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Join us as we explore how UK universities can maximise the emerging international opportunities and overcome resulting challenges from the radical political shifts that the UK has experienced over the last year.
We'll be hearing from experienced sector professionals, government and partner organisations and senior overseas representatives on a range of international themes.
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Nicola Dandridge, Chief Executive, Universities UK (UUK)
Mark Garnier MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for International Trade (DIT)
The DIT Minister responsible for the education sector will talk about how he and DIT’s Education Team can work with the education sector in developing and growing the UK’s Trans National Education offer and the importance of the sector in shaping positive relationships between the UK and the rest of the world. He will also discuss how DIT can work with the sector to deliver the best international trading framework as we develop stronger trading relationships with new international markets.
Vivienne Stern, Director, Universities UK International (UUKi)
Professor Paul Wellings, Vice-Chancellor & Principal, University of Wollongong
Following the vote to leave the European Union, the UK higher education sector will need to seek new relationships and agreements around research collaboration and international education.
Australia has a number of Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) with other countries, such as Singapore, the US and New Zealand. These FTAs – in addition to eliminating tariffs – improve market access for Australian exporters of services, including education, and allow more openness and predictability on areas such as intellectual property.
Professor Wellings will discuss the impact of FTAs on the Australian higher education sector, how trade deals are an opportunity for higher education, and what the UK could learn from Australian FTAs.
Phil Baty, Editor, Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings
Phil Baty, Editor of the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, argues that for universities to be world class, they must be truly global. He will be giving us an exclusive look behind the scenes of the THE World University Rankings, drawing from previously unpublished data to highlight the important role that international outlook plays in the ranking and in driving excellence in higher education. Phil will also draw insights from THE’s new ranking of the World’s Most International Universities 2017.
Professor Sir Keith Burnett, Vice-Chancellor, University of Sheffield
As Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Sheffield, home to the #WeAreInternational campaign, Sir Keith has led the charge to show that internationalisation in all its forms is vital to UK higher education. Join us to hear why he’s so passionate on this subject and why, with rising nationalism a familiar story around the world, universities need to make the case for porous borders and open minds.
Chair: Professor Paul Boyle, President and Vice-Chancellor, University of Leicester
Speakers: Professor Jane Elliott, Chief Executive, Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)
Ed Whiting, Director of Policy and Chief of Staff, Wellcome Trust
As the UK negotiates its exit from the European Union, it is vital that the UK research and innovation community continues to position itself as a leading partner in global research. The UK research community must form and maintain new and existing relationships with global partners. What are the key policy and funding mechanisms that we need in place to enable this? Considering the existing funding and policy structures that the UK has in place with the European Union and the rest of the world, the panel will discuss which of these are working well and how we can build on our current strengths. The panel will also discuss their thoughts for any new mechanisms that should be considered over the coming negotiations and beyond.
Paul Raybould, Marketing Director EMEA, Hobsons
In this session Hobsons will launch its research findings that examine EU students’ perceptions and appetite towards UK universities opening branch campuses in Europe.
Hobsons will also share initial insights from the 2017 International Student Survey (ISS) in advance of its official launch in April, focusing on the influence of family and friends, teaching quality, and the role of social media messaging for student recruitment.
Alongside the session, delegates can pre-request a copy of the 2017 ISS report at www.internationalstudentsurvey.com/2017?UUK
The 2017 ISS has received more than 60,000 responses from international and EU students, providing unparalleled insights in to the motivations, decision-making criteria and communication preferences of prospective students, as well as the changing dynamics and reactions as a result of Brexit and Trump.
Chair: Duncan Ross, Data and Analytics Director, TES Global
Speakers: Jonathan Deer, Deputy Director, Research Division, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)
Dr Gabi Lombardo, Director, European Alliance for Social Sciences and Humanities
Reputation rarely - if ever – forms part of the strategic planning of an institution. It is neglected in favour of the adoption of multiple metrics and KPIs, which focus on those areas more easily measured. Yet reputation is often one of the most significant intangible assets of an institution.
Theories of public management drive increasingly granular measurement of performance; from research to teaching and engagement. The UK higher education sector measures more than most, but how many KPIs are useful indicators of outcomes? In this session we will challenge existing uses of indicators to measure performance and discuss approaches to institutional strategies for building and maintaining reputation.
Chair: Gordon McKenzie, Chief Executive, GuildHE
Speakers: Simon Edwards, Campaign Director - GREAT Campaign, British Council
Daniel Walpole, Head of Engagement and Communications, GREAT Britain Campaign, 10 Downing Street
Keen to engage with potential international students but without the marketing budget of some larger HEIs? The Study UK: Discover You campaign - run by the British Council and the GREAT Britain campaign to promote the best of British education overseas and support the international ambitious of UK HE institutions - may be able to help. Come along and hear how your institution can get involved from using assets in your own promotional materials to having your alumni featured in bespoke campaign films.
Chair: Sara Custer, Editor, the PIE
Speaker: Professor Ihron Rensburg, Vice Chancellor, University of Johannesburg (presenting the work of Piyushi Kotecha, Chief Executive, South African Regional Universities Association (SARUA))
Hear how SARUA mobilised universities in Southern Africa to embrace their potential as catalysts for positive change by addressing developmental needs of the region. SARUA commenced its Climate Change Counts mapping study in 2013. Since then a core team of specialists, supported by a SARUA DVC working group and academic peer reviewers, have engaged with over 2,000 stakeholders in the region, to determine the extent of climate change as a shared threat and a knowledge gap, and how to respond to it. SARUA and its partners have established a successful model for collaboration – a model that can be replicated and used in other regional programmes.
Chair: Ant Bagshaw, Deputy Director, Wonkhe
Speakers: Dr Janet Metcalfe, Chair, Vitae
Mark Leech, Skills Development Coordinator, University of Manchester
Professor Robin Mason, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (International) and Vice-President, University of Birmingham
The high proportions of international doctoral researchers and academic staff confirm that the UK has been an attractive destination for researchers. With Brexit in front of us and increased restrictions on visas, are we doing enough to ensure that we are still attracting and retaining talented international researchers to the UK? Through the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers and the HR Excellence in Research Award, UK institutions have been improving the research environment for researchers. This session will look at the progress that has been made and what still needs to be done to maintain the pipeline of academic talent and improve the attractiveness of the UK research system.
