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Professor Kathleen Armour

FAcSS, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education), University of Birmingham


As Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education) at the University of Birmingham, Kathy oversees all academic aspects of UG and PGT education. She is also academic lead of the University’s Higher Education Futures institute (HEFi) that supports colleagues - internally and externally - in their career-long learning about teaching. Kathy was a teacher in Schools before moving into higher education, and her research is also in the field of education. She was a panellist in REF 2014 and a main panellist in the recent TEF Subject Pilots. Kathy is predominantly a qualitative researcher who also champions the value of mixed-methods research. She describes herself as sceptical of data-for-data’s-sake, blind faith in ‘numbers’ and the tyranny of Tableau; appreciative of clear, critically reflective and contextualised data; and increasingly unafraid to ask the dumb questions.


Dr. Diana Beech

Head of Government Affairs, University of Warwick


Dr. Diana Beech is Head of Government Affairs at the University of Warwick. She was previously Policy Adviser (HE) to the Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation and served under Sam Gyimah, Chris Skidmore and Jo Johnson. Prior to this, Diana was first Director of Policy and Advocacy at the Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI), where she published reports on the TEF, demand for HE by 2030, free speech on campus and new ideas for widening participation. Diana’s other previous positions include programme managing the establishment of the Office for Students in the Department for Education, working as a Senior Researcher for a major UK trade body, and serving as Research Consultant at a Higher Education Consultancy.


Bea Carter

Faculty Planning Officer (Business and Law), Manchester Metropolitan University


Bea is currently a Faculty Planning Officer in the Faculty of Business and Law at Manchester Metropolitan University. Her day to day consists of undertaking varied analysis on a range of HE datasets in order to support the Faculty with strategic and operational processes. She enjoys all aspects of research and analysis and particularly likes to incorporate both Quantitative and Qualitative skills when possible. She is also particularly interested in incorporating student characteristics into her analysis in order to further understand and ultimately improve student experience and outcomes. Prior to this role, she was a student at Manchester Met and has personally benefited greatly from a degree level qualification from the Institution, hence continuing to work in the sector!


Dr. Mark Corver

Founder, dataHE


Mark has worked on data with strategic planners in higher education for over 20 years. Most recently this has been with dataHE - a business dedicated to helping universities use data better - which he set up with colleague Andrew Hargreaves two years ago. Prior to founding dataHE, Mark was Director of Analysis and Research at UCAS. Here he built a data science capability that innovated across research, data products, and digital marketing areas. Previously Mark has worked for HEFCE, OFFA and central Government, playing a leading role in development of many of the analytical structures supporting the sector. Mark has degrees in spatial statistics and chemistry and is an advocate of code-based data-led methods for successful outcomes in the Higher Education sector.


Dr. Sophie Crouchman

Senior Planning Officer, Loughborough University


Sophie started working in professional services at Loughborough University in 2006 after completing her PhD in Biochemistry at the University of Sheffield. Since then, Sophie has held roles in Planning; Human Resources; Estates & Facilities Management; Registry and in an Academic Faculty. Sophie has been Senior Planning Officer at Loughborough University for seven years, a role which includes a mix of governance, project and data work, including acting as Secretary to the University’s Audit Committee. In 2018/19, Sophie was seconded to Research England to act as Secretary to three REF Sub-panels during the criteria setting phase of the REF2021 exercise.


Neil Davison

Head of Student Statutory Reporting and Analytics, University of Nottingham


Neil has worked in UK Higher Education since 1998, predominantly in a Student Planning capacity. He has been in the role of Head of Student Statutory Reporting & Analytics since 2006, where he has responsibility for Statutory Returns, Student Number Planning and student related Management Information. Neil jointly set up the Student Number Planning Special Interest group with HESPA as the only thing he likes doing more than talking about complicated Student Number Planning models is building complicated Student Number Planning models. Neil also loves visualising data in Tableau and he jointly runs the Tableau Higher Education User Group.


