Professor Michael Lewis
Chairman - The Riverston Group, London
Michael is an experienced educationalist, teacher, school proprietor, consultant, writer, and educational entrepreneur with more than 35 years board level experience in the UK, EU, USA, GCC and India.
Michael has extensive educational interests and has been Proprietor/Principal of Riverston School in south-east London since 1982. Prior to this he was Headmaster of Lime House School in Cumbria from 1976-1982. In 2009 he acquired the London Children’s Practice in London’s Harley Street enclave before establishing Riverston Plus – an integrated and inclusive bespoke learning department within Riverston in 2010. Riverston is keen to establish schools and colleges, particularly in the Gulf, Middle East and Indian sub-continent, as well as other independent schools in the UK. The Riverston Group was established in July 2014.
Michael was Chairman of WORBUS International, an Indian based international mergers and acquisitions consultancy from 2003-2012, and is now a shareholder in an Indian fund management and investment company. In 2001, Michael was appointed Professor of International Marketing at IEDE Madrid on their bi-lingual EMBA programme until 2004. From 2003-2007 he was Chairman of ‘rezolv’, an educational change management and school leadership development consultancy. In 2005, he was appointed by the Deputy Vice Chancellor at Leeds Metropolitan University as Visiting Professor in their ‘Innovation North’ Faculty, and was Co-Founder and Director of the ‘Centre for Social Innovation and Philanthropy’, co-developing a new M.Res degree in Social Enterprise and Innovation. He is a former Visitor, lecturer and mentor at the London Business School and was a non-executive director of Oxleas NHS Trust for many years. He is a Trustee, Director and Council Member of the British Exploring Society; founder of Phronesis Education Consultants; and, the Foundation for Innovation, Creativity and Enterprise, and since 2008 a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Marketors.
Appointed by Anglia Ruskin University in 2010, Michael is Visiting Professor at the Lord Ashcroft International Business School. Michael has also worked with the University’s School of Health co-developing a new M.Sc degree in Children’s Communication Impairment, and for many years was on the editorial board and a regular contributor to the Universities research journal - ‘Interconnections’. Having been invited to extend his Visiting Professorship he is currently developing new international partnerships and innovative new ways to deliver inclusive and integrated bespoke educational solutions to young adults of all abilities, including those with mild/moderate special educational needs through social enterprise.