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Aurora Champion Directory

Each institution has been asked to nominate an in-house ‘Aurora champion’ who will help identify participants, mentors and role models, and be the main point of contact between Advance HE and the institution. Some institutions have chosen to split this role into two – one as the key figurehead for Aurora and one as the liaison point for the administrative details.

Aurora champions - who's who
Details of champions and Aurora liaisons from engaging institutions and sector bodies can be found in the directory below. To update your institution’s Aurora champion details or to register as the champion please email the Aurora Team: 

You will see that a number of institutions choose to have more than one champion which is absolutely fine. 

Note: If your institution is not listed below, please email the Aurora team.

Search for your Aurora champion below by clicking on the relevant letter for your institution.

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Abertay University: Dr Nia White, Head of the Graduate School 

Aberystwyth University: Rebecca Davies, Pro Vice-Chancellor Chief Operating, Professor Judith Broady-Preston, Director of Institute of Profession.

Anglia Ruskin University: Professor Helen Valentine, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Advanced Systems) and Jane Hay, Human Resources Manager: Learning and Development.

Aston University: Professor Gina Rippon, Pro Vice-Chancellor (International) 


Bath Spa University: Dr Mark McGuinness, Assistant Dean, College of the Liberal Arts 

Birkbeck College, University of London: Paul Mills, Learning & Development Advisor

Birmingham City University: Karen Canavan, Organisational/Learning Development Business Partner

Bishop Grosseteste University: Rebecca Bull, Small & Specialist Institutions + MASHEIN Project Director

Bournemouth University: Sarah Cronin, Organisational and Staff Development Coordinator 

Brunel University: Dr Jurgita Malinauskaite, Associate Dean for Equality & Diversity, College of Business, Arts and Social Sciences

Buckinghamshire New University: Alexandra Bode-Tunji, HR Director


Canterbury Christ Church University: Professor Callum Firth, Dean of Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences and Amanda Maclean, Organisational Development & Leadership Consultant

Cardiff University: Hayley Beckett, Head of Leadership and Staff Development, Karen Cooke, Organisational Development Manager and Susan Midha, Director of Human Resources

Cardiff Metropolitan University: Professor Cara Aitchison, Cardiff Metropolitan University

City, University of London: Ailbhe Lynch, Organisational Development Adviser

Cork Institute of Technology: Dr Hugh McGlynn, Head of the School of Science & Informatics

Coventry University: Lorraine Gearing, Director of Educational Strategies and Sharlene St-Claire, Organisation Development Manager

Cranfield University: Professor Lynette Ryals, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Education and Hiran Odedra, University Diversity Manager, Human Resources


De Montfort University: Sarah Setchell, Director of People and Organisational Development and Kelly Perrin, Practice Manager, OD and Learning

Dublin City University: Dr Anne Sinnott, Executive Dean, Faculty of Business and Kathryn McCarthy, Training and Development Officer 

Dublin Institute of Technology: Dr Ashley O'Donoghue, Head of Staff Development

Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology: Mary Connelly, HR Manager Mary Anne O'Carroll, Staff Training, Learning and Development Officer

Dundalk Institute of Technology: Dr Patricia Moriarty, Head of School of Business and Humanities, and Gerald O Driscoll, Human Resources Manager.

Durham University: Sophie Sowerby, Training Manager and Louise Herron, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Co-ordinator in Equality and diversity

Edge Hill University: Dr Nikki CraskeDirector of Research Office and Lynnette Turner Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean, Faculty of Education

Edinburgh Napier University: Dr Sandra Cairncross, Assistant Principal (Student Experience)

Glasgow Caledonian University: Valerie Webster, Assistant Vice Principal, International

Goldsmiths, University of London: Fifi Badat, Learning and Development Coordinator

Glyndwr University: Claire Taylor, Deputy Vice-Chancellor

Harper Adams University: Dawn Crowther, Head of Human Resources

Heriot-Watt University: Professor Gillian Hogg, Deputy Principal (External Relations), Claire Khalifa, Organisational Development Consultant, and Nasreen Makipour, Organisational Development Co-ordinator,

Heythrop College, University of London: Shade Olutobi, Human Resources Manager

Higher Education Funding Council, England: Tracey Vardy, Human Resources Consultant


The Institute for Cancer Research, Barbara Pittam, Scientific Secretary, Registrar and Director of Academic Services and Vanessa McKean, Athena SWAN Coordinator

Institute of Technology Carlow: Yvonne Kavanagh, Lecturer

Institute of Technology Sligo: Prof Jacqueline McCormack, Vice President


Keele University: Emma Colley, Staff Development Advisor 

King's College London: Evelyn Welch, Vice-Principal (Arts and Sciences) and Sarah Guerra Director of Diversity and Inclusion. 

