The ABE Board acts as the final decision-making body of ABE in policy and education matters. It comprises people with extensive experience and expertise in their field.
Keith Ramsay - Chairman
Keith has considerable leadership experience gained over the past 25 years, focusing on strategic management, skills, coaching and business growth. He has key skills in business and organisational transformation, cultural change, turnaround and efficiency programmes. He is experienced in Operations, Organisational Development, Cultural Change, Business Support & Strategic Development in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.
Dr Ceridwyn Bessant
Dr Bessant is currently the Associate Dean, International, at the Newcastle Business School and the School of Law, which are part of Northumbria University. With 24 years in Higher Education, he has significant experience, knowledge and understanding of the sector and the work of other academic institutions. Ceridwyn is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), and member of the CIPD’s national Qualifications Advisory Group.
Professor Steve Bristow
Professor Bristow established Open Direction Ltd in 2002. He was Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of Glamorgan and Principal of Shrewsbury College of Arts and Technology. A specialist in governance, assessment and quality assurance, he has been Education Consultant for the Australian Council for Educational Research, Chief External Examiner for the Institute of Directors and Head of Inspection Services for BAC.
Philippa is a specialist in social and experiential learning, entrepreneur and director of Open Limits. She has had a diverse, international career. She has designed modules for and taught on Henley Business School MBA courses, including in the area of cross-cultural management and leadership. She has an MSc in Organisational Behaviour (University of London, Birkbeck). Her specialist field is inter-group relationships – including cross-team, cross-functional and trans-national collaboration.
Aidan is a senior partner at EY. He leads the Global Compliance and Reporting business. Formerly the Head of Tax for the UK Firm. Aidan had had a long and distinguished career in the tax and financial area, including 11 years at HMRC as a senior Inspector of Taxes.
William’s extensive experience in advisory and non-executive roles, is underpinned by knowledge and skills gained in CEO positions. Since 1987, he has specialised in first-mover start-up, establishing businesses and charities in emerging economies. He has worked in Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America across a broad range sectors, including Education.
Graham is a Senior Management Executive with significant experience gained from within the Private, Not-for-Profit, Public, and Health Sectors. He is an experienced Chairman, Interim Senior Executive, and Chief Executive.