The LF Fellows directory is a celebration of the Leadership Foundation alumni who have committed to the development of both their own, and others', leadership potential. It highlights those who champion and nurture leadership development, enabling individuals, teams and higher education institutions to fulfil their organisational aims and aspirations.
Head of Mathematics, University of Exeter
Mark is a climate scientist and his work has focused on the role of the stratosphere in the climate system. He is Fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society and a Certified Consulting Meteorologist. He has held various advisory roles for the World Meteorological Organisation.
Mark holds an MS in Applied Mathematics and a PhD in Atmospheric Sciences from the University of Washington. He joined University of Exeter in 2012, having work previously at a private research firm in the Seattle area, Northwest Research Associates (NWRA), where he was a Vice President and Director. NWRA is a private company that specializes in basic and applied research in the geophysical sciences. He is now Head of Mathematics.
His research is focused on the role of the stratosphere in the climate system, in particular how ozone loss, increasing greenhouse gases, and natural variability of the stratosphere affect surface weather and climate on a time scale for ten days to centuries. He is particularly interested in understanding the dynamical mechanisms by which changes to the stratosphere can have substantial effects at Earth's surface, as well as exploiting this relationship to improve weather forecasts.
Mark is committed to building an inclusive organisation with a culture and working environment that attracts the best students and academics from all over the world.
Senior Director, University of Kent
Carole is a Senior Director at the University of Kent with responsibility for the strategic development of innovation and has extensive experience of working in partnership with a wide range of businesses and stakeholders. Carole’s portfolio covers local and regional engagement; collaborative partnerships; commercialisation of the University’s intellectual and knowledge expertise; consultancy; training and professional development; student enterprise, incubation, spin-outs and supporting SMEs.
Carole is a Board member of several businesses and is President of the Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce. In addition Carole is Chair of the Association for Research and Industry Links, the largest association in Europe representing practitioners involved in knowledge exchange.
Head of Student Services, Bournemouth University
Mandi is Head of Student Services at Bournemouth University and the member of the University’s Leadership Team with strategic responsibility for student wellbeing, conduct and discipline. She also oversees the operational functions of careers & employability, disability support, GP centre, chaplaincy, student residences, student enquiries, immigration, financial support, sports and culture.
Mandi worked in a variety of roles in the private sector before moving into higher education in 1994. She has held leadership roles in faculty academic administration, academic registry and student support as well as leading a number of cross university projects. Mandi has a PGDip in Strategic Management and is a Charted Fellow of the CMI as well as a Fellow of the Leadership Foundation.
Previously an elected staff member of the University Board and Chair of Governors for an academy LGB, Mandi is currently on the Executive of AMOSSHE, the Student Services Organisation.
Head of Wellbeing, University of Winchester
Lesley studied English and German at the University of Aberdeen and then went on to complete a Ph.D. in German Sociolinguistics at the same institution. She has held a variety of teaching, support and administrative roles in both Faculty and Professional Services.
She has experience of teaching at secondary level in both Scotland and Germany and at HE level in Scotland and England. Lesley joined the University of Winchester as Disability Co-ordinator in 2005 and became Head of Wellbeing in 2010. Her responsibilities include providing strategic leadership for an integrated wellbeing team, proving IAG to students and staff with disabilities and deputising for the Director of Student Services.
Deputy Dean, Faculty of Health and Wellbeing, Sheffield Hallam University
Helen Best is Deputy Dean in the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing at Sheffield Hallam University. Her responsibilities include oversight of Faculty recruitment, international, placements, strategic leadership of the faculty's taught portfolio with particular emphasis on health profession education and student commissioning, developing and monitoring delivery of the strategic plan and priorities, and overseeing resourcing.
She originally qualified as a diagnostic radiographer in 1987 and worked at various hospitals in London until 1993 when she moved to Sheffield Hallam University to take up a lecturing position.
Helen is a registered radiographer with the Health and Care Professions Council and works for them as a partner visitor on course approvals across the UK. She is a member of the Society and College of Radiographers and works as an assessor to the approvals and accreditation board. Helen is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) and a Fellow of the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education.
