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Directors

Tim Evans is Professor of Business and Political Economy at Middlesex University London. One of the UK’s ‘Top 100 most influential economists and financial experts’, he is also a Senior Fellow with the Adam Smith Institute and a member of the Mont Pelerin Society. Over the years, he has consulted with the global corporate affairs leaderships of many of the world’s largest companies including Pfizer, ExxonMobil, Microsoft and Merck Sharp and Dohme. A former President and Director General of the Centre for the New Europe in Brussels (2002-2005), between 1993 and 2002, he was the Executive Director of Public Affairs at the Independent Healthcare Association in London. In 1991, he was the Head of the Slovak Prime Minister’s Policy Unit in Bratislava. In the late 1980s, he was Assistant Director of the Foundation for Defence Studies. Tim has an M.Sc and PhD from the London School of Economics and in 2011 was awarded an MBA. He also holds a NATO sponsored Post-graduate Certificate in National Security from the Christian-Albrechts University in Kiel, Germany.

Deborah Eyre is the Founder of High Performance Learning, an advanced pedagogy that helps schools become world class through systematically developing superior cognitive performance in all students. Prior to founding this new venture, Deborah held a variety of senior executive roles both globally and in UK as well as advising governments and educational foundations in UK, Hong Kong, South Africa, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, USA and Singapore. From 2010-2014 she was Education Director for Nord Anglia Education. Formerly she served as Director of the UK government’s innovative National Academy for Gifted and Talented Youth (NAGTY), based at the University of Warwick. She is a Freeman of the Guild of Educators and has served on a number of national and international boards including the UK TDA (Training and Development Agency for teachers), NCSL (National College for School Leadership), WCGTC (World Council for Gifted and Talented Children), Council for British International Schools (COBIS) and Centre for Talented Youth Ireland (CTYI). A widely published author, Able Children in Ordinary Schools (1997) is a seminal text still in publication. Her most recent policy publication was 'Room at the Top' (Policy Exchange, 2010). A new book for teachers on High Performance Learning: How to Build a World Class School was published in January 2016.

Matthew Trimming is Founder/Director of META, the market entry and business development consultancy. Previously he was UK Board Director for the Sopra Group; Director Public Services & Utilities for SAP; Director of Public Affairs for EDS; and Public Affairs Manager for Sainsbury’s.

Patrick Watson is Managing Director of Montrose Public Affairs Consultants Ltd, a company that has specialised, for the last 25 years, in monitoring analysis and research of education, skills and guidance policy for organisations in both the profit and not-for-profit sectors. Patrick also provides advice and support to organisations seeking to contribute to shaping the education policy landscape. Clients include organisations that run schools, in both the private and state sectors, school improvement services, assessment services , trade associations and school networks. Patrick frequently writes for education publications and runs the influential Montrose 42 blog on education policy and research issues.

Elin de Zoete is the Deputy Managing Director of Political Lobbying and Media Relations (PLMR), where she heads up the education team and sits on the company Board. With nearly ten years’ experience in political consultancy and PR for the sector, Elin has worked with some of the most innovative schools and education service providers in the country, supporting them with political engagement, profile raising and reputation management, and brings to the Board a detailed understanding of political and operational challenges schools face.

Company secretary

Chris Lenton chairs the Board and fulfils the duties of Company Secretary and Administrator for CMRE through his consultancy Lenton & Associates. Chris is a former Chair of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (2008-13) and was previously COO and then CEO of the Chartered Institute of Secretaries and Administrators. His career as a director has focused on strategic planning, marketing and corporate governance, with ethics and corporate social responsibility being guiding aspects of his business framework. Chris’s interest in education is reflected in his co-directorship of The Tutors’ Association, an organisation he has led through a period of rapid growth in membership. He is also a consultant at Wild Search executive recruitment consultancy, which specialises in appointments to the education sector, and was formerly chair of the London Academy of Professional Education (LAPRO).