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Maryanna Abdo is Director of Emerging Markets Education at The Parthenon Group, the leading advisor to the education sector globally with over 900 education sector projects completed across more than 70 countries in the last 10 years.

Alison Allden is the Chief Executive of HESA, is a Fellow of the British Computer Society, sits on the JISC (Joint Information Systems Committee) Board and is also a member of the Information Standards Board.

Robert Anderson is Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Edinburgh. He has written extensively on the history of universities.

Ashwin Assomull is a Partner in the International Education Practice at The Parthenon Group, the leading advisor to the education sector globally with over 900 education sector projects completed across more than 70 countries in the last 10 years.

Dr Graeme Atherton founded and leads both AccessHE in London and the National Education Opportunities Network (NEON) in England. He is also Visiting Professor in Higher Education & Social Mobility Practice at London Metropolitan University and the Chair of the World Congress on Access to Post-Secondary Education.

Phil Baty is Editor of the Times Higher Education World University Rankings and Deputy Editor of the Times Higher Education magazine. The latest world university rankings results can be found here: http://bit.ly/thewur.

Bahram Bekhradnia is Director of HEPI, was formerly the Director of Policy at HEFCE for ten years and has advised twenty different national governments on the financing of higher education.

Sue Betts, the Director of Linking London, is an educationalist with a long and varied career. A former Vice Principal, she had responsibility for curriculum, staff development and higher education in the Further Education Sector. She has worked for a National Awarding Body, two national distributed e-learning organisations, and as a consultant. As Director, Sue is responsible for the strategic direction of Linking London.

Dame Lynne Brindley has been the Chief Executive of the British Library since 2000 and Chaired the 2009-11 HEFCE Online Learning Task Force.

Professor Sally Brown is Emeritus Professor at Leeds Metropolitan University where she was Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Adjunct professor at the University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland and Visiting Professor at the University of Plymouth.

Liam Burns was elected as NUS UK President for 2011/12, after being elected as Deputy President and President of NUS Scotland. As President of NUS, Liam is responsible for leading on the organisations Priority campaign, calling for reinvestment of public funding in tertiary education and an end to the current tuition fees regime. He grew up in Fife where he attended Glenrothes College. He graduated in Physics at Heriot-Watt University, where he was both the Students’ Association Vice-President (Education & Welfare) and subsequently President. Liam has been an Officer within the European Students’ Union and has been involved in Quality Assurance processes both on a national and European level through QAA, ENQA and EQAR.

Dr Kate Burrell is an experienced project manager with a background in teaching, cell biology and neuroscience. More recently her work on partnership and business development in Linking London has included relationship building, brokering progression agreements as well as joint authoring a number of practical reports and publications.

Liam Byrne is Member of Parliament for Birmingham Hodge Hill and the Shadow Minister for Universities, Science and Skills.

Claire Callender is Professor of Higher Education at the Institute of Education and at Birkbeck, University of London. Her research focuses on student finances in higher education and related issues, including studies for the most significant UK inquiries into student funding. Claire has given evidence to various House of Commons Education Select Committees and to the Browne Review of Higher Education Funding and Student Finance. Claire was awarded a Fulbright New Century Scholarship, spending time at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Ezri Carlebach was Communications & Research Director at Lifelong Learning UK, the sector skills council for post-compulsory education employers, until it closed in March 2011. He has previously held senior marketing and communications roles in higher education, the arts and heritage sector and financial services. He now works on a number of strategic communications projects and is completing a Master’s in Philosophy at Birkbeck College.

Caroline Chipperfield is Policy Advisor to the Vice-Chancellor at the University of Plymouth.

Paul Clark is Director of Policy at Universities UK where he is responsible for coordinating the organisation’s full range of policy and research activity, working to influence national developments in higher education, and shaping the future policy agenda.

Louis Coiffait is Head of Research in the Pearson Think Tank. You can follow him on Twitter at @LouisMMCoiffait or read his blog at http://thepearsonthinktank.com/category/blogs/louis-coiffait/ for education policy comment, research and analysis. He is the Editor of Blue Skies, a growing collection of new thinking about the future of higher education. He also researches a range of other topics including enterprise and entrepreneurship education, careers services and open education data. He is Chair of Governors at an outstanding school in Hackney and runs the social enterprise www.workandteach.co.uk.