Chair: Professor Colin Grant, Vice-President (International), University of Southampton
Speaker: Professor Connie McManus Pimentel, International Relations Director, The CAPES Foundation
In recent years, internationalisation in Brazilian higher education institutions (HEI) has been based on individual requests to grant bodies. This left the HEIs out of the selection process and all were treated equally without definition of their priorities for internationalisation. Capes’ new program takes regional and national differences into account, based on building sustainable partnerships with foreign institutions, but also stipulates that individual HEIs need to meet pre-set goals to maintain funding.
Speaker: Arlene Griffiths, Director, Client Relations and Business Development UK & US, IDP Education Ltd
In an increasingly turbulent and highly competitive international landscape, IDP's annual study into student buying behaviour can provide unique insights for institutions to inform their marketing and recruitment strategies.
Since 2012, IDP's student buying behaviour study has explored the perceptions that international students have of the five major English speaking study destinations in relation to key attributes, namely: quality of education, graduate employability opportunities, affordability, safety and visa requirements.
This session will also draw upon our knowledge of working with US as well as UK institutions.
Chair: Wendy Alexander, Vice-Principal (International), University of Dundee
Speakers: Helen Challis, Head of the International Relations Office, Imperial College London
Olivia McLaughlin, General Manager, SAE Institute UK
Andy Jones, Director of Learning, Teaching and International, Harper Adams University
How do you measure the return on investment of your institution’s international activities? Demonstrating impact is vital for international teams arguing the case for more resource but evidencing ROI is a challenge. Hear from institutions of different sizes about how they have their approaches to measuring ROI across all areas of international activity.
Chair: Professor Rebecca Hughes, Director Education, Education & Society, British Council
Speakers: Alex Miles, Deputy Director, External Relations and Public Affairs, University of Nottingham
Dr Richard Hutchins, Deputy Chief Executive, Marketing Birmingham
Kris Matykiewicz, Head of Business Engagement, The University of Manchester
As Brexit Britain takes shape, trade and investment is a topic of increasing significance as Government and businesses try to piece together what our new global economic relationships will look like. However, outside of the national policy sphere – where higher education has been identified by the Industrial Strategy as a pull-factor for global investment and talent – universities are playing an increasingly important role as global institutions operating within their civic and local contexts.
At a time where local authorities are expected to replace lost grant revenue with increased business rates, universities are increasingly coming to the fore as ambassadors for their localities, wielding soft-power, global advocacy networks and connections in support of the visitor economy, inward-investment and trade.
This breakout session will see experts from across the HE sector, regional and national government discuss why this is happening, how it works in practice and what the opportunities are for internationalisation staff working in universities and beyond.
Chair: Jazreel Goh, Director Education Services (East China), British Council
Speakers: Jim Addison, Director Education, British Council China
Matt Durnin, Head of Research and Consultancy (East China), British Council
Professor Jonathan Frampton, Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor (China), University of Birmingham
Dr David Baghurst, Managing Director, Oxford University Innovation Ltd
By many metrics China is a research juggernaut. It ranks second in output of scholarly publications and R&D expenditure, while it leads the world in number of patents filed. Yet a closer look shows significant gaps between where China is and where its leaders would like it to be; China trails most of its peers in terms of the impact of its publications, and the number of patents that are approved. To help close this gap, China has increasingly turned to foreign collaboration. As a leader in research and innovation, the UK is an attractive partner for China. This is evidenced by the sharp rise in joint research publications and exchanges between the two countries over the past decade. While this relationship was formerly often viewed as a one-way transfer of expertise, the benefits of collaboration are rapidly shifting towards the UK. The sheer size of China and its growing wealth of scientific resources present important opportunities for UK institutions, particularly as EU funding comes under threat. But what exactly are the opportunities and how can we effectively engage? This session will seek to answer those questions by exploring China’s growing investment in both basic and applied research, as well as mapping its rapidly expanding innovation infrastructure of technology parks, incubators and national laboratories to HE collaboration. We will examine the modes of collaboration that are working best and discuss how they can be integrated with UK universities’ additional activities in recruitment and transnational education.
Lee Bartlett, Senior Manager, Fragomen
The workshop will cover recent audit trends, what the Home Office will review at audit, as well as top tips in how to successfully handle any Home Office audit. The workshop will focus on key policy areas including sponsorship obligations on both Tier 4 and Tier 2 as well as possible steps that HEI's may be able to take for their EU national employees in light of Brexit and will also include interactive and practical reviews of dummy files and discussion around the relative risks posed by such files at Home Office Audits.
Murray Simpson, Head of Higher Education and Matt Fay, Senior Client Partner, Net Natives
The brand of the UK is continuously changing; with Brexit impacting on EU student numbers, stricter immigration control, and increasing Higher Education competition around the globe.
In order to successfully attract students, both your institution and the UK as a study destination must have an engaging and authentic ‘brand’. But when recruiting internationally, how can you ensure your brand resonates with each and every target market?
In this session, Net Natives will be analysing the current brand of the UK; looking at how studying in the UK is perceived internationally, and highlighting some examples of where universities are creating strong brand stories in international markets.
Net Natives will explain the data and tools you can use to measure your brand, and target it appropriately, providing insight on how to build brand loyalty within key international markets to create a sustainable model for international recruitment.
Speakers: Janet Ilieva, Founder and Director, Education Insight
Professor Stephen Olivier, Vice Principal and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Abertay University
There are now twice as many students studying on UK university courses outside the UK as there are inside it. And this ‘transnational education’ takes many forms including international campuses, partnership teaching models and distance-learning. International education specialist Janet Ilieva will give an overview of transnational education and the latest trends. Then we’ll hear from small and specialist institutions who have already jumped aboard the TNE bandwagon
Chair: Dominic Scott, Chief Executive, UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA)
Speakers: Dr Allan Goodman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Institute of International Education (IIE)
Christian Müller; Director Strategy, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
Ben Webster, Founder and Director, Jamiya Project
Interruption of education for refugees could have lasting impact on their lives, this workshop will examine projects that are working to overcome this issue.
