T: 020 3468 4812
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Alison is chief executive of the Leadership Foundation. She has worked in higher education for over 20 years. Prior to her current role she was head of policy for leadership, governance and management at the Higher Education Funding Council for England (Hefce). She is the most recent past president of the Association of University Administrators and represents the UK on the Association of Commonwealth Universities Human Resources Management Network. She has extensive international experience of higher education including advising the Australian government on the establishment of the Office for Learning and Teaching to enhance teaching quality across the Australian higher education sector. She speaks regularly, both nationally and internationally, on all aspects of university leadership, governance and management.
Executive Assistant to the Chief Executive
T: 020 3468 4813
Sophia Kiguta-Kiarie is the Executive Assistant to Alison Johns. She supports the Chief Executive and provides a focal point for contact with key stakeholders and members of the Leadership Foundation Board. She has 10 years’ experience working with senior management in the Higher Education sector. She has held various positions at the Hefce and most recently Universities UK, where she was the Personal Assistant to the Chief Executive and worked on a range of projects. Sophia started her career in Nairobi, Kenya where she was a key member of the team involved in the establishment and international accreditation of the Kenya Youth Business Trust (a chapter of The Prince’s Trust and accredited by Youth Business International). In this role, she provided support to the Chief Executive and Board of Trustees.
Andy is director of Consultancy and Business Development at the Leadership Foundation. He is an experienced higher education consultant who has worked with universities and higher education colleges and sector agencies for over sixteen years. Andy supports university and agency executive teams and governing bodies in delivering strategically critical transformation initiatives. His main focus is upon shaping, supporting and evaluating reviews of institutions’ future direction, assessing board and senior team performance, effectiveness and cohesion; and assessing and responding to the impact of changes in government policy at a sectoral and institutional level. His experience encompasses over 30 UK and overseas HEIs and all of the sector’s main agencies, representative bodies and funding councils, typically working to chief executives and vice-chancellors.
He is the lead author of Universities UK’s current guidance to governing bodies on the appointment of senior staff and vice-chancellors. Andy has been an active member of the Hefce /Leadership Foundation Innovation and Transformation Fund Steering Group and also of Universities UK’s Diamond review implementation panel.
Previously Andy founded and led Capita’s higher education advisory business for five years and prior to that Oakleigh’s higher education consulting practice.
Sweta supports the development of leadership excellence in the higher education sector by working with institutions in the UK and internationally to design and deliver bespoke initiatives centred on their institutional needs and aspirations.
Sweta’s primary role is to manage the consultancy business and project manage the delivery, marketing and evaluation of consultancy services to clients/ HEI members. Sweta leads a small dynamic team and works closely with our associates, coaches as well as clients to ensure delivery of high quality: bespoke leadership development programmes, organisational development, Coaching and consultancy support. She also supports the Director of Consultancy to develop & grow new business streams. Sweta has developed over 10 years’ experience project managing training design and delivery; ensuring programmes meet cost and quality requirements; developing and managing key client partnerships; acting as a business unit manager for training development activities.
Consultancy and International Projects Coordinator
T: 020 3468 4838
Dot provides support to both consultancy and international projects. For consultancy projects, she ensures that our clients and associates have the resources they need to deliver successful projects. For international projects, she is responsible for liaising with internal and external stakeholders to agree the logistical and administrative support needed to deliver projects in both the UK and abroad.
Consultancy and International Projects Coordinator
T: 020 3468 4867
Haedish provides support to both consultancy and international projects. For consultancy projects, she ensures that our clients and associates have the resources they need to deliver successful projects. For international projects, she is responsible for liaising with internal and external stakeholders to agree the logistical and administrative support needed to deliver projects in both the UK and abroad.
Chief Operating Officer
T: 020 3468 4820
Lew is an experienced senior manager with a track record in governance, strategy, and business/financial management of major charities and not-for-profit organisations. As the Leadership Foundation’s chief operating officer he guides strategic development and its implementation through business and financial planning; he looks after the Leadership Foundation’s resources, including finance, information technology, and human resources; and as company secretary he manages the Leadership Foundation’s internal governance. In all of these dimensions, Lew endeavours to ensure that things run coherently, efficiently, effectively, and with a sense of dynamism and enjoyment. Lew is also a trustee of a number of cultural organisations.
