Operational & Associate Directors
Learning & Development
Ansel has a proven track-record of success working for and with diverse communities over many decades. Immediately before joining Focus in 2003, he was Vice Principal of Morley College (from 1992). His wide-ranging career has taken him across public and charitable sectors and has included public appointments as well as senior management positions, equipping him with in-depth knowledge and experience of race equality and diversity issues, as well as the ability to communicate across cultural boundaries and at the most senior levels. He has held several appointments as Non-Executive Director and Chair of a number of health and NHS organisations in London. He is also a Justice of the Peace and a Fellow of the RSA.
An economist by background, Paul has over 15 years' experience of research, finance, sales and business development in the central banking, investment banking and fund management sectors. He brings to his role at Focus experience of working at the most senior levels, the ability to communicate across cultural boundaries and an in-depth knowledge and experience of diversity issues through his work with community-based organisations. He is an effective account manager with proven ability to plan and organise teams around consultancy deliverables. In the voluntary sector, Paul has been Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Ruach Ministries since 1999 and Treasurer of the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies since 2000; he has also been Chairman of the African and Caribbean Finance Forum.
Horatio’s tenure as chief operating officer and chief technology officer with various multi-nationals has enhanced his natural inclination to be practical and business-friendly, both in strategy and in implementation. Taking into full account the principles and market forces under which all organisations now have to operate, he blends together a breadth of experience, knowledge and expertise from the private, public and voluntary sectors in an approach to diversity, social inclusion and management that is both imaginative and effective. Alongside his practical approach go a rigor and determination - born of his own upbringing as a Chinese immigrant in a slum - that equality, diversity and social inclusion should go hand in hand with profits. As a Councillor in the London Borough of Merton, he served on a GLA Committee that reviewed the working of the London Ambulance Service and was responsible for making all the recommendations regarding diversity in the workplace.
During his career to date, Tetteh has acquired an extensive knowledge of print, broadcast and new media in the UK. As a marketing and communications specialist, he has advised many of Focus’s clients in the public and private sectors on brand development, brand management, crisis management, corporate communications and public relations. His understanding of cultural issues and their impact on social, current and economic affairs makes him particularly effective in helping clients to find solutions that fit their corporate, marketing and social goals. An experienced broadcaster, Tetteh founded the fastest-growing ethnic press title in the UK and today, in addition to his professional commitments, he also performs a number of advisory and pro bono roles, including chairing the Advisory Board to the Secretary of State for Works and Pensions and sitting on the Business Board of the Princes Trust.
Maggie Semple, OBE
Formerly Director of Education and Training at the Arts Council of England, Maggie Semple has a strong profile that reflects a highly developed sense of social responsibility combined with a business orientation, external awareness and sensitivity to both human and commercial needs. She functions smoothly both at operational and at board level, and is a Non-Executive Director of McDonalds Restaurants Advisory Board, Chair of the Dana Centre at the Science Museum, Chair of the National Research & Development Centre at the Institute of Education (London) and Chair of National Youth Music Theatre. She also serves on a range of boards, including Her Majesty’s Court Service, the British Library, De Montfort University, London University and National Museums of Science & Industry. Maggie has served on a number of Government and EU task groups, and in 2001 was awarded an OBE for her services to education.