Employability Forum is very grateful for the commitment shown by current and former trustees.


We are currently seeking to increase our Board of Trustees. Please do contact us if you would like more information.

Ram Gidoomal

Ram Gidoomal CBE Patron

Ram came to the UK as a refugee and became UK Group Chief Executive of the Inlaks Group, a multi national business with 7,000 employees. Ram is now Chairman at the Office of the Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education in England and Wales.  In September 2011 he bacame Chair of Traidcraft. He was EF's Chair until July 2009 and became our first Patron that month.

  Bob Garnett

Dr Robert Garnett

Bob is a former Director of Children's Services for Nottinghamshire and for Hounslow. He now works as a freelance consultant. Bob is Co-Chair of the Refugee Teachers Task Force and a member of national advisory groups on community languages and youth participation. He became a trustee in 2007. 

Richard Pearson

Richard Pearson

Richard is an economist with particular expertise in migration, Higher Education and pay. Formerly Director of the independent Institute for Employment Studies (IES) and a member of the Senior Salaries Review Board, he is now involved with the Sussex Community Foundation, Sussex Oakleaf and is a Visiting Professor at Leicester and Sussex universities.


  Robin Hazlewood

Robin Hazlewood RI Chair

Robin is Education Adviser to the Trust for London. He has significant experience of higher education and was previously Vice Provost of London Guildhall University. He is a painter, author and currently Treasurer of the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour. He has been a Trustee of Employability since 2002.


Habte Hagos

Habte became an EF trustee in 2009. Himself a refugee from Eritrea, Habte was previously Director of Finance at the TDA until June 2010. He is now Finance Director at the Institute of Education.