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Gordon McKenzie

Professor Dominic Shellard
GuildHE
Chief Executive

As Chief Executive, Gordon is responsible for leading and developing GuildHE as a key representative and advocacy body in the higher education sector.

Gordon advises the Chair, Executive and Council Members on developing and implementing GuildHE policies and strategy and leads on communicating with government and other stakeholders on higher education issues.

Prior to joining GuildHE, Gordon was Deputy Director, HE Strategy and Policy at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. As a senior civil servant, Gordon worked at a high level in government higher education policy for almost a decade. He has experience handling sensitive areas including the implementation of the Browne review on higher education funding and successive government spending reviews. He has also worked with a range of ministers on innovative policies including tackling an increase in graduate unemployment and encouraging the growth of a more competitive sector.

Blog

How can universities help to attract and retain graduates in North East England?

27 April 2017
Ross Smith, Director of Policy at North East England Chamber of Commerce, outlines areas where universities could do more to help encourage graduates to stay to work in North East England

'Tuition fees hike' or inflationary catch-up?

26 April 2017
Julie Tam, Assistant Director of Policy at UUK, explains that, under new plans, there will be no wholesale hike in tutition fees in England.