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Our team

Olimpia Ades Operations & Membership Manager
Olimpia joined University Alliance in June 2015 and manages University Alliance’s operational matters.
Anne Akintola Office Administrator and Coordinator
Anne joined University Alliance in October 2018 and provides administrative support to the UA and programmes team.
Heather Bennett  Programme Manager – DTA3/COFUND
Heather joined University Alliance in July 2018 as Programme Manager for DTA3/COFUND.
Ben Diette DTA Programmes & Communications Officer
Ben joined University Alliance in July 2016 as part of the Doctoral Training Alliance (DTA) team providing dedicated administration for the DTA Energy programme. 
Jennie Eldridge Head of Doctoral Training Programmes
Jennie joined University Alliance in October 2015 as part of the new Doctoral Training Alliance team.
Ornella Garofalo Research Programmes Development Manager
Ornella joined University Alliance in September 2017 as part of the Programmes Team.
Charles Heymann External Relations and Communications Advisor
Charles joined the team in the summer of 2018 as an external relations and communication advisor until Easter 2019.
Kal Kohli DTA Programmes Co-ordinator
Kal joined the team in 2015 as part of the new Doctoral Training Alliance team.
Tom Philpott External Relations and Communications Advisor
Charles joined the team in the summer of 2018 as an external relations and communication advisor until Easter 2019.
Penny Sweasey TEA Manager and HE Consultant
Penny joined the team in November 2018 to lead the TEA programme.
Vanessa Wilson Chief Executive
Vanessa joined the UA team in March 2019 as the new Chief Executive Officer.
Graeme Wise Head of Policy
Graeme joined the team in October 2015. He leads the policy team as well as playing a key role on our Senior Management Team.