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The Vice-President (Strategy) team leads the development and delivery of UCL’s institutional strategy and strategic plans, providing insight and data to inform and align institutional decisions.

Additionally, the team monitors progress against agreed goals, and shape responses to external and internal challenges and opportunities. They also provide expert strategic planning support to UCL faculties and manage UCL's data governance.

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Paola Lettieri

Professor Paola Lettieri | Vice-President (Strategy) | Academic Profilep.lettieri@ucl.ac.uk

Prof. Paola Lettieri FREng FIChemE, is Vice-President (Strategy) and Pro-Provost of UCL East, UCL's new Campus on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Paola directed the development of the academic vision for UCL East working with academics from across 8 Faculties at UCL. She led the delivery of the UCL East campus which opened in September 2023, working with professional service staff from across UCL, including Estates, Finance, Operations, Admissions and Marketing, and the Students’ Union.

Paola is Professor of Chemical Engineering in the Faculty of Engineering Sciences at UCL. She is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers. Paola is an international expert in fluidisation and life cycle assessment. Her pioneering research on the effect of process conditions on fluidised beds reactors has enabled the development and scale up of new industrial processes and resolved significant operational problems in complex industrial plants - she led a major project with the National Nuclear Laboratory delivering technical contingency to the Magnox nuclear fuel reprocessing facility at Sellafield. Her work in life cycle assessment has influenced waste management strategies from the treatment of nuclear waste to disposable facemasks and the Royal British Legion’s yearly poppies.
 


Data and Insight

Martin Howells

Martin Howells | Director of Data and Insight | he/him | dataandinsight@ucl.ac.uk

I direct development of UCL's data warehouse, and act as sponsor to the D&I Community of Practice. I am also responsible for leading UCL's data strategy, which aims to enable the strategic delivery of data in support of decision-making, student and staff experience, and security and compliance.

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Rebecca Allen | Head of Data and Insight | dataandinsight@ucl.ac.uk

I oversee the creation and maintenance of strategic dashboards on our Tableau site and lead our small team of data analysts. I have built a number of dashboards in the staff and student domains, and have significant professional expertise in the field of survey design, execution and analysis. I also lead on communications and engagement for the team.

Craig Arnold

Craig Arnold |Senior Data and Insight Analyst | dataandinsight@ucl.ac.uk

Along with my colleagues, I am responsible for developing and maintaining UCL’s suite of strategic dashboards. I have a particular interest in how new tools and techniques can be incorporated to improve the insights that can be drawn from the data available. My earlier career was in academia, researching visual attention and memory, followed by analytical roles in both the private and public sector, before returning to higher education and joining UCL in late 2022.

Bettina Baumann

Bettina Baumann | Senior Data and Insight Analyst | dataandinsight@ucl.ac.uk

Along with my colleagues, I’m responsible for developing and maintaining UCL’s suite of strategic dashboards via Tableau. I have developed a significant number of dashboards for the student domain. My main interest is effective data visualisation and I have co-led the Data & Insight Community of Practice on projects promoting best practice. I have established the D&I digital badges award system supporting data literacy and knowledge sharing at UCL.

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Pip Johnson | Senior Data and Insight Analyst | dataandinsight@ucl.ac.uk

Along with my colleagues, I’m responsible for developing and maintaining UCL’s suite of strategic dashboards via Tableau. My main interests are developing a high-quality user experience and supporting UCL to use data for strategic decision-making. I joined UCL in 2022, after ten years working in a variety of analytical roles, focussed on environmental and social justice causes.

Rob Strick

Rob Strick | Senior Data and Insight Analyst | dataandinsight@ucl.ac.uk

Along with my colleagues, I’m responsible for developing and maintaining UCL’s suite of strategic dashboards via Tableau. I have built a range of dashboards in various data domains, including research, sector benchmarking, and staff. I am currently developing my skills in the coding language Python to enable more advanced insight generation.

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Vacant position | Senior Data and Insight Analyst


Data Governance

Alison Amatash

Alison Amatsah | Data Governance Manager | data-governance@ucl.ac.uk

It is my job to identify the roles accountable for our structured data across the organisation and put in place policies and processes to make sure it is managed well. My work supports the Data Strategy by aiming to make good quality, well-defined data available to analysts and decision makers in a compliant and secure way.

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Jonathan Mudhoo | Data Governance Officer | he/him | data-governance@ucl.ac.uk

I support the Data Governance Manager in acting as a point of coordination for data governance and data quality management matters. By working closely with data owners, data stewards and data producers, we aim to improve the quality and value of core data assets. 

