Sir Roger Fry Sir Roger Fry CBE – Chairman

Sir Roger Fry was born in Portsmouth and educated in London. He began his teaching career in a secondary modern school in Portsmouth before moving abroad. In 1969 he founded King’s College, The British School of Madrid. He subsequently founded eight other schools in three countries: Spain, Panama and Latvia. Having established the highly successful King’s Group of Schools, he has always  wanted to give something back to the UK state education system. His ambition to establish King’s Group Academies is purely philanthropic.

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_APT5637 Mrs Elena Benito

Ms Elena Benito is the CEO of the King’s Group, which she joined in 2011. Prior to joining our Group, she worked as CFO for Zed Latam, and Finance Director for Monsanto in Spain and Portugal. Ms Benito trained as a Chartered Accountant at Deloitte in both Spain and the UK, and is a member of the Spanish Institute of Chartered Accountants.

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graham1 Mr Graham Best Graham is the highly experienced Principal of St. John’s College, Southsea and also a Governor of Highbury College in Portsmouth.  As an ISI Inspector he brings considerable experience in the running of highly successful schools.

Cllr. Michael John

Holloway OBE

Michael John Holloway was British Ambassador to the Republic of Panama between 2011-2013 before leaving the UK’s Diplomatic Service to pursue other interests. In addition to being a Board Member of the King’s Group, he is currently a Special Representative of the Foreign Secretary, and a District and Town Councillor for the District of Dover, and town of Sandwich respectively.
Mr Michael Cooper OBE

Michael Cooper has had a distinguished career in education in England in both the independent and maintained sectors, as well as in Schools overseas in Europe in Africa and Asia.  After a Headship of a 1,200 pupil secondary school in East Sussex he became Principal of the British School in the Netherlands, a 3-18 school on four sites with 1,400 pupils on the roll.

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  Mr Terry Parkin, Chief Executive Officer

Terry Parkin has had a distinguished career in education working in London and across South East England.  He has held amongst other roles that of Senior Education Advisor for Portsmouth City Council, Chief Inspector of Schools in Tower Hamlets, and Director of Education in Southwark.

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Mr Bhavya Shah

Bhavya has a wealth of experience in financial management and marketing. He is currently Chief Operating Officer for the worldwide marketing function across the retail bank and wealth management divisions of HSBC.

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  Mr Ben Williams Ben has extensive experience in the banking sector and is the Managing Director of JP Morgan Private Bank where he has worked for the last 17 years. Ben chairs the Finance and Audit Committee and brings considerable financial expertise to the Board.
  Miss Sue Collins, Finance Director (non-voting) Sue has worked as a finance lead for both standalone academies and MATs since the programme started. She has many years’ experience of productively discussing finance with Principals, governors and other senior colleagues, for whom financial management is not their natural environment. Sue is also widely experienced in procurement and supports both the Board and local governing bodies.