The Jamiya Project leverages the resources of displaced Syrian academics to widen access to higher education opportunities for Syrian refugees unable to attend university. It does this by matching the academics with European universities, developing blended courses, using online MOOC technology and partnering with local NGOS.
In Germany - where over one million refugees have been accepted - the federal and state governments are investing in overcoming legal, societal, academic, economic, and political challenges to integrate them into study programmes at universities. As part of this work, the DAAD is implementing programmes to provide information, counselling, academic and linguistic preparation for refugees taking up higher education.
Finally, IIE – together with the Catalyst Trust – have created the Platform for Education in Emergencies Response (PEER), a global clearinghouse to identify scholarships and opportunities and connect displaced and refugee students with resources they can use, anywhere in the world.
Our three speakers will discuss the challenges and lessons learned from these programmes and consider what more we can do.
The world has undergone radical political and social shifts in recent times, with the vote for the UK to leave the European Union, Donald Trump being elected President of the United States of America, and the rise of the far right across Europe and the globe. We have also seen the introduction of a new phrase into our vocabulary: post-truth politics. What are the impacts of these shifts on international higher education? What can universities do to allay the impact of post-truth, anti-expert sentiment? And what should the higher education sector across the globe be doing in order to mitigate threats and take advantage of opportunities resulting from these changes?
Chair: Vivienne Stern, Director, Universities UK International (UUKi)
Professor Rolf Tarrach, President, European University Association (EUA)
Dr Allan Goodman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Institute of International Education (IIE)
Professor Ihron Rensburg, Vice Chancellor, University of Johannesburg
Education as diplomacy, education as soft power… As the UK negotiates both its exit from the European Union and how this will affect its subsequent position in the wider world, the higher education sector has much to offer. We play a key role in the global research and innovation community. We work with peers to face the grand challenges of our age. Our graduates hold senior positions in start-ups, corporates and governments in numerous countries – encouraging bilateral trade and industry. How can we develop, engage and grow our role and influence?
Chair: Vivienne Stern, Director, Universities UK International (UUKi)
Sir Ciarán Devane, Chief Executive, British Council
Professor Robin Grimes, Chief Scientific Adviser, Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Nicola Dandridge, Chief Executive, Universities UK
Our Chief Executive, Nicola Dandridge, is responsible for the leadership and management of Universities UK with members of the senior management team reporting to her.
The chief executive is appointed by the UUK Board and reports to the president.
Nicola has been in post since September 2009. She was previously Chief Executive of the Equality Challenge Unit, a higher education agency that works with the sector to promote equality for staff and students.
Before joining the Equality Challenge Unit, Nicola was a lawyer, qualified in both England and Scotland and working in private practice.
Mark Garnier was appointed as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for International Trade on 17 July 2016. He was elected as the Conservative MP for Wyre Forest in May 2010.
Mark was educated at Charterhouse School, Surrey. In 1982 he began a 17 year career in the City of London, initially working on the floor of the London Stock Exchange before specialising in Far Eastern and other global emerging market investment banking. In 1999, Mark switched to boutique investment fund management, running small specialist funds, until he was elected in 2010. He also spent a spell as a small business advisor. He has served on the Court of the Worshipful Company of Coachmakers and Coach Harness makers of London for a number of years.
Mark was a district councillor of the Forest of Dean District Council from 2003 to 2007 and was elected as the Conservative MP for Wyre Forest in May 2010. He served on the Treasury Select Committee (2010 – 2016) and the Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards (2012 – 2014). Mark also served as chairman on a number of All Party Parliamentary Groups and was previously the Prime Minister’s trade envoy to Burma, Brunei and Thailand.
Vivienne is the Director of Universities UK International (UUKi) which represents UK universities around the world and works to enable them to flourish internationally.
Prior to her role in UUKi, Vivienne was Head of Political Affairs at Universities UK. In this role she led the sector’s response to several major pieces of legislation relating to universities, including the Higher Education Act 2004. She previously worked in the UK Parliament for the Chair of the Education and Skills Select Committee, and as a higher education policy specialist working on topics including quality, student experience, innovation and university-business links.
She is a Director of Universities UK; a member of the Board of the UK India Research and Innovation Initiative and the Strategic Partnerships in Higher Education Fund; she is a member of the British Council’s Education Advisory Group and a number of other Boards and Committees.
She is a graduate in English Literature from the University of Cambridge.
Professor Paul Wellings assumed the post of Vice-Chancellor of the University of Wollongong in January 2012. He was Vice-Chancellor, Lancaster University from 2002 -2011. Professor Wellings began his career in the UK as a NERC Research Fellow and moved to Australia as a research scientist at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), becoming Chief of the Entomology Division (1995), Head of the Innovation and Science Division, Department of Industry, Science and Resources, Canberra (1997-1999), then Deputy Chief Executive of CSIRO (1999).
He has previously been a Director of the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO), the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) and the Cumbrian Rural Regeneration Company. Between 2006-2011 he was board member of UUK and Chair of UUK's International European Policy Committee, and a board member of HEFCE and Chair of HEFCE's Research and Innovation Committee.
Professor Wellings is currently a member of The Bundanon Trust, Australian Research Council Advisory Committee, the Advisory Committee for the New Colombo Plan, Global Foundation Advisory Council and the NSW Innovation & Productivity Council. He was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list 2012 and, a Hon DSc from Lancaster University in 2014.
Phil Baty has 20 years of experience working in the global higher education sector, including more than seven years as editor of the World University Rankings.
Phil was listed as one of the top 15 “most influential” in education by The Australian newspaper in 2012 and in the 2016 book, Global University Rankings and the Mediatization of Higher Education, he is described as “one of the most powerful commentators, and arguably policy actors, on higher education”.
Phil joined Times Higher Education (THE) in 1996, and has served as chief reporter, news editor, deputy editor and latterly, editor-at-large. He took over responsibility for the World University Rankings in 2008 and led the development of the current THE World University Rankings methodology, determining the 13 performance indicators and weightings currently used to evaluate world-class research universities. He also conceived the annual THE World Reputation Rankings and 150 Under 50 Rankings, and he established the THE Asia University Rankings and the BRICS & Emerging Economies Rankings.