Michael Evans

UK Regional Director, Billigence


Michael works with clients to fully exploit their data and ensure the right data is at the fingertips of the right people. Mainly focusing on Higher Education, Michael prides himself in helping institutions with Student Number Planning, Preventing Drop-Outs, Improving Student Outcomes, Data Governance, Campus Utilisation, Reporting and Data Futures. He is passionate about transforming the ways people work with data, focusing on shortening time-to-value ratio and increasing efficiency, utilising resources and assets to their maximum potential.


Lucy Everest

Executive Director of Global Marketing and Recruitment, Heriot-Watt


Lucy Everest is an experienced Higher Education specialist, formerly a Pro Vice-Chancellor at Middlesex University and is currently employed as Executive Director for Global Marketing at Heriot-Watt University – responsible for income and reputation targets across a global footprint of taught and on-line students. A particular focus of her recent career has been development of an effective and sustainable portfolio of taught provision – aligned to current and future market needs. Passionate about the use of data to make informed decisions on strategy and tactics, she believes that Marketing and Planning teams need to be aligned at the forefront of strategic, financial and operational planning within universities.


Nick Hillman

Director, HEPI 


Nick Hillman has been the Director of HEPI since 2014. He worked for the Rt Hon David Willetts MP (now Lord Willetts), the Minister for Universities and Science, from 2007 until the end of 2013, as Chief of Staff and then Special Adviser in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. Previously, he was a History teacher and worked at the Association of British Insurers. At the 2010 general election, he was the runner-up in Cambridge. He has written for a range of think tanks and journals. His journal articles include pieces on the Coalition’s higher education reforms for the Oxford Review of Education, on access to schools and selective universities for Higher Education Review and on the fifty-year history of student loans for Contemporary British History. He also wrote the authoritative account of being a special adviser for the Institute of Government. His recent research for HEPI includes a history of the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS), a piece on the likely impact of Brexit on student demand and university governance in a new age of regulation.


Bill Hubbard

Head, Scholarly Communications Support Jisc 


Bill Hubbard works for Jisc as Head of Scholarly Communications Support, directing the portfolio of open access services and policy support which Jisc provides to the HE sector, including the global services RoMEO and OpenDOAR. Bill has led the development of award-winning OA services used around the world to underpin repository use and Open Access policy development.

Bill has a background in ICT innovation in HE, research and commercially, developing AI systems to support decision-making, and virtual reality applications for communications, installations and broadcast. He has worked as a senior lecturer in Multimedia Design at De Montfort University and as an honorary lecturer in the School of Computing Sciences at the University of East Anglia.


Anita Jackson

Director of Planning and Student Information, University of Kent


Anita is the Director of Planning and Student Information at the University of Kent and has over twenty years’ experience of working in Higher Education, gaining experience in different roles across the sector working for research intensive, small and specialist and modern metropolitan institutions as well as managing a research portfolio for the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and being Deputy Manager of the national Research Assessment Exercise 2001. During this time Anita has coordinated institutional strategic planning, developed and monitored performance metrics, established risk management frameworks, initiated the development of business analytics, advised on the implications of changing Higher Education policy and ensured institutional statutory compliance. Anita is an executive member of the Higher Education Strategic Planners Association (HESPA) and a member of the Association of University Administrators (AUA).


Simon Jennings

Director of Strategic Planning and Governance, Lancaster University


Simon joined Lancaster University in June 2016 as Director of Strategy and Policy and his current role incorporates strategic and annual planning, business intelligence, corporate governance, information compliance and the provision of policy advice in support of the Vice-Chancellor and Executive Team. Simon has worked in Higher Education sector for over 15 years and his previous roles have included Director of Planning at the University of Strathclyde, Deputy Director of Universities Scotland, Deputy Director of Planning & Head of Public Policy at the University of Edinburgh and the management UK learning and information services for JISC. Simon holds a BA (Hons) in English Language and Literature from the University of Oxford, an MA in Librarianship from the University of Sheffield and an MSc in Public Relations from Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh.