T: 020 3468 4821
Stephen is responsible for developing the detailed annual budgets for Leadership Foundation activities and operations. He monitors and reports financial performance against budgets through the production of management accounts and provides regular projections of anticipated annual performance. He oversees the maintenance of the accounting function and manages the payroll. He also prepares annual financial statements for audit.
T: 020 3468 4822
Mick is responsible for the day to day financial functions of the Leadership Foundation, including maintenance of the general ledger, weekly bank reconciliations, supplier payments and credit control as well as assisting in the production of management and year end accounts. He is also part of the membership team calculating annual subscription rates, administering the Innovation and Transformation Fund and Small Development Project funds, producing internal and external membership analysis, and answering general membership queries.
Director of Marketing and Communications
T: 020 3468 4814
Tricia is responsible for leading and directing all the marketing and communications plans, programmes and activities of the Leadership Foundation. With her team of five she ensures that our members and customers are aware of and have access to our programmes and services. A chartered marketer, Tricia has held a number of senior marketing posts that focus on leadership, development and training, including for the UK's senior civil servants. Tricia’s professional interests include customer life cycles, digital marketing and measuring the impact of public relations.
Susie maintains the integrity of the contacts database and is responsible for the ongoing development of the Leadership Foundation website, liaising with our web provider to ensure that the website remains up-to-date and relevant to the needs of the higher education sector. Susie provides communications support to all areas of the organisation, ensuring that the right information is provided to our stakeholders on a timely basis. She is part of the production team that creates key communication materials such as our termly magazine, Engage, and the annual report, and is responsible for the e-newsletter to the staff development / human resources community.
Kyra has an overview of the project management and marketing strategy of all of the Leadership Foundation's open programmes and events. She also works across the organisation on marketing strategy for new programmes, international projects, research and consulting developments. She is a lead contact for associates, programme directors and key stakeholder partnerships and has a strategic focus on the devolved administrations in Scotland and Wales.
Simone has an overview of the project management and marketing strategy of all of the Leadership Foundation's open programmes and events. She also works across the organisation on marketing strategy for new programmes and international projects, research and consulting developments. She is a lead contact for associates, programme directors and key stakeholder partnerships and has a strategic focus on the devolved administrations in Scotland and Wales.
Louise supports the development of leadership excellence in the higher education sector by organising, marketing and running a range of leadership programmes and initiatives. These are designed with the needs and aspirations of the HE sector in mind, and have a wide reach across academic and professional services.
She has recently joined the Marketing team having spent the previous year and a half within Consultancy; working closely with clients, associates and staff to deliver in house leadership initiatives designed around the individual needs of institutions.
Since joining the Leadership Foundation in July 2013, Louise has taken part in the first year of the Aurora programme, and co-authored a research paper on strengthening organisational culture with Professor Paul Gentle.
Rita is responsible for the marketing, planning and event management of a wide range of leadership development programmes and events for staff in the higher education sector. Since joining the organisation in February 2014, Rita has developed professional working relationships with stakeholders, programme directors and customers in order to increase institutional engagement. Rita is very passionate to be part of the small but dynamic marketing team, working across the organisation, to ensure that the Leadership Foundation is positioned at the forefront of leadership development in higher education.
Director, Membership and Organisational Development
M: 07977 457 949
Lesly is the Regional Coordinator for the South West of England and the Director of Membership and Organisational Development at the Leadership Foundation. She is responsible for ensuring the continued value of Leadership Foundation membership. She works across the organisation, with our network of national and regional coordinators and with our 150 member institutions, to ensure delivery of high quality membership benefits and services. Lesly also works with sector partners to promote the value of leadership development. She leads on investments for members such as the Small Development Projects and Innovation and Transformation Fund and is editor of our termly magazine, Engage. A doctor of education, Lesly has 30 years’ experience in higher education roles spanning staff development, digital technologies, teaching and research.
