Creator and Author of Thinking into Character, CEO and Co-Founder Regent Group
Dr Selva Pankaj
Dr Selva Pankaj is the author of the Thinking into Character book and creator of the digital platform. Having fled from his home country, Sri Lanka, as a result of civil war, Selva came to the UK where, as a qualified accountant, he developed a career in the financial investment and merchant banking sector where he spent 16 years from 1994 to 2009. His career in the investment sector involved work at a wide variety of firms, many of them high-profile, and global firms which include Pricoa, Rockspring, Fortress with a Joint Venture relationship with Goldman Sachs and Prudential Financial Inc amongst others. Some of his major achievements include involvement in major capital raises of over $1.5 billion of capital, tax restructuring and the co-ordination of IPOs. In the late 1990s, Selva was trying to earn a little extra to support his family and starting offering A-Level accountancy tuition to local students at £20 per hour. This inspired him to set up Regent Independent College, the very first business in what has now become Regent Group, and in 2009 he left his City career to become Regent Group’s CEO and began its transformation.
He has been inspired in the development of Thinking into Character by living legends, Prof. Clay Christensen from Harvard, with whom he spent 2 weeks on an executive education course – Disruptive Innovation – and Bob Proctor, America’s famous prosperity teacher. He has also attended an Essentials of Leadership programme at the London Business School and spent years learning about the science of success, with principles underpinned by Andrew Carnegie, Napoleon Hill, Stephen Covey, Stephen Hawkins and Wallace. D Wattles to name but a few.
In autumn 2019, Selva attended the Leading Change and Organizational Renewal course at the Stanford Graduate School of Business where he learnt how to combat the inertial forces that plague big organisations in order to design a company that can generate streams of innovation. Whilst there, he also attended a private coaching session with Prof Carol Dweck, author of best-seller Mindset, famously used by CEO, Satya Nadella, to turn around the fortunes of Microsoft
Managing Director, Regent Group
Tharshiny Pankaj is a graduate of Brunel University where she studied Computer Sciences. In 1998 she took the post of ICT & Computing Teacher at a sixth form college. In 2000 she played a large part in the founding of Regent Independent College and has been deeply involved in the day to day running of the various businesses and been intrinsic in the growth of the Group.
Head of Sales, Marketing and Customer Services
Alka joined Regent Group when the business was initially incorporated, in 2000. During her tenure she has delivered in a number of vital roles that have been key to the Group growing into the diversified organisation it is today. Alka has a special interest in client care, she supports the Director in building new business relationships with clients, both in the UK and abroad. Alka uses her experience and passion for helping others in reaching their full potential, to offer valuable advice to team members as key decisions are being made.
Dr Chris Wood
Head of Research Publications & Specialist Advisor
Dr Chris Wood joined Regent Group in November 2020, having spent two decades in the civil service, local government and education. Prior to joining Regent, he was an independent research consultant working with private, public and third sector organisations. He was also lead assessor for the Queen’s Award for Industry Promoting Opportunity Prize.
A former adviser to the Chief Inspector for Education and Principal Officer for research publications, Chris drafted ministerial advice notes, authored influential survey reports, contributed to parliamentary inquiries and was a keynote speaker at national and international conferences.
Chris has a doctorate and a master’s degree in education. He has a passion for all things Italian and loves a great espresso. He is married with two children.
Dean of Schools
Bushan has worked in the UK higher education industry for more than 8 years and has experience in managing university programmes from level 3 to level 7. Bushan is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy with a strong academic track record in attaining first-class and top student awards in all academic qualifications studied; including an MSc from the University of Leicester. He is currently engaged on doctoral research in Economics.
At Regent College London, Bushan has the responsibility of leading all schools. He has successfully led the implementation of the programmes, school restructures and managed the resources utilisation across different awarding bodies, enabling stronger academic outcomes. Bushan has contributed to the development of standardised practices across each schools and academic outputs.
Head of ARWA and Partnerships
Kylie has over 15 years’ experience working in the Higher Education sector, managing large change projects, developing high performing team and supporting business development and partnerships. In addition to managing teams, Kylie’s key strengths lie in bringing stakeholders together, managing negotiations and identifying and developing process improvements, whilst bringing her natural creativity to the table.
Executive Assistant to CEO
Caroline joined Regent Group in 2009 and works across a number of Regent’s divisions. Previous to joining the organisation, she worked for a large and well-known department store, gaining significant retail and customer service experience, as well as undertaking other administrative posts whilst in pursuit of her studies.
Director of Studies
Akosua has 10 years’ experience working in HE colleges and FE colleges with a widening participation brief. She joins the Regent Group to lead the development of Thinking into Character (TiC), a transformational program, giving staff and students the practical resources required to think bigger, aim higher and achieve their dreams. Akosua has a BA and MPhil in Philosophy and is currently writing up her PhD in Philosophy (from University College London). Akosua is the proud mother of Ama Bonsu, age 6 and is in training to become a yoga instructor in her spare time.
Business Relationship Manager
Miren is a recent graduate from the University of Bath and assists Dr Selva Pankaj, Founder & CEO of Regent Group, as the Business Relationship Manager for Thinking into Character. He is a big believer in setting worthy goals and life-long learning for the achievement of growth and self-fulfilment. Miren represented Great Britain at many International Junior Tennis competitions, and in his spare time coaches tennis professionally. His winning key attributes are motivation, teamwork, commitment, drive and focus.
Head of Technology
Dragos joined Regent Group in October 2017. As the leading computing and systems specialist he is responsible for ensuring that Regent Group business and operations run smoothly on a day to day basis. Helping businesses maintain maximum uptime Dragos has provided first class IT support for hardware, software, and networking – including system upgrades, malware protection and removal, and the management of operating systems – across multiple industries in the UK, Italy, and Romania. Overseeing an IT team, he is also responsible for the cost effective design and implementation of system policies and procedures for Regent Group.
Paras joined Regent Group in 2008 as a Finance Manager and since then she has managed all financial aspects of the Group’s businesses. She has an ACCA Qualification, an MBA in Finance and an Engineering degree and previously worked in the real estate sector.
Human Resources Officer
Rashika holds a Post Graduate Diploma (PGDM, CIPD7 Equivalent) in Human Resource Management and has a diverse experience handling human resource functions across corporates and academic institutions in the UK and overseas. In her previous experiences, she has led talent acquisition, performance management, employee relations, policy formulation, continuous learning programs and has trained 1000+ people on professional and soft skills. At the Regent Group, Rashika takes care of a multitude of tasks involved across all core HR functions and works closely with the leadership on human resource planning and management activities.
Head of Marketing
Rasika is an experienced marketing professional and joined Group in May 2015. In addition to the strategic marketing efforts, she directs branding, advertising, digital marketing, social media and website development efforts. She manages events, internal communications, PR, award entries and more. She holds a number of industry specific qualifications and has more than 18 years of experience (more than 13 of them being in the education marketing industry) in both domestic and international markets.
Digital Marketing Officer
George is a results-focused google certified digital marketing professional with a thorough understanding of search engine marketing, social media, content marketing, lead generation, customer engagement and building digital strategies. He has astute understanding of paid search marketing programs with a history of improving impressions, click-through rates and conversions while minimising cost. He has a proven ability to drive sales gains and increase brand awareness.