Alison Jones



Alison Jones is the current Chair of HESPA and has over 25 years experience working in higher education and 10 years experience of leading and managing strategic and operational change. In the past five years Alison has combined leadership of planning services with University governance and has very recently taken up the role of University Secretary at the University of Huddersfield.


Professor Tim Jones

Provost and Vice-Principal, University of Birmingham


Professor Tim Jones joined the University as Provost and Vice-Principal in 2016. Tim moved to Birmingham from Warwick, where he held several leadership positions, including Interim Provost, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Science, Engineering and Medicine, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research, Knowledge Transfer and Business Engagement and Chair of the Faculty of Science.

As a member of the University Executive Board, Tim provides the leadership to deliver the University Strategy. At the operational level he works closely with the Directors of Finance, Human Resources and Planning and the five Heads of Colleges in advancing and implementing the annual and three-year plans for the University. At the strategic level he works closely with the Registrar and Secretary as well as the Directors of the Corporate Services to develop and deliver the University's strategic plan.


Chris Kearns

Higher Education Practice Lead & UK Regional Manager, Altis Consulting


Chris joined Altis Consulting as the first employee in 1998 and has worn many hats over the ensuing years including Consultant, Quality Assurance Manager, Account Manager, and Higher Education Practice Lead. Chris has been working in the field of Data & Analytics since the 1990’s and has many case studies to draw upon. He moved from Sydney to London in Sep 2018 to run the Altis UK office. Altis provides vendor independent Data & Analytics services and has deep Higher Education and Strategy expertise.


Aashish Khadia

Director of Planning, University of Leicester


Aashish is the Director of Planning at the University of Leicester and is responsible for strategy development and delivery, governance and assurance services and the data reporting and insights.

A graduate of the University of Salford, Aashish started his career at Cheshire County Council as Systems Engineer/ E-learning Manager before moving into Higher Education working at University College Birmingham, St. George’s, University of London, Brunel University London and the University of Bedfordshire.


Dave Kirk

Planning Lead, De Montfort University


Dave has worked in Higher Education for the majority of his career covering all areas of Institutional performance and planning from business intelligence to strategy development and strategic change activities. Dave has a keen interest in the use of data visualisation as a way of improving decision making. He has been the lead on data visualisation within the University and is an active participant within the data visualisation community both for HE and beyond.


Laura Knox

Director of Planning, University of St. Andrews


Laura is Director of Planning at the University of St. Andrews and oversees the delivery the Planning function including analytical services; timetabling, teaching space allocation and utilisation; and institutional risk, resilience and insurance services. She joined the University in 2008 after holding a number of research, analytical and planning support roles within the public and HE sectors. Laura places great value on the benefits of external engagement and actively encourages her team to contribute to sector wide initiatives as much as possible (such as the range of HESPA networking groups and the successful HESA JISC Analytics Lab collaboration). Laura is currently a member of the Higher Education Data Insights Group, the Scottish Planners Forum and the HEIDI Plus Strategic Advisory Group.


Wendy Lewis

Service Improvement Lead, NHS England and NHS Improvement


Wendy has worked in the NHS for 30 years in various clinical, teaching and operational roles. She currently works for NHS Improvement as System Improvement Lead for North Regions. Wendy specialises in quality improvement methodology and its application to projects and transformation programmes in challenging healthcare settings. The use of data to support this work is vital and is pleased to share the successful Making Data Count Programme with colleagues at this conference. #plotthedots


Professor Karl Leydecker

Senior Vice-Principal, University of Aberdeen


Professor Karl Leydecker took up the role of Senior Vice-Principal at the University of Aberdeen in March 2019. He is responsible for providing direct line management to all Heads of School and ensuring the delivery of ambitious School plans and budgets. He has strategic oversight of the People, Digital and Estates Strategies and also the institutional strategic planning processes, including the Outcome Agreement with the Scottish Funding Council. Karl is the sponsor of the Data & Analytics initiatives for the University including for the Data & Analytics Strategy & Roadmap engagement.


