ARCHBISOP GREGORIOS OF THYATEIRA AND GREAT BRITAIN
PAREAS - COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN
Yiannis is a Chartered Member of
the Royal Institute of British Architects with his own practice in West Hampstead, London. He
was born in Limassol, Cyprus, and came to England to study architecture in 1968. Yiannis is a Chair
of the West End Conservation Area Committee, a Governor of Woodstock College, Finchley Central, and
Chair of Mill Lane Traders Association. He is passionate about the need to establish a Greek
Orthodox School in North London to sustain the Greek Language, culture and heritage in the Greek
SAVVAS AGATHANGELOU BSc. MSc. DIS
Savvas studied Industrial Chemistry and
Biochemical Engineering and spent more than 35 years in senior positions in the Food Manufacturing
Industry before setting up his own Food Consultancy. He is a long serving Governor and Audit
Committee Chairman and member of the Board of Directors of Career Academies UK at Woodhouse College.
Savvas is an active member of the Secretariat of the National Federation of Cypriots in the UK,
General Secretary of DESY UK and Chairman of Cypriot Estia of London. He has also served on
Community Greek Schools committees, is a past Chairman of the Independent Greek Schools of
England and founding member of EFEPE.
COSTAS FRANGESKIDES BA (Hons)
Costas is a Solicitor who was
born in London to parents from Famagusta, Cyprus and Chios, Greece. He studied politics and the law
before joining the City law practice of Holman Fenwick Willan where he is a Partner. He is deputy
co-ordinator of Lobby for Cyprus and also a member of a number of professional organisations
(e.g.BILA, IBA). His children attend part-time evening Greek Schools and he is passionate about the
need to continue and maintain Greek culture through the future generations.
MRS MARIA FRANGESKIDES LLB (Hons)
Maria was born in
London to Greek Cypriot parents. She went to the Henrietta Barnett School then read law at
University College London and took her professional examinations at the College of Law, Chancery
Lane. Maria is a partner at a City law firm, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP,
specialising in international arbitration and commercial litigation. She is a CEDR accredited
mediator and a member of a number of organisations including the ICC and the LCIA.
MARY KARAOLIS OBE, BEd(Hons), MA, NPQH, FCollT
Mary is a retired Headteacher of
The Ravenscroft School Barnet and was awarded an OBE in HM the Queen's 2009 birthday honours list
for her services to education. Mary is also a School Improvement Partner and Education Consultant
Leader. She continues to be active within Education and her local community. She is Chairman of the
London Borough of Barnet Mayor’s Charities Committee and serves on a number of committees. She
also plays an active part in the Greek community including as President of the Association of
Rizokarpasso in Britain and is an active member of the Secretariat of the National Federation of
Cypriots in the UK. She is married to Andreas and has three sons.
MRS MARINA PAREAS BSc,
MSc, Dip.MRS, MBPS
Marina is a psychology graduate and runs her own research
consultancy specialising in education and training. She has extensive experience in human resource
research, project management and executive development with government agencies and the education
sector. Previously, Marina was a member of the senior management team at the Hotel and Catering
Industry Training Board, and played a key role in developing national occupational standards,
and seeking recognition of qualifications across the UK tourism and hospitality industry. Marina has
a Masters in Survey Research Methods and Practice and is an approved Psychometric Test user. She is
a member of the British Psychological Society and a Diploma member of the Market Research Society.
Marina has also had her work published in a number of industry and government journals.
Theo is the Chief Executive Officer and Director of International
Affairs of Global Education Counselling (GEC). He has wide experience in the educational field
particularly in providing for the needs of overseas students aspiring to University entrance. He has
been responsible for establishing the GEC network of overseas recruitment offices and the
International Degree Foundation Programme and Pre Masters programmes. In addition to the
establishment of the colleges and curricula, he has also been responsible for developing the strong
links with the partner Universities on which the success of GEC depends.