Kingston University: Dr Lucy Jones, Associate Dean, Education and Samina Khan and Cheryl Jordan, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Team


Leadership Foundation for Higher Education: Tracy Bell Reeves, Deputy Director, Leadership Development and Melissa Ruxton, Assistant Director, Leadership Development

Leeds Beckett University: Barbara Colledge, University Registrar

Limerick Institute of Technology: Marian Duggan, VP Equality 

Liverpool Hope University: Theresa Lewin, HR Manager

Liverpool John Moores University: Meriel Box, Head of Staff Development

London Metropolitan University: Rosemary Benson, Staff Development Adviser

London School of Economics and Political Science: Professor Julia Black. Pro-Director of Research and Chris Watt, head of Organisational Learning

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine: Professor Joy Lawn, Director of MARCH Centre

London South Bank University: to be confirmed

Loughborough University: Steven Rothberg, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Enterprise) and Lisa Dennison, Staff Development Assistant and Secretary for Aurora


Manchester Metropolitan University: Josie Elson, Associate Director, Valuing and Engaging People

Maynooth University: Sarah Hawes, HR Equality Officer

Middlesex University: Sophie Bowen, Chief Operating Officer, and Dimple Meghani Organisational Development Partner


National University of Ireland, Galway: Josephine Hynes, HR Director 

National College of Ireland: Ann Noonan Director of HR, 

New College of the Humanities: Sheena Van Der Merwe, HR and Operations Manager

Newcastle University: Dr Liz Kemp, Organisational Development Lead (HaSS), Gillian Jenkins, Organisational Development Lead SAgE, Julie Bullimore, Organisational Development Lead, and Linda Robinson, Organisational Development Lead

Norwich University of the Arts: Professor Hilary Carlisle, Dean of Design and Architecture

Nottingham Trent University: Amanda Stanford, Leadership Development Consultant


The Open University: Josie Fraser, Executive Dean, STEM, Natasha Brathwaite, Senior Talent Adviser, and Helen Gordon, Talent Co-ordinator

Oxford Brookes University: Alistair Fitt, Vice-Chancellor


The Pirbright Institute: Lynda Moore, Head of Academic Affairs & Training



Queen Margaret University: TBC

Queen Mary, University of London: Laura Gibb, Chief Operating Officer

Queens University Belfast: Paula Teggart, Prof Karen McCloskey, Prof Adrienne Scullion


Regent's University London: Sue Shutter, PVC and Director of Human Resources, and Caroline Bryant, Learning and Organisational Development Manager

Robert Gordon University: Susan MacLennan, Senior OD Specialist

Royal College of Art: Professor Darlene Maxwell, Head of Library Services

The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama: Heather Francis, Director of Human Resources

Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland: Professor Zena Moore, Head of School of Nursing & Midwifery, Catriona Campbell, Head of Staff Learning and Development

Royal Holloway, University of London: Professor Rosemary Deem, Vice-Principal (Education) and Dean of Doctoral SchoolVice Principal Staffing, and Ellie Rayner, Head of Organisational Development

Royal Northern College of Music, Professor Linda Merrick, Principal

Royal Welsh College of Music and Drame: Professor Helena Gaunt, Principal


Scotland's Rural College (SRUC): Irene Martin, Learning and Development Manager

Scottish Association for Marine Science: TBC

Scottish Funding Council: Virginia Elliot, Training and HR Officer

Scottish Qualification Authority: John McKinstry, Organisational Development Officer

Sheffield Hallam University:  Sarah Swales, Assistant Director of HR, Sally Jackson,  Interim Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development and Vicky Meadows, People Development Advisor

SOAS, University of London: Paula Sanderson, Registrar, Serena Yeo, Staff Development Manager

Solent University: Helen Jones, Head of People and Development

Staffordshire University: Professor Liz Barnes, Vice Chancellor and Cheif Executive

St George's University of London: Rebecca Henry-Litteck, Learning and Development Manager

St Mary's University College, Twickenham: Dominika Sarosiek, OD Advisor (Inclusion and Community)

