Our Team

Our team works in ISP offices across the world including London, Madrid, Dubai and Mexico City. We are an experienced team with a long track record in education and leadership responsibility across many sectors.

Here are some of the team.

ISP-224 - Steve Brown
Steve Brown
Group Managing Director
Steve has spent much of his career working in multi-site service sector companies and has significant experience in M&A, business structuring, and building teams.  He has spent the last 13 years working in the education sector. He initially joined ISP in February 2015 having worked in private equity backed education businesses since 2004. His two previous roles were at ESG (provider of adult skills learning) and WCL (international schools operator). Prior to 2004, he worked as the Group Finance Director of a large privately owned retail company with over 350 stores and before that in senior finance positions of two FTSE100 UK public limited companies. Steve qualified as a chartered accountant with Arthur Andersen and holds an MA Hons. degree in Physics from Oxford University.

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ISP-225 - Martin Skelton
Martin Skelton
Group Director of Education

Martin worked at World Class Learning (WCL) when Fieldwork, the education consultancy he co-founded in 1984, merged with British Schools of America to form World Class Learning in 2002. Leading on the education within WCL schools, Martin oversaw the design of the Group’s curriculum and career development products as well the schools’ management contracts. Prior to co-founding Fieldwork, Martin established and later sold PFP Publishing, an educational publishing company. He has worked in the education industry for over 40 years including experience as headmaster and teacher for 20 years. He has spoken and published widely on education issues and in doing so will help to secure ISP’s standing at the forefront of excellence in education.

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ISP-227 - Darren Mee
Darren Mee
Group Finance Director

Since qualifying as a chartered accountant over 30 years ago, Darren has worked in many different senior finance role in many sectors and countries gathering significant experience specialising in tax, M&A, portfolio management and FD roles at both divisional and Plc level in FTSE100 and FTSE350 companies. With his wife, Darren set up a pre-school forest based nursery for up to 70 children and is also an active trustee for Street Child United, campaigning for 200 million children across the world who live on the streets. Darren holds a degree in Physics from the University of Loughborough.

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ISP-151b - Charles Robinson
Charles Robinson
Group Business Development Director

Charles first became involved in education when his wife bought into a nursery group in 1994. They then expanded that into five nurseries and a prep school. From there, Charles joined Cognita Schools in 2006 and for five years helped expand the group across, UK, Europe and the GCC to 55 schools. Charles started his professional career a submariner and then, after an MBA at Cranfield, worked with a number of different companies. Charles’ view on education is simple, start with the child and everything else drops into place.

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ISP-236 - Bharat Mansukani
Bharat Mansukhani
Group Commercial Director

Prior to joining ISP in 2015, Bharat was a Vice-President at NBK Capital Partners in Dubai. Within the education sector, Bharat was directly responsible for the fund’s investments in Newton Schools in Qatar and Heriot Watt University in UAE. He was also instrumental in exiting several other portfolio companies through strategic and sponsor sales. Previously, Bharat was an Investment Banking Analyst at Bank of America Securities in Chicago. Bharat received his B.A. in Economics and Political Science from The University of Michigan.

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ISP-239 - Piers Frazier
Piers Frazier
Group Director of Communications & HR

Piers has worked in education ever since graduating and enjoyed seven years as a lecturer of German language and literature at the University of Oklahoma, USA. Since 2008 he has worked on the other side of education in both student recruitment and education marketing roles for the Modern Language Association of America, the Alpha Plus Group and then at Trinity Laban Conservatoire in London. Piers holds a BA in European Politics and German from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth and an MA in German Literature from the University of Oklahoma.

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ISP-230 - Christine Simmonds
Christine Simmonds
Regional Managing Director – Middle East

Most recently Christine was CEO of Eton House School in Bundang, South Korea but after 10 years holding senior roles in leading UK and international secondary and tertiary education providers, Christine became a founder member of the Dubai Schools Inspection Bureau in 2008.  For five years she was a key member of the Knowledge and Human Development Authority team leading the development of quality and research in schools across Dubai. Christine is passionate about ‘authentic’ education whereby children gain knowledge, understanding and most importantly the skills they need to be successful in today’s ever-changing world. Christine has a Masters’ degree from University of London, Institute of Education.

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ISP-235 - Nick Rugg
Nick Rugg
Regional Managing Director – Europe
Much of Nick’s teaching and leadership experience has been in international and bilingual schools over many years including senior positions in Chile, Thailand and Greece. Nick then joined ISP after several years as the Headmaster of a leading independent school in the UK. Nick graduated from Cambridge University where he studied History.

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ISP-231 - Guy Worthington
Guy Worthington
Regional Managing Director – Latin America

Guy has been involved in school management and educational leadership, for 24 years, 18 of which in Latin America. He has carried out senior roles in leading UK schools, educational consultancy across Europe and the Middle East. Guy has a Post Graduate Certificate in Secondary Education from Suffolk University and a Masters’ degree from London South Bank University.

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Damian Quinn
Group Property Director

Damian joined ISP in August 2015. He attended Lancaster University and then spent 18 years developing his leadership and management skills as an Officer in the Royal Engineers, deploying on multiple operations to Iraq and Afghanistan.  On leaving the Army he spent the next four years as the Bursar at St John’s College School in Cambridge, learning how independent schools operate and the challenges of delivering new building projects within an operational school environment. Damian’s wife is Head of EYFS at their local school and they have two teenage children. He is passionate about the benefits of sport for children and can be found at weekends coaching rugby.

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_DSC7291 - Paul Brett
Paul Brett

Paul has been involved with education all his working life, initially in the public sector culminating with being Director of Education for Bedfordshire. Since then he has been either Chief Executive or Chairman of a number of independent education groups including Serco Education, Alpha Plus and World Class Learning. Paul also was Chair for the British and Irish Institute of Modern Music (BIMM), and GSM – which is the largest independent business school in the UK. Paul has an MA in English Literature from the University of Reading.

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_DSC7447 - Ryan Robson
Ryan Robson
Deputy Chairman

As a founding partner of the International Schools Partnership, Ryan has worked in private education for many years with Sovereign Capital supporting the Alpha Plus Group in the UK and World Class Learning (WCL) with a portfolio of schools including the British Schools of America as well as schools in Spain and the Gulf. Ryan is committed to improving educational social justice and, based on his time as Chairman of School Performance and Standards for disadvantaged state schools, has written three national policy papers. Ryan has an MA in History from Cambridge University.

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