Lisa Colledge is the Snowball Metrics Programme Director.

John Craig is Managing Partner of the Innovation Unit, where he leads work across public services including education, health, social care, and local government. Before joining the Innovation Unit, he was a policy advisor in the UK government at the Cabinet Office, where he led work on innovation at the Office of the Third Sector, and worked at the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit under the Labour Government. He has also worked as a senior researcher at Demos, the independent think tank, where he focused on policy relating to communities and public services.

Fathima Dada is the CEO of Pearson Southern Africa. She has worked on educational policies for the Ministry of Education for the past 11 years, and continues to do this and community development work, especially in rural areas of South Africa.

Jon Davis is the Director of the Mile End Group and  a Lecturer in History at Queen Mary University of London; his courses include ‘Cabinet and Premiership.’

Nick Davy is the Higher Education Policy Manager at the Association of Colleges (AoC).

Luis Diego Guillén is a psychologist, writer and academic consultant, and the current Vice Provost of the American University (Universidad Americana), Costa Rica.

David Docherty is Chief Executive of the Council For Industry and Higher Education (CIHE), and Chairman of the Digital Television Group, which is the industry body for digital television in the UK.

Dr Malcolm Edwards is Head of the Planning and Resource Allocation Office at the University of Cambridge.

Penny Egan CBE is Executive Director of the US-UK Fulbright Commission.

Dr Mike Finn is a Post-Doctoral Teaching Fellow in the History of Education at Liverpool Hope University. He was previously a Research Fellow in History at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford and a Bye-Fellow in History at Magdalene College, Cambridge. He was a Kennedy Scholar in History at Harvard University in 2002-2003. He has taught widely in universities, and was head of department in two leading boarding schools. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, he is co-editor of The Coalition Effect (with Anthony Seldon) which will be published by Cambridge University Press in 2015.

Dr Paul Gentle is the Director of Programmes at the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education.

Carl Gilleard is Chief Executive of the Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR). He has been in the role for nearly fifteen years. Prior to the AGR, Carl was the Executive Director for METRA Services Ltd, a national recruitment consultancy charged with improving the recruitment and retention of graduates into local government, for nine years. He was also joint regional director of the West Midlands Employers Organisation. The earlier part of his career was spent in Education Management and Personnel Work.

Annie Gosling is the King George VI Fellow at Cumberland Lodge and a PhD student at Liverpool John Moores University. She is writing her thesis on young people’s career aspirations and expectations.

Dr James Goulding is an early career researcher with a rapidly growing list of international publications across the fields of data theory, location based services, information retrieval and ubiquitous computing. Extremely experienced software engineer with a passion for Open and Linked data and an extensive range of programming skills, specialising in mobile technologies, distributed databases and artificial intelligence techniques.

Dr Owen Gower is a Senior Fellow at Cumberland Lodge and a Visiting Tutor in Philosophy at Royal Holloway and King’s College London.

AC Grayling is the first Master of New College of the Humanities, and one of Britain’s foremost academics and public intellectuals. He has written and edited over 20 books on philosophy and other subjects and is a frequent broadcaster and writer for national newspapers and other publications. He sits on the editorial boards of several academic journals, and for nearly ten years was the Honorary Secretary of the principal British philosophical association, the Aristotelian Society.

John T Green is Chair of the Snowball Metrics Steering Group.

Dr Matt Grist is a Senior Researcher on the Family and Society Programme at Demos. His expert areas include education (including vocational education), capabilities, social mobility, youth policy and behaviour change.

Dario Guillermo Cardacci is the Academic Secretary of the Technology and Informatics Department at the Open Inter-American University in the autonomous city of Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Dr Vicky Gunn is the Director of the Learning and Teaching Centre at the University of Glasgow. She has been closely involved in the work of the Quality Enhancement Themes. Her research focuses on the organizational dynamics of student learning, teaching excellence, and the development of graduate attributes. In her spare time she maintains a small teaching profile in Church History and practical theology.

