Firoz Babu Thairinil
Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Firoz Thairinil is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Westford Education Group. As Group Head, Mr. Thairinil ensures that a strong commitment to high standards and a performance culture is embedded across the entire group. Mr. Thairinil comes from a BFSI background with strong management credentials, and an MBA from the University of Wales, UK.
Mr. Thairinil led Westford from very humble beginnings in 2008 from a small training academy to an international network of business schools having students from more than 130 countries across the globe. Mr. Thairinil started his career in Banking in 1995 as a clerical grade officer and rose to be the rank of The Country Head in a span of 15 years. During his 15 years stint in Banking Industry, he worked with reputed Institutions like Standard Chartered Bank, Emirates International Bank (ENBD), and National Bank of Umm Al Quwain (NBQ).
During his very last position as Country Head – Retail Banking Sales for a large bank in UAE, Mr. Thairinil was driven by his vision to create an impact in the Education System. With an objective to make Quality Education more accessible to all, using Technology as the Key Instrument, Mr. Thairinil embarked on his journey to bring transformation to the Education Industry.
Hanil spearheads the operations, marketing and business development of Westford University College. Hanil directs, coordinates and administers the entire aspect of all the programs including planning, organizing, scheduling , staffing and implementation. Hanil oversees the end to end aspect of student admissions to certification stage and plays an instrumental role in business development for all our courses.
Hanil is a passionate edupreneur who is in the higher education industry for the last eight years and has more than a decade of experience in the senior managerial level in the banking industry and higher education industry in varied roles including sales, operations and administration. Hanil is a Commerce graduate, an MBA from Bangalore University and PG Dip in Strategic Management from RVIM, Bangalore.
Hanil initiated the WeCares, We Talk and We Connect programs in Westford to connect the Westfordians with industry, corporate world and Community. We Cares, the signature CSR initiative of Westford University College where we encourage our students and staff to engage themselves in philanthropic and volunteering endeavours. Forbes Middle East had acknowledged and awarded Westford University College for the ‘Corporate Social Responsibility’ in the Higher Education Awards 2019.
Executive Director – Business Head
Dr. William Painter
Dean, Westford Education Group
Dr. William Painter is a veteran educationist and dean of Westford Education Group. Dr. William did extensive research in the area of Medieval History, Renaissance History, Online Education, Business Management, and Supply Chain and Logistics. For his work on 15th Century school and the transmission of Humanism through pre-university education in Northern Europe, he was awarded PhD from University of Missouri – Colombia. Dr. Painter has been active in international private and public post-secondary and higher education since 1988. He was responsible for creating and administering Europe’s first online MBA program under the High Business School Groupe Ecole Superieure de Commerce, Pau, France. Dr. Painter understands practical education for working adults and is fully versed in UK, French, and US higher education pathways.