Appointment: New Chairman at Thomas International

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We are pleased to announce the appointment of Fergus Brownlee as Chairman of Thomas International.

This follows news that Thomas has secured significant investment from Palamon, a pan-European growth investor.  

As Chairman, Fergus will help drive the strategic direction for the business and work closely with the senior leadership team to implement ambitious plans for growth and build on the success of the last 10 years.

Fergus Browlee, Chairman of Thomas International, 2018

Fergus brings a wealth of experience in supporting international businesses through private equity investment, as well as in the recruitment and education markets. In his most recent role as President of the Cambridge Education Group, for over 10 years he supported the business in delivering academic, creative and English language programmes to thousands of students ahead of their progression into the world’s leading universities. The organisation was also initially backed by Palamon during this period.

Commenting on his appointment, Fergus Brownlee said:

“Thomas International has come a substantial distance over the last few years in terms of positioning itself for even greater growth. The business has a strong team of people behind it and is in great shape in terms of the marketplace. As it moves from an established family business into a private equity environment, my role is to steer the company through this change. There are plenty of opportunities for us to make significant steps forward, so now is the time for us to pursue these wholeheartedly.”

Thomas International’s CEO, Amir Qureshi, commented:

“Fergus has a strong knowledge and understanding of our markets, our business direction and our challenges, which makes him perfectly positioned to lead as our new Chairman.  On behalf of myself and the whole team at Thomas, we look forward to working alongside him as we move forward into a new era for the business.”

Fergus succeeds Martin Reed, a founding family member who has been at the forefront of the business for the last 27 years. Martin will stay on as a non-executive director for the Reed family. 

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Reuben Conibear

Reuben Conibear

Reuben has worked in the Marketing team at Thomas for just over 3 and half years. As Marketing Executive, Reuben's core focus is to ensure a high quality experience for Thomas customers at all times. In his spare time, Reuben enjoys kayaking, bouldering and spending time with his friends and family.