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The Board of UCAS Media comprises the following directors, some of whom are also Trustees of the UCAS Board.
- Andy Forbes (Chair)
- Katie Bell
- Clare Marchant
- Helena Sturridge
- Professor Karen Stanton
- Kevin Allison
- Sander Kristel
- Jessica Turner
Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Chief Commercial Officer
Katie’s private sector experience covers over 20 years of marketing management and leadership posts in major blue chip consumer goods companies. After graduating with an economics degree from the LSE, she held various marketing brand management posts of increasing levels of seniority within Nestle across the UK. Katie then moved to Europe where, after an 18 month period in Portugal as Marketing Director for a port wine company, she was appointed Dean of the European University Business School in Barcelona. She returned to the UK two years later to take up a senior marketing role at GlaxoSmithKline in their consumer brands division. While at GSK, she held a number of other roles, including those of innovation director, and a Board-level strategic planning director. Her ultimate post held at GSK was that of Vice-President Global Digital Marketing.
Katie is currently Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Chief Commercial Officer, and reports directly to the Vice-Chancellor at Middlesex University. Her responsibilities include global recruitment and marketing, corporate communications, academic partnerships, corporate engagement, apprenticeships, pre-sessional, and exchange programmes.
She says: 'Growing income with unlimited opportunities, limited resources, and the increasing weight of international competition remains the major challenge in this recently re-energised higher education sector.'
Helena Sturridge spent the first 30 years of her career in business to business publishing, and more recently spent eight years working with the Royal Colleges' of Physicians on the development of a portfolio of examinations which are now an essential part of the postgraduate training of clinicians across the world. She joined the UCAS Media Board in March 2017.
She trained as a journalist with Haymarket Publishing, and went on to work on a number of award winning publications. She was the launch editor of Personnel Today, went on to be Editor in Chief of two medical weeklies Hospital Doctor and Doctor, and then took on the challenge of the leading IT newspaper, Computer Weekly, just as business publications were introducing multi-media streams. She has held a number of senior positions with the major business to business publishers including Reed Business Publishing, United Media, and Emap. These involved managing leading magazine brands across broad based business market sectors, at the time when they were in transition from paper-based publications to multi-media streams which included conferences, events, and web-based news and information services.
In 2007 she took up the role of Chief Operating Officer to work with the Royal Colleges' of Physicians with a remit to professionalise the leading postgraduate medical examination in readiness for approval by the new regulator. At the same time she launched a portfolio of new examinations which are now established as a mandatory part of the training of consultants in UK hospitals.
She has a degree in English literature from the University of York and is now a volunteer with Prince's Trust charity, Mosaic. The charity brings together business mentors to work with young people to boost their confidence, self-efficacy and long term employability. Helena also volunteers with her local hospital trust to improve the experience of its patients.
Jessica has held executive roles in data, analytics, and services businesses for the last 20 years. She was most recently Global Head of the Scientific and Academic Research Division of Clarivate Analytics, a company that serves over 7,000 institutions globally, providing insights and analytics to researchers and research leaders. She led development of innovative solutions and new analytics to drive growth in partnership with universities, researchers, funders, governments, publishers, and R&D intensive corporations.
Jessica started her career with McKinsey and Company in Sydney and New York, leading strategy teams in media and technology across Asia and the Americas. On moving to London, she joined Thomson Reuters, and led global strategy, sales, marketing, customer service and operations functions across the intellectual property, science, financial, and risk divisions.Jessica joined the Board of UCAS Media in May 2019. She has a degree in pure mathematics from the University of Sydney, and a Masters in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School.
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2019 UCAS Media Board meetings
- 4 February
- 22 May
- 18 September
- 13 November