She has been a Reviewer for the Quality Assurance Agency and External Examiner at several Higher Education Institutions. She was also an Appointed Governor for Sheffield Health and Social Care Trust from 2008-2011 prior to becoming a Trustee of SCT.
International Academy Marketing and Recruitment Director, University of Essex
Ilaria moved to the University Essex in 2007, after some years spent working in Italy and China, first in the business field and then at Shanghai University. She holds a BA in Oriental Languages and Cultures (Italy) with a major in sinology, a Masters in Marketing and Communication (Italy) and a PhD in Management Studies (Essex). In her current role as Senior Lecturer in Management, Marketing and Entrepreneurship she teaches international students and contributes to the International Academy (IA) as a member of the Senior Management Team and as Marketing and Recruitment Director. In 2013, she was awarded the Essex Excellence in Teaching Award. That same year, she became a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and later became a Fellow of the Leadership Foundation (2016). Ilaria is currently a member of the Leadership Foundation Fellows Reference Group.
Her current research focuses on gender and emotions in organizations, international HRM (with a particular interest in academic careers), entrepreneurship, sexuality and LGBT* matters. She also works with colleagues in the UK and overseas on several projects related to Equality and Diversity. Ilaria serves as an article reviewer for various journals, as a member of the Board of the Standing Conference of Organizational Symbolism (SCOS) and as an editor of the PuntOorg book series. She is also a founding editor of the Working Paper Nursery project aimed at fostering academic mentoring and collaboration.
Executive Dean, Social Sciences, University of East Anglia
Jacqueline is Executive Dean of Social Sciences at the University of East Anglia. She studied for a BSc and then PhD in Psychology at Loughborough University. She held various posts at the University of Nottingham from 1993-2010. During this time Jacqueline also gained her MSc in Medical Statistics from the University of Leicester.
Jacqueline moved to the University of East Anglia in 2010 initially as Head of the School of Rehabilitation Sciences before becoming Executive Dean of Social Sciences in 2013, a role covering the Schools of Economics, Education, International Development, Law, Psychology, Social Work, and the Norwich Business School.
Assistant Director (Customer Services and Operations), SOAS University of London
Regina Everitt began her professional career as a technical author/ trainer working with computer companies that developed bespoke software for the manufacturing, pharmaceutical and financial sectors in the US and UK. She later transitioned to the HE sector developing and managing libraries, social learning spaces, and other learning resources.
She is currently Assistant Director (Customer Services and Operations) at SOAS University of London Library and Information Services (LIS), a converged Library and IT service. She is responsible for Customer Services, IT Service Desk, IT Training, Multimedia Services/Classroom support, and Print Services. The CSOps team, comprising the most converged division within the directorate, is the first point of contact for all LIS services and provides support for a diverse range of projects for the directorate and institution.
Regina is a member of the Society of College, National and University Libraries (SCONUL) Access Steering Committee and the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) Ethics Committee.
University Brand Strategist, University of Glasgow
Ailie Ferrari is University Brand Strategist at the University of Glasgow, responsible for providing strategic leadership of all corporate marketing communications for the University.
Ailie is a Chartered Marketer, a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) Scotland Region Board, an LF Fellow and an Aurora Role Model
Ailie has won a CASE Grand Gold Circle Award for branding work at Glasgow and was shortlisted for the 2014 International Brand Master Award. Earlier, as the marketing lead at Glasgow Caledonian University, Ailie won awards for Best Student Recruitment Website from HEIST and Best Marketing Team from the CIM.
Head of Communications, Alumni Relations and Development,Teesside University
Alison has worked in the communications field for over 25 years. A former journalist, she changed career in 2003 and moved into Public Relations working for a number of high profile clients in public, private and third sector before moving into the Higher Education sector.
At Teesside University, Alison has been Head of Communications since 2011, leading on digital communications, social media, media relations and e-communications marketing. In 2015 she completed her MBA at Teesside and extended her portfolio to cover alumni relations and development for the University.
