Professor Rama Thirunamachandran is the Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of Canterbury Christ Church University. He joined the University in October 2013 and has led the institution forward in a number of areas including the development and implementation of the University’s Strategic Framework 2015 – 2020 and the establishment of a School of Engineering, Technology and Design and School of Medicine.
In addition, Rama was Chair of the Higher Education Academy between 2015 and 2018 and was also a UCAS Board member between 2010 and 2013. He has been a member of the Universities UK Board since 2017. He is also a Non-Executive Director of the Medway NHS Foundation Trust.
Prior to this, Rama was Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost of Keele University for five years with overall responsibility for Keele’s academic activities. From 2002, he was Director for Research, Innovation and Skills at the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) with an annual budgetary responsibility of £1.5 billion. His responsibilities included oversight of the operation of the Research Assessment Exercise and the development of the Research Excellence Framework.
Rachel Hewitt is the Chief Executive of MillionPlus, the Association for Modern Universities.
Rachel formerly worked at the Higher Education Policy Institute, as Director of Policy and Advocacy, where she wrote about a wide variety of HE policy issues, including the future demand for higher education and the graduate gender pay gap.
Earlier in her career, Rachel held a number of roles at the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), focused on policy and governance. During this time she led on the review of data on graduate destinations and designed and implemented the Graduate Outcomes survey. Rachel serves as an independent governor on the board of Leeds Beckett University.