC, establishing strategic partnerships with eBay, Pay Pal and key players in the industry, and building a best in class multi-national team and expansion model.

Prior to joining eBay Inc, Brigitte was with Dow Jones for 5 years, most recently as the Vice president and Managing Director of the Dow Jones Enterprise Solutions Group, driving the global development and success of the award winning Factiva Web & Mobile platform and global business across 20 markets, with a global portfolio of over 6000 large customers including 80% of Fortune 500 companies.

Brigitte has held senior-level positions  in Europe and in the USA- in Internet & Cloud Services start up Prosodie as VP of Marketing and Mobile & eCommerce GM, as well as Netcom Consultants, where she lead the UK market consulting practice, and in Vivendi/SFR group as head of Operations.

She is on the board of trustee of Eastside.

Craig Stevens
Craig Stevens - Chief Commercial Officer

Craig Stevens has over 20 years commercial and digital industry experience, including a distinguished 17 year career at Auto Trader where he oversaw the transformation of the business in a number of key sales roles across the company. He was also one of the driving forces behind Auto Trader’s transition from a print to a digital business, as well as being instrumental in the strategic commercial development of the leading digital marketing business, Razsor. He has sat on the board of the Chinese investment, IAUTOS Company Limited and most recently has acted as a consultant for a number of private equity backed investments.