Our Team

Anju De Alwis - Dubai UAE / Australia


Managing Director and International Presenter

Anju is a speaker and lecturer from Australia with extensive commercial experience supported by academic qualification.

She is a high performance senior corporate executive with international exposure to global markets and is very well connected to the financial business world. Anju has held an executive CIMA committee position as chairperson of the Queensland branch CIMA association in 2013 and is a current CIMA board member for the MESANA region.

Delivers lectures in the following key subject areas:


Finance & accounting leadership inc. CIMA

Finance transformation strategic planning

Information technology marketing

Project management change management

Extensive experience in finance, IT,  project management and change management.

Architect in designing and deployment of management information.

Business intelligence systems and reports.


Anju holds a finance Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Manchester, UK

Certified Public Accountant CPA (Australia) – Full Membership

Chartered Institute of Management Accountants CIMA (UK) – Full Membership & MESANA Board Member

Chartered Institute of Marketing CIM (UK) – Full Membership

Six Sigma Greenbelt Certification


Kumar Fernando - Sri Lanka


Lecturer & Consultant

Kumar has more than 35 years of work experience both in private and public sector.

His experience helps him to teach students with a hands on practical approach which is particularly useful for strategic levels.

From humble beginnings in 2007 starting with only two students from UK, Kumar presently teaches more than 30 rotating students throughout the world covering UK, USA, Australia, Germany, Switzerland, France, China, Mauritius, South Africa, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Russia, Brunei and Baku - he is truly respected through out the world!

Kumar is a Fellow member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (FCMA) and is also a Global Chartered Management Accountant (CGMA). He is a specialist in all the financial pillars of CIMA.


Mary Jane Rodriguez - Canada



Mary Jane is a financial professional with more than 20 years of working experience in mid to senior management roles. She started her career working as an Auditor Intern for PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), currently one of the Big 4 global auditing firms.


From there, she moved into the private sector as an Accountant and has worked in the Manufacturing, Financial Services, Retail and Distribution, and Information Technology industries.

She fuels her passion for accounting by helping and educating students to pass their studies and obtain their CIMA accreditation. Since 2014, she has been sharing her knowledge by writing materials and lecturing online to students worldwide.


Mary Jane holds a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting Science from the University of South Africa. Aside from being an Associate member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (ACMA), she is also a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants in Ontario, Canada (CPA).


Ultimate Access welcomes MJ to the team, with her polished delivery and extensive experience she is a great asset to all our students.


Sandy Hood - UK

CIMA & HND Instuctor UK

Lecturer and Consultant

Sandy is a very versatile lecturer and international speaker - based in the UK with extensive commercial experience prior to becoming lecturer 25 years ago.


Along side his lecturing in business studies and in accountancy he has carried out work for various companies to ensure that he is up to date in his teaching and thus understands the current accounting needs with the trends that firms are looking for.

Working as a lecturer in two UK colleges before establishing himself as an independent accountancy course provider Sandy delivers lectures in all 12 CIMA exam subjects and has an excellent success record, most notably, in the case study exams held from 2015 to 2017.

He also delivers the HND Business units such as, Business Decision Making and Accountancy.



Pavan Kumar - Kuwait / India

CIMA (UK), MBA – Finance (UK)


Pavan is a valuable team player with Ultimate Access he is a Management Accountant with 15+ yrs of experience in MNCs fortune 50 and FTSE 10 companies closely working with senior management in executing informed decisions / strategies by Finance Business Partnering, FP&A; with active involvement in evaluating investment decisions.


Currently working for one of the largest privately held organizations in the Middle East as a Senior Finance Manager he certainly brings a real world prospective to his teaching.


Pavan has also extensive experience with industries such as Oil & Gas (Shell India) Pharmaceutical, IT Hardware, ITES, Food and Management consulting.

He has gained;

·  Master of Business Administration majored in Finance from Nottingham Trent University (UK)

·  Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management majored in Finance, International Business Management

·  Bachelor of commerce.


