Sanjay Lobo (Chair)
Sanjay joins us following many years launching and running high growth digital businesses. His more recent experience includes several executive roles at Vistaprint, the Nasdaq-listed $5bn online print company. There, Sanjay ran Marketing for the European business, before running Vistaprint's global partnerships team. His responsibilities included launching multiple new business units, driving significant revenue growth. Earlier in his career, Sanjay was a solicitor working as the GC at Lastminute.com
Jo is acting MD of Edspace, our offices and the UK's hub for EdTech and innovation in education. Jo has extensive experience in education - both as a former teacher at Merchant Taylor's Schoo and as Exec Director of The Unreasonables, providing pupil leadership courses for young people. Prior to working in education, Jo held a number of key positions in South Africa’s main opposition party, the Democratic Alliance - including Chief of Staff to the Parliamentary Leader.
Dan is a Barrister with Fountain Court Chambers, and a former solicitor-advocate with experience in a range of contentious matters in the UK and in Europe. He has advised corporates, banks, and UK public authorities in a variety of commercial cases, and has a particular interest in regulated areas, such as aviation, banking, online security, and the professions, as well as in the legal implications of Brexit. He has also acted in a number of disputes involving aspects of public law, such as competition, state aid, and judicial review. Dan has been involved with OxFizz since 2011, in capacity as a volunteer until 2014, and since as a Non-Executive Director.
Jonny is an experienced investor and financial advisor, having advised businesses, including social enterprises, and charities, on financial and growth strategies and investment options, as well as lead investments into them. Outside of work Jonny advises education social enterprises through his involvement with the Teach First Innovation Unit, and has sat on the board of start ups on the Big Venture Challenge including 2J Events and Think for the Future. He is also a governor and the Chair of Finance Committee at South Thames Colleges Group, one of the UK’s largest FE colleges.
Dan Heard is a Business Development Director at Capita Plc, responsible for “big ticket” sales and developing new strategic partnerships. He has a particular focus on public sector commercialisation and joint ventures; translational science; and education, employment and skills. Dan began his career in the UK Civil Service, after completing his PhD at King’s College, Cambridge. He worked in a variety of government departments, often focussing on employment and skills policy, and spent several years supporting Lord Browne of Madingley, both in Cabinet Office and on his Independent Review of Higher Education Fees and Funding. Dan is convinced of the transformative impact of education and skills development on individual lives; and of the social and economic benefit of widening and deepening opportunities for participation.
Olivier runs Beroud Consulting. He is a senior executive with expertise in pension covenant evaluation, risk management, Commercial and P&L leadership experience, and capability building skills, developed in leadership roles in ratings agencies and international banks, and as an advisor to a multinational corporation. Olivier led Moody’s EMEA business; he was a member of the main EU board and of the boards of subsidiaries in Israel, Russia and South Africa.
Olivier offers his ratings expertise, management experience and knowledge of global markets to enable ambitious businesses to achieve their potential. He lectures and develops training packages on Financial Analysis, Credit Risk and Corporate Strategy for MSc and MBA programmes as well as financial institutions. Olivier is a keen supporter of the arts, is Vice-Chair of Stratford Arts Trust in London, and sits on the board of the Bartkowski Dance School in France.