Libby Hackett is Director of The University Alliance and has held previous roles at The Russell Group, the Parliamentary Select Committee for Education and Skills, the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and the Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI).

Paul Harris is the Strategy Director for UNITE Group plc. Paul has worked across a range of private and public sector industries in a variety of roles covering media relations, internal communications, branding and marketing. He was part of the team working on the corporate rebranding of Abbey and sale to Banco Santander. Senior roles at Laing O’Rourke and Smiths Group preceded a role with the South West Regional Development Agency, where he worked closely with government departments on economic development issues. Paul is also Chair of the UNITE Foundation.

Nigel Healey is a Professor and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (International) at Nottingham Trent University.  He is a board member of the UK Council for International Students Affairs (UKCISA) and represents international students on the UCAS Council. He chairs the organising committee for the QS-APPLE international education conference in the Asia-Pacific. His current research interest is the internationalisation of higher education, including transnational education.

John Holmwood is Professor of Sociology in the School of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Nottingham. He is a fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and President of the British Sociological Association. He is co-founder of the Campaign for the Public University (www.publicuniversity.org.uk).

Martin Hughes is a writer, specialising in higher education policy and the student experience. He blogs for students at TheUniversityBlog and can be found linking all sorts of HE material via Twitter at @universityboy.

Paul Jackson is the Chief Executive of EngineeringUK, a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology.

Sam Jones is Head of Communications and Public Affairs at The University Alliance, with previous roles working for Vince Cable and Peter Mandelson at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and in the private sector, including with Harrods.

David Kernohan is a blogger and commentator on higher education and technology, writing at “Followers of the Apocalypse” (http://followersoftheapocalyp.se/)  and “Wonkhe”(http://www.wonkhe.com/). He writes here, by invitation, in a personal capacity.

Patrick Krassén is an Education Policy Analyst at the Confederation of Swedish Enterprise, Sweden’s largest and most influential business federation representing 49 member organizations and 60,000 member companies with over 1.6 million employees.

Professor James Ladyman is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Bristol and is Co-Editor of The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science.

Sir Alan Langlands is the Chief Executive of HEFCE. He was formerly the Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Dundee (2000-2009) and Chief Executive of the National Health Service (NHS) in England (1994-2000).

Hugo Lavados Montes is Dean of the Economics and Business Department, University of San Sebastián, Chile.

Mark Leach is founder and Editor of www.wonkhe.com.

Robert Lethbridge is Provost of Gates Cambridge, Master of Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge and Hon. Professor of Nineteenth-Century French Literature at the University of Cambridge. He is Emeritus Professor of French Language & Literature in the University of London. Much of his research has been devoted to French Naturalism. He has also taught and published extensively in interdisciplinary perspectives.

Juan Carlos Leiva Bonilla is a Professor in the School of Business Administration, Technological Institute, Costa  Rica.

Carl Lygo is Chief Executive, BPP Professional Education, and Principal, BPP University College. He is a qualified barrister, having practised in London and Yorkshire, and is also a Professor of Laws. Carl holds a first class undergraduate degree in law, a higher research degree in law and further qualifications in business subjects. Follow him on Twitter at @CarlLygo.

Professor Craig Mahoney is Chief Executive of The Higher Education Academy, is a Chartered Psychologist and was past Chair of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES).

Peter Mandelson at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and in the private sector, including with Harrods.

Julia Margo is Deputy Director at Demos. Julia is a regular commentator in the international and national press. She also writes for national, online and specialist press and is an experienced chair and public speaker on a wide range of subjects.

Paul Marshall is Executive Director of The 1994 Group. He is responsible for the management of all Group activity including policy development, government liaison and stakeholder relations. He is also a member of the UCAS Qualification Information Review Reference Group, CMI Academy Employer Board and the Research Concordat Executive Group.

