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UCEA Staff


Helen Fairfoul

Helen Fairfoul

Chief Executive

Helen has been UCEA Chief Executive since October 2012. She plays a lead role in representing the UK higher education sector in all employment matters, and in the collective negotiations with the sector trade unions in relation to pay and pensions. Helen also leads for UCEA at a European level where she sits on the HE Working Group of the European Social Dialogue in Education. Helen first joined UCEA in the role of Deputy Chief Executive in 2007. Previous roles have been as HR Director and Clerk to Council at the University of Roehampton and as a Director of Personnel within local government. She is a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD, an Honorary Fellow of the Institute for Employment Studies and holds an MBA and a first degree in history.


Roshan Israni

Roshan Israni

Deputy Chief Executive

Roshan joined UCEA as Deputy Chief Executive in August 2017. Roshan is a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD with extensive HR and Organisational Development experience - including over 10 years in senior management roles in HR and OD, gained through work in local government, the NHS, Probation Services, the not for profit sector and the private sector. Through these roles, Roshan has developed a strong combination of employee relations experience and a well-rounded and informed range of general HR management and OD experience. Roshan has undertaken extensive consultations and negotiations with various local, regional and national trade unions and has led on employee engagement, organisational cultural transformation and restructuring programmes. Roshan holds a Masters degree in Management Studies and a degree in Chemistry and Bio-Chemistry.


Andy Fryer

Andy Fryer

Head of Communications & Membership

Andy is UCEA's Head of Communications & Membership and is responsible for developing and delivering an effective external relations strategy for UCEA and its member institutions. Andy provides communications advice and support to members, oversees media enquiries and plays a key role in managing the UCEA profile and membership development. He previously held communications posts at a number of further and higher education institutions and is an Executive Committee member for HEERA (the Higher Education External Relations Association).


Nicola Carter

Nicola Carter

Head of HR Advice

Nicola is responsible for delivering UCEA's HR advisory services to members. This includes guidance on employee relations and industrial action; employee engagement; developments in employment practice in HE; and changes in employment law. Nicola is also responsible for UCEA's work on clinical academics and health and safety in HE. She is a member of the UCEA team in the New JNCHES multi-employer pay bargaining rounds and is secretary to New JNCHES.


Anita Jermyn

Anita Jermyn

Senior Employment Policy Adviser

Anita’s role is to advise and support UCEA members in their capacity as employers on the full range of employment policy and employee relations issues. This involves producing updates, briefings and written guidance, responding to members’ queries and attending and presenting at meetings and events. Anita’s previous experience includes 11 years' advising and representing local authorities on school staffing matters.


Hazel Lindley-Milton

Hazel Lindley-Milton

Senior Adviser

Hazel plays a key role in the delivery of UCEA’s HR advisory service to member HE employers across all areas of its activity. This involves undertaking research and analysing information, including policy and legal developments and sector practice, to help inform UCEA’s advisory and policy development work relevant to the HE context. Hazel has over ten years’ of HR experience at a number of different HEIs, and is a Chartered Member of the CIPD. Hazel has a MA in Personnel and Development and a Postgraduate Certificate in Employment Law. Hazel is seconded to UCEA on Fridays from her HR role at Birkbeck, University of London.


Emelda Nicholroy

Emelda Nicholroy

Head of Pensions Policy

As Head of Pensions Policy, Emelda's role involves advising and supporting higher education institutions as employers in relation to pensions issues. She represents higher education employers on the schemes offered to their staff, most recently through her appointment as the education employer representative on the LGPS Scheme Advisory Board and the HE employer representative on the TPS Scheme Advisory Board. She also sits on the NEST Employers’ Panel. Emelda brings to the role wide ranging experience from both in-house pensions arrangements and consultancy, and has a background in providing technical pensions expertise to employers and Trustees of large DB, DC and hybrid pensions arrangements.


Richard Paul

Richard Paul

Senior Pensions Technical Adviser

Richard is UCEA's Pensions Technical Adviser and is responsible for providing the UCEA members with advice and guidance on the issues that affect pension provision within the HE sector, as well as engaging with schemes in relation to policy and operational issues. Richard's previous experience includes project managing pension schemes through the Pension Protection Fund Assessment period and providing secretarial and governance consulting services to Trustee Boards of FTSE250 company DB and DC pension schemes.


