Board of Trustees

Professor Roger King

Chair of the Board of Trustees
Visiting Professor at University of Bath
D.Univ (Lincoln), M.Soc Sc (Birmingham), B.Sc Hons Economics (London)

Roger’s key areas of expertise are higher education management and governance, risk management and regulation, higher education policy and globalisation. He has a distinguished career in higher education, including advising at all levels and in many emerging contexts. Roger has worked with and consulted for universities, colleges, governments and regulatory agencies globally.

Roger was was the founding Vice-Chancellor at the University of Lincoln, including Chair of its Academic Board, from 1989 to 2001. He is founding Chair of the Institute for Learning and Teaching in Higher Education UK (now the Higher Education Academy) and Member of the Learning and Teaching Committee at the Higher Education Funding Council for England.

Roger has been an expert reviewer for the European Network for Quality Assurance, was a member of the MCEETYA review of Australian National Higher Education Protocols, and chaired the International Review Panel for Ontario Quality Assurance system and its Quality Council in Canada.

Roger is currently a Visiting Professor at the University of Bath (Risk and Governance) and supervises five Doctoral students. He has also held appointment as Adjunct Professor at a number of Australian Universities including Queensland, QUT, Griffith and Sunshine Coast. He is a Research Associate at the Centre for the Analysis of Risk and Regulation, London School of Economics and Political Science.

Since 2013, Roger has been a Member of the UK parliamentary Higher Education Commission and joint author of its report on Higher Education Regulation. He also authored a number of books and other publications on higher education governance globally, including with Simon Marginson and Hamish Coates. He is Chairman, Deputy Chair and Member of three respective Board of Governors, including member of Governor’s Academic Risk and Scrutiny Committee at St Mary’s University. He is currently the Director of Wells Advisory Higher Education management consulting firm in the UK.

Alison Allden OBE

Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees
Higher Education Consultant & Non-Executive Director
MCLIP, MIFA, FBCS, MSc Computing and Management (London School of Economics), BA Hons Archaeology (Bristol)

Alison Allden has had a particularly distinguished career in the UK higher education sector and was awarded an OBE for her services to Higher Education in 2016. She is currently a Trustee on the Board of Northumbria University in Newcastle where she chairs the Strategic Performance Committee and is Deputy Chair of Regent’s University London. She is also a member of the Bar Standards Board which regulates barristers and particularly provides expertise in education and training.

Alison was most recently the CEO of the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) that is responsible for the collection and publication of information for the UK higher education sector.  Prior to that she held senior executive roles in a number of prestigious UK universities, including Bristol, Warwick and Goldsmiths. Her leadership responsibilities ranged across the full student experience, recruitment and commercial provision and IT and learning resources.

As well as these substantive leadership roles in higher education she has led major innovative digital initiatives across the HE sector including most recently the adoption of metrics and data analytics to support strategic performance and for regulatory purposes. She was on the Board of JISC and a member of the Higher Education Funding Council for England’s Leadership, Governance and Management Strategic Advisory Committee and chaired innovation committees for Economic and Social Research Council and the Arts and Humanities Research Council.  Prior to her career in higher education she was an IT professional and began her working life as an archaeologist.

Alison offers Board level advice and development on governance issues across the higher education sector underpinned by real experience. She further offers expertise to organisations based on her track record of consultancy across a range of providers, covering issues that have included strategic planning to achieve improved outcomes and the resultant organisational change, the analysis and enhancement of the student experience and the adoption of metrics based performance management. She also provides expert advice on information systems, data management, information strategy and the enhancement of digital teaching, learning and student support. In a personal capacity she provides mentoring and coaching to a number of senior staff in higher education. Alison is a Principal Advisor at Wells Advisory Higher Education management consulting firm in the UK.

Professor Phil Deans

President and Vice Chancellor
BA, PhD University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Before taking up the role of President and Vice Chancellor Phil Deans served as the Provost of Richmond from 2011 to 2019 where he led the successful application for Taught Degree Awarding Powers, and registration with the Office for Students.  He oversaw the creation of Richmond’s dual degree award and worked with faculty on revising Richmond’s unique international liberal arts curriculum of  four-year undergraduate programmes.  He has a BA in Politics and East Asian Studies and a PhD in International Relations from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, and spent time as an undergraduate in China (1987-89) and as a graduate research fellow in Japan (1991-93).  He was fortunate to have the opportunity learn Chinese and Japanese at university, and is keen to make similar international  opportunities open to students at Richmond. Before joining Richmond he was the Chief Academic Officer at the Tokyo Campus of Temple University, Director of the Contemporary China Institute and Associate Dean at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, and Lecturer in East Asian Politics at the University of Kent.