Interim Director of Programmes
Charles Elvin is a passionate advocate of the importance of learning and education in all it forms to improve the working environment. In particular its importance in developing managers and leaders capable of addressing the increasingly complex world they find themselves in. Up to the end of 2015 he was the CEO of the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM), leading it through significant growth and transformation. Prior to that he held senior positions in The Open University and BSI. An Oxford graduate (St. Edmund Hall) he lived and worked in Japan, Malaysia, Switzerland and the USA before settling down near Banbury in Oxfordshire.
In 2014 he co-authored and co-edited Developing Resilient Organisations (published by Kogan Page). The central theme was the need for mangers, leaders and organisations to actively engage with the range of tools available to them which can help organisations, and people within them, not just to survive but thrive. Charles’s specific focus is the vital role of trust and how organisations can improve it. In addition to his work on trust Charles continues to champion the importance of mental health in the workplace and is a NED of Maudsley Learning, part of Maudsley Charity, which looks to educate on mental health issues at work and how to address them.
Doug is responsible for a range of Leadership Foundation open programmes as well as undertaking bespoke consultancy assignments for universities. Key interests include educational and research leadership, the leadership of professional services, strategy development and leadership for sustainability. An accomplished teacher, facilitator, coach and conference speaker, Doug has achievements across a wide range of leadership, educational and organisational development projects. People who work with Doug comment on his enthusiasm, great preparation, powerful insights, breakthrough moments and sheer inspiration. They go away with new energy, ideas and perspectives on themselves and others.
Assistant Director Programmes and Projects
T: 020 3468 4828
Steve has taken on the role of Assistant Director Programmes and Projects during a period of maternity cover managing the team of eight. Steve is also responsible for managing a portfolio of ‘Supporter Funded Programmes’. These programme and projects cover a variety of different topics targeted at addressing specific needs within higher education. Steve is responsible for managing the full project lifecycle from development to delivery. Much of his role involves working closely with a variety of stakeholders including Programme Directors, Co-facilitators, external organisations and monitoring bodies.
Michael’s position sits within the Programme Development team that look after the development and design of new programmes offered by the Leadership Foundation. The primary focus of his position is the management of all the events taking place in the delivery of new programmes, whilst managing relationships with key stakeholders and suppliers.
Will is a Programmes and Projects Manager, managing the development and delivery of the Top Management Programme and Executive Leaders, and overseeing the delivery of the Leadership Foundation’s online, blended learning programmes. Will has previously coordinated the Changing the Learning Landscape (CLL) programme and other programmes and projects delivered in partnership with sector organisations. Will is also involved in the development of the Global Leadership Programme.
Programmes and Projects Coordinator
T: 020 3468 4824
Mark has joined the Programmes and Projects team to deliver a high level of event coordination for a range of the core LF programmes. He leads the event management for Future Professional Directors, the Strategic Leadership Programme, and HR Business Partner Programme. He works closely with our many partners to develop and deliver the programmes. Mark is also supporting colleagues on other core programmes, including the Top Management Programme, Executive Leaders, Preparing for Senior Strategic Leadership, Leading Departments, and Introduction to Head of Department.
Programmes and Projects Coordinator
T: 020 3468 4826
Alice works as part of the Programmes and Projects team. Primarily focusing on the delivery of a suite of new funder supported projects, she also supports a number of other key programmes. Currently she is engaged with rolling out Diversifying Academic Leadership and a number of events around the Prevent Agenda, as well as a series of governance roundtables. Having previously worked within the international schools sector as professional development trainer and as a research assistant within the British and Canadian Parliaments, she brings a number of transferable skills to the post.
Programmes and Projects Coordinator
T: 020 3468 4830
Jade supports the Programmes and Projects and team as a Programmes and Projects Coordinator, she is responsible or delivery and planning of various programmes and projects. The primary focus of her position is the coordination and delivery of core programmes In particular her remit covers Preparing for Senior Strategic Programme, Leading departments, Introduction to Head of Department, Transition to Leadership, Leading Research Leaders and Research Team Leadership.