Phil founded the THE World Academic Summit, first held in Singapore in 2013. The event has since grown into a successful World Summit Series, bringing together senior university leaders and policy makers in meetings across the world, including in San Francisco, Melbourne, Hong Kong, Johannesburg, Moscow, Delhi and Barcelona. He is a regular speaker at international conferences, contributing in recent years to events organized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, the World Bank, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, British Council, British Academy and others.
Phil is an award-winning journalist. He picked up the Ted Wragg Award for Sustained Contribution to Education Journalism (CIPR) in 2010 and was a runner up for the Paul Foot Award for Campaigning Journalism, run by The Guardian and Private Eye magazine in 2007. He contributes regularly on global higher education for leading newspapers and broadcasters around the world.
Professor Sir Keith Burnett is Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sheffield. Previously, he was Head of the Division of Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences at the University of Oxford. He is a member of the Council of the Royal Society and sits on the Prime-Minister’s Council of Science and Technology, He is also President of the UK Science Council which includes professional bodies and learned societies across science, as well as practising scientists at all levels within education and industry.
Sir Keith is also a member of the Board of the Higher Educational Funding Council for England and has served as a member of the Infrastructure Council which advises the Treasury on major investments, and is on the Boards of the UK Atomic Energy Authority and the National Council for Universities and Business.
A speaker of Mandarin Chinese, Sir Keith is a leading advocate of partnership between the UK and China and in both 2014 and 2016 was given an Award for Outstanding Personal Achievement by the People’s Republic of China for his contribution to the understanding of Chinese language and culture. He has advised the Chinese government on Higher Education policy and he is a regular commentator in the Chinese media. He is Chair of the Model Confucius Institute in Sheffield focused on industry, health and education.
In the UK and internationally, Professor Burnett is frequently asked to comment on how the UK can develop a meaningful knowledge economy and innovative partnership between universities and business. In Sheffield he has supported the development of an Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District with university partnerships with over 100 companies in aerospace, automotive, civil nuclear energy and healthcare technologies. As part of this, the University has been the first of its kind in the UK to develop industry-supported degree apprenticeships in engineering, with 600 young people studying in this way in a world-leading research centre.
Sir Keith is a regular commentator in the UK and international media on issues of education, science and innovation and the economy. He is also co-founder of the #weareinternational campaign which welcomes international students and scholars to the UK, now supported by over 100 UK universities.
Professor Burnett received a CBE for contributions to the scientific community in 2004, and was awarded a knighthood in 2013 for services to science and higher education.
Professor Paul Boyle CBE is President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leicester. Previously, Chief Executive of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the UK’s largest funding agency for social science research; the International Champion of Research Councils UK, with responsibility for international strategy on behalf of all seven UK research councils; and President of Science Europe, representing over 50 European funding agencies. He is a Fellow of the British Academy, the Royal Society of Edinburgh, the Academy of Social Sciences, and the Royal Geographical Society of Scotland.
Professor Boyle is Chair of the Scottish Science Advisory Council, which is Scotland’s highest level science advisory body; a Board Member of Universities UK, who provide leadership and support to executive heads of 133 UK University institutions; an ‘impact champion’ for the United Nations HeForShe global solidarity movement for gender equality; a Council Member and Trustee of the Association of Commonwealth Universities, which has over 500 member institutions in 37 Commonwealth countries; Chair of the Q-Step Strategy Board, promoting quantitative social science training in the UK; on the Advisory Board of the UPP Foundation; and the Advisory Board of Sporting Equals, promoting ethnic diversity in sport and physical activity.
Professor Jane Elliott took up the post of Economic & Social Research Council Chief Executive and Research Councils UK International Champion in October 2014.
Before joining the ESRC Professor Elliott was Professor of Sociology at the Institute of Education, London, the Director of the Centre for Longitudinal Studies and the Director of CLOSER (Cohorts and Longitudinal Studies Enhancement Resources) programme, both funded by the Economic and Social Research Council.
Ed Whiting has worked in a number of Whitehall social and financial policy Departments in his civil service career, including in HM Treasury's financial stability team through the 2008-09 financial crisis. Ed was most recently at No10 Downing Street where he was Deputy Principal Private Secretary to the Prime Minister, leading on public services. In addition to his civil service career, in 2011-12 Ed set up and ran a small arts crowdfunding website, and in 2012-13 was an elected member of the RSA's Fellowship Council. Ed was awarded an OBE for public service and services to No10 Downing St in the June 2016 Queen's Birthday Honours list.
Paul Raybould is the Marketing Director for Hobsons’ Agile.i division, working with a number of institutions to maximise their student recruitment. In this role he works with universities to define their marketing strategy for international recruitment - covering market research, student profiling, defining target markets, competitor positioning and digital campaigns. He is also responsible for managing Hobsons’ International Student Survey, examining the motivations and decision-making criteria of over 43,000 respondents in the world’s largest survey of pre-enrolled international and EU students www.internationalstudentsurvey.com. Paul has 18 years of experience working in digital marketing, with a specialist interest in marketing automation, search engine optimisation, digital advertising, social media and performance measurement. Prior to joining Hobsons he worked for a software company based in the Netherlands, and has a broad range of experience from having worked across a variety of sectors including UK government, publishing and data management.
Gabi Lombardo is the director of the European Alliance for SSH (www.eassh.eu) and senior consultant on the future of HE management and property development, and European funding. Previously, Gabi was a senior member of the Science Europe team, and she spent 2 years at the European Research Council Executive Agency (ERC) coordinating scientific evaluations. Gabi spent 10 years at the London School of Economics (LSE) where she studied for her PhD and worked in both academic and management positions, with a particularly emphasis in articulating and developing the LSE’s first International Strategy, alongside LSE Director, Lord Anthony Giddens.
As CEO, 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 HE 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.
Professor Dr Patrick Kee is currently the Vice Chancellor of SEGi University, which is the one of the largest private higher educational institutions in Malaysia with more than 20,000 students.
