Hugh is an award-winning international business leader with over 20 years’ experience enabling education and learning organisations. Over the last five years he has built the Elliot Foundation from concept to one of the most successful primary academy sponsors in the country. Over the same period he has helped other academy trusts with their organisational design and has contributed to the Bloodhound SSC project which aims to inspire a generation to study STEM subjects with an attempt on the world land speed record.
At Reed Learning plc (2004-2011) he drove double-digit growth, launched successful partnerships with Google and Royal Holloway University of London and won multiple industry awards. Between 1998 and 2004 he ran several of Lord Irvine Laidlaw’s education and training businesses across Europe including major turnaround and restructuring projects in the UK, France, Sweden and the Netherlands. In the 1990s Hugh launched his own education business in Moscow, which he ran successfully until 1998. Throughout his career Hugh has volunteered in the state education and third sectors including Vice-Chair at the West London Academy (2006-11) and is proud to have supported Business in the Community, the Princes Trust and Teach First.