Our People

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John Fairhurst 

Managing Director and Academic Principal

Having qualified and practised as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales, in 1993 I entered academia with the University of Huddersfield. During my final two years at Huddersfield I 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.

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Cal Courtney

Director of Access and Graduate Outcomes


For five years I led student services within the institute, establishing the Centre for Student Engagement, Wellbeing and Success (SEWS) to foster a more holistic approach to student  development. In October 2019 I was appointed to the newly created post of Director of Access and Graduate Outcomes to promote the power of higher education to transform lives and communities, and to support graduates in growing the careers they desire. As part of this work I am in the process of setting up a new radio station within the institute. Outside of Bloomsbury Institute I broadcast on the award winning Maritime Radio FM.

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Ahmed Junaid

Academic Registrar


Since 2016, I have been the Academic Registrar at Bloomsbury Institute.

I joined Bloomsbury Institute in September 2012 for a position of Academic Programmes Manager (PG Programmes). After this, I was offered the position of Associate Dean and assumed responsibility as Dean of the college in August 2013.

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Venkat Reddy Banda

Head of IT Services


I currently lead Bloomsbury Institute’s IT Services team and together we provide day to day operational support across the institution.

Since joining Bloomsbury Institute in 2011 I have been instrumental in implementing IT systems to meet the changing needs of the Institution.

From the beginning of 2018 I have worked on a Data Analytics platform to provide a single unified secure shared platform that integrates student data from various systems and am currently working on improving Cyber Security to meet industry standards and comply with legal requirements.

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Nick Hillman

Deputy Academic Principal


I have worked within the higher education sector for over 20 years. I was in charge of the pre-sessional and in-sessional English language and academic skills provision at Anglia Ruskin for 8 years. On leaving Anglia, I worked at King’s College London as the Deputy Director of the English Language Centre. I joined Bloomsbury Institute from King’s in 2014.

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Amanda Jeram

Deputy Academic Registrar and Head of Quality


I’m extremely passionate about the higher education sector, having worked for the last 10 years at institutions including Middlesex University, the University of Hertfordshire and UCAS.

I have considerable experience spanning various stages of the applicant journey, including outreach, education liaison, recruitment, marketing and admissions.

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Shabnam Karim

Financial Controller


After completing my degree and postgraduate qualification specialising in Accounting, I joined Deloitte in 2003 and qualified as a Chartered Accountant. Since then, I have gained a wealth of experience in other roles, covering internal/ external audit, financial management functions and professional conduct roles working in a range of firms across the City of London.

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Maria Jackson

Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion


I spent the first ten years of my career working for the Bank of England (primarily in their International Division and their Banking Supervision Division).  I then moved into the education sector, taking up the position of Departmental Manager at the Language Centre at Royal Holloway, University of London.  After two years, I moved to King’s College London where I spent nearly 18 years in a similar role as Departmental Manager in their English Language Centre.

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Charlayne Lewis-Thomas

Student Wellbeing Advisor


In my role as a Student Wellbeing Advisor, I am an important point of contact for students, providing pastoral support and advice when necessary for all students throughout the student lifecycle. From point of enrolment to graduation, I actively contribute to students’ learning and success.

In some cases if this goes beyond the remit of services or support provided by Student Engagement, Wellbeing and Success (SEWS) it is my duty to refer students to services provided by Bloomsbury Institute such as; Disability Services, Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) and PAL Leaders so that students are appropriately supported and developed in their studies.

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Matt Jansen

Head of Student Recruitment and Partnerships


I have had the pleasure of working at Bloomsbury Institute for over 7 years and have held roles in Student Recruitment, Admissions and Marketing. My current position involves working with prospective students to provide advice and guidance about higher education and the courses we offer.