Professor Michael Arthur
Prior to becoming President and Provost of University College London in 2013, Professor Arthur was Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leeds. He is a hepatologist with research interests in liver cell biology and was Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences in Southampton. Professor Arthur has a significant national and international profile. He was Chair of the Advisory Group for National Specialised Services (NHS) and a long-standing member of the Council of the Medical Research Council. He is currently Chair of the Russell Group EU Advisory Group and a Board Member of LERU (League of European Research Universities).
Rachel has responsibility for leading the University of Glasgow’s strategy for external engagement covering an integrated portfolio of Marketing; Student Recruitment; Admissions; International; Widening Access; and Development & Alumni Relations. Rachel is the University’s Universitas 21 network Senior Leader and the institutional lead for the University’s European network, The Guild, thereby supporting the activity of a global group of research-intensive universities. Rachel is a Chartered Marketer and is currently the Chair of the CASE Europe Marketing Institute whilst also contributing to several sector advisory boards both at home and overseas.
Alex has led IHE since 2011, establishing it as the UK’s first professional community for private higher education and an influential voice in the national policy debate. As a recognised expert on international education, he serves on the Board of UKCISA and the UK Government’s coordinating committee for its new international education strategy. His professional history spans communications and IT, while academic interests take in music, comedy, language and philosophy.
Mark worked in policy, politics and public aﬀairs in and around UK higher education and founded Wonkhe in 2011 while working as a jobbing policy wonk in the sector. Mark began full-time work on Wonkhe in mid-2014, growing it into a thriving business based in Central London. As CEO, Mark is responsible for running and developing Wonkhe and as Editor in Chief oversees Wonkhe’s editorial platforms.
Gary joined London Metropolitan University in late 2018 with responsibility for recruitment, marketing, communications and collaborations. He has an MBA in Higher Education Management from the University of London and has worked in HE student recruitment for over 25 years at institutions across the capital, including London Guildhall University (a forerunner of London Met), Institute of Education UCL, London South Bank University and Roehampton University.
Professor Alan Speight
Professor Alan Speight was appointed Vice-Principal for Student Recruitment in November 2018 and is responsible for leading the development of the University’s Student Recruitment Strategy. Professor Speight’s previous appointments include his roles as Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education) at the University of Hull, and as Pro Vice-Chancellor (Student Experience) at Swansea University. His experience includes membership of a number of external bodies including the UCAS Advisory Council, UUK International PVC Network, and as a Non-Executive Director and Board Member for the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education.
Saskia Loer Hansen
Having joined Aston University in 2017, Saskia is currently the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Engagement) overseeing the University’s student support functions, business and civic engagement, international and marketing development, and alumni relations. Saskia previously worked as Pro-Vice-Chancellor International, managing the University’s internationalisation agenda, and has a global professional portfolio spanning universities from Australia to Scotland.