Professor Jonathan Michie OBE 

Pro-Vice-Chancellor, University of Oxford
President, Kellogg College, University of Oxford
Chair, UALL

Jonathan Michie is Professor of Innovation and Knowledge Exchange, and Pro-Vice-Chancellor, at the University of Oxford, where he is also President of Kellogg College.  Jonathan is Chair of the Universities Association for Lifelong Learning, a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, Managing Editor of the International Review of Applied Economics, and was an Interdisciplinary Panel Member for REF2021. Jonathan was co-secretary to the Centenary Commission on Adult Education, and was awarded an OBE for services to education and lifelong learning.

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Dr Mary Mahoney PhD, MSc, Med

Lifelong Learning Consultant, Governor, Walsall College
Deputy Chair, Wolverhampton Adult Education Service Board
UALL Secretary and Trustee

Dr Mahoney’s background is in public health policy and the vital role of learning as a key determinant of population health. She has expertise in leadership and management in departments of lifelong learning, adult community learning and employer-responsive provision and until late 2022 was the Director of Access and Lifelong Learning at the University of Wolverhampton. She is now a freelance consultant in adult and lifelong learning and innovation. Her recent work has focused on policies and practice that enable access to education and learning for adults across the lifespan for a range of reasons.

She has led on a range of strategic initiatives and have worked on both WHO Healthy City and UNESCO Learning City initiatives focusing on place-based developments and the role of learning in economic and social transformation. She has an extensive track record in leadership in teaching, research and knowledge exchange and have an extensive publication track record. She has worked in universities in Australia, England and Wales. She is a member of the Editorial Board of the Widening Participation and Lifelong Learning Journal, a Fellow of the RSA based on my contribution to Lifelong Learning, and on the Board of Walsall College and the Wolverhampton Adult Education Service

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Professor Bonnie Slade, PhD, MA, BA, FHEA

Professor of Adult Education for Social Change (People, Place & Social Change), University of Glasgow 
UALL Treasurer

Professor Slade is interested in how adult education, across a variety of contexts (workplace, higher education, community) can work as a tool for social change and individual empowerment. Her interdisciplinary research draws on adult education, labour studies, migration studies, gender studies and arts-informed research traditions to explore issues related to informal learning, migration, STEM and the labour market. Since 2001 she has presented her research at more than sixty national and international conferences, and has published work in academic journals and edited books. She sits on the Editorial Boards of the International Journal of Lifelong Education, the European Journal for Research on the Education and Learning of Adults (RELA), and the Malta Review of Educational Research.  She is the Reviews Editor for the Journal of Adult and Continuing Education. She is  also the Programme Leader for the International Master in Adult Education for Social Change (Erasmus Mundus)


Professor Darryll Bravenboer

Director of Apprenticeships & Professor of Higher Education Skills
The Centre for Apprenticeships and Skills, Middlesex University

Professor Darryll Bravenboer is Director of Apprenticeships at Middlesex University. His current responsibilities include developing and delivering the University’s strategy as a major provider of higher-level skills in the region and nationally. This includes supporting the development and delivery of higher and degree apprenticeships as well as other aspects of academic enterprise, such as the accreditation of in-company training, in order to provide comprehensive workforce development solutions for employers. In addition, hel is a Principal Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy and has extensive experience of developing vocational and work-based higher education provision in response to the needs of a wide range of employment sectors in diverse professional contexts.


Professor Ruth Hewston, BA, MA, PhD, FRSA, SFHEA, CPsychol, AFBPsS 

Professor and Head of Department, Centre for Lifelong Learning, University of Warwick
Professor Ruth Hewston (warwick.ac.uk)

Professor Hewston has been a Professor at the University of Warwick since 2020, having worked in both teaching and research led HE institutions for over twenty years. Ruth’s professional and research interests centre on inclusive education and the psychology of education, particularly in relation to teaching and learning. She has written extensively in her field, including co-author of texts on flexible problem-based learning approaches in student’s co-construction of their learning and the influence of gender on educational inclusion, engagement and achievement. She is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA) and a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of the Arts (FRSA). She is also an Associate Fellow (AFBPsS) and Chartered Psychologist (CPsychol) with the British Psychological Society.

