Jeremy Galpin, Legacy Lead Costain Group and Chair of the Board of Directors

Jeremy is a Chartered Fellow with the Institute of Personnel and Development a Chartered Engineer and a Member of the Association of Coaching. In his current role for Costain Group he is responsible for delivering the legacy outcomes for the Eastern Section of the £5B Tideway Tunnel.

‘I am immensely proud to represent Costain Group as Chair of Governors for the LDE UTC. I am excited by the opportunity of what has been called the ‘fourth industrial revolution’ of artificial intelligence and the digital world. Costain needs diverse and talented young people who have the skills to help us improve people’s lives by deploying technology-based solutions to meet urgent national needs across the UK’s energy, water and transport infrastructures. The LDE UTC provides us with that talent.

The Chair of Directors can be contacted via email at: [email protected] or alternatively you can write to him at the following address:

Chair of Directors, London Design & Engineering UTC, 15 University Way, Royal Docks, London, E16 2RD

Anne Heal, Independent Director and Vice-Chair of Directors

Anne Heal is an experienced non-executive director and chair. She chairs MOSL, the market operator for the non household water market, is a non executive director of the Office of Rail and Road, a board member of Elexon, the electricity settlement body, a lay member of the General Dental Council, and an independent member of the Bank of England Enforcement Decision Making Committee and the Regulatory Decision Making Committee of the FCA. She has also been a board member of Ofqual, the qualifications regulator. She was previously Director of Regulatory Affairs for BT Group, leading the regulatory negotiations that led to the creation of Openreach, where she then became MD, Strategy. Anne chairs a charity, Volunteering Matters, and is a trustee of NCVO and BalletBoyz. She chairs the Governance and Nominations Committee of Diabetes UK.

 Geoffrey Fowler, CEO and Principal, LDE UTC

Geoffrey is an educator with a passion for bridging the gap between education and business. Having experience in both industrial and educational environments, Geoffrey is able to empower staff to research and create inspirational, industrial educational content that suits the needs of all students, despite their abilities. This “hands on” pedagogy approach has led to outstanding student success results.

In 2011 Geoffrey became one of three founding members of the leadership team that delivered two Da Vinci Studio Schools to Hertfordshire, both of which received good, in every category, from OFSTED.

Geoffrey is delighted to have brought his experience of opening high quality new schools to East London and to lead the London Design & Engineering UTC as Principal.

Professor Hassan Abdalla, Provost, University of East London 

Professor Hassan Abdalla is currently the Provost at the University of East London (UEL). He joined UEL in 2011 as the Dean of the School of Architecture, Computing and Engineering.

Professor Abdalla has more than 20 years of experience in both academia and industry. He is an international authority in the fields of sustainability, smart/future cities, engineering design, Artificial Intelligence in design and factories of the future. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufacture and Commerce; Fellow of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers; and Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He is the author and co-author of over 100 papers published in high-impact journals and conferences worldwide.

The UTC Board of Directors is well served by the international, academic and industry experience that Professor Abdulla brings to bear on the governance of the LDE as well as the links with UEL. 

Lynne Graham, People Director, Thames Water Utilities Ltd

Lynne joined the LDE UTC Board of Directors in September 2020 and brings a wealth of human resources, leadership and change management experience to the Board. Currently, Lynne is the Lead Director for Careers and has oversight and governance responsibilities for the UTC’s Careers programme, which aims to prepare and equip learners with the knowledge and skills to be ambitious, explore opportunities and make informed decisions to fulfil their career aspirations.

As People Director, Lynne is responsible for Thames Water's HR function, covering the employee life cycle including talent attraction and selection, reward and benefits, payroll and administration, learning and development, employee relations and organisational development. She is also responsible for Health, Safety and Wellbeing. She has led major change programmes that have delivered significant value through improvements in employee engagement and productivity. Prior to joining Thames Water in January 2020, Lynne worked at Executive and Main Board level in diverse sectors – Eurostar (rail); British Gas (gas utility); Westbury Street Holdings (hospitality) and Yodel (logistics).

Dan Forbes-Pepitone, HR Director, Ramboll

Dan brings a breadth of industry experience and has worked in Human Resources within the engineering sector for over 30 years with organisations such as Balfour Beatty, Taylor Woodrow, Veolia Environment, MITIE and Skanska.

In September 2018, he moved from Skanska to join the leadership team of Ramboll UK (a Danish-owned global engineering consultancy) as their HR Director.

Dan brings a wealth of experience in HR, organisational and culture change, learning and development, talent management, diversity and inclusion. At Skanska, Dan was responsible for graduate, apprentice and intern recruitment and development; recruitment; leadership, talent/capability development programmes and diversity and inclusion.

Sitting on the Building Equality Executive (promoting LGBT+ inclusion in the Construction sector), Dan’s leadership and work around diversity and inclusion, learning and development, brought wide scale external recognition for Skanska, where in 2017 they were ranked in the Top 5, in The Times Social Mobility Index and in the Top 20 of the UK’s most inclusive employers.

Eryca Freemantle, Learners Aspirational Director

Eryca Freemantle is a global beauty strategist, coach, mentor, educator and property expert. Through inspirational story-telling, confidence building, professional seminars, wealth creation, power networking and training, Eryca has positioned educating, mentoring and connecting professionals, startups and entrepreneurs with the aim to empower them to work at a new level within their skillsets. 

