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Aurora Champion Directory

Aurora champion/s (female or male) are the face of Aurora within their institutions. They are the lynchpin linking participants, role models and mentors, and lead their institution's engagement with Aurora.

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 the Leadership Foundation 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 complete and return the Aurora 2016-17 Champion Form to the Aurora team

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: Dr Debra Croft, Director of Equality and Joy Arkley, HR Business Partner, IBERS

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) and Jane Tyrrell, Associate Director of Human Resources.  


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: Erica Burke, Business Partnering Manager 

Bishop Grosseteste University: to be confirmed

Bournemouth University: Sarah Cronin, Organisational and Staff Development Coordinator 

Brunel University: Lorraine De Souza, Head of Health Sciences and Social Care

Buckinghamshire New University: Professor Rebecca Bunting, Vice-Chancellor


Canterbury Christ Church University: Professor Jan Burns, Head of School of Psychology, Politics and Sociology, Professor Callum Firth Dean of Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences and Amanda Maclean, Organisational Development & Leadership Consultant

Cardiff University: Gemma Jay Williams, Organisational and Staff Development Manager, Elizabeth Treasure Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Susan Midha, Director of Staff Development 

Cardiff Metropolitan University: Clare Coxshall, Head of Organisational Development

City University London: Chloe Milano, HR Manager

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

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: to be confirmed

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.


Edge Hill University: Dr Nikki CraskeDirector of Research Office and Joanne Morris, Research Development Support Manager

Edinburgh Napier University: Dr Sandra Cairncross, Assistant Principal (Student Experience), and Lorna Jane Skirving, Head of Organisational Development

Equality Challenge Unit: Gary Loke, Head of Policy and Juliet Adams, Head of Resources


Glasgow Caledonian University: Valerie Webster, Assistant Vice Principal, International and Melanie Armstrong, Professional Development Specialist, People Services

Goldsmiths, University of London: Anna Spragg, Equality, Learning and Development Manager


Harper Adams University: Ennis Vingoe, Head of Human Resources

Heriot-Watt University: Professor Gillian Hogg, Deputy Principal (External Relations) and Claire Cameron, Organisational Development Consultant

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


Keele University: Janet Kincaid, Staff Developer, Learning and Professional Development Centre

King's College London: Evelyn Welch, Vice-Principal (Arts and Sciences) and Jo Lawton, Athena SWAN Project Manager

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


Lancaster University: Nicola Owen, Chief Administrative Officer and James Howard, Head of Professional Development 

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

Leeds Beckett University: Kathy Ashton,  Head of People Development

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 Liz Quimby-Fountain, Staff Development Assistant (Equality and Diversity)


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

Middlesex University: Hilary Groombridge, Organisational and Staff Development Partner


National University of Ireland, Galway: Carmel Browne, Deputy Director, HR/Head of HR Strategy and Organisational Development and Aoife Cooke, Equality Manager

National University of Ireland, Maynooth: to be confirmed

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

Newcastle University: Helen Doyle, Staff Development Manager

Norwich University of the Arts: to be confirmed


The Open University: Rebecca Taylor, Dean, Faculty of Business and Law, Sally Fallon, Strategic Project Support and Stephanie Broadribb, Assistant Director (HR Development)

Oxford Brookes University: Alistair Fitt, Vice-Chancellor and Valerie Fawcett, Senior Consultant, Centre for Staff Learning and Development


The Pirbright Institute: Graham Baulch, Learning and Developmnet Manager

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


Queen Margaret University: Lynne Flynn, Head of Organisational Development

Queen Mary, University of London: Fiona Marsh, School Manager, School of Biological and Chemical Science and Isobel Bates, School Manager, School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science

Queen's University of Belfast: Professor Jannette Elwood,Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Professor Moira Dean, Faculty of Medicine Health and Life Sciences and Professor Peter Robertson, Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences 


Roehampton University: Julie Hall, Director of Roehampton Business School

Robert Gordon University: Susan MacLennan, Senior OD Specialist

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

Royal College of Art: Professor Jane Pavitt, Dean of School of Humanities

Royal Holloway, University of London: Katie Normington, Vice Principal Staffing and Ellie Rayner, Organisational Development Consultant

Royal Northern College of Music, Professor Linda Merrick, Principal

Royal Welsh College of Music: Hilary Boulding, 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: Professor Karen Bryan, Pro-Vice Chancellor and Dean of the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing, Tracey Parr, People Development Advisor and Sarah Swales, Assistant Director of HR

SOAS, University of London: Laura Gibbs, Registrar, Serena Yeo, Staff Development Manager

Southampton Solent University: Jane Longmore, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Lisa Gridley, Development Manager

Staffordshire University: to be confirmed

St George's University of London: Khalid Joomaye, Learning and Development Manager

St Mary's University College, Twickenham: Donna Willis, Senior Organisational Development (OD) Manager and 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


University of Aberdeen: Professor Margaret Ross, Vice Principal and Head of College (Arts and Social Sciences)

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: to be confirmed

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: Charlotte Croffie, Director of Organisational Development and Sarah Guise, Head of Equalities and Diversity

UCL Institute of Education: Charlotte Croffie, Director of Organisational Development and Pratistha Khadka, Staff and Organistional Development Administrator

University of Cambridge: Sarah Foreman, Head of Maintenance and Nikki Burton, Equality and Diversity Adminstrator

University of Central Lancashire: Nikki Lambourne, Staff Development Manager

University of Chester: Julie Mulliner, Assistant HR Director

University College Dublin: Professor Joe Carthy, College Principal and Marcellina Fogarty, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Manager