Vice-Chancellor, University of Essex
Professor Anthony Forster is the sixth Vice-Chancellor of the University of Essex, and he took up his post in 2012.
Anthony is a political scientist and his most recent work has focussed on the duty of care owed by the state and society to service personnel. Anthony has published 11 books and nearly 50 articles and chapters. He is an elected Academician of the Academy of the Social Sciences (2009); and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and Manufacturing (2010). Between 1999 and 2002 Anthony was the Special Advisor to the House of Lords Select Committee on the European Union Common Foreign and Security Policy.
Following a first degree in Politics from the University of Hull and a commission in the Army, Anthony read for an MPhil and a DPhil in European Politics at the University of Oxford. He held posts first at the University of Nottingham and then at King's College London. In 2002 Anthony joined the University of Bristol as Professor of Politics and International Relations and Founding Director of the Governance Research Centre and was Head of the Department of Politics from 2004 to 2006. He then moved to Durham University to take up the post of PVC Faculty of Social Sciences and Health before becoming Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education) in 2008 and Deputy Vice-Chancellor in 2011. Anthony is equally committed to excellence in research and education. He completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice and has been a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy since 2007.
He is a member of HEFCE's Teaching Excellence & Student Opportunity Strategic Advisory Committee and a Fellow of the Leadership Foundation. Anthony is also a Board member and trustee of the Blue Cross charity which provides nationwide support for pet owners who cannot afford private veterinary treatment and helps to find homes for unwanted animals. He recently chaired an independent government review of the Defence Advisory Notice (DA Notice) System, a voluntary system established to limit the inadvertent media disclosure of information where release would pose a risk to life or national security.
Dean of the School of Education, University of the West of Scotland
Professor Donald Gillies joined UWS as Head of the School of Education in February 2014, subsequently becoming Dean in August 2014, following the university restructuring. Prior to that, he was Professor of Education Policy at York St John University (2012-14).
Following 21 years as a secondary schoolteacher in the west of Scotland, latterly as Principal Teacher of English, Professor Gillies first moved into higher education in 2005 as Lecturer in Educational Studies at the University of Strathclyde, becoming Senior Lecturer in 2011.
His first degree was MA (Honours) in English and Philosophy from the University of Glasgow in 1981. His MEd was gained at the University of Strathclyde in 2001, followed by a PhD in 2009.
He is a Council Member of the General Teaching Council for Scotland and also sits on the School Closures Review Panel for Scotland. He is Chairperson of the Board of Scottish Educational Review and Chairperson of the Educational Colloquium 2015-17. Amongst his publications is Educational leadership and Michel Foucault (Routledge, 2013).
Associate Dean Teaching & Learning (ADTL), Faculty of Science and Engineering, University of Plymout
Karen holds a senior leadership role at the University of Plymouth with a remit to promote and facilitate an excellent student experience. As ADTL she is the strategic lead for teaching quality assurance and enhancement throughout the Faculty, and is also the cross-institutional lead for the Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR). Karen is a National Teaching Fellow, a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Fellow of the Linnean Society as well as the Leadership Foundation.
Karen studied marine biology at Liverpool University before undertaking a PhD at Exeter. After a post-doc at the Natural History Museum (London) she moved back to Devon and into higher education in 1993, and now has wide experience of teaching human biology to students in the health professions and scientific disciplines. Karen has published in the pedagogic literature regarding research-informed teaching, is part of the institutional Athena SWAN self-assessment team and is a long-standing STEM ambassador.
Associate Dean, Health and Applied Science, University of the West of England, Bristol
Marc is a registered Diagnostic Radiographer and possesses a Masters in Nuclear Medicine having studied at the University of the West of England Bristol. He has extensive experience in medical imaging, technological healthcare developments and the creation of new patient care pathways, having worked in clinical practice and the commercial sector.
Marc also has a strong educational teaching and learning and leadership background within higher education and his Professional Doctorate focused on the impact of new technology on the healthcare workforce using an Organisational Ethnography methodology. Marc is currently is an Associate Dean at the University of the West of England, Bristol, having previously held the post of Head of Department for Allied Health Professions.