Professor Kee obtained his Bachelor of Engineering (Industrial with 1st Class Honours) in 1984 and earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering in 1992 from the University of Melbourne, Australia. He has more than 25 years of experience working in both academic and senior management positions with the manufacturing industry and institutions of higher learning in Australia and Malaysia. He has received numerous awards and grants for his research and has published his findings in reputable technical publications, journals and reports locally and internationally. He has also presented numerous technical papers and keynotes papers at local and international conferences. He is the external reviewer and examiner for international journals for advanced manufacturing technology and higher degree research theses for universities in Australian and the UK. He was awarded the ”Promising Entrepreneur” by the Asia Pacific Young Entrepreneurs Organization in 1998 for his contribution in pioneering and setting up a successful school with almost a thousand students within a private college in Malaysia.
Professor Steve Olivier is Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) and Vice-Principal at Abertay University where he leads all academic activities, including teaching and learning; research and knowledge exchange; and quality enhancement and assurance. Externally he sits on several senior committees of Universities Scotland, and serves on several UK national bodies including the GPA Implementation Group, and the UK Quality Code for Higher Education Steering Group. He regularly speaks and writes on the leadership of change management in higher education, and has published widely in the area of philosophy and sport. He spends a lot of time outdoors, surfing, kayaking, and serving as a crewman in the RNLI.
Dr. Allan E. Goodman is the sixth President of IIE, the leading not-for-profit organization in the field of international educational exchange and development training. IIE conducts research on international academic mobility and administers the Fulbright program sponsored by the United States Department of State, as well as over 250 other corporate, government and privately-sponsored programs. Previously, he was Executive Dean of the School of Foreign Service and Professor at Georgetown University. He is the author of books on international affairs published by Harvard, Princeton and Yale University Presses. Dr. Goodman served as Presidential Briefing Coordinator for the Director of Central Intelligence and as Special Assistant to the Director of the National Foreign Assessment Center in the Carter Administration. Subsequently, he was the first American professor to lecture at the Foreign Affairs College of Beijing, helped create the first U.S. academic exchange program with the Moscow Diplomatic Academy for the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs, and developed the diplomatic training program of the Foreign Ministry of Vietnam. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a founding member of the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE), Co-President of the Partner University Fund (PUF) Grant Review Committee, and a member of the Jefferson Scholarship selection panel. He also serves on the Council for Higher Education Accreditation International Quality Group Advisory Council and the Board of Trustees of the Education Above All Foundation. Dr. Goodman has a Ph.D. in Government from Harvard, an M.P.A. from the John F. Kennedy School of Government and a B.S. from Northwestern University. He was awarded the inaugural Gilbert Medal for Internationalization by Universitas 21.
Simon joined the British Council in August 2016. He has more than 25 years’ experience working with brands in marketing and communications. Previous roles include nine years at Cobra Beer and five years at the seafood sustainability standard, the Marine Stewardship Council.
Dan has worked on the GREAT Britain campaign since 2014. Prior to that he worked for six years in the Foreign Office, most recently serving as a diplomat in the British Embassy in Bogota, Colombia. Before joining the Foreign Office, Dan taught economics in Costa Rica, English in Argentina, and worked for Deloitte Consulting.
Ant is Deputy Director at Wonkhe. He joined in May 2016 after roles as a policy wonk at LSE and the University of Kent. He has also worked for University College London, the National Union of Students and as a reviewer for the Quality Assurance Agency.
As Deputy Director, Ant is responsible for leading a range of activities including Wonkhe’s work with partners and sponsors. He also works on training, events and other projects. Ant is particularly interested in leadership, management and strategy in higher education and the positive impact that effective policy advice can have on decision-making. On Wonkhe’s blogs, Ant has written about a range of topics including TEF, Brexit and how universities can lobby more effectively.
Dr Janet Metcalfe is Head of Vitae, an international programme with a mission to lead world class career and professional development for researchers. She leads on the implementation of the UK Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers and the UK process for the HR Excellence in Research Award.
Janet led the development the Vitae Researcher Development Framework that describes the knowledge, skills and attributes of highly effective researchers. She manages two large scale surveys of researchers’ views and experiences: the Careers in Research Online Survey (CROS) and the Principal Investigators and Research Leaders Survey (PIRLS).
Janet is a member of the European Commission Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Advisory Group and the Royal Society Diversity Committee.
Her publications include the ‘What do researchers do?’ series of publications exploring the landscape of researchers’ careers. Her latest research is on the career paths of postdoctoral researchers who leave European research organisations to work in other employment sectors.
After gaining his PhD in molecular genetics and biochemistry, Mark developed a successful research career at the John Innes Centre in Norwich, UK, first as a postdoc and later as an independent Research Group Leader (plant secondary metabolism) and assistant Head of Department of Plant Biotechnology. He left his research career to take up the role of a Director of an international charity organisation during which time he pioneered the development of a project that gave respite to full time unpaid carers. He then joined the North West Genetics Knowledge Park where he delivered Public Engagement programmes in topical medical developments – e.g. personalised medicine - and pioneered the development of a suite of international training courses for academic and medical diagnostic scientists. Mark is currently employed as The University of Manchester’s Researcher Development Coordinator, working at institutional level with senior academics and management teams, and Faculty and PSS staff to ensure that the University continues to deliver innovative world class researcher development provision to its researchers.
Professor Robin Mason joined the University of Birmingham in March 2016, as Pro-Vice-Chancellor (International) and Vice-President. Robin moved to Birmingham after seven years at the University of Exeter, where he was first Professor of Economics, then appointed Dean of the University’s Business School in 2011, and Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean in 2015. He had previously been the Eric Roll Professor of Economics and Head of Economics at the University of Southampton. His first degree is in Natural Sciences; after a stint working in finance, he returned to Cambridge to do his PhD in Economics. He was a Prize Research Fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford; then went back, yet again, to Cambridge to work in the Department of Applied Economics, before moving to Southampton.
His academic research concentrates on how firms respond strategically to uncertainty; and, more broadly, the incentives faced by economic agents in situations when they have imperfect information about their environment. (Formally, his area is game theory with incomplete information and learning.) While this research is theoretical in nature, it is motivated by the applied problems encountered while advising regulators and companies.
