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Selva Pankaj

Bright Futures appoints top advisor

Regent Group CEO Selva Pankaj joins BFET as non-executive board member

Posted by Stephanie Broad | February 18, 2016 | People, policy, politics

Bright Futures Educational Trust (BFET) has added to its non-executive team with the appointment of renowned educational leader, Selva Pankaj, to its Board of Directors.

Selva joins the trust in an advisory capacity and adds significant experience through his role as CEO of the Regent Group, a London-based education, skills and training development group. The group was founded in 2000 by the Pankaj family to set up Regent Independent College & Sixth Form College, and has grown to operate a large range of educational establishments and services covering nursery schools through to sixth form and adult learning.

Selva is also a founding member of the Selvanayagam Foundation, an educational charity providing opportunities for children excluded from education in economically deprived areas of South Asia and the UK. He also has extensive experience as a chartered management accountant, having worked for a number of high profile institutions, including Goldman Sachs, raising over £1billion in investment capital.

Commenting on the appointment, Dame Dana Ross-Wawrzynski, CEO of Bright Futures Educational Trust, said: “From his extensive philanthropic commitments to the outstanding growth of the Regent Group, it is clear that Selva and BFET share the same long-term vision for improving education in disadvantaged communities. His support for BFET will allow us to better shape our approach towards raising aspirations for the benefit of students in those communities that need it most.”

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