ATHE Governing Body

ATHE’s Governing Body ensures the success of ATHE by collectively advising on the company's affairs, whilst meeting the appropriate interests of its stakeholders. In addition to business and regulatory issues, the Governing Body deals with challenges and issues relating to corporate governance and ethics.

Below you will find a brief description of the various members of the Governing Body and their experience. 

Rob Martin – Chairperson

Rob is currently the Director of an independent training company. He has also managed a number of national government contracts for the delivery of business related and social development vocational qualifications.  Rob is also a trainer, assessor and verifier for a suite of Learning and Development national vocational qualifications.

Joseph Jones

Joseph is the Director of UK Operations of ATHE and a founding director. Prior to working for ATHE, Joseph worked in banking. In his current role Joseph is involved in setting the strategic direction and managing the day to day running of the company.

Diana Muallem

Diana is the Head of Qualifications at ATHE.  She has extensive experience in qualification design, development and delivery gained from working with a number of awarding organisations, employers, regulatory bodies, Ofqual, Department of Education and the Learning and Skills Improvement Service (LSIS). Diana is a member of the ATHE Senior Management Group and regularly attends the ATHE Governing Body.

John Fairhurst

Having qualified and practiced as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales, in 1993 John entered academia with the University of Huddersfield.  During his final two years at Huddersfield he undertook the role of Head of Collaborative Provision for the Business School, responsible for the development, quality assurance and enhancement of all programmes delivered off-campus, in addition to UK and international marketing and recruitment.

In 2004 he took up the position of Associate Dean (Faculty of Arts, Law and Social Sciences) with Anglia Ruskin University, responsible for a very diverse portfolio.  During the period 2007-09, he combined the role of Associate Dean with Head of Anglia Law School, until he departed in August 2009 to take up the post of Professor and Head of the School of Law at Birmingham City University.

John is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

In 2011 he was appointed NCC Education’s Managing Director.  NCC Education is a transnational provider of UK Higher Education programmes in Business and Computing. 

John joined LSBM as Managing Director and Academic Principal in September 2012.

Arthur Jones

Arthur was a founding director of ATHE, and the Chief Executive until his retirement in 2014. Previous to ATHE Arthur taught in secondary education and worked in the Careers Service.

Colleen Chater

Colleen Chater has significant experience in education having worked in both schools and colleges. She has held management positions in these sectors and been a Principal of two colleges. Both of them were judged as outstanding by Ofsted inspectors. She has developed curriculum provision internationally and worked with the Department for Education in the UK.  Since 2011 she has been Head of Quality and Assessment at ATHE. Her role involves leading a team of External Verifiers in the monitoring and support of ATHE’s recognised centres. Colleen is a member of the ATHE Senior Management Group and regularly attends the ATHE Governing Body.

Bill Bauer

Bill Bauer has had a highly successful B2B sales and marketing career with over 20 years' experience in the IT and telecom sectors, driving complex deals with large business customers.  In his most recent sales role at Vodafone he led a cross-functional team responsible for more than 200 global accounts with offices across eight countries.  Previous positions include Director of Market Development at Alcatel, Vice President of Operations & Integration at SBC Europe, Region Head of Vodafone Global Enterprise, and a board member of SBC operating units in France, Switzerland and Norway.

Joshua Jones

Joshua is the Head of UK Strategic Development of ATHE. He is involved in determining ATHE’s strategic direction with a particular focus on business development. He achieved his degree at Newport University and has studied business administration at postgraduate level.

Dr. P J Hood

Dr. Penelope Hood has had experience  working in the Information office of United Nations, commerce, industry, the National Health Service and a large local authority in the UK.  Her work includes training, teaching, and research, advising and consulting.  Formerly a Principal Lecturer in the Lord Ashcroft International Business School (a faculty of Anglia Ruskin University), where she was Director of International Partnerships and then Director of International Partnerships for The Association of Business Executives, she is now working for Amity University London and the University of Bolton on masters’ and Ph.D. programmes. Overseas work has included consultancy to the Ministry of Education and National Institute of Education in Sri Lanka, advising the Maldivian government on decentralisation of education and working as Project Co-ordinator for three British Council Funded Higher Education Links in Sri Lanka on education management and leadership in Sri Lankan schools, as well as on entrepreneurship and innovation in higher education.  Dr. Hood is a private education consultant and faculty member of the Postgraduate Institute of Management, Sri Jayewardenepura University, Sri Lanka, member of ARTDO (Asian Regional Training and Development Organisation), Fellow of the UK Academy of Higher Education and sits on the Academic Board of two higher education institutes in Colombo, Sri Lanka.