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Howard Newby, Vice Chancellor, University of Liverpool

Howard Newby is Vice-Chancellor, University of Liverpool.  He received CBE in 1995 for services to social science and a knighthood in 2000 for services to HE and was formerly CEO of the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and Chairman of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).  He is Deputy Chairman of the RHC, chairs the Board of NRM, a member of the Liverpool LEP Board and the Liverpool Mayoral Development Corporation Board.


Peter Gallimore

Peter Gallimore is a broadcast journalist with more than 40 years’ experience of the industry.  He was Assistant Editor of the prestigious Today programme on Radio 4 and its sister programme PM, where he worked with presenters such as John Humphrys, Sue McGregor and James Naughtie.  He was also one of the founding editors of BBC Radio Five live.  Here he won a Sony award for his work in covering the assassination of the Israeli Prime Minister.  He worked with presenters Eddie Mair and Alastair Stewart on programmes brought from the UK, the Far East, Southern Africa and America.  In the last six years he has been Head of Corporate Relations for the University of Derby where he has raised the profile of the institution and its work.

John Coyne, Vice Chancellor, University of Derby

Professor John Coyne, Vice Chancellor of the University of Derby since 2004 has led the University to significant growth over the past eight years, increasing its profile nationally and regionally.  John is also a Commissioner of the UK Commission for Employment and Skills and a director of Cfe Research and Consultancy Ltd.

Nigel Weatherill, Vice Chancellor, Liverpool John Moores University

Professor Weatherill has held senior positions at the Universities of Swansea and Birmingham before being appointed as Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive at Liverpool John Moores University in 2011.  He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA).

Dan Derricott, Student Engagement Officer, University of Lincoln
Dan heads up student engagement at the University of Lincoln with responsibility for delivering large scale projects as part of its Student as Producer agenda.  Dan himself was recently a Lincoln student and Students’ Union Vice-President and is now a member of the Quality Assurance Agency’s Board, co-Chair of their Student Advisory Board and a reviewer of institutions and quality assurance agencies in the UK and across Europe. dd
Bob Rabone, Chief Financial Officer, University Sheffield

Bob is the Chief Financial Officer of the University of Sheffield and is responsible for strategic financial and policy matters, with a particular emphasis on commercial, enterprise and development.  Bob is a director of several University subsidiaries and investments, including Fusion IP plc, which invests in turning the University’s world class research into commercial businesses.  He has been a member of the HE sector’s TRAC Development Group since its formation in 2008 and is Deputy Chair of the British University Finance Directors Group.

Chris Sexton, Director of Corporate Information and Computing Services, University of Sheffield

Christine has been Director of Corporate Information and Computing Services at the University of Sheffield since 1996.  Before that she had a variety of roles in University Administration, including Head of Administration for the Faculty of Medicine.  She was on the UCISA Executive Committee for five years, spending her last two years as Chair finishing in 2011.  She has also served as a member of the RUGIT executive, and has been a member of a number of national Steering Groups, including recently the HEFCE Steering Group on Cloud Computing and Shared Services, and the UUK Task Group on Efficiency and Modernisation.

Gareth Cahill, Corporate Sales Executive, British Computer Society

Adept at helping organisations operate more effectively and grow talent from within by providing a practical approach to professional development and implementation.
• SFIAplus Role Profiling and Mapping
• Organisational capability assessment and development
• People side of change including employee engagement & recruitment

Albert Ellis, CEO, Harvey Nash plc

Albert Ellis is CEO of Harvey Nash, a £600m global professional recruitment and outsourcing group listed on London Stock Exchange.  The Group is one of the world’s leading recruiters of CIOs and IT executives, as well a prolific publisher in the area of CIO leadership and careers through its Global CIO Survey.  Albert is passionate about the evolving role of technology, and how the CIO is evolving with it, and has presented widely on the subject.

Toni Kelly, Head of Learning Spaces Development, University of Birmingham

Beginning her career as an Estate Planner, Toni has worked at the University of Birmingham for over 20 years.  During that time she set up the central audio visual support service, established a programme of equipment upgrade and was instrumental in the creation of a Learning Spaces Strategy which led to a comprehensive programme of refurbishment.  During 2012, Toni toured a number of universities in Korea, Hong Kong and Singapore looking at learning space design in Asia.


Mark Howell, Area Director, Meru Networks

Mark has considerable experience in the networking industry, having occupied various positions at Juniper Networks and Cisco Systems prior to taking on the role of Area Director for Meru Networks in the UK & Ireland.  Responsible for building Meru’s education business, thanks to Meru’s unique architecture, he has taken Meru Networks from less than 50 education customers to over 2,500 in under 5 years.

David Cotterill, Head of Innovation, Department of Work and Pensions
Since June 2012, David Cotterill has been working as Deputy Director for Strategy and Change in the IT Reform Group within Cabinet Office.  David is responsible for delivering a strategy for UK Government to significantly reduce IT costs, deliver better services that meet the user need, and help the economy to grow by ensuring a more diverse, SME friendly market for government IT contracts. DC
Mike Bracken, Executive Director of Digital, Government Digital Service, Cabinet Office

Mike is leading on the work to transform public sector services to a digital by default model by building and championing a digital culture that puts the user first and delivers the best, low cost public services possible.

Adrian Woolard, Head of R&D, BBC

Mark Ormrod

A Royal Marine for ten years, Mark served in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Whilst on manoeuvres in Helmand he was caught in a landmine explosion.  In a determined effort to show that life can go on after tragedy, Mark has since completed The Gumpathon, a four man run across America, inspired by Forrest Gump’s epic run.  He has also carried the Olympic torch and hand-cycled around the UK − an epic journey of over 3000 miles in a month.  In a compelling tale of survival against the odds, pain, grit and determination, Mark tells of the horrific injuries he endured (losing both legs above the knees and his right arm above the elbow) and his remarkable recovery.  Mark defied expectations at every turn of his rehabilitation.  Having initially been told he’d never walk again, Mark went through a gruelling rehab regime, first in order that he might be standing when he received his campaign medal, then that he might walk down aisle with his fiancée (to whom he proposed in a brief moment of consciousness in intensive care).   Having achieved those things Mark has gone on to find new challenges, from the mundane like driving a non-adapted car, to the extraordinary like skydiving and running across America.  He works full-time for the Royal Marines Association charity to raise money for veterans, the injured and bereaved families.  Now looking to his next challenge of swimming the channel, Mark is also the author of Man Down, an account of his time as a Marine, his injury and his subsequent, inspiring rehabilitation.


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