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HEFCE closed at the end of March 2018. The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.

Many of HEFCE's functions will be continued by the Office for Students, the new regulator of higher education in England, and Research England, the new council within UK Research and Innovation.

The HEFCE domain - - will continue to function until September 2018. At this point we will close the site entirely and all its information will only be available from the National Web Archive.


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Their appointments are approved by the Board on the recommendation of the Appointments Committee.

For more information about the membership and terms of reference of each committee, use the expandable headings and links below.


Strategic advisory committees

These committees advise the Board on the effectiveness of its strategies. To this end they monitor the Council's progress towards its objectives as described in the business plan. They are structured around five main themes.

Teaching excellence and student opportunity

The Teaching Excellence and Student Opportunity Strategic Advisory Committee advises and supports HEFCE's Board in addressing policy and funding priorities relating to teaching excellence and student access, success and progression to further study or employment.



Professor Mary Stuart (Chair)

HEFCE Board member, Vice-Chancellor, University of Lincoln

Professor Cliff Allan

Vice-Chancellor, Birmingham City University

Dr Charlie Ball

Deputy Director of Research, HECSU

Professor Anthony Bowne

Principal, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance

Professor Rebecca Bunting

Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive, Buckinghamshire New University

Professor Jean-Noel Ezingeard

Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Manchester Metropolitan University

Professor Anthony Forster

Vice-Chancellor, University of Essex

Professor Anne Greenough

HEFCE Board member, Head, School of Medicine, King’s College London

Professor Margaret House

Vice-Chancellor, Leeds Trinity University 

Professor Gill Nicholls

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), University of Surrey

Graeme Osborn

HEFCE Board member, Employee of the Graduate Students' Association, University of York

Samantha Parrett

Principal, Bromley College of Further and Higher Education

Professor Dave Phoenix

Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive, London South Bank University

Professor Hazel Rymer

Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning and Teaching Innovation), The Open University

Anand Shukla

Chief Executive, The Brightside Trust

Amatey Doku

Vice-President (Education), National Union of Students

Professor Thomas Ward

Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Student Education, University of Leeds

Joanna Wagstaffe

Academic Registra, University of Law


Victoria Lowry

Head of Policy, National Union of Students


Sarah Howls

Head of Student Opportunity, HEFCE

Carly Sykes

Personal Assistant, HEFCE

Research and knowledge exchange

The Research and Knowledge Exchange Strategic Advisory Committee was established by the HEFCE Board in January 2013. The committee provides advice and guidance to the Executive and the Board on the development and implementation of our policies in the area of research and knowledge exchange.


Professor Anne Greenough (Chair)

Head of Department of Paediatrics, King's College London

Victoria Lowry (observer)

Head of Policy, National Union of Students

Professor David John Williams

University Academic Research Challenge Lead - Health and Wellbeing, Loughborough University

Dr Debbie McVitty

Director of Policy, University of Bedfordshire

Professor Geoff Rodgers

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), Brunel University

Mr John Latham

Vice-Chancellor, Coventry University

Professor Jürgen Enders

Professor of Higher Education Management, University of Bath

Sir Keith Burnett

Vice-Chancellor, University of Sheffield

Professor Lin Foxhall

Head of School of Histories, Languages and Cultures, University of Liverpool

Mr Malcolm Salisbury

Former Manager, External Research & Innovation - Europe, Shell UK

Professor Maria Delgado

Director of Research, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

Professor Mark d'Inverno

Pro-Warden Research and Enterprise, Goldsmiths, University of London

Dr Phil Clare

Associate Director and Head of Knowledge Exchange, University of Oxford

Professor Stephen Decent

Pro Vice-Chancellor Research, Lancaster University

Professor Steven Miles

Head of the Research Centre for Applied Social Sciences, Manchester Metropolitan University

Professor Trevor McMillan

Vice-Chancellor, Keele University


Steven Hill (secretary)

Head of Research Policy, HEFCE

Alice Frost (secretary)

Head of Knowledge Exchange, HEFCE

Claire Fraser (clerk)

Higher Education Policy Adviser, HEFCE

Leadership, governance and management

The Leadership Governance and Management Strategic Advisory Committee provides advice and guidance to the Board on the development and implementation of our policies in the area of leadership, governance and management.



