SG UK EU Governance

Study Group Limited (UK and Europe) Governance

Study Group Limited is a private limited company operating in the UK and Europe (company number 02325576) delivering RQF level 3, 4 and 6 provision via its network of International Study Centres/Colleges (ISC), which are operated in partnership with universities. It is also the proprietor of Bellerbys College, through which it delivers A Levels and university pathway programmes.

Study Group is regulated in the UK by the Office for Students (OfS).

Bellerbys College receives dual educational oversight from the Office for Students and the Independent Schools Inspectorate’s Private Further Education Framework.


Study Group Limited Board of Directors

The Study Group Limited Board is responsible for overseeing the legal and regulatory responsibilities for Study Group’s operation within the UK and Europe.

The Board is composed of the Directors of SGL:

  • Sir Keith Burnett, Non-Executive Chairman
  • Alison Allden, Non-Executive Director
  • Robert Morgan, Non-Executive Director
  • James Pitman, Managing Director, Development
  • Dr Mark Cunnington, Chief Learning Experience Officer
  • Nick Williams, Chief Financial Officer
  • Nikki Hall, Chief People and Transformation Officer

In addition, Board meetings are attended by key personnel from the organisation as necessary, including, but not limited to, the:

  • Chief Legal Officer
  • Director of Compliance and Risk
  • Director of Learning Effectiveness
  • Learning Delivery Directors
  • People Experience Director
  • Executive Director of Learning Experience
  • Chief Student Experience Director
  • Senior Advisor, Academic

Study Group Limited Terms of Reference


The Study Group Limited Board has established the following committees. Reports from each committee chair are a standing agenda item at each Board meeting.

Academic Board

The senior academic body that is responsible for the design, monitoring and implementation of the academic quality assurance and enhancement framework. Academic Board provides assurance to the Study Group Limited Board of the effectiveness of academic governance, and is responsible for approving academic policies and procedures.

Academic Board’s governance framework includes the Student Council; an advisory forum of student representatives from across the network that provides an opportunity for the student voice to be heard directly by Academic Board and by the Study Group Limited Board.

Bellerbys College Advisory Board

Established to provide expertise and to advise the Study Group Limited Board in its role as proprietor of Bellerbys Colleges, the Bellerbys College Advisory Board (BCAB) advises the proprietor on matters including educational standards, safeguarding and wellbeing, policies and procedures and the governance framework. BCAB consists of independent members, with a wealth of experience and expertise relevant to the independent school sector, as well as internal experts. Barbara Harrison, former CEO of the Girls’ Day School Trust, is the non-executive Chair of the Board.

Read more about the governance arrangements for Bellerbys College here.

UK/EU Compliance, Risk and Assurance Board

Responsible for ensuring top grade in key areas of compliance, the UKEUCRAB provides a forum for key stakeholders to report on matters relating to risk and compliance. Material compliance matters are escalated, as warranted, to the global Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) committee, which is part of the Group’s governance network. 

If you have any questions relating to Study Group Limited’s governance arrangements, including agendas and minutes, then please contact


Executive Leadership Team for the UK and Europe

Leadership responsibility for UK/EU operations is primarily vested with the Chief Learning Experience Officer (CLEO) and Chief Student Experience Officer (CSEO), both of whom are members of the Group Global Executive Team. Reporting to the CLEO and CSEO are a team of senior executives with deep expertise in the education sector who are responsible for the day-to-day performance of all operations related to academic performance, and student experience and success. In addition, UK/EU operations are the beneficiary of Group support for all finance, legal and compliance, human resource, and IT matters.

Student Protection Plan

View the Student Protection Plan, prepared as part of Study Group’s application for registration with the Office for Students. This policy applies to all students studying at an International Study Centre within the UK.

Student Protection Plan

Study Group HE UK Student Transfer Policy

View the student transfer policy, which outlines the mechanisms and controls that are in place to facilitate progression to an undergraduate or postgraduate course at a partner university, as well as the process for a student to transfer onto another pathway programme partway through their study.

Study Group Student Transfer Policy

Financial Statements for Study Group Limited

Click below to view the financial statements for Study Group Limited, the legal entity operating in the UK and Europe. Please note that prior to 2020, the legal name for Study Group Limited was Bellerbys Educational Services Limited.