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Aurora Champion Directory

Each institution has been asked to nominate an in-house ‘Aurora champion’ who will help identify participants, mentors and role models, and be the main point of contact between Advance HE and the institution. Some institutions have chosen to split this role into two – one as the key figurehead for Aurora and one as the liaison point for the administrative details.

Aurora champions - who's who

Details of champions and Aurora liaisons from engaging institutions and sector bodies can be found in the directory below. To update your institution’s Aurora champion details or to register as the champion please email the Aurora Team.

Note: If your institution is not listed below, please email the Aurora team.


Abertay University: Dr Nia White, Head of the Graduate School 

Aberystwyth University: Ruth Fowler, Communications and Equality Officer.

The Alan Turing Institute: Nick Mann, Professional Development Business Partner

Anglia Ruskin University: Rachael Cornwall, Head of Engagement and Development, Professor Aletta Norval, Deputy Vice Chancellor, and Jane Hay, Human Resources Manager: Learning and Development.

Aston University: Professor Gina Rippon, Pro Vice-Chancellor (International) 

Athlone Institute of Technology -  Jane Burns, Assistant Registrar


Bangor University: Tracy Hibbert, Director of Human Resources and Alison Wiggett Athena SWAN & Research Concordat Manager

Bath Spa University: Melissa Mulhall Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor: Academic Planning

Birkbeck College, University of London: Paul Mills, Learning & Development Advisor

Birmingham City University: Hazera Koley, Learning and Development Programme Coordinator and Claire Chalmers, Organisational Development Consultant.

Bishop Grosseteste University: Rebecca Bull, Small & Specialist Institutions + MASHEIN Project Director

Bournemouth University: Sarah Cronin, Organisational and Staff Development Coordinator 

Brunel University: Dr Jurgita Malinauskaite, Associate Dean for Equality & Diversity, College of Business, Arts and Social Sciences

Buckinghamshire New University: Professor Rachel Cragg, PVC Educational & Digital


Canterbury Christ Church University: Amanda Maclean, Head of People, Culture and Inclusion 

Cardiff University: Hayley Beckett, Head of Leadership and Staff Development, Karen Cooke, Organisational Development Manager and Susan Midha, Director of Human Resources

Cardiff Metropolitan University: Professor Cara Aitchison, Cardiff Metropolitan University

City, University of London: Ailbhe Lynch, Organisational Development Adviser

Cork Institute of Technology: Dr Hugh McGlynn, Head of the School of Science & Informatics

Coventry University: Jodie Morse, Organisation Development Manager, Avril Stanley, Organisation Development Manager, Grainne Hearne, Learning and Development Adviser and Lorraine Gearing, Head of Educational Strategies

Cranfield University: Professor Lynette Ryals, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Education, Hiran Odedra, University Diversity Manager, Human Resources, and Lisa Caruso, HR Business Partner - Equality, Diversity & Inclusion


De Montfort University: Karin Bruttin, Organisational Development Consultant and Petra Szollosyova, OD Services Coordinator

Dublin City University: Dr Anne Sinnott, Executive Dean, Faculty of Business and Fiona Carvill, Learning & Development Manager

Technological University Dublin: Dr Ashley O'Donoghue, Head of Staff Development

Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology: Niamh Clifford, HR Manager, Claire McGing, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Manager, and Mary Anne O'Carroll, Aurora delegate/administrator

Dundalk Institute of Technology: Dr Patricia Moriarty, Head of School of Business and Humanities, and Gerald O Driscoll, Human Resources Manager

Durham University: June Hedley, Senior Organisation Development Manager


Edge Hill University: Prof. Jo Crotty, Director of Institute for Social Responsibility and & Professor of Management, Chris Jenkinson, Aurora admin, Amanda Herrity, Deputy Head of HR and Vicky Bosward, Interim Head of HR

Edinburgh Napier University: Laurna Macaulay


Falmouth University: Prof Eunice Ma, Provost, and Rob Holmes, Director of Business Services

Falmouth Exeter Plus (FX Plus): Paula Sanderson, Managing Director, and and Rob Holmes, Director of Business Services


Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology: Tony McDonogh, HR Manager and Cáit Noone, VP of International Engagement, Head of Galway International Hotel School

Glasgow Caledonian University: Valerie Webster, Assistant Vice Principal, International

Goldsmiths, University of London: Fifi Badat, Learning and Development Coordinator, and Rachael Street, Organisational and Staff Development Coordinator

Glyndwr University: Claire Taylor, Deputy Vice-Chancellor


Harper Adams University: Andy Allen, Head of HR & OD

Heriot-Watt University: Susan Galloway, Professional and Development Consultant, Julie Dickson, Head of Professional and Organisational Development, Mark Biggs, Vice Principal and Provost, and Ryan Renton, Senior Administration Assistant

