Sir Brian Fender
Sir Brian Fender was Chief Executive of the Higher Education Funding Council for England from 1995-2001. Prior to that he was Vice-Chancellor of Keele University (1985–95), Associate Director and Director of the Institut Laue-Langevin in Grenoble, France and Chairman of the Science Board of the UK's Science and Engineering Research Council. He is currently a member of the University Grants Committee, Hong Kong, President of the National Foundation for Educational Research, Chairman of the National Council for Drama Training and a Director of Higher Aims Ltd, a private consultancy involved in higher education and research management. Sir Brian is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics, the Royal Society of Chemistry and a Companion of the Chartered Management Institute. He has honorary degrees or fellowships from eleven universities and colleges.
Professor Chris Birch, University of Greenwich, UK
For the past ten years, Professor Chris Birch has worked at executive level in two universities, including Pro and Deputy Vice-Chancellor roles. Currently, he is Director of Enterprise and Innovation at the University of Greenwich Business School, London. His responsibilities have included research, enterprise, employer engagement, income generation, regional development, estates and marketing. He has been integrally involved in significant change management programmes, borne out of both necessity and in recognition of the need to become more efficient and effective, in order that more self-generated resource can be used sustainably to support investment activity.
Bill Walker, University of Hull, UK
Bill Walker is Director of Knowledge Exchange at the University of Hull. He joined the university in 2003 after spending 28 years in the publishing industry, mostly as a journalist but latterly as Operations Director. Bill was Editor of the IKT Bulletin. He is chair of Yorkshire Universities’ Knowledge Transfer Directors Group; chair of HumberPort, an organisation of the leading ports-based businesses promoting the UK’s busiest trading estuary on the international stage and was founding member of For Entrepreneurs Only, made up of the region’s most successful entrepreneurs, who provide expert guidance to start-up businesses in the University’s Enterprise Centre.
Professor Robert J. Howlett, Bournemouth University, UK
Robert Howlett is the Executive Chair of KES International, an organisation dedicated to knowledge exchange and the dissemination of research results in the areas of intelligent systems, sustainability in energy and buildings and innovation through knowledge transfer. He is a Director of the Institute of Knowledge Transfer and holds a Visiting Professorship in Enterprise at Bournemouth University. At the University of Brighton, he headed a research group in intelligent systems and was Director of the Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) Centre. He formed and was for a number of years chair of the KTP national Forum, representing KTP centres from all universities in the country. He has been involved with innovation and knowledge transfer, as a practitioner, facilitator and manager, for over 20 years. He has personally supervised many knowledge transfer projects and written and mentored many more.