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

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Funding for adult learners will boost the UK's economic recovery

30 September 2020
UUK's Julie Tam takes a look at the prime minister's announcement of a lifetime skills allowance, and what it means for the economy, society, and individuals.

The grades u-turn caused a ripple effect throughout education – it could be catastrophic for unis

25 August 2020
From over-stretched finances to lack of space and facilities, universities are facing a perfect storm of problems.