Meet the Big Ideas Board

Big Ideas board in action

Big Ideas’ CIC board meets every quarter to drive forward our mission. Find out more about our fantastic board: 

Olga Stanojlović chairs the board. Following a career at the British Council serving for many years as Director of Schools, Olga Chairs the Serbian Council of Great Britain and is a Trustee of the Thames Festival. 

Rana Chhina OBE joins us from New Delhi where he leads the Centre for Military History and Conflict Studies at USI of India. Rana joined the BI Board following years of partnership on the India Remembers programme.

Currently a partner at Bristows law firm, Layla Tow brings insight and experience from the world of business to the board. 

Head teacher Andrea Silvain is on the front line of education, setting up a new primary school in Newham close to the site of the Olympic Park. 

Dekan Apajee heads up the Journalism department at the University of East London, having worked as a reporter at the BBC. He also sits on the Board at Ofcom. Dekan has worked with the team on our Teesside Trailblazers programme championing racial justice and on our series of advocacy workshops with London schools, Letters to London. 

Roisin McLoughlin was part of the Big Ideas team from 2018 – 2023 leading on our digital work. She has now joined our board while she takes on an exciting new role as Social Media Manager at the Equalities and Human Rights Commission.

Vicky Hatchett, Big Ideas Executive Producer serves as Board Secretary and Emily Hadwen and Virginia Crompton sit on the board for Big Ideas.