Named OBE in the 2019 New Year Honours List for services to education and young people, Elly was formerly the Principal of Joseph Chamberlain College in Birmingham. Now working full-time with Consilium, Elly is also Director of the College for International Citizenship, a prestigious pre-university summer school for international students held annually in Birmingham.

Elly is currently a Lead Improvement Partner (LIP) for the Council of British International Schools (COBIS) accreditation programme. She played a leading role during the adaptation of the COBIS accreditation protocols to the constraints of lockdown and she has been an active figure in the resumption of face-to-face school visits in 2022 and 2023. She is currently involved with a range of leadership mentoring and training services with colleges in the UK.

She has worked extensively overseas and was Director of Studies at the Sacred Heart School in Tokyo before returning to the UK in 2006. She has held senior leadership roles for more than two decades, both in the UK and overseas and is a founder director of the International Writing project, which she delivers in a variety of locations around the world each year. Elly sits on a number of UK college committees and chairs the Sixth Form Colleges International Committee in the UK.

Other work includes feasibility study and project support for new schools in Tashkent in Uzbekistan and Novosibirsk in the Russian Federation. She has also led EAL across the curriculum training at the British School, Jakarta and Ajman Academy in the UAE.

Specialist consulting areas:

  • Leadership mentoring
  • Leadership development across the school
  • Women and leadership
  • Holding difficult conversations
  • School start-up support
  • Sixth Form College and FE provision
  • Teaching for excellence in Learning Outcomes
  • Language acquisition
  • EAL for specialists and non-specialists
  • Recruitment
  • Performance management of academic and support staff
  • Curriculum monitoring