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John Fairhurst

Having qualified and practised as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales, in 1993 John entered academia with the University of Huddersfield. He undertook the role of Head of Collaborative Provision for the Business School, responsible for the development, quality assurance and enhancement of all programmes delivered off-campus, in addition to UK and international marketing and recruitment.

In 2004 he took up the position of Associate Dean (Faculty of Arts, Law and Social Sciences) with Anglia Ruskin University, responsible for a very diverse portfolio. During the period 2007-09, he combined the role of Associate Dean with Head of Anglia Law School, until he departed in August 2009 to take up the post of Professor and Head of the School of Law at Birmingham City University.

In 2011 he was appointed NCC Education’s Managing Director. NCC Education is a transnational provider of UK Higher Education programmes in Business and Computing.

He joined Bloomsbury Institute as Managing Director and Academic Principal in September 2012, responsible for the strategic and operational leadership of the Institute.


John is passionate about education and how it can transform lives. When he joined Bloomsbury Institute in 2012, he led on the development and implementation of a new strategic direction that placed social mobility at its foundation. The aim was to provide students with the opportunity to enter higher education based upon one single measurement: “the potential to succeed”. We now have a very diverse student (and staff) academic community that is testament to the success of this strategic vision.

Qualifications, Affiliations and Memberships

  • BA (Hons) Law and Politics
  • PgDip in Multimedia and Education
  • MPhil in European Union Law
  • MBA
  • Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales
  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Member of the Institute of Directors
  • Member of the Law Society of England and Wales
  • Member of the Society of Legal Scholars
  • Member of the University Association of Contemporary European Studies
John Fairhurst

Principal and Chief Executive Officer (Executive Director)

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Shabnam Karim

Chief Operating Officer & Chief Financial Officer (Executive Director)

Abdultaiyab (Abdul) Pisavadi

Non-Executive Director

Melanie Fellowes

Non-Executive Director

Carol Cook

Non-Executive Director, Chair

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