Speakers – Morning Agenda

Dr Giles Carden (Conference Chair)

Director of Strategic Projects and Chief of Staff
Lancaster University

Giles has 22 years’ experience working in the university sector in the UK and Germany. Joining the University of Warwick in 1997 Giles has worked in a wide range of areas of administration before joining Lancaster University as Chief of Staff and Director of Strategic Projects late in 2017. Giles was recently invited to become a member of the HE Data Landscape Steering Group, chairs HESA’s HEIDI steering group and is a co-designer on the HESA-Jisc Business Intelligence project.

Mario Ferelli

Director - Analytical Services

Mario’s academic background is in maths, statistics and operational research. Before joining HEFCE in 1991, he worked for Unilever Research, modelling markets, followed by the computer department of Lancaster University, supporting the university’s mathematics and statistics software.

He joined HEFCE as a Principal Analyst/Statistician responsible, among other things, for designing and implementing the infrastructure to support data collection systems and funding models. He became the Head of Funding and Analytical Services at HEFCE in 1999, and was a board member of the Information Authority from 2006 through to 2013.

Paul Clark

Chief Executive
Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA)

Paul Clark is the Chief Executive of the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA). He has worked for more than 20 years in the higher education sector, in a range of roles, and for a range of institutions. Most recently he was the policy director for Universities UK, working at the forefront of the changes taking place in the sector over the past 5 years.

Paul has led sector-wide data initiatives, including work on open data for higher education, cyber security, improving data skills and capability, and using data for increased efficiency and benchmarking.

Jackie Njoroge

Director of Strategy
University of Salford

Jackie has recently joined the University of Salford as its first Director of Strategy. Prior to this she led the Strategic Planning and Management Information team within MMU, with a mandate to help change the strategic planning direction of the University. A qualified management accountant, Jackie had a career in financial planning and management within the steel industry, before moving into Higher Education in 2003, where she eventually moved into Strategic Planning and Performance, successfully leading the team to an industry award for the implementation of Northumbria’s business intelligence solution.  Jackie is also Deputy Chair of the higher education strategic planning association.

Professor David Sammon

Faculty Director - Information Systems
University College Cork

David is a Professor (Information Systems) at Cork University Business School (CUBS), University College Cork (UCC), Ireland. David’s applied research focuses on relational data modelling, master data design, and designing data-driven organisational routines. He is co-Founder of the VIVID Research Centre and collaborates on applied research projects with Texuna as an independent authority on data best practices. David is co-Director of the Irish Management Institute executive masters programme in Data Business. His recent work on data quality has been published by Harvard Business Review (HBR). David is also Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Decision Systems.

Jonathan Neves

Associate Head of Insights
Higher Education Academy

Jonathan joined the HEA in 2016, and has more than 18 years experience in the world of insights and market research. Jonathan has worked for research agencies, as well as commercial organisations including The Co-op and Learndirect. Jonathan heads up the HEA surveys and insights portfolio which includes the well-established postgraduate surveys PTES and PRES as well as the UK Engagement survey. Jonathan also co-authors the well known Student Academic Experience survey report annually in partnership with HEPI.

Victoria Cetinkaya

Senior Policy Officer - Policy & Engagement (Public Sector)
Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO)

Victoria has worked for the Information Commissioner’s Office since 2009, and is a Senior Policy Officer in the Policy and Engagement Department. Her main responsibilities involve engaging with key organisations in the education, health, and local government sectors to promote and uphold information rights. She also gives policy advice to both external organisations and internal ICO colleagues on data protection and freedom of information issues.

Prior to the ICO Victoria worked in both the private and public sectors, mainly in financial services training and compliance, and in teaching.

Yaz El Hakim

Director of Education and Communications

Yaz El Hakim has worked in Higher Education for over 15 years. Starting his career as an hourly paid lecturer in Sport Psychology at the University of Chichester and then at the University Winchester. At Winchester he was promoted several times within 5 years to become the UK’s youngest Director of Learning and Teaching and then Director of Student Engagement. He also co-led the TESTA project www.testa.ac.uk with Prof Tansy Jessop and Prof Graham Gibbs. He has co-led or had leadership roles in over £800,000 worth of research projects.

Having worked for three global EdTech companies, Yaz has been an advocate for the impact that new technologies will have on student learning experiences and for staff to better support student retention, progression and success in the future.

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