Our People – Bloomsbury Institute London

Our People

Bloomsbury Institute - John Fairhurst

John Fairhurst 

Managing Director & Academic Principal
(Executive Director)

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.

Bloomsbury Institute - Amanda Jeram

Amanda Jeram

Head of Compliance


I’m extremely passionate about higher education, having worked in the sector for the last 15 years, at institutions including Middlesex University, the University of Hertfordshire and UCAS.

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

Bloomsbury Institute - Shabnam Karim

Shabnam Karim

Finance Director (Executive Director)


Having qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Deloitte in South Africa in 2005, I then moved to their London division and took on the role of Assistant Manager. During my time with Deloitte I held a wide-ranging client portfolio including listed multinational corporations auditing their group consolidations, annual reports and press releases to smaller and medium sized entities.

Bloomsbury Institute - Maria Jackson

Maria Jackson

Head of Governance and Company Secretary


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.

Bloomsbury Institute - Charlayne Lewis-Thomas

Charlayne Lewis-Thomas

Admissions Manager


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.

Bloomsbury Institute - Emmanuel Cornu

Emmanuel Cornu

Timetabling Manager


After my university studies in France and Canada, I moved to London and worked for premium retail businesses and luxury brands before joining the lovely Estates and Facilities team at Bloomsbury Institute. I am always happy to help people and curious about everything.

Bloomsbury Institute - Sarah Bailey

Sarah Bailey

Director of Centre for Student Engagement,
Wellbeing and Success


I have worked in Higher Education for over 19 years. In my role as Director of Bloomsbury Institute’s Centre for Student Engagement, Wellbeing and Success, I lead a team of Student Wellbeing Advisors who provide pastoral support and guidance to our students. We offer various student support activities and services which include monitoring of student engagement and intervention, disability and wellbeing, employability and peer-assisted learning. Prior to this, I managed transition, retention and success projects and introduced Peer Assisted Learning Schemes across academic departments at SOAS University of London and the University of East London.

Bloomsbury Institute - Anne Okello

Anne Okello

Academic Lead for Employability


I have an EFL teaching background and a broad range of experience in Education and Teaching in the UK and abroad. The major projects I have worked on include the British Council and European Union’s Language and Academic Skills and E-Learning project where I provide English language and academic coaching to refugees in Jordan. I have also worked in Education and Development in Sudan and Uganda, Teaching and providing skills training.

Bloomsbury Institute - Arif Zaman

Arif Zaman

Lecturer: Business


While Lecturer and Module Leader at Bloomsbury Institute, I have a variety of roles outside of the Institute.

I am a Visiting Tutor at Henley Business School (University of Reading), Executive Secretary at Commonwealth Research Network on International Business and Executive Director at Commonwealth Businesswomen’s Network.

Bloomsbury Institute - Claudia Maugeri

Claudia Maugeri

Academic Administrator


I joined Bloomsbury Institute in October 2017 after completing a BA (Hons) Business Management (Top-up) degree and MBA . I had no previous experience in higher education, but after joining Bloomsbury Institute I became very passionate about the sector.