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HERAG Think Tank Five – Speaker Biographies

Meet the speakers at HERAG Think Tank 5, 20th June 2018

 

Alison Johns

Chief Executive of Advance HE

Alison was recently appointed Chief Executive of Advance HE in autumn 2017.  Prior to that she was the Chief Executive of the Leadership Foundation.  She has worked in Higher Education for 25 years.

 

Ash Talwar

Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Manager, University College London

Ash has worked in higher education for 20 years, originally within Student Services, where he was responsible for the strategic management of scholarships and funding, disability, international student advice and general advisory teams.

 

Fiona McClement

Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, University College London

Fiona is the Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at University College London. She has been at UCL for 8 years and during this time, UCL has become the only University in the UK to gain both a Bronze Race Equality Charter and institutional-level Silver Athena SWAN award.

 

Professor Fiona Ross CBE

Kingston and St George’s

Fiona Ross has a background in community health and social policy and has worked as a practitioner, teacher, research leader and senior manager over a 35 year career in Higher Education.

 

Ilyas Nagde

NUS Black Students Officer

Ilyas is currently serving as the NUS Black Students Officer where he represents students of colour in Further Education, Higher Education and Apprenticeships.

 

Patrick Johnson

Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, University of Manchester

 

Patrick became Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Manchester in 2007.   He manages a team that provides advice, support and guidance to senior managers, staff and students across the University.

 

Simon Woolley

Co–founder and Director for Operation Black Vote

Simon Woolley is co–founder and Director for Operation Black Vote. An organisation that tackles persistent race inequality through Black and Minority Ethnic democratic engagement.