John Jackson, Bangor University - Chair of Trustees

Manager of the Employability Award, Bangor University

John is the Manager of the Bangor Employability Award scheme in the Careers & Employability Service at Bangor University, North Wales.After returning to university as a mature student he was elected president of Bangor Students’ Union in 2008 and served two terms. He successfully applied for the job of running Bangor University’s new employability scheme in 2010, drawing upon his SU experiences and his awareness of the need to recognise HE students’ achievement, alongside the need for planning and reflection.John’s governance history includes having sat on the Council of Bangor University, chaired the board of directors of the SU’s commercial services company, and chaired the boards of trustees of both its parent charity company and Bangor Students’ Union itself; he is currently a local governor of a primary school in North Wales, and an active member of HEA Wales' Future Directions initiative.




Alastair Robertson - Vice-chair of Trustees

Director of Teaching & Learning Enhancement, University of Abertay

Dr Alastair Robertson is the Director of Teaching and Learning Enhancement at the Abertay University with responsibility for overseeing the development and successful implementation of the institution’s Teaching and Learning Enhancement strategy and related plans. Prior to his recent appointment at Abertay, Alastair worked for a number of years supporting quality enhancement at the national level through positions at the Higher Education Academy (2005-13) and QAA Scotland (2003-05). Although his role is wide ranging in terms of enhancing quality and the student experience, he has particular interests in the areas of strategic change, graduate employability and personal development. He has worked with the CRA since 2003 on a range of initiatives at a national level around PDP and, more recently, participated in CRA’s excellent HEAR Academy, as chair of Abertay’s HEAR working group. His background is in scientific research (solid state inorganic chemistry) and he previously held positions at the Universities of Aberdeen and St Andrews. Outside of work he has a busy family life and a passion for the outdoors, whatever the season! 




Mark Darley - Trustee 

Group HR Manager (Scotland and Northern Ireland) Enterprise Rent-A-Car

Mark is Group HR Manager (Scotland and Northern Ireland) at Enterprise Rent-A-Car, he loves being part of the journey that graduates take, from the initial meeting right through to congratulating them on their first branch manager appointment. To Mark being involved in the evolution of his organisation’s future talent and management is extremely satisfying. Through his role he is constantly learning new business skills and working on new and exciting projects. When Mark was looking for a career, he wanted a role where he would be able to work with the best people in the industry allowing him to progress quickly and he believes that enterprise has offered him this opportunity excelling this career.  





Alison James, London College of Fashion

Associate Dean Learning & Teaching, London College of Fashion

Alison James is Associate Dean Learning & Teaching at the London College of Fashion, a National Teaching Fellow and Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in the UK.  Her higher education career has focused on working with creative arts staff and students in a variety of guises, across all levels and many subjects – as educational and staff developer, researcher and policy maker and teacher. She is the author, with Professor Stephen Brookfield, of Engaging Imagination: helping students become creative and reflective thinkers (2014) as well as numerous papers and book chapters on her areas of interest: auto/biography and narrative in learning, PDP, critical reflection and her exploration of Lego Serious Play in HE, as an accredited Lego Serious Play facilitator.



Pauline Kneale - Trustee

Pro Vice- Chancellor, Teaching & Learning, PedRIO & Educational Development, University of Plymouth

Pauline started her career as an undergraduate geographer at University College London, moving to Bristol as a PHD student and stayed as a temporary lecturer for a year before migrating to Environmental Sciences at Trinity College Dublin, and then via Kingston, to Geography at the University of Leeds in 1985. Pauline moved to the University of Plymouth in autumn 2009 as Director, The Higher Education Academy Subject Centre for Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, and a professor in The School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences. In 2010 I took up the PVC post, and shortly afterwards the Directorship of the Pedagogic Research Institute and Observatory (PedRIO).
Early interest research in slopes, hydrology and mires have slowly been dominated by moving to focus on learning, teaching and enterprise issues with particular emphasis on developing innovative teaching and pedagogical research, and encouraging colleagues to engage in Academy Senior teaching Fellowship in the first round in 2007.

