Board of Trustees

Professor Roger King

Chair of the Board of Trustees
Visiting Professor at University of Bath
D.Univ (Lincoln), M.Soc Sc (Birmingham), B.Sc Hons Economics (London)

Roger’s key areas of expertise are higher education management and governance, risk management and regulation, higher education policy and globalisation. He has a distinguished career in higher education, including advising at all levels and in many emerging contexts. Roger has worked with and consulted for universities, colleges, governments and regulatory agencies globally.

Roger was was the founding Vice-Chancellor at the University of Lincoln, including Chair of its Academic Board, from 1989 to 2001. He is founding Chair of the Institute for Learning and Teaching in Higher Education UK (now the Higher Education Academy) and Member of the Learning and Teaching Committee at the Higher Education Funding Council for England.

Roger has been an expert reviewer for the European Network for Quality Assurance, was a member of the MCEETYA review of Australian National Higher Education Protocols, and chaired the International Review Panel for Ontario Quality Assurance system and its Quality Council in Canada.

Roger is currently a Visiting Professor at the University of Bath (Risk and Governance) and supervises five Doctoral students. He has also held appointment as Adjunct Professor at a number of Australian Universities including Queensland, QUT, Griffith and Sunshine Coast. He is a Research Associate at the Centre for the Analysis of Risk and Regulation, London School of Economics and Political Science.

Since 2013, Roger has been a Member of the UK parliamentary Higher Education Commission and joint author of its report on Higher Education Regulation. He also authored a number of books and other publications on higher education governance globally, including with Simon Marginson and Hamish Coates. He is Chairman, Deputy Chair and Member of three respective Board of Governors, including member of Governor’s Academic Risk and Scrutiny Committee at St Mary’s University. He is currently the Director of Wells Advisory Higher Education management consulting firm in the UK.

Professor Phil Deans

President and Vice Chancellor
BA, PhD University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Before taking up the role of President and Vice Chancellor Phil Deans served as the Provost of Richmond from 2011 to 2019 where he led the successful application for Taught Degree Awarding Powers, and registration with the Office for Students.  He oversaw the creation of Richmond’s dual degree award and worked with faculty on revising Richmond’s unique international liberal arts curriculum of  four-year undergraduate programmes.  He has a BA in Politics and East Asian Studies and a PhD in International Relations from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, and spent time as an undergraduate in China (1987-89) and as a graduate research fellow in Japan (1991-93).  He was fortunate to have the opportunity learn Chinese and Japanese at university, and is keen to make similar international  opportunities open to students at Richmond. Before joining Richmond he was the Chief Academic Officer at the Tokyo Campus of Temple University, Director of the Contemporary China Institute and Associate Dean at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, and Lecturer in East Asian Politics at the University of Kent.

Phil has dedicated his career to furthering international education opportunities for students and promoting  diversity and international perspectives on learning, teaching and curriculum development and content.    He is a proud single father to three children, and a season ticket holder at Fulham FC.

Dr. Ana Oliveira

Provost and Deputy Vice Chancellor
MSc Oxford, PhD Imperial College

Ana completed her undergraduate studies in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science at the University of Porto. Ana then went on to receive a MSc from Oxford University followed by a PhD at Imperial College in Nonlinear Dynamics and Neural Networks. In 1998 Ana joined the University College of London for a post-doc in the centre for Nonlinear Dynamics where she also taught the MSc of Nonlinear Dynamics.

After years of doing research and teaching Ana began her career in Management Consulting in McKinsey & Co, followed by 6 years in retail banking both in the US and UK. In 2008 Ana came back to academia and started teaching Mathematics at RAIUL.

Dr. Michael Meissner

Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee
LLM (UCLA), PhD (Saarland University), Attorney at Law (New York), Rechtsanwalt (Frankfurt am Main)

Michael has 20 years of experience in finance law, compliance and corporate law in practice and academia. He had started his legal career at the New York office of a Magic Circle law firm and subsequently moved to an international law firm in New York. Upon his return to Europe, Michael held partner roles at the legal arm of a Big Four accounting firm and another international law firm working out of their Frankfurt, London and Munich offices. In 2014, he has joined a public sector bank as chief compliance officer and is serving in this capacity until today.

In academia, Michael has taught banking and finance law as well as compliance at London Business School, the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the University of St. Gallen. He is married and has one daughter.

Caroline DeLaney

Trustee
BA(Hons) University of Kent at Canterbury, LLM (University of Michigan Law School

Caroline is an experienced lawyer specialising in the full range of commercial, residential and agricultural real estate disputes, arbitrations, mediations, Land Registry adjudications, judicial reviews and planning matters.

She is an ADR Group Accredited Civil & Commercial Mediator and Panel member.

Caroline also advises on general real estate law, construction-related disputes, licensing law and environmental law.

Marguerite Dennis

Trustee

Marguerite J. Dennis is an internationally recognized expert on higher education administration, admission, financing, and international student strategic planning.

