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King Solomon International Business School

Trust Members

Rev David Illingworth OSL

David IllingworthDavid was appointed as Trust Member on 16th December 2014.  He has no relevant business and pecuniary interests including governance roles in other educational institutions.

David is a successful management and leadership practitioner, mentor, coach and trainer. His knowledge and background covers Voluntary Sector Management (AWME and OYT), Production Management (IMI), Sales Management (Racal, Oceonics and TMI(UK)), and Human Resource Management (Dover Corporation(USA)).

His work has taken him into many countries, cultures and types of organisations around the globe, from major international companies too small to medium enterprises, from high street retail to industrial engineering, from telecommunications to airlines.

David’s great ability is in helping people find creative solutions to challenges. Whether the issue concerns strategy, people management or implementation, he is able to help translate vision into actions and to enable people to deliver visible results.

Dr Sola Adesola PhD, FHEA, MRes, LLM, LLB (Hons)

Dr Sola

Cranfield University alumnus Dr Sola Adesola is a Senior Lecturer at Oxford Brookes University Business School, academic lawyer, researcher and director of PhD studies in research related to entrepreneurship education and development, energy policy, and university-industry collaboration. Sola leads and teaches at both postgraduate and undergraduate modules in International Organisations, Corporate & Business Law, International Markets & Competition and Business Strategy. Dr Adesola was a Visiting Associate Professor at Kwara State University, School of Governance & Business, Nigeria in 2014 -2015. Sola serves on the Academic Board at Oxford Brookes University and also consults as External Examiner and validation panel expert for international franchise programmes. She is a prominent player in the race and gender equality committees at Oxford Brookes University, a BME Diversifying Leadership champion, appointed as the Athena SWAN Lead in the Oxford Brookes Business School, as well as being part of BAME staff action group promoting diversifying the curriculum. Sola is a Conference organiser, international speaker and an author of widely published academic articles in peer reviewed international journals.

Dr Sola co-edited a book on “Energy in Africa: Policy, Management and Sustainability” with Palgrave Macmillan.

She is passionate about sharing her career trajectory and encouraging Black and Minority Ethnic professionals, and nurturing responsible leadership and entrepreneurship in students, young adults and academic leaders. Sola is a multi-award winner, receiving the “2009 Best of Nigeria Education Award” by the Nigerian Achievers Award Institute, UK, and “Outstanding Achiever in Education” in 2014 by the Nigeria UK Achiever’s Award. In 2015, Sola was nominated for the Brookes People Individual Award for ‘Generosity of Spirit’.

Dr Sola Adesola is married with two grown up adults. Dr Sola enjoys time out with family, walking, writing, music, volunteering.and 'spiritual metime'.

Dr Beverly Lindsay OBE OD

Dr Beverly Lindsay OBE OD is the Vice Lord-Lieutenant for The West Midlands.  Beverly is a committed Christian who has served as a governor for at an outstanding secondary school in Birmingham for 20 years where she has also served as the Chair of Governors.

Beverley is the founder and general manager of Diamond Travel one of Birmingham’s leading independent travel agencies.

Throughout Beverly’s career and the building of her travel agent business, Beverly has always found the time and energy to provide a selfless service to the development of her local community and her beloved country – Jamaica. Over the years, this has been borne out by the many initiatives, organisations and events that Beverly has either been the founder of or has been instrumental in its creation many of which still exist and provide vital services and support to the community. 

Beverly is a celebrated mentor, champion and supporter of the African Caribbean community not only in Birmingham but throughout the UK and internationally. Her success in business, aligned with her longstanding support for the local community, has resulted in her receiving many awards in appreciation of her outstanding work. Beverly became a member of the Rotary Club of Birmingham in 1997 and served as the President during 2012/2013, the first African-Caribbean woman president in almost a hundred years history of the Rotary Club of Birmingham.

In July 2017 Beverly received two honorary doctorates from Aston University and Birmingham City University.

Dr Byfield is also a trust member and her profile can be found on the Directors page.

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