Our Advisory Panel

The IntoUniversity Advisory Panel is made up of professionals with expertise in areas as wide ranging as journalism, business and law joined by past and present IU students.

They meet twice-yearly with the IntoUniversity Trustees to discuss topics of concern and interest to IntoUniversity, and to give advice and guidance to the charity.

The Panel

Simon Cairns recently retired as Chair of the Charities Aid Foundation. He has also been chair of the Commonwealth Development Corporation, the Overseas Development Institute, Voluntary Service Overseas and is currently a board member of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation.

Clare Carolan is an independent consultant with particular expertise in strategic communications, marketing and business planning. Her experience spans both the commercial and third sectors in a range of areas including health, education, media, conservation and social enterprise.

Jessica Cecil is the Head of the Director-General's Office at the BBC. She has worked in television for 15 years. She moved into science programming in 1998, as deputy editor of BBC One's Tomorrow's World, and was the series producer of Ancient Apocalypse

Adele Eastman is a solicitor at Farrer & Co., where she specialises in child protection. Adele was formerly a Senior Policy Specialist at the Centre for Social Justice (CSJ), where she spent two years on secondment at the charity Kids Company. Adele was a founding Trustee of the Tom ap Rhys Pryce Memorial Fund.

Roger Enock is a litigation and former Managing Partner in the London office of US firm Covington & Burling, having previously spent 23 years at Freshfields. He has during his career handled a wide range of cases from legal aid and matrimonial (in the early training years) to all sorts of large scale cases in the commercial world, as well as managing a law practice for 5 years.

Elizabeth Jack worked as a supervisory analyst in the City for a number of years. She is now involved in the voluntary sector, including being a Trustee and volunteer for Family Friends and as a Visitor for The Henry Smith Charity

Lucy Morris is a Trustee of CHK Charities and a volunteer at IntoUniversity. She also helps with fundraising.

Rosemary O'Mahony was a partner with Accenture in Chicago and Paris and specialised in implementing Information Technology applications for global clients.   Since her retirement in 2006, she has focused on using her professional experience to help a number of charities in the UK and France.   Rosemary graduated with a degree in Mathematics from Trinity College, Dublin.

Alec Rattray has worked in strategic communications for more than 20 years.  He is currently Head of Strategy for The WHAM Agency, part of Hutchison Whampoa Ltd. Alec's previous roles include being Head of Marketing Communications for Serco Group and Executive Director for Landor Associates. 

Caspar Rock is Chief Investment Officer of Architas, an Investment Company within the AXA Group.  For many years he served as a trustee of the ESG Robinson Charitable Trust, a foundation that supports numismatics, education and music.  He is a non-executive director of Geoffrey Faber Holdings, the holding Company for publishers Faber & Faber, and Faber Music.

Mary Ann Sieghart spent 19 years as an Assistant Editor and columnist on The Times before leaving to pursue other interests. She presents Newshour on the BBC World Service and Profile on Radio 4, is an equity partner in the new website, The Browser, writes a regular newspaper column, and sits on the board of Henderson Smaller Companies Investment Trust and on the Council of Tate Modern.

Dr Ros Smith is a Founder Director of Student Information Services which provides the website BestCourse4me.com, a free-to-use website providing information to help students choose university courses, and is a Trustee of a grant-awarding trust specialising in education.  Prior to this, she was Operations Director of a software business. 

Celia Dunstone is a Business Development Director at Chime Communications. She graduated from the University of Edinburgh with a degree in Politics.

Sir Alasdair Macdonald was Headteacher of Morpeth School in Tower Hamlets for 20 years. He has also taught in Malawi and Papua New Guinea. He is currently working for the Institute of Education on developing school partnerships, for several Local Authorities on school improvement and as a Headteacher mentor.

John-Paul Warszewski is a Managing Director at Nomura and has over 25 years of investment banking experience in the City. He has advised both governments and corporates on privatisations, restructurings, acquisitions, mergers and equity/debt offerings, across a wide range of sectors. John-Paul is a Member of the Investment Advisory Council to the Minister of Economy of the Republic of Lithuania and has held Non-Executive positions on various companies' Boards.

