Selva, who is a Chartered Management Accountant, took the role of CEO of Regent Group in 2009. However, before his career in education launched, Selva had an enviable career in the City between 1994-2008 working in the investment banking and fund management sector for a number of well-known organisations including Pricoa, Rockspring, Fortress (with a Joint Venture relationship with Goldman Sachs) and Prudential Financial Inc amongst others. Some of his major achievements include involvement in major capital raises of over $1.5 billion of capital, tax restructuring and the co-ordination of IPOs. In 2000, he co-founded Regent Group with his wife and partner, Tharshiny Pankaj, and his father Senior Selvanayagam. For nine years, Selva juggled his day job in the City whilst endeavouring to build up Regent Group during spare evenings and weekends.
In early 2009 Selva stepped down from his role as Executive Vice-President at Fortress Investment Group to become Regent Group CEO. Initially just running tuition, the Group has enjoyed impressive growth. 2018 turnover stands at £12m + compared to £1m nine years ago. Its primary area of activity is now higher education, but it retains two small independent sixth form colleges, a tuition centre, a nursery, and also runs leadership training. The Group now has 5 campuses across London and the number of staff on roll has risen in parallel and stands at circa 300.
Not one to rest on his laurels, Selva constantly seeks to refine his knowledge further, searching out other learning experiences. These have included time spent at Harvard Business School studying Disruptive Innovation with the renowned Prof Christensen, a week at The London Business School studying Essentials of Leadership, and most recently Selva has immersed himself in the teachings of Bob Proctor of the Proctor Gallagher Institute. He is soon to attend Stanford to continue his selfdevelopment.
Meanwhile, in summer 2018, Selva launched Thinking into Character, an online digital programme of videos and workbooks that will support personal development and help in setting personal, educational and career goals by identifying achievements that can be built upon. In summer 2019, Selva launched the accompanying book.
Selva’s natural talent for business, his contribution to the education sector and his ability to seize opportunities that present themselves have been recognised on a number of occasions. Most recently, Selva was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Bolton for services to education in July 2019. Selva was also chosen as a winner of the Finance Monthly CEO Awards 2018 and was listed, alongside Tharshiny, as one of the Asian Hot Power Couples in January 2019.
Philanthropy is important to Selva. He has supported a number of initiatives over the years which have included The Prince’s Trust, Combat Stress, the Tamil School Sports Association and the Duke of York Community Initiative. This year, Selva raised money for the victims of the Sri Lanka Easter bombing victims and is setting up his own charity, Regent Education Trust.
Selva and Tharshiny, having experienced civil unrest in Sri Lanka, from which they originate, also work to promote unity and harmony through their annual Global Unity Dinner.
Rest & Relaxation
Fine wine, politics and Bollywood music are some of Selva’s other passions and he can happily pass many hours reading tomes from key figures in industry, such as Sir Richard Branson.