 


Strategy, Delivery and Implementation

Beatrice Addo

Beatrice Addo | Director of Implementation and Strategy Delivery | b.addo@ucl.ac.uk

I lead the Implementation and Delivery unit (comprising Strategy Delivery & Strategic Projects Portfolio group).

Ask me about:
  • facilitating the development and delivery of UCL’s overall strategy and strategic plan;
  • student number planning and tuition fee setting;
  • co-ordinating the strategic planning cycle and outcomes-based reporting;
  • developing and delivering the portfolio of major projects, ensuring it is aligned to UCL’s strategy.

Sarah Louise Earl

Sarah-Louise Earl | Head of Portfolio Management | she/her | sarah.earl@ucl.ac.uk

I’m work with colleagues across UCL to implement the university’s Strategic Delivery Framework, incorporating a strategic portfolio management function (put simply, a model to help UCL make good decisions about what large initiatives to invest in and to understand how they contribute to our overall strategy). I also co-lead UCL’s PPM Community of Practice. Before joining UCL, I worked as a language teacher, and then in local government on urban regeneration programmes. I joined UCL in 2008 as a Teaching Fellow in the Bartlett, before moving to Professional Services in 2016.

Laura Mackenzie

Laura Mackenzie | Project Manager (Academic Development) | she/her | l.mackenzie@ucl.ac.uk

I work as a project manager supporting new strategic academic initiatives at UCL. I am currently supporting the implementation of UCL’s Strategic Plan 2022-27 including twice yearly progress reporting to University Management Committee and Council.

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Strategy Delivery Account Management

Clare Foyle

Clare Foyle | Head of Strategy Delivery Account Management | she/her | c.foyle@ucl.ac.uk

We work with VP Offices and Faculties to ensure alignment of local strategy to the UCL Strategic Plan.

Ask me about:
  • student number planning;
  • the annual strategic planning cycle;
  • the tuition fee setting process;
  • UCL’s strategic risk management process and local risk management.

I re-joined UCL in January 2021, having previously worked at the University on a maternity cover post in 2018. Prior to working at UCL I worked in many different higher education institutions, bringing with me over 15 years of experience in strategic planning roles.

Jessica Sims
Jessica Sims | Strategy Delivery Account Manager | Faculties of Brain Sciences, Life Sciences, Medical Sciences, Population Health Sciences | she/her | j.sims@ucl.ac.uk 
Ask me about:
  • student number planning;
  • the annual strategic planning cycle;
  • the tuition fee setting process;
  • UCL’s strategic risk management process and local risk management.

I have worked at UCL since 2014, previously co-leading a national biobanking infrastructure project to harmonise sample and data storage, access and use across academic and NHS biobanks. One of my areas of interest is equality and inclusion. While at UCL I have been member of Athena Swan self-assessment committees on both the departmental and institutional level, and a Fair Recruitment Specialist.

Steve Williams

Steve Williams | Strategy Delivery Account Manager | Faculties of Built Environment (Bartlett), Engineering, Maths & Physical Sciences (MAPS) | s.f.williams@ucl.ac.uk

Ask me about:
  • student number planning;
  • the annual strategic planning cycle;
  • the tuition fee setting process;
  • UCL’s strategic risk management process and local risk management. 

Prior to working in OVPS I worked in VPESE, managing projects and providing strategic advice to faculties and departments. Before joining UCL, I worked in commercial and professional services roles at a number of other universities, as well as FE colleges, online education companies, and independent training providers.

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Vacant position | Strategy Delivery Account Manager | Faculties of Arts & Humanities, Education & Society (IOE), Laws, Social and Historical Sciences


Engagement

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Katie Price | Head of Strategy Engagement | she/her | kat.price@ucl.ac.uk

I work with the team of the Vice-Provost (Strategy) and the Vice-Provost (Faculties) to engage all UCL stakeholders with UCL’s institutional strategy and strategic plans.  

Ask me about:
  • engaging the UCL community at any stage in your change initiative; 
  • developing your narrative and giving strategic context to your comms; 
  • stakeholder mapping.

Office Administration

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Malika Barakat | Administration Support Officer | she/her | m.barakat@ucl.ac.uk

 I am responsible for ensuring the smooth running of the office and the processes it oversees. I help coordinate the scheduling of various important meetings with a large number of UCL stakeholders. I also provide support for financial and staff recruitment activities within my team, as well as acting as a first point of contact for solving other queries in the Department.

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Vijay Patel | Administration Support Officer | they/them | vijay.patel@ucl.ac.uk

I am responsible for ensuring the smooth running of the office and processes it oversees. I am the departmental H&S officer, IT representative, Inclusion Lead and a Fair Recuritment Specialist. 

Ask me about:
  • committee and working group meetings;
  • departmental contracts and finance;
  • staff recruitment and induction activities.