Meet The Team


Our Directors

Tej Samani

Chief dreamer and inventor of stuff

After finishing his pro tennis career, Tej founded Performance Learning, it has delivered over an 86% success rate in developing exam results, and test scores in students from primary through to higher education, covering over 28 nationalities across the UK, U.A.E. and Africa.

Along with receiving the Freeman Award for The City Of London, Tej  is an experienced speaker and presenter, equally at home interacting with a class of teenagers as he engaging audiences of over 1,000 people at a time on subjects such as ‘Mankind’s Biggest Challenge for the Next Century’, to being interviewed alongside leaders of Fortune 500 companies such as Shell, Unilever, NBC on Corporate Social Responsibility.

He has been featured on the BBC World Service discussing the importance of a good night’s sleep and, most recently, presented at the 2017 Global Education & Skills Forum in Dubai.

Sir Martyn Lewis CBE

Former Television Journalist

Martyn is one of the earliest investors in Performance Learning and serves as a company director.

Across three decades as a television journalist he anchored every mainstream national news programme on ITV & BBC TV, and founded the UK’s first internet charity, the award-winning YouthNet (now

A recent chairman of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) and director of the Independent Press Standards organization (IPSO), he is in his tenth year as chairman of the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, part of the UK Honours system.

As a long-time campaigner for “solutions journalism”, he remains Chair of NCVO’s “Constructive Voices” project and Patron of He recently founded YourBigDay Ltd, offering video “time-capsules” for every date and almost every year over the last century, drawn from the Reuters and ITN archives, and ordered and delivered online ( Martyn was awarded a CBE in 1997 and a knighthood in 2016.


Executive director of the centre for business in society at Coventry University

Lyndon is one of the earliest investors in Performance Learning and serves as a company director.

Lyndon is Executive Director of the Centre for Business in Society at Coventry University, before which he was Professor of Strategic Marketing at Henley Business School, having previously been Research Lead at Oxford Brookes and Director of the Warwick MBA at Warwick Business School.

He is an expert in strategy creation, planning processes and implementation management. Lyndon is Associate Editor of the Journal of Marketing Management and co-chair of the Academy’s special interest groups in CRM and Market Segmentation and Strategy. Lyndon is author of eleven books.


Right Honourable the Lord Lingfield

Pro-Chancellor of Brunel University from 2006-13, Chair a government Review of Professionalism in Further Education, published as the Lingfield Report

Rt Hon the Lord Lingfield Chairs our Learning and Development Committee.

The Rt Hon the Lord Lingfield was senior adviser in education to the government and in charge of the policy of independence for state schools from 1989-97.

His schools initiative was described as being ‘the first, and as time passes, perhaps the most important legislative milestone achieved by the Coalition’. In 2012 he chaired a government Review of Professionalism in Further Education which was published as the Lingfield Report. Its Recommendations were accepted in full and he was appointed to create a new national Royal Chartered Institution for Further Education.

In 2006 his appointment as Knight Principal of the Imperial Society of Knights Bachelor was approved by The Queen; in 2012, he was appointed as Knight President. He is the chairman (and founder) of the English Schools Orchestra (1998 to date) and was created a Peer of the United Kingdom for life in 2010.

Jay Varkey

Jay is an investor in Performance Learning and serves on our advisory board.

Jay Varkey, a member of the well-known Varkey Family and Group Executive Director – GEMS Global, has expertise in Business Development with a focus in countries mainly beyond the GCC region.  Currently pursuing his Executive MBA at the Columbia Business School & London Business School prior to having achieved his M.A. Honors from the University of Edinburgh.

He began his Business Development role on a global basis with GEMS Education and this allowed him to develop professional and beneficial relationships with clients and partners both globally and regionally.

His knowledge and background in social infrastructure, especially in the education sector, leaves him well placed to lead the group’s development in this area.

Monica Duncan

Headteacher, Dukes Aldridge Academy

Monica joined our Learning and Development Committee in 2015 with a focus on state school education.

Monica has been Headteacher at Northumberland Park Community School since 2009. She was a Headteacher in Lewisham for 8 years before working in Haringey. She is a co-opted governor for St Luke’s Primary School, Hampstead and a community governor for Haringey Sixth Form College.

Her inspiration for teaching came from her teachers at secondary school. Monica is strongly committed to the belief that education can ‘transform life chances’ and is passionate about education. Enjoying the challenges of headship in urban schools her personal mantra is ‘where there is a will, there is a way’.

Dickon Taylor

Headteacher, Headteacher at Aldermans Green Primary School in Coventry.

Dickon joined our Learning and Development Committee in late 2015 and focuses on Performance Learning in the state school sector.
Dickon Taylor formerly the Headteacher at Topcliffe Primary School, a highly innovative and creative primary. Topcliffe boasts the largest resource base in the country, supporting children with autism and speech and language needs.

During his time at Topcliffe he has worked with local and multinational businesses to develop enterprise within the curriculum. Through the school’s canal boat enterprise project, Dickon challenges children’s curiosity, resilience and independence and promotes high aspirations and motivation for all future learning.

A passionate advocate for outdoor learning. Dickon has developed an onsite outdoor education facility to support character and values education, and social-emotional resilience. As a result, Topcliffe is a recognised centre of excellence for inclusion.

With 15 years’ experience across a range of schools in Birmingham and abroad. He has used his expertise to develop enjoyable, creative teaching strategies, supporting the development of all teachers through effective and supportive performance management.

A programme that he is currently supporting other schools to deliver.

Brenda Trenowden

Head of the Financial Institutions Group for Europe and Head of Banks and Diversified Financials, Europe, Africa & Americas, for ANZ.

Brenda is one of the earliest investors in Performance Learning and serves on the Advisory Board.

Brenda Trenowden is Head of the Financial Institutions Group for Europe and Head of Banks and Diversified Financials, Europe, Africa & Americas, for ANZ. She is also the Global Chair of the 30% Club. She is a passionate advocate and a global campaigner for women’s economic empowerment. She has lead a number of gender diversity initiatives including her role as Past President (2012-2015) of the City Women Network.

Brenda was recently recognised for her diversity work with one of The International Alliance for Women World of Difference 100 Awards and was named one of Brummell magazine’s Inspirational City Women.

Daniel Cohen

Former Board Director of Euromoney Institutional Investor Plc.

Dan is one of Performance Learning earliest investors and serves on the Advisory Board
Daniel Cohen was a Board Director of Euromoney Institutional Investor Plc. During his career with Euromoney he managed a range of different international publishing and events businesses, based in Asia, the US as well as Europe.

His main focus from 1991 was the development of the Euromoney Training Group, where as Managing Director, he saw the business become a global leader in the delivery of training to the corporate, financial and legal sectors.