Robin is a fellow of the Centre for Economic Policy Research, and a Member of both the Competition and Markets Authority (formerly the Competition Commission) and the Financial Conduct Authority. He has acted as advisor to a number of regulators, in both the UK and internationally; to the Prime Minister of Mauritius on competition policy; and to a number of private-sector companies worldwide. He sits on the Accreditation Board of
EQUIS, one of the two major international accreditation bodies for business schools. He is a dual national, Canadian/UK, being born in Kingston, Ontario.
Professor Dr Colin B. Grant BA (Heriot-Watt), PhD (Bath), FHEA, FRSA studied Modern Languages, Literature and Politics in Edinburgh, Bath, Leipzig, Nantes, Berlin and Siegen. He was DAAD Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Siegen in 1996 and 1997 and Visiting Professor at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and Université Sorbonne Paris.
He is the first Vice-President (International) at the University of Southampton, a founding member of the elite Russell Group of leading UK universities. He provides University-wide oversight of all activities with an international component. This includes overall responsibility for: the international strategy, international students and alumni, international staff community, international research and innovation, international mobility, global profile and international partnerships with universities, governments, industry and other actors.
He is Chair of the Boards of the University of Southampton Malaysian Campus and Southampton International Singapore Ltd.
Professor Grant is a long-standing member of the Universities UK International Strategic Advisory Board and a member of the British Council Education Advisory Group. He is a member of the DAAD Global Strategic Partnerships Review Committee and a Specialist Reviewer of the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications. He is Chair of the UUK Latin America Community of Practice.
He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Arlene leads the UK and US teams at IDP. She is based in Cardiff and was responsible for setting up the UK operation in 2010 although she now also spends time in the Philadelphia office. Arlene joined IDP from the British Council where she was Director, Education UK Partnership. Her entry into the education sector came directly before this role when she worked at Cardiff University where she was Head of the International Office. This is a far cry from where she started her career, being one of the few fortunate people to have joined Glaxo Holdings as a Marketing Trainee. The early part of her career was spent in health care leaving this as Sales & Marketing Director to enter consultancy work. Arlene has also served on company boards.
Wendy Alexander is Vice-Principal (International), and responsible for the strategic direction and delivery of the University’s International Strategy. She is a member of the University Executive, and the Court. Previously with London Business School she co-led all global programmes and was a member of the Executive.
Wendy also spent over a decade in government and politics. She served in the first three Scottish Cabinets, including as Higher Educational Minister and as Labour Leader in Holyrood.
Educated in Canada, US and France, Wendy is a graduate of Glasgow and Warwick Universities and holds an MBA from Insead, France. She previously worked in international strategy consultancy with Booz & Co. in US, Europe and Asia.
Wendy also spent a decade as a Visiting Professor at Strathclyde and holds Honorary Doctorates from Strathclyde University and UWS. She is a member of the Investment Advisory Board of Scottish Equity Partners LLP, a Trustee of the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education and a fellow of The Royal Society of Edinburgh.
Olivia McLaughlin is the UK General Manager of SAE Institute – the world’s largest creative media education provider.
Her experience developing international alliances with further education institutions and universities complements her role spearheading SAE’s UK strategic direction.
With a keen interest in emerging economies and the changing landscape of academic infrastructure, Olivia is a regular speaker on creating agility and innovation in private education. Her cross-institutional partnerships, industry contributions and thought leadership have been focused on sharing, rather than competing for value.
Olivia believes in evolving a progressive education opportunity in new media – and in developing the next generation of digital leaders and entrepreneurs. With campuses in 27 countries, SAE’s specialist curriculum in the audio and film disciplines has nurtured Grammy Award and BAFTA winning graduates.
Andy joined Harper Adams University senior management team in January 2014 as Director for Learning, Teaching and Internationalisation. From 2007 to 2014 he was Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Education at Manchester Metropolitan University and Dean of the Faculty of Education. Prior to that he held posts as Head of Department and Deputy Director of the MMU, Institute of Education.
Andy has worked extensively as a teacher trainer, in-service tutor and consultant across all phases of education both in the UK and overseas. He led a large modularised, Master’s level CPD portfolio for teachers, FE/HE lecturers and related professionals before moving into senior university management.
Andy Jones is a Fellow of the RSA, a Fellow of the Institute of Administrative Management, a trustee of the Brightside Trust and was Vice Chair of the UK Universities Council for the Education of Teachers (UCET) until 2013. He is a member of the UKI PVC Network and the Asia Community of Practice.
Professor Rebecca Hughes is Director, Education, British Council covering Skills, Schools, Higher Education, Science and the sector leadership for Erasmus Plus.
Rebecca’s appointment to British Council in 2013 followed a career working extensively in international Higher Education and English Language and Linguistics. Rebecca’s experience of internationalisation of Education includes being the first Pro-Vice-Chancellor, International, at The University of Sheffield, and running a Department delivering UK degrees and English language support services in Malaysia and China at the University of Nottingham, where Rebecca now holds an Honorary Chair.
Rebecca is the sector lead for the Education elements of the UK’s ‘GREAT’ campaign, and represents British Council on the technical working groups of the Commonwealth Education Commission. She co-chairs the International Education Advisory Group -- a national forum on student promotion and trans-national education – and is on the steering committee for UKFIET. Rebecca is the British Council sector lead for joint working with the major EU national agencies for international education mobility and exchange (DAAD, Campus France and Nuffic).
Her past roles have included Chair of the White Rose Advisory Group on East Asian Studies, Chair of the Worldwide Universities Network (W.U.N) Global Challenge on Higher Education and Research, and membership of the board of governors of the Institute for Managers in Higher Education, Higher Education and Skills Division at the OECD.
Richard started his career making chicken nuggets for McDonald’s as a Management Trainee at Sun Valley Foods in Hereford. He then spent 8 years in higher education as a lecturer at Newcastle University, where he completed his PhD, and Imperial College London, before moving to the Institute of Grocery Distribution.
More recently he was Deputy CEO for the Regional Development Agency in the West Midlands, and then Director of Jaguar Land Rover Programmes at WMG, University of Warwick.
Richard has spent the past year at Marketing Birmingham, where he has been working closely with the West Midlands Combined Authority on establishing a new regional Growth Company.