Professor, Faculty of Science and Technology, Bournemouth University
Mark's current post of Professor is focussed on producing and leading high quality research and teaching within the Department of Design and Engineering. His teaching responsibilities include leading the Design Engineering final year projects and managing a team of academic supervisors.
Mark's research area focus is supervising PhD students and post-doctorate research fellows funded from external income. His previous role was Deputy Dean (Research and Internationalisation from 2007 to 2014) which included many other leadership roles and committee chairs etc. Mark's activities include quality assurance, coaching and mentoring and staff development within the Graduate School.
Director of Student Services (interim), University of Birmingham
Kelly is currently the Director of Student Services (interim) at the University of Birmingham. She returns to her substantive role as Deputy Director, Student Services at the end of September 2016. This concludes a total period of 12months (over 18months) in the Director capacity. Student Services aims to support students to fulfill their potential and maximise engagement with their academic, social, cultural and personal development opportunities, whilst supporting and working in partnership with staff across the University.
Kelly has previously worked in senior leadership roles at the University of Birmingham as Assistant Director of Registry and at Coventry University as Deputy Director, Recruitment and Admissions. Previous to this she held a variety of roles within Higher Education and worked within the private sector.
Associate Dean for Medicine and Director of Medical Education, University of Surrey
Kamila Hawthorne MD FRCP FRCGP FAcadMEd, is an academic general practitioner and medical educator. She qualified from the University of Oxford in 1984, completed her GP Vocational Training in Nottingham in 1988, and her MD in Manchester in 1997.
She is currently Professor of Medical Education and Associate Dean for Medicine at the University of Surrey, and Vice Chair of the Royal College of GPs. She was integrally involved in the redesign and delivery of the Membership of the Royal Collage of GP's exams, which became a licensing examination in 2007, and set the standard for entry to British general practice. Kamila's ambition is to produce excellent clinicians, fit to deliver caring, integrated and technological advanced healthcare, aligned to the needs of patients and the NHS. Her research interests are in culturally appropriate health education for minority groups, medical education and assessment.
Reader and Faculty Research Degrees Coordinator, University of Portsmouth
Dr Karen Heard-Lauréote is Reader in European Politics in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Portsmouth. Karen is also the Research Degrees Coordinator and MRes Course Leader in the Faculty. Karen holds a Jean Monnet Chair in European Integration and is a senior researcher in the Centre for European and International Studies Research (CEISR).
Karen is Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (PFHEA) and a Fellow of the Leadership Foundation (FLF). Karen plays an active role in UACES, which is the University Association for Contemporary European Studies and she is on the Editorial board of the Journal of Contemporary European Research (JCER): an on-line, peer-reviewed, open-access academic journal. Karen is co-editor of the Journal’s Teaching and Learning Section.
Reader, School of Science and Sport, University of the West of Scotland
Fiona is Reader in Parasitology and leads the Infection and Microbiology Research Group within the Institute of Biomedical and Environmental Health Research at UWS. She is focused on leading high quality research, teaching and supporting early career researchers and PhD students in the area of Infectious Disease, Immunology and Biomedical Science.
Fiona’s research in this area has gained international recognition and has also made a considerable impact on public and industrial engagement. She is a Member of the Royal Society of Edinburgh Young Academy of Scotland and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology, Higher Education Academy. She is also passionate STEM ambassador to encourage young people into Science.
Deputy Dean for Research and Professional Practice, Faculty of Health and Social Sciences, Bournemou
Vanora is Deputy Dean for Research and Professional Practice with a remit to lead high quality research in the Faculty of Health and Social Sciences. She believes that researchers must work closely with colleagues in both practice and education to ensure that research is relevant and that it is utilised. She has led the way in introducing the clinical academic doctorate at Bournemouth University that enables students to remain grounded in practice while studying for their PhD.
Vanora is also Professor of Midwifery and her research focuses on labour practices and their impact on maternal and neonatal outcomes, in both low income and high income countries. She works with a number of international groups (including the International Early Labour Research Group) and is a Temporary Adviser to the World Health Organization. She served as a European representative on the Research Standing Committee of the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) from 1999-2005 and continues to serve on the ICM Research Advisory Network.