As ProDean Learning and Teaching for the Faculty of Environment at the University of Leeds, (2002-8) which included the 3 GEES disciplines and Transport Studies, Pauline was responsible for all aspects of learning and teaching quality assurance, promoting and enhancing student learning and the student experience. In parallel to this role, Pauline was Director of the Leeds White Rose Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning of Enterprise (2005-2010). This project worked with colleagues in Leeds, Sheffield and York to embed enterprise education across the curricula of all disciplines, and with students to develop their practical enterprise skills. As part of this project Pauline developed a suite of enterprise elective modules for undergraduates, developed materials for medical students, and created a Masters module for Dental students. WRCETLE- related projects centres on embedding enterprise in Leeds, working with medical colleagues in South Africa, and with Information Scientists in Ethiopia. Other research projects include exploring pedagogy issues around intrapreneurship, Masters level teaching and student skills agenda.



Susan Riddell- Trustee

Head of Student Engagement, Canterbury Christ Church University

Sue is currently Head of Student Engagement and before that she was Head of Department for Nursing & Applied Clinical Studies at Canterbury Christ Church University (CCCU) and has been working there for 15 years in a variety of posts.Originally Sue trained as a nurse and entered nurse education in the 1980’s before nurse education itself moved into Higher Education, taking her with it!  Within nurse education she has worked in Kent, Essex and Aberdeen before returning to Kent in 1997 since which time she has been employed at CCCU.  Whilst in Aberdeen she completed a Masters in Education (HE) at the University.Originally a Senior Lecturer in Adult Nursing, Sue has worked as a Teaching Fellow with responsibility for introducing PDP across the institution and as the Learning & Teaching co-ordinator for the Faculty of Health & Social Care.  It was in the Teaching Fellow role that she first became involved with the CRA and is a veteran of the Residentials each year.  Sue also led a project within the University which formed part of the CRAs National Action Research Network.  This project concerned the role of the personal tutor in the students’ Personal Development Planning.Currently within the Interprofessional Undergraduate programme at CCCU Sue has been instrumental in the introduction first of the concept of PDP into the programme in 2009 and then more recently the incorporation of an e-portfolio.  In particular this an aspect of key significance to Health & Social Care professionals who are likely to be required to produce regular evidence of their CPD in order to maintain registration with a governing body eg Nursing and Midwifery Council once they have qualified. 




Joy Robbins - Trustee

Lecturer in Personal Development Planning, University of Bradford 

Joy is a lecturer in Personal Development Planning (PDP) at the Centre for Educational Development at the University of Bradford. She works with academic staff to enhance student-centred, PDP-driven learning at the module, programme and institutional level. Key to this is advising on the university’s implementation of the Higher Education Achievement Record (HEAR), and working collaboratively with faculties to implement and improve use of PebblePad, the university’s eportfolio system.  




Dave Stanbury- Trustee

University of Essex  

Dave has worked in higher education for over 15 years.  He co-led the roll-out of a credit bearing careers education module component across the University of Reading and edited the Careers Education Benchmark Statement (AGCAS, 2005).  He also took a lead role in securing £3.9 million to establish the Centre for Career Management Skills at the University of Reading, a HEFCE funded CETL.  He was the concept originator for the Destinations© career learning resource which has been sold to over 60 HEIs in the UK, Ireland, Holland and Australia.  He was also appointed University Teaching Fellow at Reading.  Dave has delivered numerous training sessions, and conference key notes and workshops across the UK and beyond.  He recently led the PDP DNA project with the CRA investigating staff and student views on personal development, and took a key role in the EU funded Tempus project to establish careers services in the main universities in Georgia.  He is a member of the Employment Skills Board which is part of the South East LEP.

Dave is currently responsible for:

  • Strategic direction of the E&CC and shaping University strategy on employability, and anything directly connected with this, including achievement of KPIs
  • Line managing all Senior E&CC Managers
  • Overseeing the implementation of SK700
  • Engagement with strategic internal and external stakeholders
  • Funding, budgets and bids

Dave is especially interested in identity formation and narrative learning.




Fiona Harvey - Trustee

University of Southampton 

Fiona Harvey is the President of the Association for Learning Technology (ALT), Digital Literacies and innovation expert and leader in the Institute of Learning Innovation and Development at the University of Southampton.  She created the Student Champions Network which provides students to gain valuable experience in developing their own skills and the skills of academics and members of the University in a range of activities, from Innovation and Digital Literacies to Sustainability and Feedback. She is also involved in strategic oversight and management of innovation in the curriculum through the Curriculum Innovation modules and is leading the institutional use of Digital Badges.  She is credited with the creation of the hugely successful and now national, iPads and Alternative Devices Coffee Clubs and works externally with organisations to develop skills and support innovation in the curriculum around the world.


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