Dr Diana Beech currently works as CEO of London Higher: the umbrella organisation representing 40 London universities and higher education colleges. She previously worked as Head of Government Affairs at the University of Warwick. Prior to this, she was Policy Adviser to three Universities Ministers under the Theresa May and Boris Johnson governments and was the first Director of Policy and Advocacy at the Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI). Diana has published reports on the TEF, future demand for higher education, free speech and widening access. Diana holds a PhD in German Studies from the University of Cambridge and has been an early career academic in Canada, Germany and the UK.