Alex Miles is Deputy Director, External Relations (Public Affairs) at The University of Nottingham. His remit includes international government relations across the University's campuses in the UK, China and Malaysia, supporting the impact of the University's research amongst policy-makers, strategic reputation and relationship management, higher education policy and supporting the Vice-Chancellor and University Executive Board.
Kris Matykiewicz is responsible for developing the University’s partnerships with business, whether large multinationals or SMEs from the UK and overseas. We have high growth ambitions and a strong desire to ensure the widest impact of our knowledge, research and graduates through these partnerships. Prior to joining the University, Kris worked in marketing and business development with many industries worldwide.
Kris joined The University of Manchester in November 2011 to lead a new Business Engagement team to develop and implement an integrated business engagement plan supporting the University’s overall vision and objectives. Previously, he had a 30 year career in ICI, Zeneca and AstraZeneca in strategic marketing, business development and general management in many business units from commodity & effect chemicals to pharmaceuticals. Latterly, he was mainly involved with research and early development of new drugs and drug discovery platform technologies, especially biopharmaceuticals, including academic collaborations, licensing and mergers and acquisitions.
Dr Emma Hennessey is Head of the Science and Innovation Team and Deputy Chief Scientific Adviser at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO). She is also Deputy Head of the FCO/BIS-funded Science and Innovation Network, providing leadership to the network of around 90 officers worldwide to ensure they support the UK’s international science and innovation priorities.
She is also responsible for supporting FCO’s Chief Scientific Adviser, including embedding the use of international science and innovation as a source of UK soft power and for science communications. She works cross-Whitehall on international science and innovation and leads a team of 12 staff in FCO and BIS.
Earlier in her career, Emma was head of the CSA’s team in Defra (2009-14), having joined Defra’s predecessor MAFF in 1994. Overall she has over 20 years of experience of working in science and science policy in government. Prior to that, she did postdoctoral research fellowships at the Universities of York and Sussex, and a DPhil in Biology from the University of York.
Jazreel Goh joined British Council China as Director Education Marketing Mainland China in June 2004. She first started her career in 1994 as a Linguistics lecturer with the National University of Malaysia before joining IDP Education Australia as an education consultant in 1995.
Jazreel Goh has worked in various organisations in Malaysia, Australia, as well as Hong Kong in the areas of international education consultancy, executive search as well as in intellectual property licensing.
Jazreel is currently the East Asia Regional Business Development Director for British Council Services for International Education Marketing and Director Education Marketing and Sports for British Council China. She leads a dispersed team based in 13 countries across East Asia to deliver marketing and education services for the UK education sector. In 2011 she set up British Council’s Education Intelligence Unit – the first e-marketing platform dedicated to in international education research for the industry globally. In 2013, she led the development and launched the UK’s flagship outward mobility programme - Generation UK which is now running in China and India.
Specialising in the economics of education, Matt works with analysts across the region to provide external clients with the data, analysis and insights required to succeed in Asia’s dynamic education sector. In his time at the British Council, he has helped UK institutions to develop their international strategies and identify new partnerships and growth opportunities in transnational education.
Prior to joining the British Council, Matt worked was Chief Researcher of the Financial Times’ China Confidential custom research team, delivering in-depth analysis on a broad range of topics and industries. He also formerly held the posts of associate editor and visiting researcher at a US policy journal and think tank, where his work focused on China’s foreign policy and technological innovation in the space and defence industries. His research and writings have been published by the Wall Street Journal, the BBC, the Journal of Strategic Studies, the National Bureau of Asian Research and the Naval War College Review. Matt graduated from the University of Tennessee with a degree in geography and has worked in China since 2007.
Jon graduated from the University of Oxford with a degree in Biochemistry in 1981, and then worked as a Predoctoral Fellow at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, University of Cambridge, obtaining his PhD in Biology in 1985. Jon moved to become a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Beatson Institute for Cancer Research, Glasgow. In 1988 he joined the European Molecular Biology Laboratory in Heidelberg as an EMBO Fellow, subsequently becoming a Staff Scientist there for five years. In 1995 he was awarded a Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellowship to work at the Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine, University of Oxford. In 2002 he moved his laboratory to the Institute of Biomedical Research, University of Birmingham, becoming the Professor of Stem Cell Biology in 2004. Jon’s principal research interest is to define the mechanisms that dictate the correct function of stem cells throughout life. Since 2011 Jon has been working to establish collaborative biomedical research projects with partners in Guangzhou, Southern China. Reflecting his activities in China, Jon was appointed in 2015 to the position of Deputy Pro Vice Chancellor and Director of the China Institute, roles that give him oversight of all of the University’s education, research and commercial activity in China.
David has been part of the management team at Oxford University Innovation (formerly Isis Innovation, technology transfer company of the University of Oxford) for the last 15 years. Initially as Head of the Physical Sciences Group David led a team involved in patenting, licensing and creating spinout companies based on science from the Oxford departments of chemistry, engineering, physics, materials and computing. This included the creation of several companies now listed on stock exchanges. As Head of Isis Enterprise, David grew OUI’s technology transfer and innovation management consultancy business working for government, universities and companies all around the world. David is currently the Managing Director of the OUI subsidiary company in Hong Kong which coordinates the Asia focused activities of OUI. David’s background includes periods as a university lecturer, industrial research manager and business incubator developer manager. In the context of spinout formation David has been involved in the creation of many new companies in Europe and Asia, has acted as the project manager on IP rights deals with investment companies and currently is engaged as a scout for investment opportunities by Chinese investment funds.
Dominic Scott OBE has been Chief Executive of the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA), since 2004.
Prior to that he held a number of senior positions with the British Council including postings to Norway, Egypt and India where he was Director of Education from 1995-2000.
He is a member of the Home Office’s Education Sector Forum, the UCAS International Board, the Outward Mobility Strategy Board, the Commonwealth Scholarships and Fellowships Support Group and is Vice Chairman of the British Accreditation Council.
UKCISA promotes the interests of international students and those who work with them. It has over 500 institutional members including every university in the UK and the majority of further education colleges that are active internationally. It liases with government and advises on all aspects of the international student experience including legislation, regulations and policy which relate to fee status, visas, immigration, employment and other rights, restrictions and entitlements.
