London Higher appoints Dr Diana Beech as chief executive

The University of Warwickshire government affairs chief has previously worked for three universities ministers

Dr Diana Beech has been named new chief executive of London Higher.

Dr Beech joins the organisation, which represents nearly over 40 universities and higher education colleges in London, from the University of Warwick where she has been head of government affairs.

Before this, she worked as policy advisor to three ministers of state for universities, science, research and innovation –Sam Gyimah, Chris Skidmore (twice) and Jo Johnson – and was director of policy and advocacy at the Higher Education Policy Institute (Hepi).

When HE institutions thrive, society and the communities around them succeed too – Dr Diana Beech

“I am thrilled to be joining London Higher at such a critical time for London’s HEI sector,” said Dr Beech.

“We know that higher education is so important. When HE institutions thrive, society and the communities around them succeed too. I am excited at the opportunity to represent London Higher’s membership to ensure they have the conditions they need to achieve.”

Professor Paul Layzell, chair of London Higher, said:

“The board and I are delighted to have appointed Dr Diana Beech to lead the leadership team at London Higher. This is a critical time for the whole higher education sector, and in Diana we have found a dynamic individual who will be able to campaign for the London HEI sector, and take our agenda to an even-higher level.”

Dr Beech takes up her role in October, replacing Jane Glanville, who has held the role since 2002.

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