Sector experts join Institute Advisory Board  

May 20, 2024

Two new members have joined the UK Institute for Technical Skills and Strategy’s Advisory Board, bolstering the strategic leadership group to 13 experts within academia, research and industry.  

Professor Della Freeth, Chief Executive for the Science Council and Clare Viney, Chief Executive Officer of CRAC/Vitae bring a wealth of experience within the sector to the board.  

The Science Council and CRAC/Vitae are long-standing supporting partners of the Technician Commitment, which is now hosted by the UK Institute for Technical Skills and Strategy.   

The Advisory Board is responsible for providing counsel and direction for the Research England funded institute, which aims to accelerate and fulfil the potential of UK technical skills and careers across higher education, research and innovation.  

Members of the board include: 

  • Chair: Dr Helen Pain, Chief Executive Officer, Royal Society of Chemistry 
  • Kate Barclay, Life Sciences Industry Leader and Scientific Consultant, Kate Barclay Consulting Ltd 
  • Professor Taraneh Dean, Provost, London South Bank University 
  • Professor Rory Duncan, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation), Sheffield Hallam University 
  • Della Freeth, Chief Executive, Science Council 
  • Paul Gilbert, Chair, Technical Managers in Universities (TMU) Network, Institute of Life Course and Medical Sciences University of Liverpool 
  • Mark Jefferies, Chief of University Research Liaison, Rolls-Royce Plc 
  • Professor Andy Long, Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive, Northumbria University 
  • Professor Jane Norman, Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University of Nottingham 
  • Daniel Sandford-Smith, Director of Education Programmes, Gatsby Foundation 
  • David Sweeney, Former Executive Chair, Research England 
  • Professor Dame Melanie Welham, Former Executive Chair, Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) 
  • Clare Viney, Chief Executive Officer of CRAC/Vitae 

Dr Kelly Vere MBE, Director of the UK Institute for Technical Skills and Strategy said: 

“On behalf of the Advisory Board, we warmly welcome Della and Clare as members to the group which provides objective feedback and ideas on the Institute’s strategic plans to ensure sustained success. Their experience and sector knowledge will complement the group’s expertise and help us ensure the long-term success of the UK Institute for Technical Skills and Strategy.”