Dr Penelope Hood

Title - Education for the Future

 A highly qualified educationalist, Dr. Penelope Hood established Hood International Consultants in 2012 following a long career in academia, the UK National Health Service, United Nations and various British Council funded education projects in Sri Lanka and Maldives. She has particular expertise and experience working internationally in the development of collaborative partnerships and quality assurance in the tertiary education sector of developing countries and in South East Asia. The subject of her doctoral thesis was ‘School Leadership in Sri Lanka”. For three years she worked with the Sri Lankan Chamber of Commerce judging the National Excellence Awards. University sector experience includes External Examiner to three UK Universities, visiting Professor at the Postgraduate Institute of Management in Sri Lanka and working in a range of roles in the UK University sector. Additional posts held include Academic Council member of ATHE (Association of Technical and Higher Education) and CTH (Consortium of Tourism and Hospitality Management). She is currently Chairperson of the UK awarding body QUALIFI. 

International Development

Consultant to the Maldivian government on the decentralisation of education

Designing Masters’ degree programme for school Principals in Sri Lanka

Design and delivery of training programmes for education officers in Sri Lanka

Liaising with tertiary education councils of Zambia, Botswana and Malawi

Quality assurance adaviser in Botswana, Cambodia, Malawi, Myanmar and Zambia

Establishing university partnerships in Borneo, Botswana, India, Malaysia, Singapore, 

Strategic planning and operational management of various university collaborations


Director of International Partnerships Association of Business Executives

Director of International Partnerships, Lord Ashcroft International Business School, Anglia Ruskin University

Visiting Academic Postgraduate Institute of Management, Colombo

Director of Studies Ashcroft International Business School  

Visiting Lecturer Asian Pacific Institute of Information Technology, Colombo

External Verifier Chartered Management Institute

Programme Co-ordinator British Council Higher Education Link 

National Professional Qualification for School Principals (NPQH) Assessor 

External Verifier (University Sector) Management Verification Consortium

Principal Lecturer, Anglia Business School, Anglia Polytechnic University

External Examiner Ph.D. students Indian Institute of Technology (Delhi) 

External Reviewer “Journal of Global Responsibility” (JGR), Emerald Press 

Member of Editorial Advisory Board Sri Lankan Journal of Management 

Professional Memberships

Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts

Former Member Chartered Management Institute

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy 

Fellow of Association of Business Executives