University of Derby: Professor Christine White, Assistant Dean for Faculty of Arts, Design and Technology and Head of School of Art and Design

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: Liz Thussu, Head of Governance and Legal Services

University of Edinburgh: Professor Jane Norman, Vice Principal, Equality and Diversity, Frances Grebenc, OD Business Partner (Learning & Development) and Ruth Miller, Learning & Development Delivery Specialist

University of Essex: Professor Aletta Norval, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education) and Jo Hopkins, Learning and Development Administrator

University of Exeter: Angie Allcock, Head of People Development and 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: Professor Judith Burnett, Pro Vice Chancellor and Kaya John, Faculty Executive Assistant

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: Martin Plant, Head of Staff Development 

University of Hull: Patrick John, Head of Diversity and Inclusion and Sue Cooper, Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator

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

University of Leeds: Sabiha Patel, Equality and Inclusion Manager

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: to be confirmed

University of Lincoln: Ros Pepper, Organisational Development Manager

University of Liverpool: Professor Janet Beer, Vice-Chancellor, Professor Susan Wray, Personal Chair and Carol Costello, Director of Human Resources

University of London: Maureen Boylan, University Secretary and Petra Dodd, Head of Learning and Organisational Development

University of Manchester: Patrick Johnson, Head of Equality and Diversity and Denise Fieldhouse, Staff Development Advisor

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 Portsmouth: Professor Sherria Hoskins, Dean of Faculty of Science, and Jeannette May, Deputy Director of Human Resources and People Services

University of Reading: Susan Thornton, Leadership and Talent Manager

University of Salford: Vicki Goddard, Registrar

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: Verity Brown, Vice Principal (Enterprise and Engagement) and Sukhi Bains, Equality and Diversity Officer

University of St Mark and St John: Professor Cara Aitchison, Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive, and 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 Surrey: Tim Parry, Staff Development Manager

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: to be confirmed

University of Wolverhampton: Dr Anthea Gregory, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic), Níamh Kelly, Deputy Director of Human Resources (Strategic Development)

University of Worcester: Professor Sarah Greer, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Academic) and Deputy Chief Executive and Louise Williams, Executive Assistant


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


York St John University: Emma Vincent, Deputy Director of Human Resources


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        8. Engage Unlimited
        9. Engage 2 Book Review
    4. Resource Hub
      1. Diversity
        1. Strategy
          1. Diversity Strategy for 2007-2012
        2. Key Leadership and Diversity Projects
        3. Equality Legislation
        4. Diversity Advisory Group
        5. Diversity talks
      2. Research Outcomes
        1. The Self Assessment Toolkit
      3. Changing the Learning Landscape
        1. Impact
          1. Patsy's Perspective:
        2. Partners
        3. Interactive Toolkit
      4. Organisational Development
        1. OD Mapping Project
      5. Case Studies
      6. LGM Fund Outcomes
      7. Succession Management
        1. What is it?
          1. Definitions
          2. Visualising the definitions
          3. History of the Concept
          4. Succession in 2005
          5. Key Characteristics
        2. Why do it?
          1. Benefits - Case Studies
          2. Focus Finder
        3. How it's done
          1. Resources
          2. Making the case
          3. Size and scope
          4. Roles, stakeholders and engagement
          5. Roles, stakeholders and engagement: examples
          6. Selection and assessment
          7. Selection and assessment: examples
          8. Development methods
        4. Case Studies
        5. Tools
  5. Governance
    1. Governors
      1. Becoming a governor
      2. What is governance?
      3. Governor responsibilities
        1. Academic governance and quality
        2. Compliance and regulation
        3. Commercial operations
        4. International students and developments
        5. Risk management
        6. Students
        7. Strategic plans
        8. Monitoring performance
    2. Governing bodies
      1. Audit Committee
      2. Nominations committee
      3. Remuneration
      4. Employment
      5. Finance
      6. Estates
    3. Operating context
    4. 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
          1. The collapse of Kids Company
          2. NAO Investigation into Kids Company
          3. The need for good governance
      4. Getting-to-grips
        1. Getting to Grips with Finance
      5. Useful websites
      6. Codes of governance
        1. CUC Code of Governance
        2. UK Corporate Governance Code
      7. New research on governance in higher education
      8. Book reviews
      9. HE facts
      10. Illustrative Practice Notes
      11. Roundtable notes
    5. Governance Briefing Notes
      1. 25. The factors that influence whether governance is effective?
      2. 24. Benefits and impact
      3. 23. Competitive pressures
      4. 22. Corporate ethics and values
      5. 21. Personal ethics and values
      6. 20. Legal requirements and regulation
      7. 19. Estates
      8. 18. Finance
      9. 17. Employment
      10. 16. Remuneration
      11. 15. Nominations committee
      12. 14. Audit committee
      13. 13. The governance system and assessing effectiveness
      14. 12. Size, composition and skills available to the governing body
      15. 11. Monitoring performance
      16. 10. Strategic plan
      17. 09. Students
      18. 08. Risk management
      19. 07. International students and collaborations
      20. 06. Commercial operations
      21. 05. Regulations and compliance
      22. 04. Academic governance and quality
      23. 03. The workings of a governing body
      24. 02. Governance and management
    6. Governor Dialogues
    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
  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. Cindy Vallance
      2. Gary Reed
      3. Jean Chandler
      4. Judy Harris
      5. Maeve Lankford
      6. Meriel Box
      7. 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. MASHEIN
      1. MASHEIN Members
    10. Ten great reasons to be a Leadership Foundation member
      1. #10GreatReasons1
  8. News
    1. Twitter

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