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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: Rebecca Davies, Pro Vice-Chancellor Chief Operating, Professor Judith Broady-Preston, Director of Institute of Profession and Ruth Fowler, Communications and Equality Officer.

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


Bath Spa University: Dr Mark McGuinness, Assistant Dean, College of the Liberal Arts 

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

Birmingham City University: Karen Canavan, Organisational/Learning Development Business Partner 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: Alexandra Bode-Tunji, HR Director

Buckinghamshire New University: Rachel Cragg, PVC External Engagement


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 and Hiran Odedra, University Diversity Manager, Human Resources


De Montfort University: Tel Chadha, Organisational Development Services Coordinator, People and Organisation Development.

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 and Claire McGing, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Manager

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

Durham University: Michelle Taylor, Organisation Development Adviser, Human Resources and Organisation Development


Edge Hill University: Dr Nikki Craske, Director of Research Office, Sonya Clarkson, Director of Human Resources, Amanda Herrity, Deputy Head of HR and Vicky Bosward, Interim Head of HR

Edinburgh Napier University: Laurna Macaulay


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

Glyndwr University: Claire Taylor, Deputy Vice-Chancellor


Harper Adams University: Dawn Crowther, Head of Human Resources

Heriot-Watt University: Professor Gillian Hogg, Deputy Principal (External Relations), Claire Khalifa, Organisational Development Consultant, and Nasreen Makipour, Organisational Development Co-ordinator,

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


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 and Samina Khan and Cheryl Jordan, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Team


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 

Liverpool Hope University: Theresa Lewin, HR Manager

Liverpool John Moores University: Meriel Box, Head of Staff Development

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: Stuart McKenna, Equality and Diversity Manager

Mary Immaculate College, Edel Foster, Athea Swan Programme Manager

Maynooth University: Sarah Hawes, HR Equality Officer

Middlesex University: Sophie Bowen, Chief Operating Officer, and Dimple Meghani Organisational Development Partner


National University of Ireland, Galway: Josephine Hynes, HR Director 

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

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, Natasha Brathwaite, Senior Learning Programmes Adviser, and Clare Cummins, Learning Programmes Coordinator 

Oxford Brookes University: Alistair Fitt, Vice-Chancellor


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. 

Queens 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, and Ellie Rayner, Head of Organisational Development

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

Scottish Qualification Authority: John McKinstry, Organisational Development Officer

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: Paula Sanderson, Registrar, Serena Yeo, Staff Development Manager

Solent University: Helen Jones, Head of People and Development

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

University College Birmingham: Clare Hayes, Deputy Director HR 

University College Cork: Anne Gannon, HR and Mary Horgan, Senior Lecturer

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

University College London: Patrick Sampson

University of Aberdeen: Professor Marion Campbell, Vice Principal (Research)

University of Bath: Professor Jonathan Knight, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Research and Simon Inger, Head of Staff Development

University of Bedfordshire: Professor Mary Malcolm, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic)

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

University of Bolton: Marie Norman, Head of Learning Enhancement and Student Experience

University of Bradford: Professor Uduak Archibong, Professor of Diversity 

University of Brighton: Taraneh Dean, Pro Vice-Chancellor

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: Pratistha Khadka, Staff and Organistional Development Administrator

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: Susie Morgan, Director of Human Resources and Andrea Munson, Professional Development Co-Ordinator

University of Exeter: Rachel Brewer, Learning and Development Manager

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: Kevin Flinn, Head of Leadership and Organisational Development

University of the Highlands and Islands: Fiona Larg, Chief Operating Officer and Secretary, and Crichton Lang, Deputy Principal (Shirley MacBean, PA).

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: Umar Zamman, Head of HR and Claire Butler Student Enterprise Co-ordinator

University of Liverpool: Carol Costello, Director of Human Resources and Rhian Atanasov, Organisational Developer

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 Oxford: Hilary Boulding, President of Trinity College, Oxford, 

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: Diane Bray, Head of Psychology Department

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: Professor Maggie Cusack and Lorna Prince, Organisational Development Partner 

University of Strathclyde: Sandra Heidinger, Director of Human Resources and Annie McLaughlin, Athena SWAN Officer

University of Suffolk: Sara Corcoran, Director of Human Resources

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: Pam Fitzsimmons, Leadership and Staff Development Manager

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 


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: Michelle Litten, Staff Development Manager