Professor Hugo de Burgh
Professor de Burgh started in academic life in teaching History at Edinburgh University before working as an education correspondent and television producer for STV, BBC and Channel 4. In 2004 he joined the University of Westminster as Professor of Journalism, where he set up the China Media Centre. The Centre’s research and consultancy work has given him extensive contacts in China and fed an unquenchable interest in its language, modern literature and governance. He is the writer- presenter of THE WEST YOU DON’T KNOW, a 7-part documentary series which is the first commission by China Central Television (CCTV) of foreign-made programmes. He is the author/editor of eight books and is Professor at Tsinghua University under the Ministry of Education’s International Expertise Programme.
Mr Adrian Richardson (1943 – 2017)
Founder-Principal of The Cothill Educational Trust, which comprises eight outstanding independent schools in the UK and France, Mr Richardson’s commitment to providing first class prep education which is innovative, well-delivered and applicable to the modern world has been inspirational. His first involvement with education was as a schoolmaster at Arnold Lodge and then at Ashdown House. In 1962 he took up a position on the staff at Cothill House. In 1976 he became the Headmaster and set about transforming the School from a proprietorial concern into a charitable trust. Under his leadership, the School grew to become one of the most successful boys’ boarding schools in the UK. During his headship, Cothill House bought the Chateau de Sauveterre, providing a unique opportunity for children to live in France and learn French, immersed in the country, its people and culture. As Cothill continued to expand, the need to accommodate extra pupils led him to develop Chandlings Manor into a sister prep school. This he did with celebrated success. Over the following years, he worked to bring other schools with a similar ethos into the fold and shaped the Cothill Educational Trust into the organisation which exists today.
MEMBERS OF THE ADVISORY BOARD
Supporters committed to the project with a view to becoming governors or trustees, once established:
Sir John Craven. Formerly Chairman of Morgan Grenfell, member of the Board of Directors of Deutsche Bank and Senior Independent Director of Reuters Group plc.
Lady Mei Xin Farrell. Non-Executive Director at Levmet Holdings, China Resource Specialist at the British Museum, co-founder of RMB Interest Group in London, and freelance mining and metals consultant. Formerly a commodity trader and broker at Glencore UK Ltd., Metallgesellschaft UK Ltd. and advisor at Brook Hunt Associates.
Ms Catherine Fraser. Investment Manager, The Wellcome Trust.
Lord Lingfield. Pro-Chancellor of Brunel University. In 2012 he was appointed by the Secretary of State to chair a national review of professionalism in school education.
Mr David Summerscale. Formerly Master of Haileybury and Headmaster of Westminster School.
Mr Roger Trafford. Former Headmaster of The Dragon School, Oxford, and previously of Colet Court, the preparatory school for St Paul’s, London.
Colonel Norman Wallace. Bursar, St Dunstan’s College. Formerly Director of Planning at the Ministry of Defence.
Dr Wang Fang. Former Vice President of Yuanpei Century Education Corporation. Currently the International Programmes Coordinator for the University of Westminster in China.
Ms Jia Yi. Former CEO of Johnson and Johnson Baby Centre. Educated at Peking University and UC Berkeley, she represents her parents-in-law, Professor Chen Yunyin of the National Institute for Educational Research, a Member of National Peoples’ Congress and her husband, Professor Lin Yifu, recently Chief Economist, World Bank.
Dr Zeng Rong. A graduate of Peking University and the London School of Economics. Founder and Managing Director of Hengdun Chuanmei (HSM), the Sino British television production company, developing and producing programmes for China Central Television, Shanghai Media Group and Jiangsu Television as well as new media platforms Iqivi, Youku, and Sohu.