Michal Lichter

Project Manager, Billigence


With six+ years of professional experience across both project management and consulting roles, Michal’s main responsibility is to oversee delivery of professional services projects of exceptional quality on time and within budget. His hands-on, subject matter business intelligence expertise across Higher Education, Telco and Banking & Finance verticals, supported by various industry-acknowledged certifications, helps him exceed client expectations whenever possible. On top, his past track record of advisory services in various data analytics projects in the UK, Ghana and Hungary equipped him with skills quintessential not only for this role – leadership, communication, planning & time management to name a few.


Monica Loomes

Projects and Engagement Officer, HESPA


Monica joined HESPA in 2019 as the Projects and Engagement Officer, making her the second official staff member. Although new to the world of strategic planning, and Higher Education in a professional capacity, she brings with her a huge amount of passion for the importance of education, a genuine curiosity for learning more about the challenges HEIs are facing and a strong desire to help support those who are at the front-line of planning in continuing to provide quality education and research.

Prior to joining HESPA, Monica worked predominantly with children with disabilities, with a specialism in visual impairment, and most recently worked in the admissions department at an independent school.


Dr. Thomas Loya

T Loya Consulting Ltd


Dr. Tom Loya was Director of Strategy, Planning and Performance at the University of Nottingham (2007-2018) and Chair of the Russell Group Directors of Strategy and Planning (2010-2012). He and his team were often early movers to embrace new tools and technologies to derive business value from data, and in 2013 organised the first national conference on business analytics in UK Higher Education. As a contributing author he provided ‘Business Intelligence and Analytics’ to HESPA’s 2017 volume ‘Higher Education: Strategy and Planning’. Since 2018 he has provided independent consulting in the areas of business analytics capability and strategy development. Prior to joining Higher Education, Tom had 10 years’ private-sector experience in roles focusing on technical and usability standards of business services and internal communications systems of a leading global business analytics services provider. His academic background in organisational sociology, focusing on organisation structure, culture and change, continues to inform his approach.


Thomas Marinko

Vice President, Business Development, Hypergene


Thomas is a member of Hypergenes management team and leading Hypergenes international growth and alliances. With experience from leading positions in various Software companies and 20 years of working together many clients from different industries - Thomas is dedicated in helping organisations become more efficient and successful within performance management.


Rachel McLone

Learning and Development Manager, BUFDG


Rachel is the Learning and Development Manager for BUFDG and currently supports the training and development of Finance Staff in Higher Education. Rachel is a huge advocate of Action Learning Sets as they allow learning to be put into action straightway. Whilst working for BUFDG, Rachel works quite closely with other Professional Associations in HE and supports cross functional learning where there are clear benefits to the learner. Rachel has worked for BUFDG for three years, her previous experience coming from Learning and Development and wider Operational roles in Asda, so quite different from Higher Education! 


Ian Meeks

Faculty Planning Officer (Business and Law), Manchester Metropolitan University


Whilst studying for a degree in Physics from Lancaster University Ian began to recognise more and more the lack of equality in education. Ian therefore ran to be the Education Sabbatical Officer to start to tackle these inequalities. During his sabbatical year he reviewed curriculum content, increased student representation, assist in designing key areas of the university, such as the Library, increased awareness of digital teaching methods, and campaigned on the importance of wellness and wellbeing during high peaks of assessments. After such a great year Ian looked at pursuing a career in HE that also involved the skills he developed during his degree which lead me to his current role as Faculty Planning Officer.


