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The AUG Operating Board is made up of senior representatives from the Arc universities. Working together with Government, the Arc’s LEPs, Growth Boards and business, to deliver the Arc’s economic development goals.

Dr Phil Clare
University of Oxford
Phil is the Deputy Director, Research Services (Knowledge Exchange and Engagement) at the University of Oxford. Research Services works with the academic divisions at Oxford to negotiate and administer research grants and contracts at Oxford, and is also responsible for research ethics and integrity, clinical trials governance, the REF, intellectual property rights, due diligence and related knowledge exchange activities. Phil previously worked at the Universities of Bath and Bournemouth, and for the UK Research Office in Brussels. Phil is Co-Chair of the Operating Board of the Oxford to Cambridge Arc Universities Group (AUG).

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Prof Yvonne Barnett
Anglia Ruskin University
Yvonne is Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Anglia Ruskin University (ARU), with strategic leadership responsibilities for Research and Innovation; the ARU Doctoral School, Student Employability; Public Engagement; Athena Swan; Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. Prior to joining ARU, Yvonne was Senior Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research) at Nottingham Trent University. Yvonne has active research interests in the causes and mechanisms of cancer and ageing, and has authored over 100 peer-reviewed original research papers. During her career she has secured more than £35 million of funding from a range of regional, national and international bodies to support successful teaching, research and innovation initiatives.

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Professor Leon A. Terry
Cranfield University
Prof. Terry is Pro-Vice Chancellor of Research and Innovation at Cranfield University. He is a leading international figure in agricultural research. His personal scholarship has been driven by a need to preserve and maintain the quality and safety of food by better understanding the physiological, pathological, biochemical and molecular changes which occur after harvest in order to reduce food losses and waste, and thereby help ensure greater food security.

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Prof Gavin Brooks
Buckinghamshire New University
Gavin joined Buckinghamshire New University in January 2020 as Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor. He has senior oversight of the academic schools and provides strategic leadership for the University Estates and for Marketing, Communications and Student Recruitment. He graduated with a first class honours degree in Pharmacy (1984) and obtained a PhD in organic chemistry and pharmacology (1988) from the School of Pharmacy, University of London. He registered as a Pharmacist with the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain in 1985 and has remained an active member. Prior to joining Buckinghamshire New University, Gavin was Deputy Vice Chancellor at the University of Reading.

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Dr Karen Kennedy
University of Cambridge
Karen is Director of the University of Cambridge’s Strategic Partnerships Office. The Office provides expertise and support to the University’s key partnerships and relationships, across disciplines and across the public and private sectors. Prior to joining the University of Cambridge in 2018, she was Director of the National Cancer Research Institute and previously worked in strategic relations and programme management for research funders and scientific institutions, including Genome Canada and the Wellcome Sanger Institute.

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Prof Kevin Shakesheff
The Open University
Kevin is the Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research, Enterprise and Scholarship at The Open University and Chair of the National Centre for Replacement, Refinement and Reduction (NC3Rs). As the Open University’s Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Research, Enterprise and Scholarship, Kevin has senior responsibility for strategic leadership and implementation of the institutional plans for research, enterprise and scholarship. This includes the University’s submissions to the UK-wide Research Excellence Framework (REF) and its institutional approach to knowledge exchange and expansion of entrepreneurial activities. He is an expert in regenerative medicine and biologic therapies, having directed the UK Regenerative Medicine Platform for Acellular Materials, with over 350 publications and 13 patent families arising from his research.

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Dr Nicholas Lancaster
University of Bedfordshire
Nick joined the University of Bedfordshire in 2013, setting up the Innovation and Enterprise Service to help the University better develop its knowledge exchange and research agenda. Nick has held a number of senior positions in higher education as well as spending time within management consultancy and manufacturing industries. During his time as Director of Innovation and Enterprise at the University of Bedfordshire, income from the University’s knowledge exchange and collaborative R&D activities has nearly doubled.

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John Sinclair
University of Northampton
John is Dean of Arts and Sciences at the University of Northampton, A graduate of both the University of Aberdeen and London Guildhall University, John has a background in Quaternary Geology and has research interests in long-term climate change, sea level change and the geology of radon. Having begun his career at St Mary’s University College, John joined the (now) University of Northampton in 1993 as subject leader for Earth Science before becoming Associate Dean in 2004, Deputy Dean in 2010 and Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Science and Technology in 2016

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Prof Tim Vorley
Oxford Brookes University
Tim is the Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of Oxford Brookes Business School. Previously Deputy Dean and Professor of Entrepreneurship at the University of Sheffield, he also served as Deputy Director of the Research Exchange for Social Science, Director of External Business Advancement, and Associate Dean for Engagement, Impact and Innovation. Prior to working at Sheffield, Tim held positions at the Saïd Business School (University of Oxford) and the University of Cambridge. He currently leads the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)/Innovate UK-funded Innovation Caucus and is Co-Director of the ESRC-funded Productivity Insights Network, as well as partnering on several projects under the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund.

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