Katrin Henkel is a specialist in Old Master drawings. She has been a Director of Colnaghi in London since 2002, and also serves on a number of museum and other committees.

Davina Mallinckrodt is the founder and CEO of a communications and public relations agency, specialising in the field of design and decorative arts, based in London.  She is a Patron of The Design Fund for the V&A and sits on the Curatorial Committee of The Design Museum. Davina actively supports a number of charities and is married with two young sons.

Cortland Fransella is an Anglican priest and former member of H M Diplomatic Service. After nearly 15 years of parish ministry in North London, he is now the Assistant Priest at the Chapels Royal in H M Tower of London and also works for the Archbishop of Canterbury as the Lambeth Awards Officer. He is a keen proponent of life-long learning and has been an IU volunteer in Secondary Academic Support at the Haringey North centre since January 2011. 

Nils Blythe is a communications consultant and was Director of Communications at the Bank of England from 2011 to 2014. Before joining the Bank, he had a long career in journalism, including 22 years at the BBC as a correspondent and presenter on television and radio.

Sering Ceesay is an IntoUniversity Hackney South student. He first came to Academic Support in 2012 and since then has taken part in Futures Fast Track and Burberry Create. Sering is currently studying for his A2s and is interested in a wide range of university courses. At the moment he is considering studying Marketing or Accountancy.

Salma Khanam is a former student of the Bow centre. Having received support from her corporate mentor she is now studying at Queen Mary University. Salma also took part in Careers in FOCUS and Secondary FOCUS at her school.  

Tim Lee is Head of Strategic Planning for food at Marks & Spencer. He spent fifteen years at Tesco in senior roles in the UK and internationally. Tim was a founder and former Trustee of the Sara Lee Trust and is married with two children.

Chris Stephens is Emeritus Professor of Medical Education at the University of Southampton. Prior to his retirement he worked as a General Practitioner and was Associate Dean for Education in the Medical Faculty. He has always been interested in widening participation and led the team that developed BM6, an innovative widening access to Medicine programme. 

Bukky Bird is executive director to the Group CEO at Tesco. Her background is in mechanical engineering and sustainable design, with industry experience spanning a broad range of sectors. More recently she has led business wide transformation and strategy programmes. Bukky is also a Non-Executive Board member at Notting Hill Housing Trust.

The advisory panel is very pleased to have recently welcomed Francesca Barnes and Maria Bentley to the team.

Our next meeting

Our next Advisory Panel Meeting will take place in May 2016.



Previous Meetings

In October 2013 Scott Malkin, the Chairman of Value Retail PLC, gave a talk entitled How can entrepreneurial organisations retain their best qualities in a period of increasing scale and complexity? at the Advisory Panel meeting. This was followed by a discussion about how the principles of Scott’s talk could be applied to IntoUniversity. 

In May 2013 the Advisory Panel meeting took the form of a refresher course on IntoUniversity's values and programmes, and was led by members of the IU delivery staff team. We had a lot of positive feedback from our members on the new format of the evening.

In October 2012 Daniela Barone Soares, Chief Executive of Impetus Trust, spoke to the Panel about Impetus and venture philanthropy in the UK. 

Daniela explained that through strategic funding, management support and specialist expertise, Impetus had been able to substantially increase the financial and social impact of the organisations that it worked with. 

The Panel also discussed the challenge of getting young people for disadvantaged backgrounds into prestigious employment as they often lack relevant contacts and interview experience. 

In May 2010, our Advisory Panel and Trustees discussed the topic “What is the value of a university degree?”

The talk was led by Anna Vignoles, a Professor in the Economics of Education at the Institute Of Education and a Deputy Director of the Centre for the Economics of Education. Her research interests include education, school choice and the economic value of schooling. 

Read more about the meeting on the IntoUniversity Blog.

In October 2009, we were joined by Ben Widdicombe from the Cabinet Office, who spoke about the recommendations made in the cross party report Unleashing Aspiration which featured IntoUniversity. An interesting round table discussion followed, in whch panel members voiced their concerns about social mobility in the UK and discussed what actions the government should be taking.