Alex Langstaff-Ellis

Owner / Director

Alex Langstaff-Ellis studied Business Studies and then went on to train as a Carpenter and Joiner passing with distinction. He was successfully taken on as an apprentice of a high end joiner and cabinet makers and after a few years decided to set up Langstaff-Ellis. Today Alex takes a directors role within Langstaff-Ellis but is still very much in touch with the on-going projects and their success. Alex is also the co-owner and Managing director of a panel cutting partner company.


Edward Birks Managing Director of Langstaff-Ellis Limited

Edward Birks

Owner / Managing Director

Edward Birks trained as a successful chef and then in IT passing his diploma in Technology Studies. He worked as a network developer before setting off to experience the world at first hand and travelled to many inspiring countries. On his return and following his creative dream he decided to re-train as a carpenter. Having met Alex at school years ago they were to quickly team up as joint partners of Langstaff-Ellis. Today as the managing director, Edward oversees all operations at Langstaff-Ellis while focusing on new business and business development.  Edward is also the co-owner and director of a panel cutting partner company.


Pauline Odulinski OBE Non-Exec director at Langstaff-Ellis Limited

Pauline Odulinski OBE

Non-executive Board Director


Pauline has worked in the further education sector for 40 years and is very proud to have been part of such a dynamic and responsive sector.

Although Pauline retired from her role of Principal/CEO of Aylesbury College in August 2013, she is currently working part time as Director of Specialist Support for the AOC and continues to work as a Facilitator and Coach in a wide range of projects to support the sector on its journey to being understood and respected for all the brilliant innovative work it does.

Pauline is working for the Women’s Leadership Network, Chair of the Quality assurance panel for STEM at SEMTA, leading on an innovation new charity and development programme – More recently Pauline has been involved with innovative curriculum projects such as Design E-Learn, TechWomenUK, and as a National leaders of governance.

Pauline is also a visiting Professor at Buckinghamshire New University, Chair of the ACT/Mark Webber Trust, is a Trustee of Buckinghamshire University Technical College, Non Executive Director for Activate Learning in Oxford and Plymouth College and a partner in Optima Business Consultancy together with being an Executive Coach to Senior Leaders in the sector.

Recently awarded a fellowship from Buckinghamshire New University for services to further education.

Pauline Odulinski holds an MBA in Leadership and Management in Education from the University of Leicester.


Marcus Bicknell Non-Exec director at Langstaff-Ellis Limited

Marcus Bicknell

Non-executive Board Director

Marcus Bicknell is a Member of the Board of Directors of SES in Luxembourg, the world’s largest satellite operating company serving Sky, BBC, ITV, Freesat and many broadcasters across the world. He is also Director of New Media Foundry Ltd., a member of the Development Board and Platinum Patron of RADA, the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London and a trustee of Inspire Young People.

Marcus managed Genesis and worked for CBS and A&M Records in the 70s. He was the founder Commercial Director of Luxembourg based satellite ASTRA 1986-1990 and now serves as a non-exec director of ASTRA’s holding company SES since 2006. In the 90s he was CEO Europe for TV channels BBC World and BBC Prime, and President of CMGI Europe (AltaVista, Geocities, Engage profiling, Lycos &c.).

Marcus Bicknell was born in a suburb of Washington D.C. in the USA in 1948, is a British national, has lived in 7 countries, speaks German and French and has an M.A. in Physical Anthropology from Cambridge University. He lives with his wife Susie, 2 children, 3 dogs, 4 horses and 20 acres in the Chilterns. He races a 1971 Ford Mustang and is a horse rider. He is a Volunteer Forest Warden for the Forestry Commission in Hodgemoor Woods and, as Chairman of the Hodgemoor Riding Association, he is joint winner of the British Horse Society’s 2004 Access Award.

Directors March 31, 2014