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Our Board

We work with a group of committed professionals who volunteer their time to support FOCUS.

Board members come from a number of different professions and provide guidance to make sure that FOCUS meets the needs of its members. They meet on a quarterly basis and serve as advisors to the Executive Director.

Fergus Rose

Chairman of the Board, Avancement Director at ACS International Schools

Fergus Rose joined ACS International Schools in 2004 and is a member of the Senior Leadership Team with responsibility for Marketing, Admissions, Business Development and IT. He joined from a business background, with over 15 years experience in blue chip organisations in a number of Marketing and Business Development roles.  He is married with two children and lives in West London.  He is regularly published and presents frequently on educational issues and global workforce mobility matters. 


Alberto Pravettoni

Vice Chairman of the Board, Financial Services Executive

Alberto is an Italian national, who has lived in Milan, New York and London - where he resides with his family since 2005. He has a 25 year career experience in Finance, having worked at Citi, Goldman Sachs and more recently LCH.Clearnet. Alberto is a graduate from Bocconi University in Milan, and has a strong interest in international education. He is a trustee and one of the co-founders of the Italian School in London, and has completed a 'Nonprofit leadership Program' at Harvard University, specifically designed for Trustees.


Alessandra Gnudi

Board member, Executive Director at FOCUS

Alessandra is Italian and has been with FOCUS for 14 years. Coming from a legal background Alessandra studied marketing communications in Boston before moving into the relocation sector in the UK. She has been a FOCUS Board Member since 2001.


Alexander Jacob

Board member, Director HR and Talent Development CRH Europe


Alexander is a German national. He has been living in London for more than 5 years after postings to Italy and Hungary. He brings to FOCUS his personal experience as an Expatriate as well as over 15 years experience in international corporate Human Resources.


Maeva May

Board member, Policy Manager at the Institute of Cancer Research


Maeva is a French and American citizen, having lived in both countries before moving to London in June 2017. A veterinarian and policy analyst in biomedical research, Maeva brings strategic planning, communications and policy development experience to FOCUS. As a mother of three young children and an expat twice over, Maeva is a keen advocate for the structure and support FOCUS provides.


Vincent Pizzoni

Board member, Consultant in Executive Search for Preng & Associates

Vince is British and has lived abroad for 17 years. He has over 30 years business experience in international markets primarily in oil, gas and chemicals. He has a particular interest in education and works voluntarily with schools, universities, business schools and many individuals helping them to explore career options. Vince is a Fellow of the Institute of Chemical Engineers and Chartered Management Institute. He is also a member of the Institute of Career Guidance and the Society of Petroleum Engineers.