Lucy supports the programme development team in developing and growing new business streams. This has included working closely with internal colleagues and external partners on the development and delivery of two new and exciting partnership programmes; Changing the Learning Landscape and Leading Transformation in Learning and Teaching. Lucy also assists with the co-ordination of new developments within the Aurora programme.
Programmes and Projects Officer
T: 020 3468 4836
Hannah is part of the Programmes and Projects team with a primary focus on supporting the team with Aurora and Introduction to Higher Education. She is a key contact for the Governor Development Pprogramme, and is also a key support for the wider team working on a range of other programmes with logistical and event administration tasks.
Director of Research
T: 020 3468 4829
M: 07917 073 301
Fiona commissions research and think pieces that will build knowledge and shape understanding of leadership, governance and management in higher education. Since joining the Leadership Foundation she has led a review of the research portfolio, focusing on impact, and is undertaking stakeholder interviews to identify sector research priorities. Fiona has had academic leadership roles at King’s College London, Kingston University and St George’s, University of London where most recently she was an executive dean. In addition to her part-time role with the Leadership Foundation she is the education lead for the Health Innovation Network in South London and is a board member of a hospice and a community trust.
T: 020 3468 4829
Helen manages the Leadership Foundation’s programme of research and ensures that the outputs are shared with, and useful to, our members and stakeholders. Her role involves co-ordinating the commissioning process; monitoring progress; editing final research outputs and managing research expenditure. She works alongside the marketing and communications team to publish final outputs, design launch events and engage the sector with findings. Helen contributes to the ongoing development of the research strategy and co-ordinates meetings of the Research Advisory Panel. Helen completed an MSc in Social and Political Theory at Birkbeck, University of London in 2008 and previously worked at the Observatory on Borderless Higher Education.
Research and Innovation Coordinator
T: 020 3468 4829
Frances coordinates operational aspects of the Leadership Foundation’s new and existing research and innovation activity. Her role includes supporting the development, delivery, dissemination and evaluation of research and innovation projects and programmes. Frances also coordinates relationships with project teams, partners, stakeholders and other parties involved in research and innovation programmes. Frances completed a PhD in Educational Studies at the University of Sheffield in 2011, and has worked in the higher education sector since 2002.
Associate Director Scotland
PA T: 07711 378 757
Jean joined the Leadership Foundation in August 2012 with a range of experience in leadership and management development design, delivery and facilitation. Jean’s early career was in NHS Scotland, prior to moving into human resources management, latterly as head of staff and organisational development at Glasgow University. Jean has experience of using different development tools to help groups and individuals and is accredited to deliver Myers-Briggs personality profiling. Jean is also a qualified Institute of Leadership and Management level 7 executive coach, coaching within and outside higher education. She is interested in the use of coaching within teams and how this can help improve performance.
Associate Director Wales
Louise liaises with all the Welsh universities and higher education colleges, developing programmes, events and leadership development initiatives that support and complement institutions' strategies and needs and the national Welsh higher education agenda. Louise works closely with the governing bodies of Welsh universities to ensure that the development days provided by the Leadership Foundation are tailored to meet the needs of the sector. She is also works with WHESDN, the staff developer network in Wales, to deliver the annual conference for the sector.
LF Associate, Ireland
T: 020 3468 4827
Maeve has recently joined the Leadership Foundation as an Associate to promote the Aurora programme in the UK and Ireland and to engage directly with Aurora stakeholder representatives and (potential) participants. She was an Aurora Champion for University College Cork, where she actively promoted her university’s engagement with the programme and continues to work with their first 6 Aurora ‘graduates’. She has substantial experience of implementing a number of the LF programmes in-house and sectorally in Ireland, including the Introduction to Head of Department and Head of Department programmes, Research Team Leadership and Leading Technical Teams. In 2014-15 she looks forward to introducing the newly revised Leading Teaching Teams in-house.
Maeve has 20 years of experience working in people and organisational development in higher education in Ireland and England. Having held various roles in HR, Equality, Learning and Development and Welfare, her principal expertise lies in leadership and management development, group facilitation, action learning, executive coaching, personal development, resilience and wellbeing. Maeve also provides freelance, customised interventions to organisations, teams and individuals and runs open programmes.
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