Peter Houillon (Chair)

HEFCE Board member

Chief Executive Officer of Kaplan UK and Ireland

Jamie Agombar

Head of Sustainability, NUS Group

Professor Amanda Broderick

Chief Executive Officer and Director, Newcastle University London

Professor Aldwyn Cooper

Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive, Regent’s University

Stephen Criddle

Principal and Chief Executive Officer, South Devon College

Geoff Dawson

Chair of Community of University Chairs

Chair of Governors at Sheffield Hallam University

Professor Aneez Esmail

Professor of General Practice and Director of the NIHR Manchester Patient Safety Translational Research Centre, University of Manchester

David Gage

Pro Chancellor and Chair of the Board of Governors, Staffordshire University

Chris Jagger

Chief Estates and Facilities Officer, University of Nottingham

Dean Morley

Director of Human Resources, Kingston University

Professor Malcolm Press

Vice-Chancellor, Manchester Metropolitan University

Dr Rosa Scoble

Director of Planning, Brunel University London

Professor Mark Smith

Vice-Chancellor, Lancaster University

Alison Wheaton

Chief Executive Officer, GSM London

Liz Winders

Secretary and Registrar, Sheffield Hallam University

Chair of the Association of Heads of University Administration


Alison Chappell

Director of Policy and Delivery, National Union of Students

Alison Johns

Chief Executive, the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education

David Ruebain

Chief Executive, Equality Challenge Unit


Yvonne Hawkins

Director, Universities and Colleges, HEFCE

Committee Clerk

Daniel Moore

Higher Education Policy Advisor (Leadership and Governance), HEFCE

Quality, accountability and regulation

The Quality, Accountability and Regulation Strategic Advisory Committee advises and supports HEFCE’s Board on matters relating to HEFCE’s requirements on higher education, including specifically HEFCE’s statutory duty, under section 70 (1) (b) of the Further and Higher Education Act 1992, to ensure the quality of funded education is assessed.



Sara Weller (Chair)

Non-Executive Director, Lloyds Bank, United Utilities (HEFCE Board member)

Professor Amanda Chetwynd

Provost Student Experience, Colleges and the Library, University of Lancaster

Martin Coleman

Global Head of Competition, Norton Rose Fulbright

Martin Day

Managing Director, the London Institute of Banking and Finance

Dan Derricott

Assistant Registrar, Academic Registrar’s Office, University of Warwick

Bethan Dudas

Advocacy and Engagement Director, Anglia Ruskin University

Professor Janice Kay

Provost, University of Exeter

Chris Maguire

Dean of Academic Affairs, BPP University

Samantha Parrett

Principal and Chief Executive, Bromley College of Further and Higher Education

Mark Robson

Head of Statistics and Regulatory Data, Bank of England (HEFCE Board member)

Deborah Seddon

Head of Policy and Standards, Engineering Council

Andy Westwood

Professor of Politics and Policy, Winchester University and Associate Vice-President for Public Affairs, University of Manchester

Liz Winders

Secretary and Registrar, Sheffield Hallam University


Sarah Kerton

National Union of Students


Susan Lapworth

Director, Regulation and Assurance, HEFCE

Camilla Briault (Secretary)

Senior Regulatory Transition Manager, HEFCE

Joint advisory committees

The UK Education Healthcare Advisory Committee operates jointly with other higher education funding bodies.

UK Healthcare Education Advisory Committee

The Joint Medical Advisory Committee (JMAC) was established in 1992 jointly by the UK higher education funding bodies (HEFCE, SFC, HEFCW and DENI) to advise them on medical and dental education matters. In November 2006 the name was changed to the UK Healthcare Education Advisory Committee to reflect the committee's broader healthcare remit.

