Team

Dr Selva Pankaj

| CEO and Founder, Regent Group

Dr Selva Pankaj is a Chartered Management Accountant with an MBA and FRSA. He has enjoyed a career that has spanned two sectors, spending 16 years from 1994 to 2009 in the financial investment and merchant banking sector and from 2000 till the present day working in the education sector.

His career in the investment sector has involved work at a wide variety of firms, many of them high-profile, and global firms which include Pricoa, Rockspring, Fortress with a Joint Venture relationship with Goldman Sachs and Prudential Financial Inc amongst others. Some of his major achievements include involvement in major capital raises of over $1.5 billion of capital, tax restructuring and the co-ordination of IPOs.

In 2000, Selva launched Regent Group alongside his partner Mrs Pankaj and father Senior Selvanayagam and the group has both grown and greatly diversified in the past fifteen years as outlined in our history.

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Tharshiny Pankaj

| Managing Director, Regent Group and Principal Regent Independent College

Tharshiny Pankaj is a graduate of Brunel University where she studied Computer Sciences. In 1998 she took the post of ICT & Computing Teacher at a sixth form college. In 2000 she played a large part in the founding of Regent Independent College and has been deeply involved in the day to day running of the various businesses and been intrinsic in the growth of the Group.

Professor Mark Mabey

| Principal, Regent College Higher Education

Professor Mabey has worked in higher education for some 27 years both in the University sector and most latterly for 6 years as Principal of a large independent Higher Education College in Central London. Before that he was an academic teaching and researcher in Medical Microbiology at the University of Manchester, then moving as Head of Applied Biology at the University of Wolverhampton for five years. Following this I was recruited by KPMG as Assistant Director of Higher Education in a newly developed consultancy practice gaining invaluable experience working with Higher Education Institutions in the UK and overseas for five years. He then secured a post at De Montfort University as Director of Educational Partnerships managing the institutions UK and overseas partnerships and developing a network with over 5,000 FTE students. During this period, had a secondment to Foundation Degree Forward for 2 years as East Midlands Regional Director. Professor Mabey was a QAA Reviewer and then for 5 years QAA Review Coordinator involved in the establishment of the Review of Educational Oversight method and carried out over 60 reviews in the sector. In January 2019 Professor Mabey was appointed Principal of Regent College Higher Education.

Stephen Hurl

| Head Teacher, Regent Independent College

Stephen Hurl has a wide range of experience of school improvement within the education sector. He has taught at a number of state schools over the past fifteen years including eight years in senior management with responsibility for teaching and learning. Mr Hurl teaches Science and ICT but his specialty is Biology and this is where his passion lies. He was nominated for a National Teaching Award in 2011 in the category of ‘Best Secondary School Teacher.’ He has an impressive track record of raising student achievement and was acknowledged in producing the best examination results in the history of two different schools. Mr Hurl brings the rigours of best practice and discipline from the state sector and applies these principles to create a safe, happy and purposeful academic environment at Regent Independent College. As Head Teacher, Mr Hurl very much has a hands-on approach and is very much a presence around college on a day-to-day basis. He prides himself on his ability to work closely alongside parents, staff and students, to ensure our students perform at their peak.

Alka Tailor

| Group Associate

Alka has been working with Regent Group for over 12 years. During her tenure with Regent Group she has played many vital roles during the growth of the business. Currently she is Group Associate and in her role she supports both the CEO & the MD in Group business activities.

Paras Patel

| Head of Finance

Paras joined Regent Group in 2008 as a Finance Manager and since then she has managed all financial aspects of the Group’s businesses. She holds ACCA Part Qualification, an MBA in Finance and an Engineering degree and previously worked in the real estate sector.

Caroline Shepheard

| Senior Academic Administrator

Caroline joined Regent Group in 2009 and works across a number of Regent’s divisions. Previous to joining the organisation, she worked for a large and well-known department store, gaining significant retail and customer service experience, as well as undertaking other administrative posts whilst in pursuit of her studies.

Justyna Uminska

| Head of Information and Technology

Justyna who joined Regent in 2014 is a senior IT professional with fifteen years of industry experience in software development lifecycles, and the implementation of systems for the telecommunication, finance and education sectors. She is also an Internal Auditor specialising in ISO standards.