Dr. Catherine Mills

Director of Faculty Planning and Operations (Business and Law), Manchester Metropolitan University


Catherine is currently the Director of Faculty Planning and Operations supporting the Faculty of Business and Law. This was a new role and structure created within the University to act as a senior Business Partner and provide high-level strategic planning support for Faculty-Pro-Vice-Chancellors and their senior teams, including support for Faculty strategic objectives, projects and key areas of Faculty business. It is a problem solver role, hugely varied and involving collaborative working across and outside of the University. Catherine is also Chair of the Women’s Network at Manchester Met. Before taking up her current post just under two years ago, she was the Head of Graduate School and Student Case Management at Manchester Met, overseeing another diverse portfolio of postgraduate research, as well as overseeing all student complaints, appeals and misconduct casework for the University. Prior to moving up to Manchester, she has worked in a variety of HE management roles within research support, Student Services and Registry at the Universities of Birmingham and Cambridge. 


Bee Morgan

Vice President Education, Lancaster University


Currently Bee is the elected Sabbatical Officer and Trustee for Lancaster University Students’ Union 2019-2020. As part of her role she also sits as a student member of Lancaster University Council. After graduating with a degree in Natural Sciences, she understood the complexities of differing departmental structures. She is now working on improving the student academic experience at Lancaster, lobbying the University to find the right balance between student growth while maintaining a strong student experience. She understands the importance of both ground-up and top-down changes, working with a cohort of over 350 student academic representatives to collect grass-roots sources of feedback, using this to inform her priorities at a higher strategic level.


Mick Norman

Data Quality Manager, University of Kent


Mick is the Data Quality Manager at the University of Kent and a member of the Student Records Officers’ Conference steering committee. He has worked in education for 18 years, with the last 12 in Higher Education at the University of Kent in a variety of roles including receptionist, e-learning support and, for the last 6 years, in student records. Mick never knows quite how to explain his role to people, but in HE circles would be known as a ‘HESA person’ with added exam scheduling. To the outside world he has settled on ‘Data Translator’ (with added exam scheduling). He is also known for coffee drinking and coming up with terrible puns for the now retired ‘HECoS Code of the Day’.


David Pilsbury

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (International Development), Coventry University


David Pilsbury has been the Deputy Vice-Chancellor International of Coventry University since 2008. Prior to that he was HEFCE Head of Research Policy and Assistant Director Research & Development at Cambridge University Hospital. He was the founding CEO of the Worldwide Universities Network. He has a PhD from the University of Oxford and spent a number of years in consultancy and corporate finance.


Alison Rankin

Director of Strategy, Planning & Performance, Ulster University


Alison Rankin, a Chartered Accountant by profession, is substantively employed as the Director of Strategy, Planning, and Performance, within the Vice Chancellor’s office, having previously been employed as Assistant Chief Finance and Information Officer of Ulster University, monitoring and controlling the University’s financial operations and financial strategy. The Strategy, Planning and Performance Directorate supports the development, implementation and delivery of the University's aims and ambitions expressed in the Strategic Plan 5 and 50, through the provision of sectoral policy analysis and insight, business intelligence, support for planning and change projects, governance and reporting. Rankin has led the roll-out of a University – wide Accountability Framework, following her development of a Balanced Scorecard, and a fully Integrated Planning Process.


Johnny Rich

Education Specialist, Consultant, Chief Executive of Push and Engineering Professors’ Council


Johnny Rich has a number of roles including Chief Executive of the Engineering Professors’ Council, Chief Executive of outreach organisation Push, and a consultant in Higher Education and careers. His recent clients include the European Commission, The Higher Education Policy Institute, YouthSight, Oxford University, global HE comparison tool U-Multirank and a host of recruiters, education bodies and media organisations. The Engineering Professors’ Council is the voice of engineering in UK Higher Education. Under Johnny’s stewardship since 2016, its membership has grown to include over 8,500 academics in over 80 universities and the EPC has become an influential force in national policy in HE, skills and industrial strategy.

