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North Institutional Team

HEFCE's North institutional team supports higher education providers across the North West, North East and Yorkshire and Humber regions of England.

For contact details for HEFCE staff working with institutions in the North (including the team members listed below), use our searchable list.

The institutional team consists of:


caroline_cowburnCaroline Cowburn
Regional Consultant, North West

Caroline leads on the Council's relationships with universities and colleges in the North West. Co-directing the team and leading strategic projects, she has oversight of regional developments and maintains contact with agencies and stakeholders.

Caroline has held posts across the education and skills sector in the North West, as a vice principal in a further education college and in management roles in a business link and a Training and Enterprise Council.  Caroline also has a national perspective gained through delivering research and consultancy projects for education providers and funding bodies, and has most recently supported institutions with their admissions during her time with UCAS.


Amanda Wilcox
Regional Consultant, North East, Yorkshire and the Humber

Amanda leads on the Council's engagements with universities and colleges in the North East, Yorkshire and the Humber. In addition to co-directing the team and leading strategic projects, she has oversight of regional developments and maintains contact with relevant agencies and stakeholders.

Amanda has held senior posts in both universities and colleges across the region in a variety of areas including strategic partnerships, quality assurance, curriculum development, student recruitment and registry. Amanda has also worked for the QAA as a reviewer at range of institutions across the UK.


  • Liz Franco, Senior Higher Education Policy Adviser
  • Lynn Gilbert, Higher Education Policy Adviser
  • Geoff Hill, Higher Education Policy Adviser 
  • Phoebe Mayer, Higher Education Policy Adviser
  • Adam Lambert , Senior Higher Education Policy Adviser
  • Val Thomas, Personal Assistant to Associate Director and Regional Consultants

General enquiries for the North institutional team should be addressed to Val Thomas, email v.thomas@hefce.ac.uk

Page last updated 30 May 2017