AURIL2017 Annual Conference
5th and 6th October 2017


Bristol Marriott Royal
College Green, Bristol, BS1 5TA 

Contact: Fiona Lees
  0141 548 4754

Employability and Higher Education - Speakers

Maureen Tibby: Consultant in Academic Practice (Employability)
The Higher Education Academy.

Maureen has worked in Education for over 30 years in a variety of roles from Careers Adviser to Lecturer and Work Experience Coordinator to Curriculum Development Manager. She was Senior Lecturer then Course Director of the UCE Postgraduate Diploma in Careers Guidance course and has developed and delivered employability training for academic staff.

Maureen was Head of the Careers and Employability Centre at Aston University for seven years and developed and implemented the university Employability and Enterprise Strategy.  In 2009 Maureen was awarded the Chancellor’s Medal for Sustained Outstanding Service to Aston University. She also conducted employability related activity for the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and was a writer and co-editor of the AGCAS/HECSU/UCAS What do Graduates Do publication. She is former Chair of the Heads of West Midlands University Careers Services group (WMUCS).

Maureen took up the role of Academic Lead Employability with the Higher Education Academy in September 2012.  The HEA restructured during 2014 and Maureen was appointed to the role of HEA Consultant in Academic Practice leading on employability.

The Higher Education Academy (HEA) is the national body for enhancing learning and teaching in higher education. It is committed to excellent learning and teaching, supporting UK HE organisations with an emphasis on improving the student experience. The HEA supports effective employability policy and practice in higher education and works with senior managers and practitioners to develop strategic approaches to employability and the dissemination of good practice.  

Kath Boullen: Chief Executive of St Helens Chamber, Lancashire.

St Helens Chamber provides services to improve the economic prosperity of businesses and people in the area. Activities include representing 1,100 Member companies, Business Support, Training, Employment and supporting new business starts. The Chamber has 120 staff and an annual turnover of £6m.  

Kath is a member of the Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership, Local Monitoring Committee for the North West European Programme and the Liverpool City Region Employment & Skills Board, and is a Governor of Carmel College.
Prior to joining the Chamber, Kath worked for Government Departments at area, regional and Head Office level on a range of training and enterprise initiatives. She has also worked for a Regional Tourist Board and a printing company.
St Helens Chamber has won six national British Chambers of Commerce Awards over the last five years, including ‘Best Campaign’ in 2013 for our work in reducing youth unemployment, and has the highest Membership rate in the country.

Professor Alison Price, NCEE.

Alison’s role at NCEE is working directly with faculty staff to support curriculum change and develop the role of the educator as a catalyst within the development of entrepreneurial university/institution.  As Director of Educator Development she is responsible for the International Entrepreneurship Educators Programme (IEEP) and co-creates the Annual International Entrepreneurship Educators Conference (IEEC) for over 200 delegates.  

She works to create culture change and support those working in the education environment.  Prior to this appointment, Alison was Head of Enterprise Education at Leeds Metropolitan University, providing academic leadership for the HEFCE funded Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, the "Institute for Enterprise". Within this role, Alison developed a set of resources for the HEA for those “new to enterprise education” which formed a resource to support HEA subject centre roll out of this agenda, and worked across the employability-enterprise spectrum to embed enterprise within the institution.

Alison has well over a decade's experience of enterprise teaching and curriculum development gained from working within Russell group and post ’92 Universities, which has been enhanced by insight gained from MIT entrepreneurial programme at Sloan Management School. Alison has published within the field of strategic management, corporate social responsibility and small business start-up. She is also Visiting Professor of Enterprise Education at Liverpool John Moores University.

Charmaine Myers, Sheffield Hallam University.

Charmaine was born in North Yorkshire and grew up in Sheffield.  She studied Organisational Theory at the University of Bradford.  Then, after a long spell in the private sector during the 80’s and a short spell with the Citizen’s Advice Bureau in the early 90’s Charmaine moved into teaching.  Her teaching career took her to the University of Cagliari on the beautiful island of Sardinia, Italy.

She returned to the UK in September 2004 and worked on the regional programme for Common Purpose, a leadership development organisation.  She moved back full-time to her roots in Sheffield late 2008 to take up the role of leading Sheffield Hallam University's Venture Matrix scheme, which embeds employability and enterprise within the curriculum throughout the University.  She has developed the scheme over the last 6 years and her efforts were recognised in 2010, when she was awarded the National Enterprise Educators Award.  In her spare time, Charmaine sits on the South Yorkshire Young Enterprise Board, is a volunteer at the Sheena Amos Youth Trust, is a Mentor with Careers Academies UK and is a Governor at Newfield High School, Sheffield.

Robert Hough: Chairman of Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership.

