Meet Our team
Simon has 35 years’ experience in business, education, politics and the third sector.
From the late 1990s and throughout the early 2000s he developed and ran a consultation and communications company based in Manchester. It built upon his social and economic research experience, gained through his degree in Sociology from Lancaster University, and his roles as a researcher for Bolton Bury Training and Enterprise Council, Opinion Research Corporation, and The Big Issue in the North.
He has always taken a keen interest in education, having been a school governor, sitting on Lancaster University Court, and having been responsible for the lifelong learning portfolio, whilst a councillor on Blackburn with Darwen Council.
More recently he was a Member of Parliament for Rochdale, from 2010 to 2017. During this time, he sat on the Communities and Local Government Select Committee and was a prominent backbencher.
Simon is the Chairman of Downtown in Business London and has a number of other business interests. He lives between homes in Greater Manchester and London.
Zia Sadique has a PhD in Economics and has been teaching at the tertiary education since 2002. He has held lecturing positions in Economics and Health Economics at prestigious academic institutions in UK — City University (London), and University of London. He is an enthusiastic and committed teacher. Dr Sadique has an extensive graduate teaching experience including being a module organiser and research degree supervisor. In addition to his teaching assignments, he also worked as an advisor for students undertaking graduate level projects and theses. He has developed and delivered a number of short courses to academic researchers and policy makers. He has advanced expertise in using Learning Management Systems, Blackboard, and Moodle.
Dr Sadique received his training in economics at the Australian National University, City University (London) and the London School of Economics. He has worked for the UK government’s ‘Public Health England’. He has received research funding from different national and international agencies. Dr Sadique has over 50 peer reviewed publications in high impact journals.
Raj deep Singh Joshan
Business Dev. Manager
Raj serves the position of Business Development Manager at Capital Gate Edu.
Almira has extensive experience of running offices as administration officer with quality impact.
Diana worked in the field of marketing for many years before she joined Capital Gate Edu.