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Education, Honors & Awards
Maxine Room is the Director of MG Consultancy London Ltd. She is a passionate educator now working in the field of data science and predictive analytics. She specializes in bridging the gap in the understanding of how we use the exponential growth of data to improve business and organizational decision making. She also has vast experience in education with particular interests in employability,entrepreneurship, equality and diversity. Maxine received her Med Education from the University of Bristol, and her B.Ed in Education from the University of Bristol. When not working she enjoys traveling, fitness, and reading. Maxine is an extremely skilled leader and manager and has accrued a vast experience of the business of further education including curriculum and quality, employer engagement, community development, merger and capital build. She was instrumental in instigating the merger of three colleges in Leeds to form the Leeds City College with an enrollment of 38,000 students. She became the Principal of Park Lane Campus, Leeds City College before moving to taking up the principalship of Lewisham College in 2007. Lewisham College has a population of 16,000 students and growing. Despite the ever-changing financial climate, Maxine’s focus is on growing the college’s vision of creating successful futures and working in partnership with other colleges. As a Principal of a large inner-city college serving a diverse and multi-cultural population, Maxine represents the institution on a number of groups and boards including the 157 Group, London Capital Colleges and the Gazelle group. Just last month, in the 2012 Queen’s Birthday Honors, Maxine was awarded a CBE for services to further education and to race and gender equality. Maxine is currently in the process of managing the third major merger in her career as an educational leader. Lewisham College and Southwark College have just announced their formal merger. The merged college will be led by Maxine and will be one of the largest in London serving over 20,000 students from diverse backgrounds with a wide range of aspirations. Maxine believes passionately that the FE sector has a responsibility to bring on the next generation of leaders and managers and as long as she has been a principal she has held concurrent roles as coach and mentor. Initially, she began mentoring as part of the Network for Black Professionals and the Black Leadership Initiative.
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