Advisory Board

SM Shamrat | Chairperson and CEO

Shamrat has considerable experience in Higher Education Management over very many years. He possesses an MBA from the University of Greenwich and is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute. Shamrat leads the strategic direction of OTHM with the advice and guidance of the members of the Advisory Board.

Patricia Land | Member and Chief Operating Officer

Patricia has extensive experience of working across all fields of education provision including universities, colleges and private institutions. She also has considerable experience with awarding organisations particularly in relation to governance, qualification development, compliance and quality assurance. She has sound experience of working with a number of regulatory and standards bodies in the UK and globally.

Professor Mark Mabey | Member

Professor Mabey has been involved in higher education for some 40 years lecturing in medical microbiology. For 7 years he was Assistant Director within the HE Advisory team at KPMG carrying out a number of curriculum and institutional reviews and led the demand assessment work for the establishment of the University of Cumbria. As Director of Educational Partnerships at De Montfort University’s Director of Educational Partnerships, he led and oversaw one of the largest Associate College Networks within the UK along with a large international portfolio. Professor Mabey was also a QAA Review coordinator of 8 years. For the past 12 years he has held the position at 3 Alternative Providers as Principal bringing University partnerships and significantly increasing student numbers.

Erika Beumer | Member

Erika is experienced in implementing strategic and regulatory requirements across a wide variety of education and commercial organisations. She worked for the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) as a Reviewer for the REO (Review for Educational Oversight) and HER (Higher Education Review) methods. Her work involved advising private higher education colleges in both policy and practice.

Erika is an experienced programme and project manager with an MSc in Project Management, and provides expert consultancy to smaller companies to assist them in the implementation of crucial project management processes.

Before moving to Education and the Small Business industry, Erika was working at one of the big five investment banks in strategic planning, programme management and international team building.

Dr. James Kennell | Member

James has an extensive work related experience along with academic portfolio in the Tourism and Hospitality sector. He is the Executive Director of the London Office of the International Tourism Studies Association, and a Fellow of the Tourism Society. James carries out research into the public policy and political economy aspects of tourism, as well as into cultural and other non-corporate events in terms of their wider social and economic impacts. He has published a number of articles, book chapters and other papers on these topics and is a co-author of the core undergraduate textbook 'Events Management: An Introduction' (Routledge).

James is also a regular contributor to a range of media and has been interviewed for BBC News, BBC Radio 4, The Guardian newspaper, China Daily and other outlets.

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