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Our team

Heather Bennett Heather Bennett Deputy Head of Doctoral Training Programmes

Heather joined University Alliance in July 2018, and is the Deputy Head of Doctoral Training Programmes.

Beth Buttom Beth Button Head of Communications and Public Affairs

Beth joined University Alliance in July 2019 and leads on communications and public affairs.

Eleanor Crabtree Programmes Engagement and Development Officer (DTA)

Eleanor joined University Alliance in June 2020 as Programme Administrator to support the DTA team.

Nigel Davies Business Manager

Nigel joined University Alliance in March 2020  to work closely with the CEO with focus on UA operations, staffing, finance, strategy and membership engagement and retention.

Jennie Eldridge Jennie Eldridge Head of Doctoral Training Programmes

Jennie joined University Alliance in October 2015 as part of the new Doctoral Training Alliance team.

Laura Foster-Devaney Communications and Press Officer

Laura joined University Alliance in December 2020 to assist in delivering UA’s communications and press activity.

Susanna Kalitowski Head of Policy

Susanna joined University Alliance in September 2019 to head up the policy team.

Lijana Maksvytyte Business Services Administrator

Lijana joined University Alliance in February 2021 as Business Services Administrator to support the Business Services team.

Ellie Russell Ellie Russell Deputy Head of Policy

Ellie joined the University Alliance team in March 2019 as the new Deputy Head of Policy.

Isabel Spence Network Lead

Isabel Joined the team in September 2019 to manage and co-ordinate University Alliance’s core academic and professional networks.

Vanessa Wilson CEO Vanessa Wilson Chief Executive

Vanessa joined the UA team in March 2019 as the new Chief Executive Officer.