Chairman of the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust 1987 -

Since 1987 Sir Cyril has served as Chairman of the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust (SSAT) in a voluntary, unpaid capacity.  From 1987 to 2007 he served as Advisor to ten successive Secretaries of State for Education specialist schools and academies, also serving in a voluntary unpaid capacity. In 2005, the SSAT was made the lead body to support the 400 Academies to be established on the sites of underperforming schools in socially disadvantaged areas. The specialist schools initiative (technology, arts, sports and languages colleges; business & enterprise; science; engineering; mathematics & computing; humanities and music) has established 2,900 specialist secondary schools, 90% of all English secondary schools, educating to an increasingly high standard 2.6 million children. The intake of ability for specialist schools is similar to non-specialist yet in 2006 they achieved 60% 5+ A*-C grades at GCSE compared to only 48% for other schools. Specialist schools both emphasise their chosen specialist subjects, as well as teaching the national curriculum. Over 700 private sector sponsors have contributed more than 300 million pounds to the initiative.


Member for the Greater London Council (GLC) 1977-1986

Sir Cyril represented Ruislip Northwood as its Conservative member of the Greater London Council from 1977 to 1986. He was elected deputy leader of the Conservative Group in 1983 and served in a number of senior posts including Chair of the Professional & General Services Committee responsible for the 30,000 white collar staff of the Council as well as Opposition spokesman on Transport and Finance.

High Sheriff of Greater London 1996/1997

Appointed by Her Majesty the Queen as High Sheriff of Greater London from 1996 to 1997. During his year in office, visited many of the prisons in London as well as spending time with high court judges, probation services and the police. Completed a special study of young offenders and recommended policy changes for their treatment to the Home Secretary.

Resigned from the Conservative Party in 1997 when appointed advisor to David Blunkett. Now has no party affiliation.

Richmond, The American International University in London

Sir Cyril serves as Chancellor and co-Founder of Richmond, The American International University in London which is an independent, co-educational, not-for-profit , international liberal arts and professional studies university of over 1,000 students from 100 countries. The University is incorporated as a not-for-profit educational institution in the State of Delaware, USA, and is a recognised 501(c)(3) public educational charity under US law.  Richmond is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools in the USA. Its undergraduate degrees are validated by the Open University Validation Services.  Its degrees are also designated by the Department of Education of Her Majesty’s Government in the United Kingdom (Recognised Awards) Statutory Order 2006 (SI 3121), 23 November 2006. Lord Briggs of Lewes has served as Chairman of its Academic Governors since 1980.

Member of the Board of Directors of the Centre for Policy Studies (CPS) 1984-1997 Author of five pamphlets and books on local government, education and employment.

Harvard Business School Club of London President, 1990-1993

Chairman of British Friends of Harvard Business School 1993 -

Vice President of the Board of Directors of the world wide Alumni Association of Harvard Business School 1994-96.

Member of the Council of Westfield College (University of London) 1983-1990

Member of the Council of the Royal College of Music 1988-1995

Member of the Board of Governors of Holland Park Comprehensive School 1971-1974 and lately several City Technology Colleges and City Academies

President of Ruislip Northwood Conservative Association 1986-1997

Chairman of the Lexham Gardens Residents Association and Lexham Gardens Garden Committee 1986-


Fluent French, Italian, Swahili (rusty). Also studied Latin and Greek