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Meet ESB's Trustees

Chair

Pippa Quarrell, BA (Hons), PGCE

Pippa has had a wide-ranging teaching career, recently spending five years as Head of Kitebrook House. As a pupil at Kitebrook, Pippa was assessed by ESB's Founder, and as a teacher there she spent time preparing her pupils for ESB. She now works at Bryanston School where as well as teaching History at all levels, she is Senior Tutor and runs ESB and senior debating.

Honorary Treasurer

Richard Ellis, Cert Ed, BSc, MEd, LGSM, FESB

Richard runs a training business in communication skills development. He has been a member of ESB since 1974, an examiner, Trustee, served as Chair on two occasions and more recently has acted as interim CEO. He is the author of 3 books on communication and joint author of 4 others. He is passionately committed to the future growth of ESB and its educational role when the need for clear confident speaking is ever more needed.  

Honorary Vice-President

Merriel Halsall-Williams, BA, LGSM, ALAM, FESB

An ESB Examiner since 1978, Merriel has assessed all over the world. Other roles at ESB have included Independent Schools Officer and International Director. She was Director of the Professional Arts Centre for 10 years and founded the Shropshire Festival. She is also adjudicator of the BIFF and national organiser of the Thomas Cranmer Finals.

Trustee

Quentin Oliver, Dip TM, FCIPD, FITOL, MIFL

Quentin has been working in the learning and development field for over 20 years in various organisations across the public sector. Over the years he has specialised in leadership and management training and is currently head of operational training for a large public sector organisation.

Trustee

Avril Newman, B Ed (Hons)

Avril is headteacher of Sir William Burrough, an outstanding school in East London. She is a National Leader of Education for NCSL and she has been involved in many assignments as facilitator for the British Council. She was appointed Justice of the Peace for City of London in 2004, and awarded the Freedom of the City of London in 2014. She is a passionate supporter of ESB.

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