Senior Officers

The Senior Leadership Team (SLT), and the College Executive Group (CEG), are responsible for the development, monitoring and implementation of the strategy which will enable us to fulfil our mission as a ‘brave and daring academic community, working in partnership with our students to enrich their lives and communities through education and scholarship that is accessible to all.

Both are a key driver for the College's strategic growth and is a focal point for the co-ordination of its day-to-day activity and business.

They are also responsible for the direction of the College and in doing so performs a number of crucial functions including liaising internally with academic and professional services colleagues; administering the College efficiently and within legal guidelines; ensuring the College is financially sound; and identifying where the academic or corporate interests and external profile of the College can be advanced.

The Senior Leadership Team meets weekly, and the College Executive Group currently meets on a bi-monthly basis: a formal calendar of meetings is drawn up annually.

Professor Amanda Blackmore: President and Chief Executive

Amanda joined GSM London in July 2017, before which she was Deputy Vice Chancellor at BPP University. She has a wealth of experience, having held a variety of academic and leadership roles over more than 20 years in higher education. Read more >

Christy Traore: Executive Dean and Deputy President

Christy Traore joined GSM London in 2013 from BPP University where she was Director of Postgraduate & Professional Programmes and then Director of Academic Collaborations & Partnerships. Christy brings a mix of rigour and flair to her role as Executive Dean at GSM London. Read more >

Chris Holmes: Chief Operating Officer

Chris Holmes has a career spanning the retail, education and professional service sectors, with over 15 years' Board-level experience across Strategy, Commercial, Supply-Chain, Operations, Property, IT and Consultancy. He joined GSM London in early 2016. Read more >

Annette Devine: College Secretary and Academic Registrar

Annette Devine joined GSM London from University of Plymouth in 2015. Previously she had been at the University of Greenwich for 17 years, where she developed experience in a variety of roles and was responsible for the student experience, service delivery, technology development, planning and communications. Read more >

Yvonne Beauchamp: Director of People

As leader of the People Department, Yvonne brings a wealth of experience to the role, having been a European HR Director in the IT industry for 12 years before becoming an academic. She originally joined GSM London in 2014 as a lecturer in HR and has led on the rollout of strengths-based education.

Clark McPhee: Director of Marketing and Recruitment

Clark McPhee is a Sales and Marketing professional with more than 20 years’ experience in the education sector. He joined GSM London in 2013 from start-up online tutoring provider TLC Education Group and prior to this spent time at some of the largest and best known brands in the education sector. Read more >

Robert Clarke: Dean of Students (on CEG)

Robert Clarke brings 15 years of entrepreneurial knowledge to his role as Dean of Students. He believes that innovative, quality teaching and positive student experience are key to helping students change their lives through academic achievment.

Liz Larner: Dean of Education and Development (on CEG)

Liz Larner entered academia following a successful career in marketing which included roles with ITV, Leo Burnett and Bauer Media. Having joined GSM London in 2013, she is currently developing our strengths-based approach to learning. Read more >

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