Partner and Co-founder
Diane has been a professional in Further and Higher Education and ELT for more than 20 years. She spent seven years heading the Business Development operation at Lambeth College, five years with City University developing, generating income for and managing external projects and four years as International Director (then Advisor) to the national trade body for Further Education, the Association of Colleges (AoC). This experience has given her a comprehensive knowledge of the policy environment and regulatory/eligibility framework of a wide range of UK, EU and international funding programmes (from which she has generated significant resources) as well as agendas relating to inner city regeneration and innovation.
Diane previously worked with several third sector organizations and a Training and Enterprise Council and she served as National Education and Employment Advisor to Refugee Action during the 1990s. Her work during more recent years with the British Council and the Association of Colleges focused on global vocational partnerships and their role in international education systems reform. This includes promoting the UK education sector overseas and engagement in policy dialogue. She has also served on a number of related national committees and has worked closely with senior government officials in the UK and abroad.
Diane is currently the (part-time) Director of the St Giles Educational Trust which offers professional development to teachers in the UK and overseas. She has also served on the Board nominations committee of English UK.
Partner and Co-founder
Fabricio has more than 20 years’ experience of raising public finance through UK and EU funding programmes for companies and organisations in both the public and voluntary (NGOs) sectors in the UK and Spain. He has particular expertise in the development and management of multi-partner initiatives which focus on innovation, enterprise development, creative industries, education & skills development and economic regeneration.
Fabricio’s employment history includes policy, business development and operational management roles: he has worked as a Senior Economic Development Officer with Wandsworth Borough Council in London and as Programme & Contracts Manager then Deputy Head of the Business & Community Unit at Lambeth College. Fabricio subsequently spent 4 years as Principal Development Consultant with London-based consultancy Rinova Ltd where he led the development and contract compliance of the company’s European projects portfolio: this comprised a range of projects in the fields of employability and enterprise skills (funded by the Lifelong Learning, Erasmus Plus, Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs and Creative Europe Programmes) which involved partners from 15 Member States.
Fabricio is also a specialist business adviser for digital and technology start-ups and SMEs. In this capacity he has supported more than 50 companies in Spain with product development and accessing public finance. From 2006 to 2007, he assisted the Andalusian Regional Government (Spain) with the development and establishment of Proyecto Lunar the first comprehensive business start-up and support programme for the creative industries in the region. He subsequently served as Director of Proyecto Lunar across the province of Malaga