View minutes of the UK Education Healthcare Advisory Committee




Professor Dame Jessica Corner

Pro Vice-Chancellor, University of Nottingham


Karen Wilson

Dean of School of Health, Nursing and Midwifery, University of West Scotland

Professor Karen Bryan

Pro Vice-Chancellor, Sheffield Hallam University

Dr Claire Mallinson

Director of Medical Education, Guys and St Thomas’ Hospital

Professor David Crossman

Dean of Medicine, University of St Andrews

Professor Irwin Nazereth

Department Primary Care and Population Health, UCL

Professor Anne Greenough

HEFCE Board member, Head, King's College London School of Medicine Director of Education and Training, King's Health Partners

Professor Farida Fortune

Dean for Dentistry, Director Institute of Dentistry, Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry

Professor Keith Lloyd

Dean for Medicine, Swansea University

Stewart Irvine

Director of Medicine, NHS Scotland

Professor Saul Tendler

Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University of York

Professor Neil Johnson

Dean of Health and Medicine, Lancaster University

Professor Raymond Playford

Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Plymouth University

Professor Donna Fitzsimons

Head of School of Nursing and Midwifery, Queen’s University Belfast

Professor Ieuan Ellis

Dean of Faculty of Health and Social Sciences, Leeds Beckett University

Professor David Adams

Pro Vice-Chancellor, Head of College of Medical and Dental Sciences and Dean of Medicine, University of Birmingham


Chris Millward

Director of Policy, HEFCE

Terms of reference

  1. Advise the UK higher education funding bodies on the impact of NHS changes on healthcare education and research.
  2. Advise on the interpretation of government health departments' workforce needs in terms of educational provision.
  3. Monitor the joint working of government health and education departments and advise on areas that need resolution to promote the joint agenda.
  4. Provide advice to inform government inter-departmental meetings (in England, the Health Education National Strategic Exchange (HENSE)) on strategic decisions as well as operational issues.
  5. Monitor differences in health and education partnership arrangements in each of the UK administrations and promote best practice.

UKHEAC commissioned a report into good practice in NHS/university relations across the UK. The study was undertaken by Andrew Snowden, an independent consultant with experience at senior levels within both universities and the NHS.

Other standing committees

Appointments Committee



Sir Tim Melville-Ross CBE

Chair of the HEFCE Board

Professor Madeleine Atkins CBE

Chief Executive, HEFCE

Hugh Ross

Former NHS Trust Chief Executive

Anne Greenough

Professor of Neonatology & Clinical Respiratory Physiology, King's College London

Professor Mary Stuart

Vice-Chancellor, University of Lincoln

Sara Weller

Non-Executive Director, Lloyds Bank, United Utilities

Steve West

Vice-Chancellor, CEO and President, University of the West of England

Audit Committee



Hugh Ross


HEFCE Board member, Former NHS Trust Chief Executive

John Harley

Chair of Governors, University of Brighton

Mark Robson

HEFCE Board member, Senior Advisor, Bank of England

Clifford Shanbury

Independent Member of the Audit Committee, Office for Nuclear Regulation

Neil Marriott

Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University of Winchester

Gurpreet Dehal

HEFCE Board member, Non-Executive Director

Kate Lander

HEFCE Board member, Director of Strategy and Operations, Eukleia & LEO Learning

Complaints Panel

Terms of reference

The Council has an independent procedure for hearing complaints against the decisions of the Executive. A panel is created when needed with its remit to determine whether Council action or maladministration has caused injustice. It is the complainant's last resort before such allegations go to the Ombudsman.

For more information contact the Clerk to the Board, Ian Gross, at

Remuneration Committee



Sir Tim Melville-Ross CBE (Chair)

Chair of the HEFCE Board

Mary Stuart

HEFCE Board member

Sara Weller

HEFCE Board member

Page last updated 4 January 2018