Phil has dedicated his career to furthering international education opportunities for students and promoting  diversity and international perspectives on learning, teaching and curriculum development and content.    He is a proud single father to three children, and a season ticket holder at Fulham FC.

Dr Ana Oliveira

Provost and Deputy Vice Chancellor
MSc Oxford, PhD Imperial College

Ana completed her undergraduate studies in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science at the University of Porto. Ana then went on to receive a MSc from Oxford University followed by a PhD at Imperial College in Nonlinear Dynamics and Neural Networks. In 1998 Ana joined the University College of London for a post-doc in the centre for Nonlinear Dynamics where she also taught the MSc of Nonlinear Dynamics.

After years of doing research and teaching Ana began her career in Management Consulting in McKinsey & Co, followed by 6 years in retail banking both in the US and UK. In 2008 Ana came back to academia and started teaching Mathematics at RAIUL.

Professor Huang Futao

Research Institute for Higher Education at Hiroshima University Japan
Ph.D (Xiamen University), M.Edu (Anhui Normal University)

Professor Futao started his academic career as a Research Associate at Wuhu Teachers’ College, China from 1984-85 and worked his way to an Assistant Professor and Lecturer at Xiamen University from 1995-99. He then became an Associate Professor for the Research Institute for Higher Education at Hiroshima University, Japan in 2001 and subsequently earned his Doctoral degree in education.

Futao has been a Professor at the Research Institute for Higher Education, Hiroshima University, Japan since 2001. Futao’s major academic fields include internationalisation of higher education, academic profession and designing university and colleges’ curriculum in the comparative perspective.

Futao is also a Co-Investigator at the Centre for Global Higher Education, University College London.

Janet Ilieva

Founder and Director of Education Insight
Ph.D in Economics (MMU), MA (Varna University of Economics)

Janet Ilieva is the founder and director of Education Insight, a research consultancy specialising in international higher education. Her focus over the past years has been on national policies for higher education engagement and developments in transnational education.

Janet started her career as a university lecturer in economics before joining the British Council in 2004, to lead the department’s work for higher education research and market intelligence. Under her leadership, the British Council published several widely cited reports and publications, including the “Shape of things to come” which informed institutional and national strategies on international higher education.

Janet joined the Higher Education Funding Council for England in May 2013 as head of the HEFCE Observatory. There, she published on international student demand for higher education in England with a strong focus on transnational education. Her latest work for HEFCE studied the contribution of transnational education to first degree programmes in England and the propensity of these students to stay on for postgraduate degrees.

Janet is an adviser on the Philippine – UK Transnational Education Programme run by the British Council and the Commission on Higher Education of the Philippines.

Elizabeth Robertson

MSc.Education, Power and Social Change (London), BA International Politics, BA International Studies (Pennsylvania State University)

Elizabeth has extensive expertise in the UK and US Higher Education sector, particularly in quality assurance, institutional effectiveness, US/UK credit translations, programme validations and international partnerships. She assisted in the approval of the only university in the UK to offer both UK and US degrees. She can navigate the US and UK HE regulatory bodies and create policies that adhere to both systems, and has established MSCHE compliant ‘college of record’ processes.

Ian Leroni

Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee
CA (SA), BCom in Economics and Finance (Wits), BAcc in Accountancy (Wits)

Ian is a qualified chartered accountant with over 30 years of expertise in the financial sector, particularly in the areas of financial and internal control, financial reporting and financial transformation processes.  He has held senior finance roles in the United Kingdom, France and the United States dealing with all aspects of finance reporting, risks and internal control and corporate governance (including leading relationships with external auditors and regulators).

Ian is also currently the Chair of Finance for the Board of Governors of an independent school for girls aged 3 to 18.

Helen Dalrymple

Secretary to the Board of Trustees