Swansea University: Bethan Lewis, Senior Equal Opportunities Officer


Trinity College Dublin: Eileen Drew, Director of the Centre for Women in Science and Engineering Research and Claire Marshall, Programme Manager

Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance: Louise Jackson, Head of Learning Enhancement


Ulster University: Mark Latuske, Deputy Director Talent

University College Birmingham: Clare Hayes, Deputy Director HR and Alex Lofthouse, Deputy Vice-Chancellor

University College Cork: Anne Gannon, HR and Mary Horgan, Senior Lecturer

University College Dublin: Joe Carthy, Science Administration Office and Joyce McLoughlin, People & OD Manager 

University College London: Patrick Sampson

University of Aberdeen: Professor Richard Wells, Vice Principal International Partnerships.

University of Bath: Professor Jonathan Knight, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Research and Simon Inger, Head of Staff Development

University of Bedfordshire: Professor Mary Malcolm, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic)

University of Birmingham: Professor Una Martin, Deputy Pro-Vice Chancellor for Equalities & Professor of Clinical Pharmacology and Liz Leech, PA to Andrew Ktoris, Assistant HR Director, People and Organisational Development

University of Bolton: Marie Norman, Head of Learning Enhancement and Student Experience

University of Bradford: Professor Uduak Archibong, Professor of Diversity 

University of Brighton: Taraneh Dean, Pro Vice-Chancellor

University of Bristol: Professor Judith Squires, Pro-Vice Chancellor and Lydia Klimecki, Staff Development Advisor

University College Birmingham: Professor Alex Lofthouse, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Performance and Partnerships) and Claire Hayes, Senior Personnel and Training Manager

University College Cork, Ireland: Mary Horgan, Staff Development Officer and Anne Gannon, Staff Welfare & Development Manager

University College London and UCL Institute of Education: Pratistha Khadka, Staff and Organistional Development Administrator

University of Cambridge: Sarah Foreman, Head of Maintenance and Dr Miriam Lynn, Consultant, Equality & Diversity Section, 

University of Central Lancashire: Nikki Lambourne, Staff Development Manager, Helen Jones, Leardership and Development Manager 

University College Dublin: Joe Carthy, College Principal and Joyce McLoughlin People & OD Manager 

University of Derby: Sharon Bell, Head of Discipline: Education, Childhood and Inclusion

University of Dundee: Pam Milne, Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development and Lisa Anderson, Head of Organisational and Professional Development

University of East London: Professor Lisa Mooney, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Research & Knowledge Exchange and Clare Matysova, Athena Swan Project Officer

University of East Anglia: Professor Sarah Barrow, Pro Vice-Chancellor Arts and Humanities

University of Edinburgh: Ruth Miller, Learning & Development Delivery Specialist, Jane Norman, Vice Principal, People and Culture

University of Essex: Susie Morgan, Director of Human Resources and Andrea Munson, Professional Development Co-Ordinator

University of Exeter: Rachel Brewer, Learning and Development Manager

University of Glasgow: Professor Anne Anderson, Gender Equality Champion, Vice Principle and Head of College of Social Science and Janell Kelly, Equality and Diversity Administrator

University of Gloucestershire: Ruth Davies, HR Director, Karen Carter, Organisational Change and People Development Manager and Suzanne Middleton, People Development Advisor

University of Greenwich: Derek Moore, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dr Clare Saunders, Associate Professor and University Director of Learning and Teaching 

University of Hertfordshire: Kevin Flinn, Head of Leadership and Organisational Development

University of the Highlands and Islands: Fiona Larg, Chief Operating Officer and Secretary, and Crichton Lang, Deputy Principal (Shirley MacBean, PA).

University of Huddersfield: Olivia Briddon, Senior HR Officer (Diversity, Equality & Inclusion), Helen Walker, Staff Development Manager 

University of Hull: Martha Kember, Head of Learning and Development

University of Kent: Yvonne Sherwood, Professor of Religious Studies and Jena Dady, Learning and Development Advisor

University of Leeds: Patricia Gray, Senior Training and Development Advisor

University of Leicester: Professor Paul Cullis, Professor of Chemistry and Chair, Athena SWAN Working Group, and Dr Leigh Anne Casey, Associate Director, Organisational Development

University of Limerick: Marie Connolly, Head of Equality and Diversity

University of Lincoln: Umar Zamman, Head of HR and Claire Butler Student Enterprise Co-ordinator

University of Liverpool: Professor Susan Wray, Personal Chair and Carol Costello, Director of Human Resources