Heythrop College, University of London: Shade Olutobi, Human Resources Manager

Higher Education Funding Council, England: Tracey Vardy, Human Resources Consultant


Irish Research Council & Higher Education Authority – Dr Eavan O’Brien, Assistant Director (Impact & Parntership)

The Institute for Cancer Research, Barbara Pittam, Scientific Secretary, Registrar and Director of Academic Services and Vanessa McKean, Athena SWAN Coordinator

Institute of Technology Carlow: Yvonne Kavanagh, Lecturer

Institute of Technology Sligo: Prof Jacqueline McCormack, Vice President


James Hutton Institute: Fiona Thomson, Head of Human Resources, Rupert Hough, Head of Department, Information and Computational Sciences, Alison Ross, HR Partner, and Gosia Konieczko, HR Service Desk Assistant


Keele University: Emma Colley, Staff Development Advisor 

King's College London: Evelyn Welch, Vice-Principal (Arts and Sciences) and Helena Mattingley

Kingston University: Dr Lucy Jones, Associate Dean, Education; Samina KhanCheryl Jordan, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Team, and Alex Herbert, Organisational Development Adviser


Leeds Beckett University: Sarah Swales,

Leeds Trinity University: Sue Carr, Head of Workforce Development and Equality, Diversity & Inclusion

Limerick Institute of Technology: Marian Duggan, VP Equality and Dr. Carol Wrenn, EDI Manager

Liverpool Hope University: Clare Talbot, HR Manager

Liverpool John Moores University: Melanie Jones, Researcher Development Lead

London Metropolitan University: Rosemary Benson, Staff Development Adviser

London School of Economics and Political Science: Professor Julia Black. Pro-Director of Research, Chris Watt, Head of Organisational Learning and Helen Roberts, Organisational Learning Team Leader

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine: Professor Joy Lawn, Director of MARCH Centre

Loughborough University: Steven Rothberg, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Enterprise), Lisa Dennison, Staff Development Assistant and Secretary for Aurora and Claire Jagger, Organisational Development Partner.


Manchester Metropolitan University: Prof Abigail Gregory, Deputy Faculty Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Mona Patel, Equality & Diversity Specialist, Emma Hyland, Equality & Diversity Manager, and Dr Justine Daniels, Director of RKE/Aurora Champion

Mary Immaculate College, Edel Foster, Athea Swan Programme Manager

Maynooth University: Sam Blanckensee, Equality Officer, and Suzanne Ryan, Learning & Development Manager

Middlesex University: Anna Kyprianou, PVC for Equality, Diversity & Inclusion, and Alex Ong, Head of Organisational and Staff Development


National University of Ireland, Galway: Aoife Cooke, Head of Equal Opportunities

National College of Ireland: Ann Noonan Director of HR and Mary Connelly, Director of HR Services

New College of the Humanities: Sheena Van Der Merwe, HR and Operations Manager

Newcastle University: Dr Liz Kemp, Organisational Development Lead (HaSS), Gillian Jenkins, Organisational Development Lead SAgE, Julie Bullimore, Organisational Development Lead, and Linda Robinson, Organisational Development Lead

Northumbria University: Sharon Stewart, EDI Manager

Norwich University of the Arts: Professor Hilary Carlisle, Dean of Design and Architecture

Nottingham Trent University: Amanda Stanford, Leadership Development Consultant


The Open University: Josie Fraser, Acting Deputy Vice Chancellor, Roberta Davies, EDI Learning & Development Coordinator, and Pauline Collins, Senior EDI Manager

Oxford Brookes University: Alistair Fitt, Vice-Chancellor and Ruth Davies, Chief People Officer


The Pirbright Institute: Lynda Moore, Head of Academic Affairs & Training


Queen Margaret University: TBC

Queen Mary, University of London: Laura Gibb, Chief Operating Officer and Carol Malcolm, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Co-ordinator. 

Queen's University Belfast: Paula Teggart, Talent Manager, People and Culture, Professor Jannette Elwood, Faculty Champion, Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Professor Teresa McCormack, Faculty Champion, Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences, Dr Donna Rogers, Faculty Champion, Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences


Regent's University London: Rebecca Richards, HR Assistant

Robert Gordon University: Susan MacLennan, Senior OD Specialist

The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama: Heather Francis, Director of Human Resources

Royal College of Art: Professor Darlene Maxwell, Head of Library Services

Royal College of Music, London: Dr Diana Salazar, Director of Programmes

Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland: Professor Zena Moore, Head of School of Nursing & Midwifery, Catriona Campbell, Head of Staff Learning and Development