Over the last 30 years Eryca has amassed an impressive network across the UK and the World in the health, beauty and property sectors. Utilising these same relationships she has engaged champions who boast impressive knowledge and have shared inspirational journeys on how they reached where they are today. Clarence House, Princes Trust, Houses of Parliament, London College of Fashion and NatWest are just a few of her stomping grounds.  Eryca is an experienced world class speaker who is currently one of the leading speakers for SCHOOL SPEAKERS and a business mentor for the Princes Trust.  

Eryca’s career has allowed her to travel to many countries in her role as a global beauty brand ambassador and a strategist representing the UK. However, noticing a clear lack of confidence in the UK amongst diverse groups, in the black community in particular, she decided to make a difference. Eryca stresses that people of colour contribute both fiscally and visually to the UK. She feels it is important to create an infrastructure that helps them and others to gain an equal standing in the boardroom.

Eryca’s aim and objective is to show and guide others within this institution on how to excel, and become whatever they want to become in life, by believing in themselves.  

Harry Wain, Learning and Development Manager, Skanska UK plc 

Harry is the Learning and Development Manager at Skanska UK with responsibility for developing and delivering the company's training and apprenticeship provisions to meet the organisation's current and future business needs. 

An experienced corporate social responsibility professional, Harry previously worked for Skanska to manage the delivery of employment, skills and community engagement for the Phase 2 Redevelopment of Battersea Power Station.

Chris Beales, Diocese of Chelmsford

Chris Beales is a founder member of the LDE UTC Board and represents the Diocese of Chelmsford, who provide a chaplaincy service in the UTC. Chris is a social entrepreneur with four decades’ experience of working in community economic and social development and on issues of faith and economy. He pioneered the Government’s work with faith communities (of all faiths) whilst on secondment from the Church of England’s General Synod to the Government and has extensive experience of working and on national and international development issues with volunteers, with black, Asian and minority ethnic groups and with Governments and companies. He is an ordained Anglican minister and has served in parochial ministry and industrial mission. He is currently a Visiting Fellow at St John’s College, Durham University and a William Leech Research Fellow in Applied Theology, researching new housing developments across North East England and how to “build good community”.

Nick Rathbone, Finance Director, Fujitsu UK

Nick Rathbone is a Finance Director for Fujitsu, looking after their Defence and HMRC businesses.  Fujitsu is one of the top five information and communication technology providers in the world, and in the UK offers IT consulting services, technology products, managed services, cloud-based solutions and systems integration.  Nick is a University of Cambridge graduate and Chartered Accountant by background, and has worked extensively in the IT industry, including for Misys and for the last 12 years for Fujitsu.  He has worked in UK and Germany in diverse areas such as finance transformation management, finance bid support, finance sales support, and finance business partnering, as well as financial control activities.  Over that time he has seen the difference that strong financial management can make to a wider business, and aims to use this experience to the benefit of LDE UTC.


Lucy Webster, External Affairs Director, Tideway

Lucy has held a number of senior communications roles in the transport, housing and regeneration sectors. She spent six years at Transport for London and also worked on the preparation phases, including planning and land assembly, for the London 2012 Olympic Games. Lucy joined Tideway in September 2016 as External Affairs Director from Metropolitan, a large housing provider.

Shahina Ahmad, Principal, Eden Girls' School, Waltham Forest

Shahina is the founding and current Principal of the Eden Girls’ School, Waltham Forest, an 11-16 Muslim Girls Free School. The school opened in September 2014 with 150 girls in Year 7 and Year 8 and under Shahina’s leadership has gone from strength to strength. The school was inspected for the first time in April 2016 and was judged outstanding by Ofsted.

Eden Girls’ latest GCSE results put it among the best performing schools in England, which is a testament to Shahina's leadership. In the Government’s headline Progress 8 score, Eden Girls’ School is ranked as the 12th highest performing school in England. Shahina’s experience of opening a Free School and leading it to outstanding, whilst also dealing with considerable site related issues will be invaluable in supporting the LDE UTC in its development and future plans.

Eden Girls’ School, Waltham Forest is run by Star Academies, which is one of the UK’s leading MATs. Star is a mixed MAT and runs a diverse network of faith and mainstream primary and secondary schools across the UK. Shahina’s experience of working within such a leading MAT will bring additional value to help further strengthen the Board of the LDE UTC.

Matthew Herbert, Parent Director 

Matthew is the lead Technical Consultant at a charity called United Response, which provides support services for adults and young people with learning disabilities, autism, mental health needs and physical disabilities.  He is chief architect of an in-house CRM system that enables the support workers to operate effectively and efficiently when providing services to their vulnerable clients.

Ian Wightman, Parent Director 

As a Parent Director, Ian has been impressed with the facilities, staff enthusiasm and potential opportunities at the UTC. Ian has experience of working with youth organisations as well as over 20 years experience of working at a Senior Manager/Director level within the IT and Telecoms industry.


Ghulam Abbas
LDE UTC Project Manager/Advisor and Governance Lead

Ghulam is a highly talented and experienced consultant and project manager who has supported the set-up of over 30 Free Schools across the country. As a former Assistant Director at the DfE and through his consultancy work, Ghulam has developed specialisms in project and performance management, governance development, strategic advice, stakeholder consultation, admissions, procurement of a range of services to academies, and MAT developments. 

Ghulam’s knowledge and experience were instrumental in project managing the LDE UTC to open successfully in September 2016. Since then Ghulam has established the UTC’s governance structure and continues to provide advice to help deliver the UTC’s strategic vision. He is currently responsible for supporting the LDE UTC Board of Directors (i.e. the UTC’s governing body) to operate effectively, and to develop and improve its governance capacity and capability.

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