Professor Derek McAuley is Professor of Digital Economy in the School of Computer Science and Director of Horizon, a Digital Economy Research Institute, at the University of Nottingham, and Affiliated Lecturer at the University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory. He is a Fellow of the British Computer Society and member of the UKCRC, a computing research expert panel of the IET and BCS.

Andrew McGettigan is a freelance researcher. He writes on philosophy, the arts and education. His book for Pluto, ‘The Great University Gamble’, will appear in Spring 2013. He is the author of the Intergenerational Foundation report, ‘False Accounting? Why the government’s higher education reforms don’t add up’. He is a member of the Campaign for the Public University.

Julie Mercer is a Partner in Deloitte’s consulting practice and leads the education services practice.

Emran Mian was the head of the civil service team supporting the Independent Review of Higher Education Funding and Student Finance in 2009/10 and is now the Director of the Social Market Foundation, an independent, non-partisan think tank based in London.

Geoff Mulgan is currently the Chief Executive of the Young Foundation and will become the new Chief Executive of NESTA in June 2011. Some of his previous roles include; Director of Tony Blair’s Strategy Unit, Founder and Director of the think-tank Demos, Chief Adviser to Gordon Brown MP, a lecturer in telecommunications, an investment executive, and a reporter on BBC TV and radio. He is a visiting professor at LSE, UCL and Melbourne University.

Jamie O’Connell is Marketing Director of The Student Room and is responsible for organisation strategy, ensuring the website offers the best possible service and functionality for all students and universities. He feels passionately about the role peer to peer support can play in education.

Gareth Parry is Professor of Education and Director of the Centre for the Study of Higher Education and Lifelong Learning at the University of Sheffield.

Nick Pearce is Director of IPPR, the Institute for Public Policy Research.

Dr Wendy Piatt is Director General of The Russell Group. She was previously Deputy Director and head of public service reform at the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit where she has also led work on social mobility, education and skills, local government and digital inclusion. Prior to that, she was Head of Education Policy at the Institute for Public Policy Research, specialising in higher and further education.

Julio Herminio Pimienta Prieto holds a Doctorate in Education and is coordinator of the Anáhuac Education Services and Postgraduate Research Centre (Centro Anáhuac de Investigación, Servicios Educativos y Posgrado, CAISE) and academic coordinator of the Education Evaluation Doctorate, Education Department, Anáhuac University, México.

Aaron Porter is the National President of the NUS, serving from 10 June 2010 to 01 July 2011. Previously he was twice elected as the NUS Vice-President (Higher Education) and took leading roles in the University of Leicester Students’ Union.

Sarah Porter is JISC’s Head of Innovation. Her work involves leading the strategic investment in research projects that promote new uses of technology for the benefit of education and research. Her particular interest is in how technology can help universities to innovate the day-to-day business of education and research – in particular the central importance of technology users, institutional processes and practices – and to help higher education to respond to the ever-changing political, cultural and financial context.

Professor Wendy Purcell is Vice-Chancellor at the University of Plymouth.

Professor Phil Race is Visiting Professor at the University of Plymouth, and Emeritus Professor of Leeds Metropolitan University. He publishes widely on teaching, learning and assessment. More information can be found on his website at www.phil-race.co.uk.

Dr Hanif Rahemtulla is Geospatial Scientist at the University of Nottingham and External Lecturer and Honorary Fellow at University College London. His research is principally focused in the areas of geographic information policy focusing on Open and Linked Data, the handling and analysis of environmental information, and wider philosophical issues on the societal impacts of Information Communication Technologies.

Peter Rawling is Deputy Head of The Windsor Boys School and for over thirty years has co-ordinated the Higher Education work there. Since 2007 he has chaired the Partnership’s Higher Education group.

Johnny Rich is a media and higher education specialist with various roles as Publisher of brands such as Push (the leading independent resource for prospective students), Real World Magazine, the Recruiters’ Guide to Courses & Campuses and the Oxbridge Students’ Careers Resource. He is also a director of the Higher Education Academy. He appears regularly on television and radio as a specialist on students and higher education issues.

Michael Russell is Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning in the Scottish Cabinet.