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Jenny Hoy

Head of the Centre for Open Learning (Head of School)
Dean of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion for the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Edinburgh

Jenny’s academic background is in Music performance (as a percussionist) and she started her teaching career at 17 whilst she was a student at Leeds Conservatoire. From here, Jenny balanced her teaching commitments as a Lecturer with leading and developing the conservatoire’s public Short Courses, Foundation Certificate and Saturday Music School provision for young musicians which was the first in a UK conservatoire to include music production with a focus on encouraging young female producers and improving accessibility to the Arts. Committed to inclusion and learning from the experience of others, Jenny is a firm believer in the transformative power of education. Throughout her career, Jenny has taught and developed community education and outreach projects across the UK, including a Paul Hamlyn funded research project into educational transitions which informed her postgraduate studies in education. Jenny continues to perform and record as a musician when she can (Corinne Bailey-Rae, Beccy Owen and The Refuge, La Banda Europa, Netflix’s Outlaw King).


Professor Uzo Iwobi, CBE

Chief Executive, Race Council Cymru
Honorary Fellow, University of Wales Trinity St David

Professor Uzo Iwobi is the Chief Executive of Race Council Cymru – an Antiracism umbrella body in Wales. She is a founding member and coordinator of Black History Wales. She oversees the work of the Windrush Cymru elders, and served as project director of the Windrush Exhibition ‘Our Voices, Our Stories, Our History’. She is one of two people from Wales highlighted by National Lottery Heritage Cymru for her voluntary contributions to culture and heritage in Wales. 

Iwobi was appointed an honorary Fellowship and a Professor at Practice at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD). She is a Fellow of Royal College of Arts; Fellow of Glyndwr University, Fellow of Bridgend College and a Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales.

She is a qualified lawyer and was a Strategic Advisor to the Police National Diversity Team based at the Home Office. She served on the Commission for Racial Equality UK. In 2023, Uzo was appointed at independent Adviser to the Senedd Parliamentary Commission.

Iwobi is the first Black woman to be appointed as a Specialist Policy Adviser on Equalities to Welsh Government advising the Minister for Social Justice and the First Minister. In October 2021, she was ranked the 6th out of 15 most influential Black Icons in Wales by Walesonline. In 2022, Queen Elizabeth II honoured her in her Platinum Jubilee Honours List with a CBE for her services to race equality and championing diversity and inclusion.

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Professor Willy Kitchen, LLB, MA, PhD, PFHEA

Head, Department for Lifelong Learning at the University of Sheffield

Willy is Head of the Department for Lifelong Learning at the University of Sheffield, where he has led the department’s mature access and foundation year programmes for nearly 25 years.  He joined UALL’s Executive Committee in 2015, served as its Treasurer (2017-22) and is a founder member of the national Foundation Year Network (2007), acting as its Chair (2017-20).  Willy has performed external assurance roles for a number of HEIs (Cardiff, Durham, Glamorgan, Keele, Leeds, Loughborough, OU, Oxford and Ulster) and is currently the external examiner for the foundation year at the University of Cambridge.


Dr Sharon Clancy, FHEA, BA Hons, MA, BSc, MA, PhD 

Associate Professor, Education, Leadership and Management, University of Nottingham

Dr Sharon Clancy specialises in post-16 and adult education. Her writing focuses on class, culture and social justice issues with a socio-historical lens. She leads the Research Circle on Fostering Democracy, Debate and Dialogue which emerged from the Centenary Commission on Adult Education. Sharon was Head of Community Engagement at the University of Nottingham between 2007 and 2013. A voluntary sector/public engagement leader before entering academia, she was CEO of Mansfield Council for Voluntary Services between 2000 and 2007. Sharon is currently Chair of the Raymond Williams Foundation and Vice Chair of the Association for Research in the Voluntary and Community sector (ARVAC). She is also a commissioner for the Centenary Commission, Co-chair of SCUTREA and Co-editor of the Studies in the Education of Adults journal.

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Helen Bowman

Deputy Director, Partnerships, Lifelong Learning Centre, University of Leeds

Helen oversees local community and partnership outreach and adult learner work, advice and guidance, academic skills and apprenticeship provision in the Lifelong Learning Centre. The Centre works to encourage participation in Higher Education from under-represented groups. This involves developing the strategic direction for mature student provision across the University, contributing to the Access and Student Success Strategy and Access and Participation Plan. The Lifelong Learning Centre grew out of the School of Continuing Education and has a long history of working with local and regional partners to open up routes into the University of Leeds.


Lois McGrath, LLB, SFHEA

Short Courses Lead, Bangor University
Professional Development Portfolio Manager, College of Medicine and Health, Bangor University

Lois chairs the Employability Group for the College of Medicine and Health at Bangor University and a Part-time Provision Working Group for the institution. She is a member of the QAA Micro-credentials Special Interest Group in Wales and is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.



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