Since founding Push in 1992, Johnny has built it into an influential award-winning social enterprise providing information, advice and research about universities, careers and employability. Push runs an award-winning programme of outreach and training events that visits nearly 400 schools and colleges each year. Johnny is widely regarded as an expert on student choice and information, and on employability. As a contributor to various think tanks and strategy bodies, Johnny contributes widely to policy debates on education, careers, wider participation and social mobility. He recently spearheaded projects on diversity, on school-leaver recruitment and on work-related learning. In 2019, he received a Wonkhe Award for his work on student finance. With degrees from the Universities of Durham and East Anglia, his background also includes journalism, publishing, media relations, television and the web. He has appeared regularly on television and radio and is author of the highly acclaimed novel The Human Script.


Miranda Routledge

Director of Planning, Loughborough University


Miranda has worked at Loughborough University since 1997, and previously held the position of Head of Student Office. Miranda became Director of Planning in 2015. Miranda’s role includes managing a small, highly skilled team and coordinates the establishment of effective monitoring and reporting processes. Miranda liaises with external agencies and departments across the University on a wide range of planning matters. Additionally, Miranda is responsible for integrating the University’s planning processes with the preparation of the University’s budget. Miranda provides advice and guidance on key policy and funding issues whilst supporting major projects that have a University-wide dimension.


John Rushforth

Executive Secretary, Committee of University Chairs


John is responsible for the documents that underpin the governance of HE in the UK, including the HE Code of governance, the Remuneration Code, and a Leadership Foundation publication on the relationship between Vice Chancellors and Chairs. He has carried out reviews of governance effectiveness at a range of institutions and is currently reviewing the HE Code, developing a Code of practice for Audit Committees and reviewing the effectiveness of governance in publicly funded HEIs in Pakistan. He is also a non-executive Board member of the NHS Clinical Commissioning Group.

Before he ‘retired’ - John served nearly 10 years as Deputy Vice Chancellor and Clerk to the Board of Governors at the University of the West of England.
He worked for HEFCE for 13 years ending up as Director for Widening Participation, having had roles that included audit, governance and leadership and capital funding.

For four years he was a Board member of the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.


Dr. Rosa Scoble

Director of Planning, Brunel University


Rosa moved to the UK in 1991 from Milan, Italy, where she worked as a System Analyst in a financial software company. In 1996 she decided to retrain and graduated, in 1999, with a BSc in Management Sciences from LSE. She then entered the academic world and was awarded, in 2003, a PhD on RAE2001 from Brunel University London. She is currently Director of Planning where she is responsible for supporting the university research strategy, the management and review of the academic planning cycle (including student number planning), management of risk, setting and monitoring of KPIs and benchmarking. The office also provides analysis of sector policies, business intelligence and a Continuous Improvement programme. She was responsible for the submission to REF2014 and to RAE2008. Rosa has delivered a number of international workshops on KPIs and measurement of performance in HE, has been involved in four Jisc funded projects and has published papers on research information management and the impact agenda.


Jen Summerton

Executive Director, HESPA


Jen is the Executive Director of the Higher Education Strategic Planners Association (HESPA). Having joined HESPA in 2014, Jen has spent the last five years developing the association into an organised, active and respected professional body which strives to meet the complex needs of its varied members. Before joining HESPA, Jen worked at the Universities of Leicester and Nottingham in marketing, communications and international roles. 


Erik Thelander

Director Product Management, Segment Solutions, Hypergene


Erik has broad experience from the Software Solutions industry, combined with various positions within leading Management Consulting firms. With some 20+ years of experience, Erik is heading the Segment Solution team at Hypergene, responsible for defining and developing tailored solutions for selected focus industries, e.g. Higher Education Institutions.


Helen Thorne

Director of External Relations, UCAS


Helen is responsible for the development of UCAS’ strategy and new market opportunities, product management, marketing, content and PR, and UCAS’ UK-wide portfolio of exhibitions and conferences.

With a degree in biology from the University of York, Helen began her career in pesticides regulation and managing food safety research for the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food.

