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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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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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HEFCE’s Chair, Tim Melville-Ross, said:

‘I am delighted to welcome our new Board members. Individually and collectively, they bring a wealth and diversity of experience in higher education, finance, and business.

‘This experience will be invaluable as HEFCE continues to support the implementation of the Government’s higher education reforms, including the establishment of a new regulatory body, the Office for Students. Their advice, challenge and leadership will help to ensure a smooth transition to the new arrangements, to the benefit of students and the reputation of English higher education.’


1. Biographies of the new Board members are as follows:

Martin Coleman

Martin was educated at the University of Oxford where he studied law at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

He is a partner at legal services group Norton Rose Fulbright where he heads the global competition and regulatory law practice. He has held board or similar level positions at the Economic & Social Research Council, Solicitors Regulation Authority, and Police Now. He is a member of Council of the University of Kent and will be joining the board of the Competition and Markets Authority in October 2017.

Gurpreet Dehal

Gurpreet Dehal was educated at the University of Oxford, Birkbeck College and Lancaster University.

For much of his career Gurpreet has held senior roles in major investment banks, as both a Risk Manager and Chief Operating Officer. He was a Managing Director within the Credit Suisse Equities Division between 2009 and 2014, and a Managing Director at Merrill Lynch prior to that. He retired from full-time banking in 2014 to focus on a range of non-executive directorships across Government as well as continuing his involvement with Royal Holloway, University of London, as a member of Council.

Katherine Lander

Kate studied industrial economics at the University of Nottingham. She is a qualified Chartered Accountant and Chartered Financial Analyst.

Kate is Global Chief Learning Officer at Fitch Learning. She started her career as an accountant before moving into education and becoming a financial trainer specialising in asset management and taxation. Before working at Fitch Learning, Kate was Head, Education at the CFA Institute and Senior Vice President at Northern Trust.

Professor Carl Lygo

Carl was educated at the Henley Management College, London Guildhall University, the University of East Anglia and Lancashire Polytechnic, and qualified as a barrister in 1991. He is the founding vice-chancellor of BPP University, a private UK degree awarding body.

Carl is a Gold Award winner of the Association of Colleges, Companion of Honour of the Chartered Management Institute. He was formerly a member of the General Chiropractic Council, and chaired the Professional Conduct Committee. He was also a member of the Judicial Studies Board advisory group.

David Palfreyman, OBE

David was educated at the Universities of Oxford, Aston and Oxford Brookes. He is the Bursar and a Fellow of New College, University of Oxford. He is also the Director of the Oxford Centre for Higher Education Policy Studies.

He is a Council Member and Trustee as Honorary Treasurer of the Society for Research into Higher Education (SRHE). David is also a member of the editorial board of ‘The World of Learning’ the annual listing of higher education systems and of providers globally, and series co-editor of the comparative ‘International Studies in Higher Education’ collection, both for Routledge. His recent publications include ‘Structuring Mass Higher Education: The Role of Elite Institutions’ (2009) and 'The Law of Higher Education' (2012, Oxford University Press).

Professor Steven West, CBE

Steve studied chiropody and podiatry at the Polytechnic of Central London (now the University of Westminster) and King’s College London.

Steve is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists, the Leadership Foundation, the Royal Society of Medicine and the Royal Society of Arts. He has been Vice-Chancellor, CEO and President of the University of the West of England since 2008, and from 2013 the Chair of the West of England Academic Health Science Network.

2.  HEFCE’s Board members are appointed by the Secretary of State for Education. They are appointed on the basis of their expertise in education, or their experience in industry or the professions. The Department for Education’s (DfE’s) recruitment process is required to comply with the relevant guidance issued by the Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments (OCPA). The process is overseen by a DfE Panel, which includes the HEFCE Chair as a member.

3. Further information about the HEFCE Board.