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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. 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 was a Trustee, Director and Council Member of the British Exploring Society from 2014-2017 and has been a Freeman of the Worshipful Livery Company of Marketors since 2008.

Michael was appointed by Anglia Ruskin University in 2010 as Visiting Professor at the Lord Ashcroft International Business School. Michael and Jackie Harland have also worked with the University’s Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education co-developing an MSc degree in "Children’s Communication Impairment", and a Master's degree in "Special Educational Needs and Disabilities". For many years Michael was a regular contributor and guest editor to the Universities research journal, ‘Interconnections’. In 2017, Michael was appointed Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Social Care, Health and Education at Anglia Ruskin University, Chelmsford. Michael's focus remains developing new partnerships in the UK and overseas for Riverston and identifying innovative ways to deliver genuinely inclusive and integrated educational pathways and solutions to children and young adults with additional learning requirements and mild-moderate special educational needs.