The ICMP’s Corporate Board (the Board) is the primary governing body of the institution, which is collectively responsible for overseeing the institution’s activities, determining its future direction and fostering an environment in which the institutional mission is achieved while safeguarding the interests of students and other key stakeholders. 

Specifically, the Board approves the vision, mission and strategic plans of the institution; the appointment of the Chief Executive; the composition and terms of reference of each Committee in the Governance Framework; overall staffing and facilities plans; overall financial objectives and plans and the annual operating budgets. Importantly, the Corporate Board maintains oversight of the institution’s quality assurance and enhancement (QAE) activities via the monitoring of identified academic and performance quality indicators (AQI’s and PQI’s) to ensure the appropriate resource is made available to enhance the quality of the student experience and safeguard academic standards. 

Please note that the Corporate Board minutes are published subject to redactions of text which the Corporate Board considers to be commercially, legally or otherwise operationally sensitive. Corporate Board minutes can be found below:

The Corporate Board is chaired by an independent, external non-executive Director and composed of nine members, as follows:  



Professor David Baker Chair 
David has over 30 years’ experience in higher education, including as Principal and Chief Executive of the University of St Mark and St John (‘Marjon’) and as Deputy Chair of the UK’s Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC). He has written widely in the field of library and information science (LIS). He is also a professional musician with a first-class degree from Cambridge and a master’s qualification in music. Read more

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Steffan Davies

Steffan Davies Chief Executive
Steffan serves as Chief Executive for ICMP and Managing Director of SAE Institute in the UK. Steffan brings a wealth of experience in transformation, commercial finance and operational functions across a range of global education institutions, providing a unique platform to spearhead the strategic direction of ICMP, SAE, and AD Education UK.  Read more

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Dr Tony Harris

Professor Tony Harris Principal 
Tony is a musician, academic and educator with over 20 years’ experience in the education sector. His role at ICMP is the strategic leadership and management of the institution’s academic provision, portfolio of programmes, teaching and learning development, and the faculty team. His career history is unusual in that he’s had the privilege of working in all educational phases and sectors, from primary through to doctoral study, and he prides himself on a comprehensive understanding of music learning processes. Read more

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Pete Whittard Business Development Director ICMP

Pete Whittard Business Development Director
Pete is a co-founder of ICMP and an experienced senior leader in Higher Education, a professional musician and company director with over 14 years’ experience. He is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and has been part of the core team that has seen ICMP grow significantly in recent years. Pete was instrumental in conceiving, validating and developing ICMP’s portfolio, faculty and estates strategy and in identifying, building and maintaining key external partnerships with a number of academic partners (University of East London, University of South Wales, College of North West London, Middlesex University, EDI, OCN and Pearson). Read more

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Jenny Marzano Finance Director
Jenny has been an ACCA Fellow since 2009. Her finance career spans multiple industries, including education – working at London South Bank University and the London Business School – banking and insurance. After a long tenure at the Bank of Cyprus, Jenny took on a senior role at media access organisation Independent Media Support. She enjoys working with small and medium-sized enterprises, especially those that give back to the community. Read more

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Joanne King

Joanne King Marketing Director
Jo is an experienced senior leader and company director. A digital marketing and technology expert with over 15 years’ experience in e-commerce and Higher Education settings, Jo also has extensive knowledge of recruitment and agent management within international markets including China, Korea, India and across Europe. As a business mentor for the last seven years she’s been supporting individuals, startups and entrepreneurs to implement fast-growth strategies across a variety of industries. Read more

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Paul Kirkham ICMP Chief Executive

Paul Kirkham Director
Paul is a farmers’ son from Cheshire who graduated from Edinburgh University in 1987 with an honours degree in agriculture. He then spent 15 years building a highly successful career in a large multinational organisation, managing large companies in countries as diverse as Bangladesh, Nigeria and Uzbekistan. However, he always had a passion for songwriting and decided in 2002 to take a sabbatical year enrol as a student at the then Guitar Institute to improve his musical skills and knowledge. Read more

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Martin Day

Martin Day Senior non-executive Director 
Following a career in finance of more than 20 years, Martin moved to the education sector. Initially building the international network of Henley Business School and then developing provision of banking degrees at the London Institute of Banking & Finance (formerly the Chartered Institute of Bankers) where he was Managing Director. He is also a Board member of ABE Global (an international provider of professional qualifications) and has been a committee member of national bodies regulating the banking and higher education sectors. Read more

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Ann Mroz

Ann Mroz Non-executive Director
Ann joined the ICMP Board in 2023, she is a highly experienced professional with strong connections in government and politics, higher education and schools. Ann was responsible for re-engineering the Times Higher Education World University Rankings as an academic tool and has a vast amount of knowledge of and connections to the UKs education system from early years to university. Read more

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