Following a period at the Natural Environment Research Council, she led the Research Councils UK team for five years from its inception.  She was responsible for establishing and leading the Research Councils UK office in the United States, strengthening collaboration between UK and US universities. She was awarded an MBE in 2007 for services to the administration of science.

Prior to joining UCAS Helen worked at the Russell Group of Universities.

Helen is proud to be an independent governor at Northumbria University, Newcastle and at Swindon Academy and Nova Hreod School, Wiltshire.


Thijs van Vugt

Director Analytics and Consulting Team, Studyportals


Thijs van Vugt is the strategic power of the Analytics and Consulting Team at Studyportals. With 30 years of experience in international education, he brings to the table experience as an entrepreneur, consultant, trainer, author and board member. Some of his recent clients include University of London, University of Glasgow, University of Edinburgh, University of Nottingham, Glasgow Caledonian University, Karolinska Institute, Sciences Po, the European Commission Pearson, San Diego State University, Keypath and PwC. Thijs is the founder of the Expert Community Marketing & Recruitment of the EAIE. He was chair of M&R (2002-2008) and a member of EAIE’s Executive Board (2004-2008). In 2006 he published a book on The Impact of Tuition Fees on International Student Recruitment and in September 2009 was awarded the Bo Gregersen Award for Best Practice of the EAIE. Thijs holds a Master’s in International Economics from Tilburg University and post-graduate diplomas in Public Management (Tias Business School) and Customer Relationship Management (Beeckestijn Business School).


Aaron Walz

Formerly Director of Agricultural Data Services, Purdue University and Higher Education Data Warehousing Forum (HEDW), United States


Aaron Walz is the Director of Data Services for the College of Agriculture at Purdue University, where he leads a team of data scientists focused on advancing agricultural research. He works with faculty research teams on data strategy, data management, and analytics in agricultural applications. His team also helps build shared cyberinfrastructure and data pipelines for IoT and remote sensing applications.

Prior to joining the College of Agriculture, Aaron served in other technical leadership roles at Purdue as the Technology Director for a large-scale business transformation and enterprise systems implementation, and as the founding Director of Purdue’s Business Intelligence Competency Center.

Aaron previously served as Assistant Vice President for Decision Support at the University of Illinois. Aaron presents nationally on Analytics in higher education at a number of industry conferences. He served for nine years an elected member of the Executive Board for the Higher Education Data Warehousing forum, where he helped spearhead a number of strategic and research initiatives. He also worked with an international team to develop a BI maturity model for higher education.


Rachel Wilkes

Product Owner, HESA


Rachel is the Product Owner for Data Specification of the Data Futures programme at HESA. She has spent her whole career so far in Higher Education following her graduation with a Masters in mathematics, beginning at the Hub Business Manager’s office at the University of York. Rachel then joined HESA in 2012, where she has held many roles and been involved in countless strategic reviews, including major Student and Finance reviews.


Scott Winslow

Managing Director, EAB Research


Scott Winslow leads the IT Forum and EAB’s International Research. As a research managing director, Scott is responsible for directing research inquiries to find and drive adoption of best practice advice for helping executives at our member universities implement and oversee those practices at their own institutions. Scott’s professional life has been devoted to overseeing and running idea discovery and sharing networks of organisational leaders at EAB and EAB’s sister companies the Advisory Board and CEB. Additionally, as the Executive Director of the Obama administration’s President’s Management Advisory Board, Scott worked directly with the Fortune 500 CEOs on the board to oversee the discovery and implementation of management and operational efficiencies across the federal agencies.


Graeme Wise

Contributing Editor, Wonkhe


Graeme Wise is a higher education researcher and a contributing editor of Wonkhe. He is currently completing his doctoral thesis, concerned with the factors influencing programme design practice in higher education, while also conducting other research projects and writing eclectic blogs. Previously he was Head of Policy at the University Alliance and an Assistant Director of NUS, and through these roles has long experience of higher education policy developments in a wide range of areas. He lives in Stratford, London.




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