University of London: Elaine Walters, Deputy Chief Executive/Director of Operations for the School of Advanced Study

University of Manchester: Dr Rachel Cowen, Senior Lecturer and Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

University of Northampton: Frank Jordan, Head of Staff Development and Deborah Forbes, Staff Development Trainer

University of Nottingham: Dr. Jo Bramham, Professional Developer (Leader of UoN Women's Development Programmes - APPLE and WAND) and Claire Taylour, HR Central Support Services Administrator

University of Oxford: Hilary Boulding, President of Trinity College, Oxford, 

University of Plymouth: Helen Teague, Head of Organisational Development and Laura Beahan, Organisational Development Manager

University of Portsmouth: Professor Sherria Hoskins, Dean of Faculty of Science & Professor of Psychology & Education, and Helen Keetch, Learning & Development Adviser, Human Resources

University of Reading: Susan Thornton, Leadership and Talent Manager

University of Roehampton: Diane Bray, Head of Psychology Department

University of Salford: Professor Haifa Takruri-Rizk, Associate Dean Engagement, School of Computing, Science and Engineering

University of Sheffield: Jane Ginniver, HR Manager (Leadership and Management Development)

University of South Wales: to be confirmed

University of Southampton: to be confirmed

University of St Andrews: Sukhi Bains, Head of Equality and Diversity, Sally Mapstone, Principal & Vice Chancellor, Mairi Stewart, Director of Human Resources

University of St Mark and St John: Lucy Pengelly, Head of Human Resources

University of Stirling: Kerry Bryson, Director of Development and External Affairs and Lorna Prince, Organisational Development Partner 

University of Strathclyde: Sandra Heidinger, Director of Human Resources and Annie McLaughlin, Athena SWAN Officer

University of Suffolk: Sara Corcoran, Director of Human Resources

University of Surrey: Zoe Gruhn, Director of People, Culture and Inclusion

University of Ulster: Dr Mary Hannon-Fletcher, Head of School of Health Sciences and Clare Madden, Professional Development Manager

University of Warwick: Gillian McGratan, Director of Human Resources and Sandra Hill, Learning and Development Advisor

University of the West of England, Bristol: Pam Fitzsimmons, Leadership and Staff Development Manager

University of the West of Scotland: Paul Martin, Deputy Principal and Caroline Baynham, OD and Training Adviser

University of Westminster: Elaine McMillan, Executive Officer, Vice Chancellor's Office, and Steph Cowell, Leadership & Organisational Development Advisor.

University of Winchester: Carol Kilgannon, Director of Equality and Staff Development

University of Wolverhampton: Miceal Barden, Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences, Joy Levesley, Head of Organisational Development

University of Worcester: Louise Williams, Executive Assistant and Sarah Greer, Deputy Vice Chancellor 


Waterford Institute of Technology: Dr Thomas O'Toole, Head of the School of Business