Careers and Employability Manager, Bournemouth University
Linda is an accomplished manager who was appointed to BU in 2013 with extensive experience and a successful career spanning over 30 years both education and industry.
Her passion is vocationally based education, working with organisations to ensure students are well prepared to enter employment. She has held senior strategic positions working in partnership with secondary schools, further education and employers. Linda created beneficial networking opportunities between students and key business figures by establishing an Institute of Director student board at the university.
More recently her focus is on collaborative working and shaping the wider global student experiences and internationalisation strategies.
Professor of Economics, Lancaster University
Geraint Johnes is Professor of Economics at Lancaster University. His research specialism is in the area of labour economics, and he has a particular interest in the economics of education. He has published numerous articles in this area in journals such as the Economic Journal, Oxford Economic Papers, Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics and his research has been funded by the UK Economic and Social Research Council, the European Union, and international organisations including the OECD and World Bank.
He is an associate research fellow at SKOPE (at Oxford University and Cardiff University) and is an associate of the Advanced Institute of Management. Professor Johnes has held visiting positions at Lehigh University, Dartmouth College, Beijing Normal University and the Australian National University. He has regularly advised various governments on education and training policy.
He has served in numerous leadership roles at Lancaster, including as the university’s Dean of Graduate Studies and as Director of its London-based think-tank, the Work Foundation.
Faculty Manager (Humanities), University of Essex
Rachel has worked in Higher Education for over 15 years. In 2002 she joined the University of Essex as Head of Quality Assurance and Enhancement. After successfully leading the University through two institutional level external audits she took the opportunity to move into the role of Faculty Manager, supporting the strategic development of the Humanities at Essex. In addition to her substantive role at the University, Rachel also volunteers as a workplace coach and is a member of the University’s Harassment Advisory Network, a support service for staff and students.
Rachel is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academic (SFHEA), a Fellow of the Leadership Foundation (FLF) and a qualified workplace coach.
Dean for Internationalisation, University of Kent
As Dean for Internationalisation, Anthony is responsible for the development, review and implementation of international activity across the University. As Kent adopts a 360 degree approach to internationalisation, this involves key aspects of education, research and student experience.
Anthony's particular area of academic specialism is in the teaching and assessment of English for Academic Purposes (EAP), Modern Foreign Languages and Academic Skills. Anthony’s recent publications are associated with training for educators in the assessment of EAP. Anthony is also one of the principal authors of the Transferable Academic Skills Kit (TASK), published by Garnet. He has also authored other texts for students and teachers of EAP and English for Specific Academic Purposes with Cambridge University press, Oxford University press and Garnet.
Anthony first joined the University of Kent in 2010 as Director of the Centre for English and World Languages, having previously worked at the University of Reading as Assistant Director to the International Study and Language Centre. During his career Anthony has also taught in France, Germany, China and Japan.
Academic Registrar, University of Essex
Stephen has been involved in the management of professional services in higher education for many years. In his role as Academic Registrar he holds portfolios that move across academic and non-academic aspects of the student experience. Working at Essex, Nottingham, Kent, University of the Creative Arts and also Canterbury Christ Church Stephen has developed a broad understanding of the variations between institutions.
At Nottingham he spent an extended period living in Malaysia working on their campus there which added further understanding to the leadership challenges facing HE professional services in their role of delivering the institutional mission either directly or indirectly. Stephen Holds an MBA in Higher Education Management from the UCL Institute of Education as well as an MSc and BA (Hons) degree and is a fellow of the Chartered Management Institute. He has served on the board of both AMOSSHE (The Student Services Organisation) as well as AGCAS (an organisation representing HE Careers Services) and currently serves on the board of the Association of University Administrators.
Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean, School of Media, Arts and Desig, University of Westminster
Professor Kerstin Mey is Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of the Westminster School of Media, Arts and Design at the University of Westminster where she also holds a Professorship in Contemporary Art and Theory.
After studying Art and German language and literature to MA level and completing a PhD in art theory/aesthetics she held academic positions in Germany and the UK. This included Director of the research Institute Art and Design, University of Ulster and most recently, Director of Research and Enterprise at the University for the Creative Arts.
She has widely published on the situatedness of 20th century and contemporary art and practices of knowledge making under the influence of technological advances und media convergences and was Director of ISEA2009, the International Symposium on Electronic Art, on the island of Ireland.
She is a member of the Austrian Science Board; serves on the Executive Board of CHEAD (Council for Higher Education of Art and Design, UK); on the Supervisory Board of the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom, is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of Macromedia University for Applied Sciences, Germany, and a Fellow of the RSA.
Head of the Academic Programmes, Liverpool Centre for Advanced Policing Studies, Liverpool J
Steve is Head of the Academic Programmes at the Liverpool Centre for Advanced Policing Studies at Liverpool John Moores University. He is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Fellow of the Leadership Foundation.
Steve is responsible for the development of a portfolio of academic programmes and is particularly interested in cross discipline working that provides open and flexible higher education provision that meets changing circumstances. Currently, Steve is working closely with the College of Policing (the professional body) and employers to provide solutions which meet the present and future needs of the police service.
He is Co-Chair of the Higher Education Forum for Learning and Teaching in Policing and is developing QAA Benchmark Statements for the subject area.
His research interests are linked to education particularly, in the motivations of 16-24 year olds regarding teaching and learning.
Director, Unit for the Enhancement of Learning & Teaching, University of Kent
Dr Louise Naylor has a wide range of both academic and administrative experience in higher education, having held several roles as an academic and administrator at Kent, including senior management positions as a member of the University Council. As Director (Unit for the Enhancement of Learning & Teaching), she leads 4 teams that are responsible for the professional development of academic staff, curriculum and e-learning development, quality assurance, plus academic advice and guidance to students.
Louise is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) and plays an active role in the Staff and Educational Development Association (SEDA) and Heads of Educational Development Group (HEDG). As Chair of the University’s Women’s Network, she has supported the development and progression of women in their academic and professional service careers, both as a member of the Athena Swan Steering Group at Kent and a role model for the Aurora leadership programme.
Head of Department for People and Organisation, Open University
Diane is a Senior Lecturer in HRM and Head of Department for the Department of People and Organisations at the Open University Business School. She has been a Fellow of the LFHE since 2012 and is a Senior fellow of the HEA. During her time at the OU Diane has held a variety of roles and been in involved in the development of several modules at PG and UG level. She most recently led the development and launch of a CIPD accredited MSc (HRM).
She also won an OU Teaching Excellence award for the level one UG module, Introducing Business, which since its launch in 2006 has attracted around 45K students worldwide. She was Associate Dean (Teaching and Learning) and is a member of the Faculty’s senior management team. Since her Doctorate from Lancaster in Management Learning, she continues to have a passion for teaching and learning and pedagogical challenges.
Diane has worked with several organisations and published research around the theme of individuals’ understanding of work and organisations. She has explored this in, for example, the health, child care and currently the HE sector with recent publications focusing on the role of the Associate Dean in UK universities.
Director of Research and Scholarship and Head of Education Studies, Stranmillis University College
Dr Noel Purdy is Director of Research and Scholarship and Head of Education Studies at Stranmillis University College, A College of Queen’s University, Belfast. Before his career in Higher Education, Noel was a Modern Languages teacher in two post-primary schools in Northern Ireland.
Now his senior management leadership role focuses on the strategic development of research and scholarship across the University College, motivating and supporting all academic staff and leading the Research Office team as they prepare for REF2020. He was part of the original pilot group for the LF Fellowship and found the experience both challenging and inspiring.
Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Newcastle University
Julie Sanders is Professor of English Literature and Drama and Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Humanities and Social Sciences at Newcastle University. She studied at the Universities of Cambridge and Warwick and was previously Head of English at the University of Nottingham and for two years seconded as Vice Provost (Teaching and Learning) at their Ningbo China campus, during which time she completed the LFHE TMP course.