Laurence Hopkins

Laurence Hopkins

Head of Research

Laurence is UCEA's Head of Research and is responsible for leading our research and survey services to ensure that we provide timely and high-quality research and information for our members on reward and employment issues. Before joining UCEA he was a researcher at The Work Foundation and a senior analyst at the Change Institute. Laurence holds a MSc in Public Policy from UCL, is an Associate Member of the CIPD and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.


Hayfa Mohdzaini

Hayfa Mohdzaini

Senior Researcher

Hayfa is responsible for UCEA's pay and workforce benchmarking, including the Senior Staff Remuneration Survey and the Salary Survey of Higher Education Staff, and provides research and analysis on HE reward and employment issues. Previously Hayfa worked as a researcher in the IDS Pay & Reward team, occasionally supporting IDS Research Services on bespoke pay benchmarking projects. She has also worked as a senior HR officer at a multinational company covering employee relations and organisational development. Hayfa holds a MA in Industrial Relations and Managing Human Resources from Warwick Business School and is an associate member of the CIPD.


Isabel Summers

Isabel Summers

Researcher

Isabel works on UCEA's pay and workforce surveys, including the Senior Staff Remuneration Survey and the Salary Survey of Higher Education Staff. She also provides research and analysis on HE reward and employment issues. Before joining UCEA, Isabel worked as a charity specialist at an online fundraising platform. She holds an MSc in Criminology, Criminal Justice & Social Research from the University of Surrey and an LLB in Law from Cardiff University..


Viola Salvestrini

Viola Salvestrini

Research Assistant

Viola joined UCEA as Research Assistant in August 2017. She is engaged in a wide range of research and benchmarking projects including UCEA's Sickness Absence Survey. Before joining UCEA, Viola worked as a project consultant for the World Bank and as a Teaching Assistant at the London School of Economic and Political Science. She holds a BSc in Economics from the University of Florence, a MSc in Economics from University of Bologna and a MRes in Economics from the LSE.


Sharron Powley

Sharron Powley

Head of Events

As Head of Events, Sharron carries overall responsibility for UCEA's learning and development programme for members plus other member events. She develops and oversees delivery of UCEA's annual programme comprising conferences, seminars, master classes, workshops and courses. This includes provision via 'open' courses and bespoke provision delivered on institutions' own premises. Sharron has a background in HR in the HE sector and also in membership services, having previously worked at Deputy HR Director level in a pre-92 HEI, including a remit for L&D, and formerly at the British Medical Association. Sharron is a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD and holds an MA in Strategic Human Resource Management.


Marc Whittaker

Marc Whittaker

Communications and Events Manager

Marc's role is split between communications and events functions. He monitors and responds to media coverage of industrial relations and pay and pensions in the sector, supports members with their communications messaging and manages the production of UCEA publications. Additionally he develops and organises the delivery of the UCEA programme of training conferences and other members' events. He previously held marketing, communications and events focussed posts at a HEI and at the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education and is a committee member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing's HE Members Interest Group.


Lucy Thompson

Lucy Thompson

Business Administrator (Events)

Lucy is the administrator for UCEA's programme of conferences, seminars, workshops and other events. She manages delegate bookings and liaises with speakers and venues.


Tina Akpogheneta

Tina Akpogheneta

Head of Business Support

Tina is UCEA's Head of Business Support and is responsible for ensuring the operational effectiveness of UCEA, including its financial and IT management. Prior to joining UCEA, Tina served as Head of Business Support & Development at the Association of Medical Research Charities, and interim manager at the Association of British Neurologists.


Graeme Drury

Graeme Drury

Business Support Officer

Graeme ensures the smooth running of the UCEA office and meeting rooms. He is responsible for finance administration and supports projects across the organisation.


Victoria Gillespie

Victoria Gillespie

Business Administrator (Research and JNCHES)

Victoria is responsible for providing administrative support to the JNCHES secretary and Research team.