York St John University: Michelle Litten, Staff Development Manager

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        8. Monitoring performance
    2. Governing bodies
      1. Audit Committee
      2. Nominations committee
      3. Remuneration
      4. Employment
      5. Finance
      6. Estates
    3. Operating context
    4. Academic Governance
      1. Enablers
      2. Case Studies
        1. Arts University Bournemouth
        2. City University
        3. King's College London
        4. University of Leicester
        5. University of Salford
        6. University of the West of England
        7. Queen's University Belfast
        8. Ulster University
        9. Cardiff University
        10. University of South Wales
        11. University of Wales Trinity Saint David
        12. Mid-Kent College
        13. Newcastle College Group
        14. Belfast Metropolitan College
        15. Grwp NPTC
      3. New Governors
        1. New Governors - Key Terms
        2. New Governors - Key Organisations
        3. New Governors - Quality, Standards & Enhancements
        4. New Governors - Academic Assurance
        5. New Governors - Other Key Terms
      4. Practical Advice
      5. Have your say
    5. Resource bank
      1. Features
      2. Governance News
      3. Previous news alerts
        1. Alternative providers and student debt in the US: could it happen in the UK?
        2. Is institutional autonomy under threat?
        3. Managing the board
        4. OECD Report suggests some higher education students lack basic skills
        5. Five issues for HEI governing bodies
        6. Whistleblowing and gagging clauses
        7. The failure of HBOS
        8. Financial forecasts for English HEIs
        9. Governance changes proposed in the HE Green paper
        10. FEHE SORP 2015 Donations & Endowments
        11. Board diversity - the Davis Review
        12. Information systems and cyber security
        13. Does a change in leadership lead to a change in strategy?
        14. FIFA and corporate governance
        15. Volkswagen
        16. Sustainability
        17. Review of governance at Plymouth University
        18. Equality and diversity and governing bodies
        19. A Changing Agenda
        20. Role and effectiveness of audit committees
        21. Governance of Scottish Higher Education Institutions: Consulative Paper on HE Bill
        22. Governance issues at Tesco
        23. Student visas
        24. Governance at the Co-op
        25. HE funding - IFS report
        26. Removal of student number control
        27. Governance issues in the private sector
        28. Governance at the BBC
        29. Reforms to how higher education in England is regulated
        30. HBOS & London Met: case studies in governance
        31. New IPPR report on HE
        32. Moocs are coming
        33. Increasing diversity
        34. Kids Company
      4. Getting to grips
      5. Governance publications
      6. Useful websites
      7. Codes of governance
        1. CUC Code of Governance
        2. UK Corporate Governance Code
      8. Research on governance in higher education
      9. Book reviews
      10. HE facts
      11. Illustrative Practice Notes
      12. Roundtable notes
        1. Governance events notes
    6. Governance Briefing Notes
      1. 27. Governing bodies and culture
      2. 26. The new regulatory approach to HE in England
      3. 25. The factors that influence whether governance is effective?
      4. 24. Benefits and impact
      5. 23. Competitive pressures
      6. 22. Corporate ethics and values
      7. 21. Personal ethics and values
      8. 20. Legal requirements and regulation
      9. 19. Estates
      10. 18. Finance
      11. 17. Employment
      12. 16. Remuneration
      13. 15. Nominations committee
      14. 14. Audit committee
      15. 13. The governance system and assessing effectiveness
      16. 12. Size, composition and skills available to the governing body
      17. 11. Monitoring performance
      18. 10. Strategic plan
      19. 09. Students
      20. 08. Risk management
      21. 07. International students and collaborations
      22. 06. Commercial operations
      23. 05. Regulations and compliance
      24. 04. Academic governance and quality
      25. 03. The workings of a governing body
      26. 02. Governance and management
      27. 01. Becoming a governor
    7. Equality and Diversity Toolkit
      1. Overview
      2. Overseeing compliance
        1. The Equality Act 2010
        2. Governance Codes
        3. Overseeing E&D
        4. Reports Governors might use
        5. Case study: Bath
        6. Championing E&D
        7. Case study: ManMet
        8. Case study: Cardiff
      3. Competitive Advantage
        1. Competing in a global market
        2. Improving staff diversity
        3. Case study: Exeter
      4. Issues and Challenges
        1. Student inequalities
        2. Staff inequalities
        3. Assessing specific E&D issues
      5. Value
        1. Increasing focus
        2. Gender diversity data
        3. Improving diversity
        4. Case study 1: UWS
        5. Case study 2: UWS
      6. Questions and Resources
        1. Resources
    8. Board Diversification
    9. Self-Assessment Tool
    10. Governing Body Effectiveness
    11. Governor Dialogues
    12. Governance and Alternative Providers
  6. International
    1. International Engagement
    2. International Reference Group
    3. International Case Studies
  7. Membership
    1. Membership benefits and services
      1. Membership logos
        1. Download the membership logos
    2. How to join
    3. National and regional contacts
      1. Abbie McKenna
      2. Cindy Vallance
      3. Gary Reed
      4. Jean Chandler
      5. Judy Harris
      6. Lesly Huxley
      7. Meriel Box
      8. Rebecca Bull
    4. Membership advisory group
    5. Membership development support
    6. Management Development Resources
      1. Download MDR1: Managing Effective Performance
      2. Download MDR2: Managing Change in HE
      3. Download MDR3: Emotional Intelligence, Personal Impact and Personal Effectiveness
      4. Download MDR4: Lean Management: Doing more with less
      5. Download MDR5: The Current HE Context: Drivers for change
      6. Download MDR6: Commercial Skills for Academics and Researchers
      7. MDR7: Caught in the Middle
        1. MDR7 Contents
        2. Download MDR7: Caught in the Middle
      8. Download MDR8: Working with Academic Motivation and Prestige
    7. Knowledge Bank
    8. Membership community
      1. Members' Directory
    9. Ten great reasons to be a Leadership Foundation member
      1. #10GreatReasons1
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      3. #10GreatReasons3
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    1. Twitter
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