Christian Müller works at the German Academic Exchange Services (DAAD) since January 2002. He served at DAAD Brazil from 2009 to 2014, heading the DAAD branch office in Rio de Janeiro. Simultaneously, he was President of the Board of the German Center for Science and Innovation (DWIH), São Paulo. Prior to this appointment, he was head of the Division “Communication and Marketing” at the DAAD in Bonn. In this function, he was responsible for the secretariat of the consortium GATE-Germany and for the secretariat of the joint initiative “International Marketing for Education and Research”. In former years, he worked as university lecturer for German Language and Literature in Portugal (Aveiro) and Brazil (Campinas, Rio de Janeiro) as well as in the training of experts in development cooperation (German Foundation for International Development). His academic background is in Social Sciences and German Studies at the Universities of Göttingen and Bonn.
Ben is the Founder and Director of the Jamiya Project. He recently returned from Jordan where he worked with the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) on the Syria refugee crisis. He has previously led research for the UK government and others on the use of peer-to-peer platforms in business and humanitarian aid, and is part of the OuiShare UK network. Ben also previously worked at the UK Foreign Office, UK Trade & Investment and Transparency International.
Rolf Tarrach studied physics at the University of Valencia, Spain, and got his PhD from the University of Barcelona. He was a postdoctoral researcher at CERN, Geneva. Dr. Tarrach is professor of theoretical physics, and has served in that capacity at the universities of Valencia and Barcelona. He has published some 100 papers in theoretical high energy physics, quantum field theory, quantum mechanics and in quantum information theory and has written four books. He has supervised 12 PhD theses. Dr. Tarrach has given more than 100 talks and seminars on physics and more than 150 conferences on general science, research, scientific policy, energy policy, higher education policy, science and philosophy, and innovation. He has been awarded a honoris causa degree from the University of Saint Petersburg, Russia, and is the recipient of 10 prizes and decorations from Spain, Portugal and Luxembourg. He has been Dean of the School of Physics and Vice-rector of the University of Barcelona. He is a former member of the European Union Research Advisory Board, of the European Heads of Research Councils group, which he also chaired, and of the 5-year assessment panel of experts of the European Commission. He is a former member of the Board of Telefonica of Catalonia. He has been co-organizer of the first three Euroscience Open Forum meetings in Stockholm (2004), Munich (2006) and Barcelona (2008). He has been chair of the International Experts Board of Estrategia Universidad 2015 (Spain, 2010-2011) and member and vice-chair of the International Jury of Initiatives d’excellence (ANR, France, 2011-2012, 2015-2016). He has been on the European University Association Council during 10 years. He has been President of the Academic Cooperation Association (2008-2011). He has been Chair of the Board of Trustees of The Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology (2015-2016).
Prof Rensburg became Vice Chancellor of the University of Johannesburg in 2006, prior to which he was CE Strategic Services at the South African Broadcasting Corporation, Deputy Director General of South Africa’s Dept of Education, and General Secretary of South Africa’s anti-apartheid movement, the National Education Crisis Committee. In May 2015 he completed his term as Commissioner of South Africa’s National Planning Commission, where he chaired the Working Group on Social Protection and Human Capabilities. The National Planning Commission chartered South Africa’s first National Development Plan 2030.
Together with South Africa’s Deputy Minister of Education, Rensburg is Co-Chairperson of Education Dialogue SA. Recently Rensburg served as Chairperson of the South Africa as well as the Southern Africa Universities Vice Chancellors Associations, Chairperson of the Ministerial Committee on Student Accommodation in South African Universities, Member of the Ministerial Committee on the Funding of South African Universities, Councillor of the Association of Commonwealth Universities and Board Member of the Commonwealth of Learning.
Prof Rensburg holds the Doctor of Philosophy degree in International Comparative Education at Stanford University, USA., where he completed his dissertation, with distinction, titled “Collective Identity and Public Policy: From Resistance to Reconstruction in South Africa, 1986-1995”. He holds an MA degree in Political and Organisational Sociology, also from Stanford University, USA, and the B. Pharmacy degree from Rhodes University. In 2004 he completed the Global Executive Development Programme at the Graduate Institute of Business Science (GIBS, University of Pretoria), where he completed his dissertation, with distinction, titled, “Unleashing Peak Performance and Resilience in Times of Great Challenge: How True Leaders Make the Difference.”
The British Council was established over eighty years ago to create a basis of 'friendly knowledge and understanding' of Britain by making the most of the cultural resources of the country to create opportunities, to build connections and to engender trust.
Sir Ciarán Devane took up the role of Chief Executive in January 2015. Ciarán has focused on ensuring that all stakeholders understand and value the contribution that soft power, cultural relations and the British Council makes to security, prosperity and influence, and that the organisation and staff are aligned behind that vision.
Prior to this, Ciarán was Chief Executive of Macmillan Cancer Support from 2007 to 2014. He transformed the scale and impact of the charity, both on its own and in collaboration with other organisations and has raised its profile as an authoritative voice on cancer and on health matters, leading to Macmillan being the UK's 'Brand of be Year' in 2014.
Ciarán was educated at University College, Dublin where he gained first-class honours in biochemical engineering. He then started his career as an engineer and manager for Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI) before becoming a management consultant, mostly with Gemini Consulting. He specialised in complex change programmes with companies such as AstraZeneca and RollsRoyce.
He holds a Masters degree in International Policy and Practice from George Washington University, Washington DC. Ciarán has also held non-executive roles on the board of organisations ranging from small local charities to NHS England.
Ciarán was awarded a knighthood in 2015 for his services to cancer patients.
Professor Robin Grimes has been Chief Scientific Adviser (CSA) to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office since February 2013. He is responsible for providing advice to the Foreign Secretary, Ministers and officials on science, technology and innovation. His role is to ensure that FCO work on key issues undergoes proper scientific challenge, and to strengthen the scientific and engineering capacity within the Foreign Office. The CSA is supported in his work by the UK Science and Innovation Network attachés based in overseas posts.
He is also Professor of Materials Physics at Imperial College. In his research, he uses computer simulation techniques to understand the behaviour of materials for energy applications including nuclear fission and fusion, fuel cells, batteries and solar cells. Professor Grimes is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering.