Stephen has been practising philosophy for over forty years, having started attending classes in New York in 1974. He is now retired from a career in IT and Project Management. Among his activities in the School, he looks after the Berkshire Branch and runs the Gita study weekends. Stephen was co-opted onto the Executive Committee in 2017 and again in 2018, and was elected as Principal in 2019.
Chris joined the School in New York in 1971. He returned to the UK and joined the London School in 1972. He has been a philosophy tutor for some 20 years. He retired in 2015 as a management consultant and expert witness. He has been a trustee of three other charities, including the Education Renaissance Trust. He was President of the British Computer Society in 2018-2019. He was co-opted onto the Executive in February 2020.
Anthea Douglas has held various teaching posts both in the UK and overseas during a career spanning 42 years. She is now a tutor of Philosophy and Sanskrit within the School and is a founder member of Discantus, the School’s choir. Anthea began studying in the School in 1976 and after several years of being a member of the Fellowship, was co-opted on to the Executive Committee. She was elected to the Executive Committee in 2018.
William Brook is a rights of light consultant based in London after having lived and worked abroad for several years. He began studying practical philosophy in the School in 1999 and has attended classes in Croydon, Brighton, Auckland NZ and London. He has also tutored practical philosophy in both New Zealand and Brighton. He joined the Fellowship in 2012 and was elected to the Executive Committee the same year.
Kumar Kumara is a retired Structural Engineer. He started studying philosophy in the School in London in 1973 and moved to the North East Branch in 1976. Kumar has been the Treasurer for the Branch for the last 35 years. He has also been tutoring both early and senior philosophy groups in the Branch for the last 35 years. Kumar was co-opted to the Executive Committee in 2020.
Matt has worked in technology for over 25 years. Throughout a varied career, he has worked alongside some leading innovators and inspiring leaders at a range of companies in space technology, healthcare, government, and more recently at leading global internet players. Matt has been a student at the School, studying Philosophy and Economics for over 25 years and has been tutoring groups in the early years for over 15 years. He was co-opted to the Committee in 2019 and elected in 2020.
Sherry Moran has been a member of SPES since 1982, first in New York and later London. In New York Sherry was responsible for all JP Morgan’s internal communications. On moving to London Sherry became an entrepreneur and has since owned four businesses specialising in Best Business Practice and currently a technology company that supports global pharma companies to launch new medicines. Sherry has been a tutor for 24 years. She wrote and produced the History of the School video and was elected to the Executive in 2020.
Nigel Pate was co-opted to the Executive Committee in 2019 with responsibility for Communications and Branch Liaison. For the past ten years he has led the St Albans Branch and attended group in London, having previously studied in the Midlands, Wessex and St Albans branches. He joined the School in 1984 and the Fellowship in 2009. He retired from a career in international corporate communications, marketing and sustainability in 2019 and became a director of Waterperry Gardens Limited in 2020.
Jeffrey Sapiro gained a masters degree in medical law and ethics at Kings College London and followed an academic career as a principal lecturer and director of programmes at Middlesex University. He had previously trained as a nurse and practised in a variety of health care settings. He began studying in the school in the 1970s, and has a particular interest in studying the Sanskrit language. He was elected to the Executive Committee in 2018.
Edward Saunders is a solicitor with a varied practice covering general commercial law, litigation and insolvency. He first attended philosophy classes in the School in 1988 and started studying economics in 1997. He now teaches economics within the School. He became a member of the School’s Fellowship in 2008 and was co-opted onto the Executive. Edward was elected to the Executive Committee in 2017.
Sue Young trained at The London College of Fashion moving on to run her own retail business for many years. She currently works freelance from her studio in north London. Sue also volunteers locally in a NHS Hospital, working in a Cardiac Ward and helping support patients and families with Dementia. Sue has been a student in the School since 1966, joining the Fellowship in the late 1990s and was elected to the Executive Committee in 2009.