Robert Hough is currently a non-executive Director of Peel Holdings and Chairman of Peel Airports, as well as non-executive Director of Styles & Wood Group PLC. He is also serving as Deputy Chairman of the Board of Governors of the University of Manchester.  He joined Peel Holdings as Director in 1986 and was Executive Deputy Chairman from 1989 to 2009, and was Chairman of the Manchester Ship Canal from 1987-2002.  He is currently Chairman of Liverpool Airport Limited.

He has also served on the Board of many companies listed on The Stock Exchange, including Alfred McAlpine PLC and Provident Financial and as Chairman of the Cheshire Building Society. Previously, Robert has held a number of different posts, including as a member of the North West Business Leadership Team from 2000-2009 and it’s Chairman for over three years until 2003. He was appointed a Board Member of the Northwest Regional Development Agency in 2007 and became Chairman of the Agency in 2009 until 2012.  He was also Chairman of the Organising Committee of Manchester’s Commonwealth Games from 1995-1999 and Chair of the Urban Regeneration Company for New East Manchester from 2002-2009.

Robert was also previously a Board Member of the Learning & Skills National Council and a Member of The Northern Way Steering Group. Robert is a Deputy Lieutenant for Greater Manchester and during 2004-2005 served as the High Sheriff of Greater Manchester. He has received Honorary Doctorates from Manchester Metropolitan University and from the University of Salford.

Professor Mike Clements: Staffordshire University.

Mike is Emeritus Professor Enterprise Education, PhD, NTF, PFHEA and is one of the co-architects of the Staffordshire Graduate/Employability Project as well as directing the University graduate start-up programme (SPEED) since 2006. More recently he led the €1.3m ASPIRE Enterprise programme in six universities in Jordan, Lebanon and Palestine West Bank.


Rosy Crehan: Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Staffordshire University.

Rosy Crehan has been Deputy Vice Chancellor at Staffordshire University since September 2014 having been appointed as Executive Pro Vice Chancellor in June 2011.  Rosy has responsibility for academic portfolio, quality assurance and enhancement, academic research and advanced scholarship, the UK and international partnership portfolio and management of the University’s academic Faculties.

Dr Steve Wyn Williams: Dean of Academic Policy & Development, Staffordshire University.

Dr Steve Wyn Williams is Dean of Academic Policy and Development at Staffordshire University. He is a Fellow of both the Royal Geographical Society and the RSA.  His current role involves providing institutional leadership in the areas of academic strategy, learning and teaching and advanced scholarship and research.  


Dr John Cater
: Vice-Chancellor, Edge Hill University.

Dr John Cater is the Vice Chancellor of Edge Hill University, having been appointed in 1993. As a social geographer, he has published extensively on race, housing, economic development and public policy and co-authored major research studies for the Social Science Research Council, the Commission for Racial Equality and their successor bodies.
He has been a Director of the Higher Education Careers Service since 1994 and was Chair of Liverpool: City of Learning from 2003-2005. He chaired the Standing Conference of Principals from 2001-2003, having been Vice-Chair from 1997-2001. He was a Director of the Teacher Training Agency and its successor body, the Training and Development Agency for Schools, from 1999-2006 and chaired both the Accreditation and the Audit Committees. He is also the Chair of UUK’s Teacher Education Advisory Group. He was a member of Department of Health’s Expert Advisory Panel on Nurse Education and Training from 1995-97, and has sat on Universities UK’s Health and Social Care Committee since 2004. He also represents all Vice-Chancellors on the Joint DH/DfE Social Work Reform Board. He represented the sector on HEFCE’s Good Management Practice Panel from 1999-2003, and sat on both the HEROBaC and HEIF1 and HEIF2 Panels.
He is past Chair of the Knowsley 14-19 Collegiate Consortium and the Greater Merseyside and West Lancashire Lifelong Learning Network, and a member of the QAA’s Advisory Committee on Degree-Awarding Powers.

Professor James O’Kane: Director of Edge Hill Business School, Edge Hill University.

James is currently a Professor of Operations Management and Director of the Business School at Edge Hill University. Prior to joining Edge Hill, he was Associate Dean for Scholarship, Enterprise & Research in the Faculty of Business, Education and Law at Staffordshire University.

He has worked in Higher Education for 27 years, 12 years in an engineering and computing school and 15 years in three Business Schools.  Prior to academia he worked in the Defence industry where he developed signal processing mathematical models for HF radar systems. James is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Operational Research Society. His PhD is in Business Modelling and Artificial Intelligence applied to Flexible Manufacturing Systems and his main research interests are business improvement and simulation of manufacturing systems.

He has over 20 years’ experience of leading and managing knowledge transfer projects (TCS/KTP) with both SMEs and larger organisations and in his previous role at Staffordshire University he had responsibility for a very successful corporate centre that partnered with a wide range of public and private sector clients.