Swati Gupta - Bahrain / India



Swati is a Commerce graduate with a double major in Finance and Marketing from the University of Delhi, India.

After graduation, Swati went on to study CIMA with Ultimate Access and obtained the highest pass marks in her region. We are also very pleased to say she has been teaching with Ultimate Access ever since.

Her immense interest in management accounts and years of practical knowledge are well utilised to help students better understand the subjects that she teaches.

She very much believes in Brad Henry’s motto: 'A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instill a love of learning.’ Swati strives to create a constructive learning atmosphere by encouraging positive learning behaviours.

Her knowledge and teaching methods enable her to cater to students regardless of their past knowledge and understanding.

She likes to challenge students to develop the skill sets that they possess, but have not yet fully developed.


Ashim Kumar - UK



Ashim Kumar has helped thousands of students to success in the ACCA examinations, since 1992.

Amongst other ACCA papers, he has specialised in training F1, F4, F5, F9 and P3 courses, all of which are relevant to the new Strategic Business Leader (SBL) examination.

He also leads the ‘Strategic Leadership and Personal Development’ module on the MBA programme at the Gdansk University of Technology, and has delivered numerous CPD workshops in Leadership for the ACCA.

As a Director at ATC International (Europe/Central Asia) and the EY Training Centre (MENA), Ashim merged technical knowledge with real-world experience to successfully grow international training businesses.

Ashim is currently the CEO at AKA Leadership, a consultancy specialising in the development of leaders.


Julie Hardgrave - Portugal / UK


Julie has taught across a wide range of accounting, economics and business management curricula and has extensive international teaching experience as well as broad industry experience, including running her own educational consultancy business (2006-2010).

Julie’s teaching philosophy focuses on the desire to inspire students to become confident, motivated and independent learners. To this end, Julie seeks to contextualise learning by using contemporary case studies as well as drawing upon personal industry networks to bring subjects to life through guest speaking, physical/virtual field trips and simulated competitions.

Through her years of international teaching in Asia and Europe, Julie has also developed skills in teaching students for whom English is an additional language.

Julie holds a BSc in Economics and Politics from the University of Bath and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) from the University of Portsmouth. In addition, Julie is AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) qualified and is TEFL (Teacher of English as a Foreign Language) lecturer.


Andy Hardgrave - Portugal / UK


Andy has been a teacher, lecturer and tutor of Economics and Business for over twenty years. He has experience in many countries including the UK, Netherlands and China. Andy believes in harnessing the potential in his learners to achieve excellent results.

Having taught on IB Diploma, A Level, Advanced Placement and HNC/HNC programmes, Andy is well placed to help learners on a wide range of academic courses. He can use his international teaching experience to help support learners for whom English is a second language.


Jay De Alwis - Sri Lanka

Operations & Student Support

Jay is a Creative Consultant, Designer and an Arts & Crafts teacher with a BA (hons) in Spatial Design from Birmingham City University.

As part of our Operations & Student support team, she is key to the schools administration, enrolment, social media and in maintaining our virtual learning management system (Moodle)

Jay firmly believes in Sir Ken Robinsons quote "The Gardner doesn't make the plant grow. The job of the Gardner is to create optimal conditions" and this is our aim here at Ultimate Access in creating an optimal learning environment.

We are very fortunate to have such a versatile team member on deck, welcome Jay.


James Archibald - Dubai UAE / UK / Australia

Executive Director

Business Development

James has worked in various diverse industries from IT, Health, and Real Estate to Education.

He has the ability to bring focus to a company's goal with a vision for future trends. He also believes in the power of personal service as this forms the base of any business seeking to be successful in gaining repeat custom and important referrals.

Previously has led international teams in Australia and UK with business development and sales strategies.

With Ultimate Access he is also key to facilitate CIMA/HND course timings and corporate contracts as well as travelling extensively for global company representation.

For any related enquires please feel free to contact James by email to