Governance & Management

Strategic decision making is the responsibility of the governing board – the Board of Trustees of James Hope College. This body, comprising about a dozen members of the school and local community, ensures that the welfare of the students and academic standards, are upheld to the highest levels, and that the vision of the Founder is realised.

The Board of Trustees work on a voluntary basis bringing their skills and experience to work closely with the Principal and his Senior Leadership Team to achieve the aims and objectives of the college. The Principal is responsible to the Board of Trustees for the management of the school.

Board Of Trustees

The James Hope College six-member Board of Trustees comprises of seasoned individuals passionate about education and grooming the next generation of leaders. With their wealth of knowledge and experience, they provide oversight for the governance of the College through strategic decision-making. In addition, their deep commitment to educational excellence influences these decisions and ensures tactical efficiencies on all core operations of the College.

Jim Ovia, CON

Jim Ovia is the Founder and Chairman of Zenith Bank Plc, one of Africa’s largest bank with over $16 billion in assets as at 31 December 2018.  Zenith Bank is listed on the London Stock Exchange as well as on the Nigerian Stock Exchange.  In addition to major operations in Nigeria and other West African countries, it has sizeable operations in London and Dubai. 

As the Chairman of Prudential Zenith Life Assurance Limited, he oversaw the landmark partnership of Prudential Plc – one of the world’s largest life assurance companies and Zenith Life – Nigeria’s fastest growing life assurance company.  He is currently the Chairman and majority shareholder of Zenith General Insurance Limited; Nigeria’s most profitable general insurance company. 


Professor Chukuka S. Enwemeka, PhD, FACSM

He is the Provost and Senior Vice President of San Diego State University, San Diego, California, USA. 

Before joining San Diego State University on July 1, 2014, he served for five years as Distinguished Professor and Dean of the College of Health Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and for over six years as Professor and Dean, of the School of Health Professions, New York Institute of Technology, Old Westbury, New York. He was Professor and Chairman of the Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, Kansas from March 1, 1993 to February 28, 2003.


Kay Ovia, MBA

She is passionate about education and youth development in Nigeria. This inspired her to start the Star Rising Education Initiative, which focuses on providing tertiary education scholarships to thriving Nigerian youths.

Kay Ovia is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Cyberspace Limited, a leading software engineering company in Lagos. She is also the MD/CEO of Quantum Markets Limited. She also sits on the Board of several organisations.

Her love and passion for youth and education has led her to support a number of Nigerian youths through their tertiary education by means of scholarship awards.


Professor O. Ibidapo-Obe, PhD, OFR

He is a distinguished Professor of Systems Engineering, a former Vice Chancellor of the University of Lagos and the current Vice Chancellor of the Federal University Ndufu Alike Ikwo, Ebonyi State, Nigeria. 

Professor Ibidapo-Obe is an excellent, award-winning academic and has served in several capacities including international teaching/research exposures 


Rosamond Adukeola Vera-Cruz

She is the CEO of British Education Consultants Ltd (BEC), a leading education consultancy based in Nigeria.

Possessing vast management experience in communications, advertising and marketing, Rosamond began her career with Grant Advertising in Lagos, and was a pioneer staff of Newswatch Communications Ltd before venturing into education.

Her passion for excellence and her dissatisfaction with the Nigerian educational system spurred her to address the critical issue of promoting quality higher educational standards in schools. 


Prince Professor Leonard F. O. Obika, PhD

His passion for educational excellence led him to active membership and involvement with numerous international learned societies, philanthropic organisations and fellowships including Physiological Society of London, Nigerian Society of Nephrology and the American Heart Association. 

Apart from teaching in Nigeria, Professor Obika was a Visiting Professor of Pharmacology at the University of Tennessee, Memphis, USA and taught at the Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School of the University of London. 


Senior LeaderShip Team

Abraham Swart

Abraham Swart was appointed as Principal of James Hope College in January 2015.
Prior to this time, Mr. Swart had already attained a career in demonstrating consistent
success in teaching, managing and executing leadership roles in both corporate and
education sectors. Before joining JHC, Mr. Swart had occupied teaching and leadership
positions in schools across South Africa, New Zealand, UK, Kenya and St. Helena Island.


Clement Ikuyinminu

Clement Ikuyinminu was appointed in January 2015 to strengthen James Hope College academic structure, to consolidate the expansion plans of the College. Prior to his appointment, Clement was the Science College and Training Manager & Head of Physics at St. Paul’s Catholic School, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom. In the past, Clement has served in such senior positions as the Master (Academic Affairs) and Director of Studies in Atlantic Hall (International School), Lagos where he spent nearly 12 years.


Mr. Alphonsus Anaukwu

Alphonsus was born in Nigeria and lived most of his adult life in Europe. With several years of experience in the academia, Alphonsus contributes to James Hope College, a wealth of many years of industrial, teaching, examining, leadership & management experience from international interactions around the world, including Germany, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Belgium, France, Finland, the Netherlands, United Kingdom, Tanzania, Kenya and Nigeria. 

His work at James Hope College features project management, curriculum development and management, strong classroom management, information & learning technologies, leadership & management skills. 


Mr. Sunday Sola-Oloyede

Sunday Oloyede has a twenty-three years teaching experience, including education in several professional development courses in South Africa, UK, Germany, France, Swaziland, Dubai and Ghana to enhance teaching and learning.
Sunday is an IGCSE Certified Teacher of English and Literature with diverse teaching experience in International schools such as Lekki British School, Grange School and Day Waterman College. He served as Pioneer Head of Boarding, Houseparent, Subject Leader, Head of Department and Key Stage 4 Coordinator at different points of his teaching career.


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