Royal Holloway, University of London: Professor Rosemary Deem, Vice-Principal (Education) and Dean of Doctoral School Vice Principal Staffing, Ellie Rayner, Head of Organisational Development, Professor Tracy Bhamra, Senior Vice-Principal and Lorraine Lewis, OD Officer

Royal Northern College of Music, Professor Linda Merrick, Principal

Royal Veterinary College: Professor Jill Maddison, RVC Aurora Champion, Ferhat Nazir-Bhatti, Equality Diversity and Inclusion Manage, and Nicole Hay-Carter, Staff Development Manager

Royal Welsh College of Music and Drame: Professor Helena Gaunt, Principal


Scotland's Rural College (SRUC): Irene Martin, Learning and Development Manager

Scottish Association for Marine Science: TBC

Scottish Funding Council: Kate Lacka

Sheffield Hallam University: Sally Jackson, Interim Chief People Officer, Laura Humphreys , Senior HR Advisor and Sarah Akhtar, Head of Organisational Performance and Culture 

SOAS, University of London: Becky McKenzie-Young, Director of HR

Solent University: Helen Jones, Head of People and Development and Jess Edwards, People Advisor, Policy

Staffordshire University: Paula Cottrell, Director of Human Resources, Hannah Gibbard, HR Business Partner

St George's University of London: Rebecca Henry-Litteck, Learning and Development Manager

St Mary's University College, Twickenham: Maria Stopyra, Organisational Development Partner

Swansea University: Charlotte Morgans (Lead for Learning and Development)


Trinity College Dublin: Eileen Drew, Director of the Centre for Women in Science and Engineering Research, Claire Marshall, Programme Manager and Louise Power, Learning and Development Manager

Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance: Louise Jackson, Head of Learning Enhancement


Ulster University: Mark Latuske, Deputy Director Talent, and Aoife Campbell, People Development Partner

University College Birmingham: Clare Hayes, Deputy Director HR 

University College Cork: Anne Gannon, HR, Mary Horgan, Senior Lecturer, and Susan O'Mahony, Staff Wellbeing & Development Advisor

University College Dublin: Joe Carthy, Science Administration Office and Fiona McGuinness, People & OD Specialist

University College London: Patrick Sampson

University for the Creative Arts: Catherine Harper, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (University Aurora Champion), Lidija Jones, Learning & OD Partner (Aurora Admin Champion) and Lucy McGuire, Learning & OD Coordinator (Aurora Admin Champion).

University of Aberdeen: Professor Marion Campbell, Vice Principal (Research), and Clare Trembleau, Staff Development Partner

University of Bath: Kate Elliott, Learning and Organisational Development Manager and Professor Linda Newnes, Professor 

University of Bedfordshire: Dr Maria Kukhareva, Head of People Development

University of Birmingham: Professor Una Martin, Deputy Pro-Vice Chancellor for Equalities & Professor of Clinical Pharmacology and Liz Leech, PA to Andrew Ktoris, Assistant HR Director, People and Organisational Development and Professor Joanne Duberley, Deputy Pro-Vice Chancellor (E,D &I)

University of Bolton: Nicky Allen, HR Business Partner

University of Bradford: Professor Uduak Archibong, Professor of Diversity 

South Bank University: Taraneh Dean, Professor of Health Sciences

University of Bristol: Professor Judith Squires, Pro-Vice Chancellor and Lydia Klimecki, Staff Development Advisor, Isabel Frazer-Veli, Staff Development Officer

University College Birmingham: Professor Alex Lofthouse, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Performance and Partnerships) and Claire Hayes, Senior Personnel and Training Manager

University College Cork, Ireland: Mary Horgan, Staff Development Officer and Anne Gannon, Staff Welfare & Development Manager

University College London and UCL Institute of Education: Champion tbc

University of Cambridge: Sarah Foreman, Head of Maintenance and Dr Miriam Lynn, Consultant, Equality & Diversity Section, 

University of Central Lancashire: Nikki Lambourne, Staff Development Manager, Helen Jones, Leardership and Development Manager 

University College Dublin: Joe Carthy, College Principal and Joyce McLoughlin People & OD Manager 

University of Chester: Kathryn Leighton, HR Manager, Development and Diversity

University of Derby: Sharon Bell, Head of Discipline: Education, Childhood and Inclusion

University of Dundee: Pam Milne, Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development, Lisa Anderson, Head of Organisational and Professional Development and Kerry Stephen

University of East London: Fitzroy Andrew, Senior Institutional Equity Officer

University of East Anglia: Professor Sarah Barrow, Pro Vice-Chancellor Arts and Humanities and Gurpreet Gill, Senior Staff Development Officer

University of Edinburgh: Ruth Miller, Assistant HR/OD Partner, Learning and Organisation Development 