Nassir Sapag Chain is Director of the Centre for Project Development and Entrepreneurs, School of Economics and Business, San Sebastián University, Chile.

Carlos A. Scarone Delgado is a Tenured Professor of Commerce and Director of Postgraduate & Marketing Masters Programs in the Economic Science Department at the Universidad de la República de Uruguay (UDELAR).

Charles Seaford is Head of the Centre for Well-being at nef (the new economics foundation) and takes an overview role of all of its work. He is a member of the ONS Advisory Forum on national well-being and was the author of nef ’s recent report on the economics of housing, One Million Homes.

Jenny Shaw is the Head of Higher Education Engagement for UNITE Group plc. She is responsible for the company’s strategy relationships with the higher education sector, and for analysing HE sector trends and developments. Jenny has spent most of her career in the HE sector, mainly in the fields of widening participation and business engagement. She has worked for the universities of Hull, York St John and Middlesex, and has provided research and consultancy to SPA, the HE Academy and the Equality Challenge Unit.

Professor Dominic Shellard became Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive Officer at De Montfort University (DMU) in 2010. Since then, his focus has been on positioning DMU as a university of quality and distinctiveness. A professor of English Literature, he has written extensively on post-war British theatre and is co-founder of the British Library’s Theatre Archive Project. He also continues to teach, sharing his enthusiasm with DMU’s English literature students.

Sonia Sodha is Head of Public Services and Consumer Rights at Which? University, a free website designed to help students make more informed decisions about their higher education choices (http://university.which.co.uk).

Dr Catherine Souch is Head of Research and Higher Education at the Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers). Previously, she was Professor of Geography at Indiana University, USA.

Dr Graham Spittle CBE is Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at IBM Europe and Chair of the Higher Education Commission’s inquiry into the future of postgraduate education. He is a member of the Prime Minister’s Council for Science and Technology and served as the first chair of the British government’s Technology Strategy Board from 2004 until 2011.

Ken Starkey is Professor of Management and Organisational Learning at Nottingham University Business School, University of Nottingham. His research interests include leadership and the future of higher education with particular emphasis upon the role of the business school.

Stefan Stern is a former FT columnist, is now Visiting Professor at Cass Business School, London, and Director of Strategy at Edelman, the PR firm. He has two noisy but highly teachable children.

Roxanne Stockwell is Managing Director of Pearson’s Higher Education Awards division, and Principal of Pearson College. She originally studied Arts/Law at the University of Sydney, and then worked as a lawyer specialising in Intellectual Property and Trusts Law. She is now studying for doctorate in Higher Education Management at the University of Bath.

Laura Stoll is an Assistant Researcher at the Centre for Well-being at nef. She has been researching for the History of Wellbeing project and co-ordinates the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Wellbeing Economics.

Dr Tessa Stone is Chief Executive of Brightside, and Chair of the Bridge Group. John Widdowson CBE is Principal and Chief Executive of New College Durham and is Chair of the Mixed Economy Group of Colleges. David Wilkinson is a Senior Research Fellow at the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR). He specialises in quantitative analytical research focusing on inequalities in education, and labour market disadvantage.

Ashley Sweetman is Technology Co-ordinator for the Mile End Group,  Queen Mary University of London’s forum for government and politics. Previously, he completed his MA in Modern & Contemporary British History as a Mile End Group Assistant.

Pam Tatlow is Chief Executive of the university think-tank, million+ and has worked at a senior level in education, health and public affairs.

Tom Tobia is a designer, and co-founder of Makerversity, a making and learning space at Somerset House, London. He works with people, groups, organisations and institutions to design and explore ideas for social change. In particular, his interests lie in alternative education, building resilient populations, digital manufacturing, technology, food and how they all interconnect.

Andy Westwood is Chief Executive of GuildHE, a UK representative body for higher education, and President of the OECD Forum for Social Innovation.

Professor Geoff Whitty is Director Emeritus at the Institute of Education, University of London.

Rt Hon David Willetts MP is Minister for Universities and Science within the UK Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS). He is also the Conservative Member of Parliament for Havant and author of The Pinch.