She has authored many books and articles on seventeenth-century literature and has been a visiting fellow in Australia, Canada and Korea. She has been a fellow of the Leadership Foundation since 2012.
Chief Operating Officer and Registrar, The University of Reading, Malaysia
Paula Sanderson is Chief Operating Officer and Registrar at the University of Reading Malaysia.
Appointed to develop the University of Reading Malaysia’s physical presence within Malaysia at a time when operations are moving to a purpose built campus at EduCity, Iskandar and the University significantly increases the scale and complexity of its operation in Malaysia.
Paula is responsible for the leadership and development of all non-academic functions including responsibility for human, physical and financial resources and services including; Student and Academic Services; Finance; Human Resources; Infrastructure and Campus Services; Marketing, Outreach and Communications.
She previously held similar senior operational roles at the University of Sydney and the University of Exeter.
A Chartered Accountant and MBA, Paula is currently undertaking a DBA at the University of Bath looking at governance and leadership in Transnational Education. She is passionate about the professionalisation of support services in Universities and the contribution of profession staff to the student experience.
Executive Dean Learning, Teaching and International, Bishop Grosseteste University
Ruth is part of the Senior Leadership Team at Bishop Grosseteste University. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and Bishop Grosseteste University as well as the Leadership Foundation. She has a cross cutting senior role with responsibility for leading Learning and Teaching and also the International Office. Her research interests are mainly in educational drama and also community placement work.
Ruth served on the Executive Committee of National Drama for many years and was part of the editorial team for an international research journal. Her PhD is in the area of Mantle of the Expert and process drama. In 2012 she led a funded project for the Higher Education Academy in student placements in community settings.
Managing Director, European Association of Distance Teaching Universities
George Ubachs is Managing Director of EADTU, the European Association of Distance Teaching Universities. EADTU is Europe's leading institutional association in online, open and flexible higher education, and is at the heart of the modernisation agenda of European universities. Growing from its eleven founding members in ten European nations, EADTU now has a membership of fifteen institutions and fourteen national associations across 25 nations. Its membership covers over 200 universities and around 3 million students.
George Ubachs is responsible for the development and support of the EADTU network, policies and execution of its goals in online, open and flexible higher education.
He is coordinator of international academic cooperation networks on networked curricula, virtual mobility, QA in e-learning and business models for lifelong learning and managed more than 10 related European projects in the past 13 years.
George Ubachs is coordinator of the E-xcellence movement on quality assurance in online, open and flexible education and representative in the UNESCO Global TF QA in e-learning. He further coordinates the EMPOWERing universities network of a 100 experts that represent 12 specific fields of expertise related to online, open and flexible education. As coordinator of these two dedicated networks he is working closely with the EUA, ENQA, ESU, ICDE and Unesco.
To mainstream results and create European impact, EADTU organises several (local) seminars as well as conferences European wide and organises together with the European Commission, DG EAC, a yearly Summit for the main stakeholders in higher education.
Before joining EADTU in 2002, George Ubachs has been working on various European programmes in the public and private sector (MAECON/EAM Consultants) in the field of regional social economic developments and was coordinator of the European Network of E2C-Europe (Cities for Second Chance Schools). George Ubachs graduated at the State University of Leiden and Erasmus University Rotterdam on Public Administration with specialization in European Integration.
Professor in Criminology and Criminal Justice, Nottingham Trent University
Azrini Wahidin is Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice in the School of of Social Sciences in the Department of Sociology. She studied at the University of London: Goldsmith’s College and Keele University. She established the undergraduate criminology programme at Queen’s University, Belfast and at Kent University.
She has authored many books and articles on women in prison, older offenders and female political prisoners, in particular her work on former female ex-combatants in the Irish Republican Movement. She co-wrote the subject benchmarks for Criminology. She has been a visiting scholar at the University of Melbourne, Middle Tennessee State University and is currently a visiting professor at the University of Malaya in the Faculty of Law. She is an Executive member of the British Society of Criminology and Chair of the Professional and Ethics committee.