University of Essex: Alix Langley, Director of People and Culture and Andrea Munson, Professional Development Co-Ordinator

University of Exeter: Rachel Brewer, Learning and Development Manager, and Kathryn Coombes, Team Leader (People Development)

University of Glasgow: Professor Jill Morrison, Gender Equality Champion and Clerk of Senate and Vice Principal and Janell Kelly, Equality and Diversity Administrator

University of Gloucestershire: Suzanne Middleton, People Development Advisor

University of Greenwich: Derek Moore, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dr Clare Saunders, Associate Professor and University Director of Learning and Teaching 

University of Hertfordshire: Serena Yeo (as operational lead), Senior Learning & Organisational Development Business Partner and Dr Mairi Watson, Pro Vice-Chancellor Education and Student Experience

University of the Highlands and Islands: Fiona Larg, Chief Operating Officer and Secretary, Crichton Lang, Deputy Principal (Shirley MacBean, PA), and Jane Steele, Information and Communications Assistant, Learning and Teaching Academy

University of Huddersfield: Susan Branton, Athena Swan Lead.

University of Hull: Martha Kember, Head of Learning and Development

University of Kent: Jena Dady, Learning and Development Advisor

University of Leeds Katie Leeman, Organisational and Learning Partner, and Ruth Allcroft, Course Co-ordinator at Organisational Development.

University of Leicester: Professor Paul Cullis, Professor of Chemistry and Chair, Athena SWAN Working Group, and Dr Leigh Anne Casey, Associate Director, Organisational Development

University of Limerick: Marie Connolly, Head of Equality and Diversity

University of Lincoln: Tracey Laing, Organisational Development Manager

University of Liverpool: Carol Costello, Director of Human Resources and Sally Middleton, Gender Equality Officer

University of London: Elaine Walters, Deputy Chief Executive/Director of Operations for the School of Advanced Study

University of Manchester: Dr Rachel Cowen, Senior Lecturer and Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

University of Northampton: Frank Jordan, Head of Staff Development and Deborah Forbes, Staff Development Trainer

University of Nottingham: Claire Cawthorne, Professional Developer, University of Nottingham

University of Portsmouth: Professor Sherria Hoskins, Dean of Faculty of Science & Professor of Psychology & Education, and Helen Keetch, Learning & Development Adviser, Human Resources

University of Plymouth: Hilary Iles, Training Assistant Administrator and Dawn Swancutt, PenARC Research Fellow

University of Reading: Lynn Moore, Learning and Development Officer

University of Roehampton: Jo Peat, Head of Educational Development

University of Salford: Professor Haifa Takruri-Rizk, Associate Dean Engagement, School of Computing, Science and Engineering

University of Sheffield: to be confirmed

University of South Wales: to be confirmed

University of Southampton: to be confirmed

University of St Andrews: Sukhi Bains, Head of Equality and Diversity, Sally Mapstone, Principal & Vice Chancellor, Mairi Stewart, Director of Human Resources, Karen McGregor, Equality and Diversity Awards Adviser at University of St Andrews.

University of St Mark and St John: Lucy Pengelly, Head of Human Resources

University of Stirling: Lorna Prince, Organisational Development Partner 

University of Strathclyde: Sandra Heidinger, Director of Human Resources, Julia Harrison, Equality and Diversity Coordinator, and Annie McLaughlin, Athena SWAN Officer

University of Suffolk: Professor Emma Bond, Pro Vice-Chancellor Research

University of Sunderland: Katy Walker and Francesca Carey

University of Surrey: Zoe Gruhn, Director of People, Culture and Inclusion

University of Ulster: Dr Mary Hannon-Fletcher, Head of School of Health Sciences and Clare Madden, Professional Development Manager

University of Wales Trinity Saint David: Sara Mills, Learning and Development Manager

University of Warwick: Anna Chapman, Organisational Development Consultant

University of the West of England, Bristol: Ora Jacobs-Lange, Learning and Development Consultant: Digital

University of the West of Scotland: Paul Martin, Deputy Principal and Caroline Baynham, OD and Training Adviser

University of Westminster: Steph Cowell, Leadership & Organisational Development Advisor.

University of Winchester: Carol Kilgannon, Director of Equality and Staff Development

University of Wolverhampton: Miceal Barden, Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences, Joy Levesley, Head of Organisational Development and Professor Julia Clarke, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Student Experience)

University of Worcester: Louise Williams, Executive Assistant and Sarah Greer, Deputy Vice Chancellor and Gill Slater, Head of OD


Waterford Institute of Technology: Dr Thomas O'Toole, Head of the School of Business

Wrexham Glyndwr University: Alison Bloomfield, Organisational Development and Adversity Manager


York St John University: Simon Errington, HR & OD Development Lead