Our team

Meet the people who make the Staff College what it is, guiding and helping you towards growth in your career and in community engagement.
CEO Staff College

Jane Parfrement

Chief Executive
Operations Manager

David Tilbrook

Operations Manager

Ellie Bevis

Assistant Operations Manager

Lisa Fasipe

Upon Project Manager

Samantha Bradonjic

Upon Project Manager

Bethany Law

Upon Project Coordinator

Emily Whalley

Upon Project Coordinator

Damon Rodgers

Strategy and Development Project Manager

Diana Da Silva

Organisational Development Project Coordinator

Adam Benghiat

Organisational Development Project Coordinator

Zoë Watson

Bespoke Programmes Team Leader

Euan Loveridge

Bespoke Programmes Project Coordinator

Becky Ilsley

Inclusive Leadership Programmes Team Leader

Femi Olufemi

Inclusive Leadership Programmes Project Coordinator

Tatenda Jambwa

Inclusive Leadership Programmes Project Coordinator

Our Board

Meet the board members of The Staff College, who share their invaluable insights, guide our team, and champion our programmes.

Lucy Butler

Director for Children, Young People and Learning for West Sussex County Council
Lucy Butler is an experienced Director of Children’s Services.  Currently Director for Children, Young People and Learning for West Sussex County Council, she has over 25 years’ experience working in the adult and children services sector.  Lucy is the co-chair of the South-East Region of the Association of Directors of Children’s Services and leads on commissioning for the South East.  She is chair of the Staff College, an organisation promoting strong leadership in the sector.  She is passionate about making sure we live in a society where all our children thrive.

Jane Parfrement

Chief Executive of The Staff College

Alison Alexander

Director of Ethics & Social Policy at Metacampus.ai 
Alison has 30 years of experience leading and managing a diverse range of services serving children and their families, including education, early help, health, and social care.  She started her career as a champion of children’s rights after spending eight years in local authority care. In the latter part of her career in public services, she lead and operated as a twin hatter covering Children and Adults Services.  Alison progressed to CEO of the Council and led system-wide change transforming the council into a commissioning council where 80% of services were delivered through an array of partnerships including community interest companies delivering the breadth of Children’s services and the entire Adult safeguarding services – the first to transition voluntarily to these arrangements. In the last three years, Alison has successfully transitioned from CEO in the public sector to CEO of a social impact company utilizing introducing Virtual Reality as a vehicle to improve children’s lives through securing behaviour change in perpetrators of violence, police officers, health practitioners, educationist, social care practitioners and adopters and foster carers. Aliso is now leading change in the Web3 world with the ambition of unlocking human potential and addressing inequalities through the use of Web3 tools. 

Luke Rodgers

Award-winning Social Entrepreneur
Luke is an award-winning social entrepreneur, recognised through the award of the British Empire Medal (BEM) in the 2018 Queen’s Birthday Honours List. He has 10 years experience co-designing projects that enhance the experience of children in and leaving care. As a facilitator Luke has worked with the Department for Education, The Fostering Network and in 2020 was invited to be a Fellow at the Saïd Business School, Skoll Centre for Social Enterprise, at the University of Oxford.

Dawar Hashmi

Director of Executive Search – Penna
Dawar is a Director of Executive Search at recruitment firm Penna and works across Government and the Public Sector. He has over 24 years’ experience in recruitment having studied Law at university and completing both his LLB and post graduate diploma in legal practice. He has been involved in several high profile recruitment campaigns including Directors of Children’s Services and Adult Social Care. Dawar chairs the judging panel for the annual Chief Executive of the Year award. He is a co judge on the Senior Leadership Team of the Year award for the MJ and also on the panel of judges for the Diversity and Inclusion award for the LGC. He founded and chairs the Diversity in Local Government Leadership Network, which is the only national network of its kind bringing together leadership capacity across the sector. He is also a mentor on the NGDP BAME 2022 mentoring programme for graduate trainees in local government.

Anurag Gupta

Chief Risk Officer and Chief Operating Officer at Sequoia Investment Management Company
Anurag Gupta is Chief Risk Officer and Chief Operating Officer at Sequoia Investment Management Company. He has primary responsibility for the risk management and compliance of Sequoia’s infrastructure debt funds and chairs the Investment Committee. He additionally oversees all day-to-day operations of Sequoia. He is also a board member and vice chair of the audit committee at Transport for London (TfL). Prior to assuming his role at Sequoia, Mr Gupta was with KPMG where he was an Infrastructure Advisory Partner and the Global Sector Head of Power. He has over 20 years’ experience in project finance, infrastructure investment and appraisal, risk management, M&A, and financial advisory accruing extensive transactional experience across infrastructure sectors such as transport, power & utilities, renewables, TMT, and social infrastructure (PPPs) amongst others. Mr Gupta holds an MBA from Tulane University, USA, a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Engineering Council, UK, and a BSc from Calcutta University, India.