She is the author of six books on higher education, two books on trends in international education, and more than 200 articles on higher education.

Previous administrative experience included employment at St. John’s University in New York, Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., and Suffolk University in Boston where she managed 100 employees and was responsible for the university’s recruitment, admission, financial aid, international programs and fundraising activities.

Marguerite is the director of the Society of Transnational Academic Research Mentoring Initiative. In addition, she is a member of the Advisory Board for the Comparative and International Education Society.

Dennis has conducted a series of seminars for staff in the United States State Department through USA offices around the world and has conducted seminars on trends in international higher education in Germany, China, Taiwan, South Africa, Italy, Vietnam, and Korea.

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, Marguerite has conducted more than ten webinars on the impact of the virus on higher education and was a featured speaker on the subject for presentations for UNESCO and the Canadian Education Ministers Office.

A frequent contributor to University World News, Marguerite has written several articles on the reimagined university and the opportunities created by the pandemic for higher education.

Professor Huang Futao

Trustee
Research Institute for Higher Education at Hiroshima University Japan
Ph.D (Xiamen University), M.Edu (Anhui Normal University)

Professor Futao started his academic career as a Research Associate at Wuhu Teachers’ College, China from 1984-85 and worked his way to an Assistant Professor and Lecturer at Xiamen University from 1995-99. He then became an Associate Professor for the Research Institute for Higher Education at Hiroshima University, Japan in 2001 and subsequently earned his Doctoral degree in education.

Futao has been a Professor at the Research Institute for Higher Education, Hiroshima University, Japan since 2001. Futao’s major academic fields include internationalisation of higher education, academic profession and designing university and colleges’ curriculum in the comparative perspective.

Futao is also a Co-Investigator at the Centre for Global Higher Education, University College London.

Amarjeet Hans

Trustee
BA Accounting and Finance (University of West London), FCMA, CGMA, MBA (Henley Management College)

Amarjeet has a wealth of experience in a wide range of commercial activities, having worked in the UK, US, Europe and extensively in the Middle East in industries ranging from IT to Real Estate Investment and Development, advised a number of business entities on expansion into the Middle East.

He runs a small boutique business consultancy offering a range of services which includes FD services, Fund raising for SME’s and the full range of Accountancy services to a wide range of SME clients in a variety of industries. He also acts as Mentor / Advisor to a number of UK companies in a NED capacity.

He is CIMA qualified and became a Fellow in 2008. He was appointed as a Council Member in June 2015. Since then, also been appointed to the MIP Panel and is an active Membership Assessor. Recently he has served 3 years as Association Board member to the Management Accounting Professional Unit. He is currently Vice chair of the Global Member Engagement committee.

Amarjeet is chairman of Denham Community Charity and an active involvement with Denham Parish Council as a Councillor (Vice Chairman) and has been Chairman of the Finance Committee

Janet Ilieva

Trustee
Founder and Director of Education Insight
Ph.D in Economics (MMU), MA (Varna University of Economics)

Janet Ilieva is the founder and director of Education Insight, a research consultancy specialising in international higher education. Her focus over the past years has been on national policies for higher education engagement and developments in transnational education.

Janet started her career as a university lecturer in economics before joining the British Council in 2004, to lead the department’s work for higher education research and market intelligence. Under her leadership, the British Council published several widely cited reports and publications, including the “Shape of things to come” which informed institutional and national strategies on international higher education.

Janet joined the Higher Education Funding Council for England in May 2013 as head of the HEFCE Observatory. There, she published on international student demand for higher education in England with a strong focus on transnational education. Her latest work for HEFCE studied the contribution of transnational education to first degree programmes in England and the propensity of these students to stay on for postgraduate degrees.

Janet is an adviser on the Philippine – UK Transnational Education Programme run by the British Council and the Commission on Higher Education of the Philippines.

Ian Leroni

Trustee
CA (SA), BCom in Economics and Finance (Wits), BAcc in Accountancy (Wits)

Ian is a qualified chartered accountant with over 30 years of expertise in the financial sector, particularly in the areas of financial and internal control, financial reporting and financial transformation processes.  He has held senior finance roles in the United Kingdom, France and the United States dealing with all aspects of finance reporting, risks and internal control and corporate governance (including leading relationships with external auditors and regulators).

Ian is also currently the Chair of Finance for the Board of Governors of an independent school for girls aged 3 to 18.

Elizabeth Robertson

Trustee
MSc.Education, Power and Social Change (London), BA International Politics, BA International Studies (Pennsylvania State University)

Elizabeth has extensive expertise in the UK and US Higher Education sector, particularly in quality assurance, institutional effectiveness, US/UK credit translations, programme validations and international partnerships. She assisted in the approval of the only university in the UK to offer both UK and US degrees. She can navigate the US and UK HE regulatory bodies and create policies that adhere to both systems, and has established MSCHE compliant ‘college of record’ processes.

Helen Dalrymple

Secretary to the Board of Trustees